Washington, DC

The primary responsibilities of this role, Deputy Director of Communications, are to:

  • Help identify and develop Bayer’s lobbying and political action strategies on priority federal legislative and policy issues, including direct lobbying and grassroots outreach, for integrated, effective advocacy across all levels of government and within appropriate industry associations;
  • Share responsibility for helping ensure that legislative and regulatory issues within the U.S. are managed effectively;
  • Help develop, manage and cultivate Bayer’s engagement with key U.S. and international stakeholders on critical issues which affect business value. Key stakeholders include the White House, U.S. Government Agencies, both Houses of Congress, industry associations, NGO’s, think tanks and international institutions;
  • Help to build and leverage a comprehensive map of U.S. based stakeholders, decision makers and influencers, and use this to systematically build and maintain relations to provide a sound platform for engagement;
  • Develop technical expertise of primary issues assigned so as to be a key expert resource to the company, public officials, and the Bayer stakeholder network;
  • Maximize the effectiveness with trade associations by making them aware of Bayer key priorities, the analytics behind them and the imperative to support them proactively;
  • Provide oversight of the development, implementation and monitoring of lobbying activities and functions, including but not limited to the following: drafting issue briefs, white papers and lobbying points on important issues to Bayer, drafting letters to members of congress, administration officials, as well as preparing congressional testimony, working with coalitions and trade associations to broaden and enhance Bayer’s presence and leadership;
  • Occasionally supervise and/or draft presentations, policy papers, speeches, written products and briefing documents for the company’s senior executive team;
  • Provide legislative strategy counsel for major priority issues and lobbying campaigns for the company;
  • Help efficiently and effectively manage outside political consultants, partners and vendors as necessary.

Who you are

Your success will be driven by your demonstration of our LIFE values.  More specifically related to this position, Bayer seeks an incumbent who possesses the following:

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and at least 12 (twelve) plus years of experience in policy development and management;
  • Seasoned Washington government relations professional with a strong track record of success in lobbying, advocacy and/or government public policy work;
  • Extensive knowledge of the legislative and government relations process;
  • Collaborative working style. Solicits buy-in and commitment from colleagues and stakeholders;
  • Forward-thinking and proactive on legislative, regulatory and public policy issues;
  • Impeccable ethics and a high-level of integrity;
  • Sophisticated analyst of political and policy trends;
  • Exceptional knowledge of the workings of government and public policy, the NGO and broader political community;
  • Bipartisan and politically astute;
  • A strong leader with a relevant background in healthcare;
  • Proven ability to effectively interact with employees at all levels of the Bayer organization, in all regions, including senior management, and in some cases, with political contacts such as congressional members and staff;
  • Ability to come up with next breakthrough thing to do;
  • Must be creative, manage innovation and have broad interests and knowledge;
  • Need to be energetic, bright, hardworking and willing to offer opinions and judgments;
  • Must be honest and loyal, politically sensitive, a self-starter, proactive and understand constant change in business and political environments;
  • Have the capacity and drive to fully understand the business and operational elements of Bayer, including understanding what is mission-critical from the trivial;
  • Strong time management and organizational skills;
  • Experience presenting before senior executives and policymakers on important legislative and policy issues;
  • Exceptional verbal, written and listening skills;
  • Ability to manage multiple projects concurrently and make decisions quickly;
  • Must exude professional image and have the ability to handle people and situations with tact, diplomacy, discretion, confidentiality and a sense of urgency;
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills, professional and ethical work practices;
  • Experience in proactively identifying, analyzing, and recommending opportunities and options for improving group efficiencies, as well as cost savings recommendations;
  • Ability to handle stress and work comfortably in a fast-paced environment where priorities and direction may change frequently.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree, either J.D., M.B.A. or M.P.P;
  • Corporate and/or major association experience;
  • Twelve (12) plus years of Senior-level experience in the Congress or the Executive Branch;
  • High-level professional experience on congressional committees and/or executive branch agencies of relevant jurisdiction;
  • Background in consumer health products.

Your application

Bayer offers a wide variety of competitive compensation and benefits programs. If you meet the requirements of this unique opportunity, and you have the “Passion to Innovate” and the “Power to Change”, we encourage you to apply now. Job postings will remain open for a minimum of ten business days and are subject to immediate closure thereafter without additional notice. To all recruitment agencies: Bayer does not accept unsolicited third party resumes.

Job Posted: February 25, 2017