Manager, Government Affairs – Federal Plastics and Circular Economy Advocacy

23 Feb, 2021


Manager, Government Affairs – Federal Plastics and Circular Economy Advocacy

Washington, DC

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 At BASF, we create chemistry through the power of connected minds. By balancing economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility, we are building a more sustainable future through chemistry. As the world’s leading chemical company, we help our customers in nearly every industry meet the current and future needs of society through science and innovation.

We provide a challenging and rewarding work environment with a strong emphasis on process safety, as well as the safety of our employees and the communities we operate in and are always working to form the best team—especially from within, through an emphasis on lifelong learning and development.

And we are constantly striving to become an even better place to work. BASF has been recognized by Forbes Magazine in 2020 as one of America’s Best Employers. Come join us on our journey to create solutions for a sustainable future!

Manager Government Affairs – Federal Plastics and Circular Economy Advocacy (2100397) – Washington, D.C.

Where the Chemistry Happens 

We are seeking a professional like you to serve as a Manager of Government Affairs for BASF in Washington, D.C.  This is an excellent opportunity for you to demonstrate your strong business acumen and ability to work within a matrixed organization, manage multiple projects while maintaining high quality and excellent customer service, and understand U.S. federal policy development and implementation processes.  The ability and willingness to quickly step in and support objectives outside of direct business portfolio and skillful use of tact and discretion will help you to be successful in this role.


Qualifications – BASF recognizes institutions of Higher Education which are accredited by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or equivalent

 Formula for Success 

  • Leveraging your bachelor’s or advanced degree in Public Policy, Public Administration, Political Science/Government, International Affairs, Public Affairs or Chemistry or a related discipline or equivalent experience in government or business, you will assist and advise BASF’s diverse portfolio of businesses, as well as corporate and service units, regarding U.S. plastics and circular economy issues. This includes developing corporate positions, advocacy strategies, and related analyses to advance BASF business priorities, create business opportunities, and meet public policy objectives.
  • Working well in a team environment, you will coordinate with global and regional advocacy colleagues to ensure consistent positioning, while understanding the challenges of the US business and political environment.
  • Relying on your experience working for a Member of Congress or Committee, trade association, NGO, corporate office or combination of these, you will represent BASF before federal government officials and staff as well as a wide range of US and international stakeholders.
  • Being a self-starter, and a creative and effective problem solver, you will participate in relevant BASF trade association and industry coalition groups and support BASF senior management in associated activities.
  • Your strong skills/capability in building and maintaining relationships with policymakers will be critical as you develop collaborative relationships with customers, NGOs, and other stakeholders.
  • Demonstrating your knowledge of and experience working with sustainability, circular economy and/or plastics issues, including an understanding of the policy landscape for these issues, you will help BASF businesses understand how legislation, regulations and other policy developments would affect BASF interests.
  • Your effective written and verbal communication skills will serve you well as you coordinate with State Affairs colleagues in their response to relevant legislative and regulatory proposals at the state level.
  • An effective communicator, your ability to present technical facts to audiences with varying degrees of specialized knowledge and persuade others to a point of view using facts will be essential as you write whitepapers, speak at conferences, and/or provide other thought leadership materials. Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc. will be essential.
  • Applying your excellent drafting skills in preparing reports, speeches, and briefing notes, you will develop and present briefings to senior executives.
  • Utilizing your excellent analytical and research skills, you will analyze and synthesize complex information into simple high-level written summaries, briefings, and infographics.

**** Please submit a writing sample of not more than two pages regarding a public policy topic of your choosing.  Please do not include confidential or proprietary information in your submission.*****  


Create Your Own Chemistry: What We Offer You

Adding value to our customers begins with adding value to you. You@BASF is the suite of benefits, perks, programs and unique opportunities we offer to support you—the whole you—in all stages of your life and career. With you@BASF, you create your own chemistry.

The total rewards that you receive as a BASF employee go way beyond a paycheck. From competitive health and insurance plans, to robust retirement benefits that include company-matching contributions, to making sure you never stop learning, we believe investing in you is investing in our success. Working for a large, global organization, you’ll have a chance to grow professionally and personally, expand your network and build a rewarding and dynamic career.

BASF provides interesting and challenging learning and development opportunities to help you make the most of your talents and your job.

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Job posted: 2021-02-23