Director of International Government Relations

30 Apr, 2022


Director of International Government Relations

Washington, D.C.

Job Description

Position Description

Director of International Government Relations


The Director will support Kimberly-Clark’s broad international policy agenda, the team’s global public policy matters, and commercial diplomacy initiatives impacting the company.

The role requires a highly organized individual who will advocate for Kimberly-Clark on multifaceted global issues as well as work with key global policy stakeholders, including U.S. government agencies who direct U.S. foreign, economic, and national security policy; foreign government officials such as heads of state, foreign ministers, and ambassadors and their embassy staff; international trade groups; and other international policy bodies.



  • Lead Kimberly-Clark’s Washington-based outreach on all trade and international policy issues which impact the company’s business footprint globally
  • Work hand in glove with Kimberly-Clark’s international business units to effectively represent the company and advance key business objectives
  • Develop and execute global public policy, commercial diplomacy, and government relations strategy to achieve agreed-upon business objectives
  • Manage Kimberly-Clark’s outreach with key U.S. and international government agencies and officials who focus on international trade, economic, national security, and commercial policies and regulations
  • Ensure consistency of the company’s governmental affairs policies in coordination with regional and in-country business leaders and works closely with Kimberly-Clark’s internal legal and communications teams to ensure alignment
  • Plan and participate in strategic events with the diplomatic community and visiting foreign dignitaries
  • Actively work with international business, industry, trade, and other public policy organizations to build support for Kimberly-Clark’s business environment
  • Monitor the political and regulatory landscape for developments that impact Kimberly-Clark’s international operations, and provides intelligence and recommendations to the company on policy issues that will inform and influence business decisions and strategies
  • Develop policy communications strategies, messaging, plans and briefing materials to support external engagement.


About us

Kimberly-Clark (K-C) is leading the world in essentials for a better life.  Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, with nearly 42,000 employees worldwide and operations in 35 countries.  Kimberly-Clark’s global brands are sold in more than 175 countries.  Every day, 1.3 billion people trust Kimberly-Clark products and the solutions they provide to make their lives better. With well-known family care and personal care brands such as Kleenex, Scott, Andrex, Huggies, Pull-Ups, Kotex, Poise and Depend, we hold the No. 1 or No. 2 share position globally in more than 80 countries.

As a global company, we are committed to cultivating a fair, respectful, and engaging work environment that inspires our diverse global team to thrive professionally and contribute to the communities where we operate. We also have a responsibility to attain a deeper understanding of our impact on the world. Addressing sustainability issues and incorporating solutions through all levels of Kimberly-Clark is a critical component of our business.

In this role, you will report to Vice President, Global Government Relations and will be a key member of the Global Government Relations organization based in Washington, DC.



  • Bachelor’s Degree required
  • At least 10 years proven experience in corporate government relations or government agency (USTR, Department of Commerce, State Department or National Security Council preferred). More than 7 years experience in corporate government relations managing an international portfolio(s) is preferred.
  • Substantive experience advocating corporate positions with U.S. government interagency interaction and industry trade associations.
  • Experience effectively engaging with foreign governments in Washington and/or internationally.
  • Proven experience as a project manager with a successful project delivery record.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and interest in tracking trends in foreign policy, national security and international economic policy affecting the consumer products industry.
  • Ability to develop and execute strategies to achieve business objectives.
  • Ability to request and articulate company positions on public policy issues to internal and external audiences and stakeholders.
  • Knowledge and understanding of key policy issues of interest to the consumer products industry (e.g., economic competitiveness, international trade policy, government subsidies, environmental and climate issues, regulatory issues, international tax, and supply chain resilience)
  • Holding a security clearance or the ability to hold a security clearance is preferred.
  • Expertise managing an international government relations portfolio with a proven track record of success in markets including the Asia Pacific, Latin America, and/or Europe/Eurasia.
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally.


Desired Skills

  • Experience on a range of government policies which impact American corporate investments and market access opportunities in markets around the world—including understanding of sanctions policies, experience successfully advocating for corporate positions on trade negotiations and trade policies, proven track record in identifying and working with foreign and U.S. governments to secure trade and investment incentives, among others.
  • Understanding and ability to navigate business related aspects of the various international multilateral fora including APEC, WTO, UN, G20/B20 and ASEAN.
  • Strong leadership skills including building relationships, influencing others, adaptability, and resolving conflict due to interaction with key stakeholders in various countries.
  • Executive presence and credibility with an ability to manage by influence.  Comfort with public speaking.
  • Ability to credibly explain complex business subjects for government officials from a wide range of cultures.  Ability to credibly explain complex political situations to business colleagues.
  • Understanding of requirements for executive staffing and briefing preparation process.


For Kimberly-Clark to grow and prosper, we must be an inclusive organization that applies the diverse experiences and passions of its team members to brands that make life better for people all around the world.  We actively seek to build a workforce that reflects the experiences of our consumers.  When you bring your original thinking to Kimberly-Clark, you fuel the continued success of our enterprise. We are a committed equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, pregnancy, genetic information, citizenship status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Learn more here

Job posted: 2022-04-30