Government & Trade Affairs Manager

11 Sep, 2020


Government & Trade Affairs Manager

Simmons Pet Food
Siloam Springs, AR
Job Description


To protect Simmons Pet Food interests by proactively leading our government and trade efforts, ensuring regulatory compliance, trade of product and influential government representation.


Manages and reconciles regulatory compliance disputes. Works with internal customers and external agencies to resolve regulatory issues. This may involve perceived violations with respect to label registrations or label compliance, delays/retention during trans-border shipments, consumer complaints from regulatory agencies, or regulatory action involving product withdrawal or recall. In the event of potential regulatory action, this position develops and leads the company’s regulatory strategy to resolve and/or mitigate risk, working with R&D and Quality departments to provide supporting documentation and negotiate with regulatory officials to minimize potential action.

Administers licenses, permits and registrations to ensure they remain current. Registers all pet food facilities as part of the bioterrorism program in accordance with FSMA requirements. Ensures organic certification, marine stewardship council certifications, as well as other customer requirements agreed to by the company remain current. Trains plant Quality personnel on export requirements and facilitates compliance efforts in concert with customer needs. This involves shipments both to and from the United States and Canada. In some cases these efforts require import permits from the destination countries and involves working directly with other countries or with customer regulatory groups. Personally leads efforts to achieve FDA non-objection or approval of novel foods or raw materials, as well as determination of regulatory status of ingredients or products. Prepares and manages product registration budget.

Influences regulations and trains functional areas. Formulates and aligns company regulatory/legislative positions related to pet food. Represents company positions at AAFCO meetings as well as in pet food manufacturing organizations to maintain awareness, influences outcomes and communicates developments to the business. Trains functional areas regarding anticipated changes and develops action plans to meet revised compliance deadlines. These changes may include both domestic U.S. and Canadian export/import requirements. Addresses inquiries on label claims and/or ingredient/finished product export status as required by business needs.

Works to proactively identify potential opportunities or issues. Leverages an understanding of business needs and seeks to mitigate risk by proactively addressing external threats and opportunities. Seeks alliances with stakeholders, formulates options and solutions that meet business needs and aligns the business to regulatory strategies that can help address or mitigate concerns.

Physical Activities: Enters and locates information on a computer. Visually verifies information, often in small print. Presents information to small or large groups.Communicates with Customers, Vendors, or Employees via telephone, in person, and/or electronic mail.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): As needed in required environment.

Travel: Travels occasionally to industry meetings, plants, etc. (approximately 10-20%).

Technical Experience: 3 years related experience required. Preference for experience in external relations.

Industry Experience: The preferred candidate will have experience working with trade associations and government agencies and an understanding of the how regulations are developed and implemented.

Minimum Education: Bachelor’s degree or 4 years equivalent work experience.

Preferred Education: Graduate degree.

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Job posted: 2020-09-11