Head of Government Affairs, North America

08 Jul, 2022


Head of Government Affairs, North America

Washington, D.C.

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The primary responsibility of the Head of Government Affairs is to lead the Covestro LLC Government Relations and Policy team and represent the company’s interests before the U.S. Congress and Administration and in various critical states.


Major Tasks & responsibilities:

  • Sustain a Government Relations presence in Washington DC, as well as manage/provide oversight for budgets, compliance, HR, and other relevant business functions.
  • Under the direction of the Head of Sustainability & Public Affairs NA, oversee and manage a proactive Government Relations program while providing leadership and oversight for a small staff of Government Relations lobbyists and policy professionals.
  • Serve as close and trusted counsel to Covestro LLC senior leadership, as the overall government affairs lead, providing both strategic advice and direct support on matters of interest, as well as informing senior management of emerging political and policy issues and developments.
  • Develop, execute, and lead strategies to favorably position the company and its core public policy objectives with critical governmental and non-governmental audiences, both domestically and internationally. Assume leadership of key initiatives and provide team support to others.
  • Develop a very high performing team of lobbyists and policy professionals, both internal and external, through substantial and sophisticated people management experience and skill.
  • Assist in constructing and leveraging a comprehensive map of US-based and international stakeholders, decision-makers and influencers; and use this to systematically build and maintain relations to provide a sound platform for engagement.
  • Maximize the Company’s investments in its trade association memberships through active oversight and engagement, communication of the Company’s objectives and effective coordination of both Company and Association resources to effectively advocate for sound policies impacting the respective industries.
  • Manage internal corporate education and communications programs related to government affairs, as well as outreach initiatives to bring key government policy-makers to tour the company’s facilities and to meet with senior management.
  • Attend PAC events on behalf of the company, as well as work with the political team members to develop and execute sophisticated political strategies.
  • Assist in the oversight and management of outside consultants, partners and vendors, as necessary.
  • Provide senior strategic counsel to the corporate leadership and senior management of the company, as appropriate.




  • Bachelor’s degree required with minimum 10 years’ experience. Preference will be given to those candidates with a J.D., M.P.P, or MBA.
  • Experience in the federal and/or state legislative arena as a government relations executive with a chemical, energy, or materials science company or trade association. Experience with a consulting firm focused on chemical, energy, and/or materials science clients will also be considered.
  • Senior experience working in the US Congress, for a relevant member or committee, or in a very senior Executive Branch role (EPA, DOE, EOP) is highly desirable.
  • Superior understanding of the legislative process and deep relationships with key energy, environment & manufacturing Congressional and Administration leaders and staff.
  • Understanding of chemical, energy, and materials science issues and the ability to quickly grasp and address the legislative and policy issues of importance to the company is strongly preferred.
  • Understanding of government energy and environmental policies, their impact on down-stream industrial energy consumers, including impacts on operations and cost of production.
  • Extensive bi-partisan leadership, political and organizational skills and the proven ability to successfully execute policy, political and business objectives at the federal and state levels.
  • Ability to translate business goals into results through the development and execution of an effective lobbying strategy and political relationship program.
  • Ability to effectively communicate the value proposition of Covestro offerings for its customers to policy makers for the purpose of engendering understanding and support.
  • Relationships across potential federal government customers, including DOD, DOS, GSA, USPS, DHS, and experience positioning products services before the procurement entities within those agencies.
  • Strong legislative and policy analysis skills and the ability to communicate effectively in a timely manner.
  • Ability to travel up to 20%



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Job posted: 2022-07-08