Manager, State Government Affairs
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As a key member of the Government Affairs Team, the Manager will be responsible for helping to develop and implement a focused strategy that recognizes the challenges and opportunities for FMC Agricultural and Global Specialty Solutions (GSS) products, manufacturing sites and research locations at the state and local levels. The position will demand a thorough understanding of the role and impact government plays in the development, delivery and stewardship of pesticide products. The Manager must be able to identify and utilize available government contacts, NGO, industry trade associations and customer influence to effectuate the desired outcomes for FMC’s business and sustainability goals.
The position will report to and work with the Director of Government and Industry Affairs North America. The Manager will also work with business and other functional leaders to support and guide corporate strategies. Objectives will be established based on how FMC can shape the range of possible outcomes given the current and future political and regulatory landscape as well as market conditions. The position will play a key role in public affairs and local outreach for FMC manufacturing facilities, research and development locations and legacy environmental sites.
Major Responsibility Areas:
- Internal Business Strategy: Responsible for developing focused government affairs objectives for the business across various markets. Objectives should be prioritized based upon the relative size of the market opportunity, our capability to influence a favorable outcome and the time and resources required to accomplish the identified goal. Objectives should also be developed in concert with the Director of Government and Industry Affairs North America and the business management for the United States crop and Global Specialty Solutions businesses with short and long-term strategies that incorporate FMC’s strategic vision.
- Internal Information Flow: Ensure that business managers have timely information regarding latest policy and regulatory developments that can impact FMC products. This major responsibility area requires systematic information gathering and dissemination capability so that business and corporate managers are aware of current regulatory developments and emerging governmental opportunities/risks. Additionally, the Manager should work to anticipate future directions that might support market growth or lead to adaptations in applications.
- External Government Liaison: Working with the Director of Government and Industry Affairs North America and the Manager Industry Relations build on established network of FMC government, regulatory and industry contacts targeting those entities with greatest potential to impact decisions in North America. Responsible for informing and educating key state and local officials regarding the importance of FMC products and achieving their support for our markets, expediting permits and clear policy and regulatory impediments to our products and corporate business locations.
- NGO Outreach and Enlistment: Create a strong network of NGO allies in support of our products’ abilities and potential to secure and bolster a safe, secure and abundant food supply chain. Utilize these alliances in developing coalitions in support of changes to legislation and regulations and in validating FMC products for demonstration and deployment.
- Creating a Solid Advocacy Network — Internal and External Resources: Develop a strong advocacy network by understanding those locations where it makes most sense to outsource advocacy. Create accountability mechanisms and incentives for contractors who assist with specific projects and make certain they are targeted on those areas with greatest potential for return. Leverage FMC capabilities by choosing external resources who have significant reach within given venues (provincial, state, municipal, federal) and act ethically and in compliance with all regulations governing advocacy and external outreach.
- North America: The Manager must be able to assist in the assessment of key domestic as well as regional policy and regulations. The capability to handle a diverse portfolio of issues and successfully identify opportunities to meet major responsibility areas will be essential. The Manager will need to utilize in-company as well as external resources to magnify outreach to key government officials in priority markets
A bachelor’s degree or equivalent is required.
This position requires an understanding of the role government plays in the development, delivery and stewardship of agriculture products. The Manager must be able to identify and utilize available government affairs, NGO, industry trade associations and customer influence to effectuate the desired outcomes for FMC’s product lines and sustainability goals.
The Manager must be able to assist in the assessment of key policies and regulations. Therefore, the ability to handle a diverse portfolio of issues and successfully identify opportunities to meet objectives will be essential. The Manager will need to utilize both internal and external resources to magnify outreach to key government officials in priority markets.
The Manager will need to work closely with NA Director of Government and Industry Affairs to ascertain those strategies that may conflict with existing FMC positions, or with the interests of affiliated business and industry groups.
The Manager should have strong track record of ability and experience in the following areas:
- The ideal candidate will have a combined minimum 6-10 years of experience working either in a Government Affairs capacity for a mid to large size multi-national company, government regulatory agency, as a private sector consultant for the chemical or agribusiness industry on regulatory issues or in a related senior legislative / regulatory oversight staff position in the U.S. Congress or State Legislatures.
- Breadth to understand the many potential influencers, advocates, impediments and resources that occupy the complex governmental and commercial space that impact the business.
- Expertise in the policy and regulatory process in the U.S. and the ability to ascertain those areas of opportunity/risk most critical to business success.
- Understanding of international markets and developments will also be essential so experience in this area is a plus.
- Understanding of agriculture and/or policy and key commodity/trade associations is essential to achieving objectives and is required.
- Understanding of crop production practices for row crops, grains, oilseeds and specialty crops is desired.
- Understanding of state and local political landscape in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York, Alabama and Puerto Rico is not required but is considered a plus.
- Critical capability to grasp complicated technology and regulatory concepts and translate them concisely and in well understood terms.
- Excellent interpersonal & persuasion skills, strong writing and speaking capabilities
- Willingness to travel 50 percent of time.
At FMC, diversity and inclusion are in our DNA. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to creating an inclusive workplace where all employees can thrive – regardless of race, gender, sex, pregnancy, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, national origin or ancestry, citizenship status, color, age, religion or religious creed, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, military or veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law. FMC also supports employee participation in company employee resource groups that celebrate the diverse backgrounds of our workforce by providing communities for employees to connect with each other and raise awareness throughout FMC.
FMC complies with federal and state disability laws and makes reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, please contact our Talent Acquisition department at email@example.com.
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Job posted: 2021-03-03