Government Relations Manager

11 Sep, 2022


Government Relations Manager

Washington, D.C.

Job Description:

From Arthur Guinness to Johnnie Walker, our business was founded on people of outstanding character, and in 250 years, nothing has changed. We’re the world’s leading premium alcohol company! Our brands are industry icons including Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, Bulleit and Buchanan’s whiskies, Smirnoff, Cîroc and Ketel One vodkas, Captain Morgan, Baileys, Don Julio, Tanqueray and Guinness. Our success is thanks to the strength of our people, in every role. It’s why we trust them with our legacy and why we reward them with the career-defining opportunities that they deserve. Our ambition is to build the best performing, most trusted and respected Consumer Products Company in the world. To achieve these, we need the very best people!

Diageo North America seeks a Government Relations Manager to help ensure our continued success protecting our license to operate and promoting our reputation. The manager will work with the Vice President of Government Relations to deliver a comprehensive government affairs strategy that advances Diageo’s public policy goals with elected officials. The successful candidate will have knowledge of state/federal policy process as well as be an organized problem-solver with a “can do” demeanor and outstanding interpersonal skills.

Crucial duties and responsibilities include:

  • Support Diageo’s government relations strategy for strengthening relationships with local, state, and federal elected officials.
  • Keep abreast of relevant legislative and regulatory activities and analyze potential impact on Diageo.
  • Identify internal opportunities to communicate about priority issues and government relations efforts.
  • Collaborate with Corporate Relations colleagues on cross functional projects.
  • Handle ongoing GR reporting and communications efforts.
  • Develop materials in support of Diageo’s government relations agenda, such as PowerPoint decks, talking points, legislative summaries, fact sheets, testimony, reports, and letters.
  • Plan and deliver legislative meetings and other types of engagement with key governmental officials.
  • Help coordinate Diageo’s representation with state and federal organizations.

Required Education, Skills and Abilities:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience, preferably in public policy, communications or business.
  • 4+ years of experience with federal legislation, grassroots advocacy, lobbying, or campaign organizing experience.
  • Experience with Congress and state legislative bodies desirable.
  • Strong network of government affairs, trade association and policymakers.
  • Standout colleague who is a self-starter, passionate about their work and innovative in solving problems, overcoming challenges, and achieving goals.
  • Ability to work independently and demonstrate good judgment, with outstanding attention to detail and timing.
  • Understanding of political and legislative processes.

Celebrating our inclusive and diverse culture is core to Diageo’s purpose of “celebrating life every day everywhere”. This purpose is, in itself, inclusive in nature, as it values everybody irrespective of background, disability, religion, gender identity, sexuality or ethnicity.

We know that for Diageo to succeed and realize its ambition, we depend on having diverse talent with a range of backgrounds, skills and capabilities in each of the 180 countries in which we operate and to reflect our broad consumer base. We view diversity as one of the key enablers that helps our business to grow and our values, purpose and standards set the conditions for us to respect the unique contribution each person brings.


Job posted: 2022-09-11