Government Affairs Sr. Advisor
Job Overview and Responsibilities
The focus of the North American Government Affairs Senior Advisor role is to support Solvay’s North American Government Affairs Department in all matters in order to serve the Business Units and to position Solvay effectively with government stakeholders. This position, reporting directly to the Vice President of Government Affairs – North America, is responsible for supporting the development of U.S. government and public affairs strategies, while working as an effective liaison with teams and colleagues in the Solvay business units and functions to ensure a streamlined and coordinated approach.
The position will help internal stakeholders understand the U.S. public policy environment and develop strategies to serve their needs. The position will also interface with U.S. public officials and other external stakeholders, as needed, in order to promote the Group’s position on various policy issues. In addition, the position will help to further the department’s focus on customers by developing value chain outreach strategies that will promote the Group’s business interests while executing developed government affairs strategies. We are looking for this position to be a mobile working employee based in the Washington, D.C. area.
● Support Solvay’s N.A. Government Affairs department to effectuate its policy agenda and advocacy initiatives.
● Represent Solvay’s interests in several key professional industry trade associations, including those representing the chemicals, aerospace and defense, manufacturing, automotive, foreign direct investment, and cleaning solutions sectors.
● Advocate directly on Solvay’s behalf with U.S. federal Congressional and Executive Branch officials and staff.
● Advocate directly on Solvay’s behalf with state executive and legislative branch officials and staff, and cultivate necessary relationships across our 25+ state U.S. footprint. Liaise directly with and lead further development of Solvay’s site manager network.
● Monitor and track both federal and state legislation and regulations, and notify relevant business stakeholders of future challenges. Lead cross-functional teams designed to influence policy outcomes.
● Guide internal regulatory, business development and key account management teams in developing strategy for product portfolios and investments.
● Support development and evaluation of performance milestones for special contract consultants.
● Working with Solvay’s Communications team and relevant Business Units, lead and direct preparation of position papers, briefing materials and Solvay-specific infographics to compliment our outreach with internal and external stakeholders, including public officials.
● Support U.S. employees’ PAC, Solvay Good Government Fund (GGF), including (i) organizing and attending PAC events; (ii) serving as the chief liaison between the GGF Board and the Government Affairs Department to develop the PAC strategy for the election cycle; (iii) presenting to various Solvay U.S. sites to inform eligible employees of GGF’s benefits to increase membership and drive effectiveness; (iv) maintaining internal GGF website and managing communications to GGF participating members;
● Mobilize U.S. employees on various advocacy issues when necessary; and
● Lead coordination and filing of NA Government Affairs Department’s U.S. Lobbying Disclosure Act reporting.
Education and Experience
● Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in law, political sciences, chemistry or economics.
● A strong understanding and experience with the U.S. political system, its institutions, its functioning and effective advocacy initiatives.
● 7-10 years of experience in the field of U.S. government affairs is required in relevant industries. Previous public sector and/or trade association experience a plus, but not required.
● Excellent verbal skills and comfortable speaking in front of internal and external audiences, and working across cultures.
● Have the desire and drive to act as a company advocate and the ability to influence others in order to get their commitment to ideas, projects and actions.
● Comfortable managing and reporting on a large number of important issues in detail simultaneously and independently.
● Ability to quickly assimilate and understand new issues, often of a technical nature, and translate Solvay’s positions into pertinent narrative for public officials.
● Ability to establish strong professional links with other functional and business departments within Solvay as well as with representatives of other companies and professional associations.
● Strong sense of initiative and proactive approach to identify opportunities for the Group.
● Self-motivated with the ability to work autonomously as necessary.
● Advanced PowerPoint skills and the aptitude to learn new systems quickly.
● Up to 40% domestic travel across Solvay’s U.S. footprint.
● Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident.
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Job posted: 2021-04-25