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Director, Government Affairs

Director, Government Affairs
Organization: McCormick & Co.
Location: Hunt Valley, MD
Date Posted: 02/05/2024

Position Overview

The Director, Government Affairs will help develop and implement McCormick’s Global Government Relations strategy within the Americas market. This individual will work closely and coordinate with our Quality & Regulatory Scientific & Regulatory Affairs, Communications, Supply Chain, Human Relations, Legal and International Trade Compliance teams in the development and implementation of advocacies strategies. This individual will staff our Government Affairs Council. Specific activities include representing the company before elected and regulatory officials and their staffs and on key trade associations while implementing advocacy strategies on issues of importance to McCormick. This person will be a member of the Finance team and will report to the Vice President Tax, Government Affairs & Strategic Real Estate.

Key Responsibilities

  • Analyze and understand the business impact of proposed federal & state legislation and regulations to the company’s growth, performance and people goals.
  • Anticipate emerging federal & state food-agriculture, sustainability, supply chain, labor, trade and tax issues in terms of legislative, regulatory and non-governmental (e.g. NGO) developments that could impact the McCormick and the food & flavor manufacturing industry.
  • Build and maintain relationships with elected officials and their staff, advocate on policy developments impacting the company.
  • Help develop and execute McCormick’s Government Affairs strategy, including direct lobbying of policymakers, coalition building and leveraging of relationships with industry trade groups, including engagement with industry trade group committees and industry coalitions to help drive McCormick’s agenda.
  • Build and maintain internal relationships with our Quality & Regulatory Scientific & Regulatory Affairs, Communications, Supply Chain, Human Relations, Legal, Finance and International Trade Compliance teams.
  • Coordinate with existing internal horizon scanning efforts to develop and maintain a prioritized Government Affairs issues matrix for internal visibility to issues of importance to the company and to drive internal alignment on advocacy efforts.
  • Develop and curate communications materials for both internal and external audiences, including periodic internal presentations and reporting materials at the cross functional, regional and global level and advocacy materials for legislative and administrative engagement.

Role Requirements

  • Master’s degree in public policy, government affairs, or related field preferred. Bachelor’s degree in public policy, government affairs, or related field required.
  • Minimum 10 years of demonstrated success with legislative and administrative policymaking at the federal and/or state level, preferably including experience in a food or agricultural industry corporate government affairs function or government trade association role.
  • Established relationships and demonstrated ability to advocate senior policymakers and Member of Congress on Capitol Hill and relevant executive branch officials. Robust relationships with relevant Committee members and staff and Agency and Administration officials and staff.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and build and foster effective relationships with internal constituents from employees to senior management, and external organizations including elected officials and associated staff, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and trade associations.
  • Strong project management skills and a proven record of coalition-building and delivering results.
  • Ability to represent the company effectively in a variety of public settings.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Experience directing consultants on legislative or public policy-related initiatives.
  • Ability to lead and motivate cross functional teams and influence across diverse organizations.
  • Ability to Travel in the US and internationally is required


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