Director, Global Packaging Regulations

18 Nov, 2022


Director, Global Packaging Regulations

Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS)
Washington, D.C.

The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS), located in Washington, DC, represents the nation’s nearly one million workers in the plastics industry.  They are seeking a Director of Global Packaging Regulations to implement strategies relevant to existing and proposed regulations.  PLASTICS provides generous medical benefits, competitive salaries, and work-from-home flexibility (Mondays & Fridays).  This position is open to individuals residing on the East Coast who can travel to headquarters on a regular basis.  At PLASTICS, employees work hard, play hard, and value a work-life balance.


Position Summary

Reporting to the Vice President of Government Affairs, the Director of Global Packaging Regulations executes advocacy strategies on behalf of member companies for effectively managing issues related to plastics used in food, drug, and cosmetic packaging applications.  This position supports relevant long-term planning and implementation of strategic directions.  The Director is an experienced, self-motivated professional with demonstrated success in regulatory advocacy, including exceptional leadership, analytical, communication, management, and problem-solving skills.



  • Lead the development and implementation of regulatory programs/projects related to food, drug, and cosmetic packaging safety.
  • Develop and execute advocacy strategies relevant to existing and proposed regulations.
  • Provide representation and advocacy before, and collaborate with, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and related government agencies worldwide.
  • Serve as the staff leader for the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Packaging Materials Committee (FDCPMC), including project management and budgeting.
  • Serve as the PLASTICS’ lead on the Food Packaging Coalition, including project management, budgeting, and representation before government agencies.
  • Develop programming to provide members with relevant compliance assistance and education; encourage member participation in regulatory and legislative processes.
  • Interface with domestic and international regulatory agencies, industry trade groups, coalitions, scientific institutions, non-governmental organizations, and other stakeholders.
  • Develop, maintain, and enhance a network of key officials and decision-makers to advance industry priorities.
  • Promote the use of sound science and regulatory consistency across jurisdictions.
  • Assist in responding to relevant press inquiries and developing other public messaging.


Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent attention to detail and strong organizational skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and experience with diverse stakeholder audiences
  • Self-motivated with high emotional intelligence and excellent analytical, strategic, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work well autonomously and collectively to build consensus amongst internal and external stakeholders
  • Ability to prioritize and work on a variety of projects simultaneously, adjust to changing priorities, meet deadlines, and deliver results
  • Ability to travel less than 15%


Required Education and/or Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in polymer or packaging science/engineering, chemistry, chemical engineering, toxicology, political science, or a related field; advanced degree preferred
  • Minimum of five years of experience in chemical/plastics/food/drug-related regulatory activities, preferably within a relevant organization or government agency
  • Experience working with committees or coalitions, with demonstrated ability to build consensus
  • Experience cultivating relationships with U.S. and international stakeholders
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications
  • Experience working with FDA and counterpart organizations worldwide is preferred


How To Apply

If you believe you meet the requirements, please submit a resume and cover letter to the Apply button below.

Additional inquiries and questions can be emailed to Beth Cessna at or contact 202-232-1765.


About The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS)

The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) is a purpose-driven organization that supports the entire plastics supply chain. From the technological advancements it enables to the possibilities it creates, the organization is dedicated to helping members shape the future and make a positive impact every day.  PLASTICS is the only association that supports the entire plastics supply chain and has a track record of fostering collaboration between each segment of the industry, evolving right alongside the plastics industry as a whole.

Together, employees at PLASTICS shape the direction of the entire plastics industry and, as a job requirement, have some fun while doing so.  Employees have the opportunity to learn, develop, and impact both the industry and the association.

PLASTICS is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.


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Job posted: 2022-11-18