Senior Government Public Affairs Specialist

23 Dec, 2021

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Senior Government Public Affairs Specialist

Somfy
Dayton, NJ

Company Description

SOMFY® is the leading global manufacturer of high quality electric motors and electronic app controls for interior window coverings and exterior solar protections. Over 270 million users worldwide enjoy the more than 170 million motors produced by Somfy. During the past 50 years, Somfy engineers have designed products for both the commercial and residential markets to motorize window coverings such as interior shades, wood blinds, draperies, awnings, rolling shutters, exterior solar screens and projection screens. Somfy motorization systems are easily integrated with security, HVAC and lighting systems providing total home or building automation.SOMFY® is the leading global manufacturer of high quality electric motors and electronic app controls for interior window coverings and exterior solar protections. Over 270 million users worldwide enjoy the more than 170 million motors produced by Somfy. During the past 50 years, Somfy engineers have designed products for both the commercial and residential markets to motorize window coverings such as interior shades, wood blinds, draperies, awnings, rolling shutters, exterior solar screens and projection screens. Somfy motorization systems are easily integrated with security, HVAC and lighting systems providing total home or building automation.

Job Description

The primary objective of this position is to develop the capability of Somfy to influence the Northern America markets (USA, Canada), regulations and network ; represent the Somfy group in building and developing strategic alliances and networks within the United States governing bodies.  The role reports directly to Somfy group Head of Influence & Standards which is based in France. The focus of this role is to develop and manage a comprehensive and effective government programs and related industrial associations to advance and support the company’s overall business plan for the United States and globally. There are specific objectives with an aim to influence regulations and laws that could impact Somfy’s business and help position the company for sustainable growth.

Key Accountabilities:

Standards influence

  • Identify all UL standards (and, if needed other international standards) relevant for current and future Somfy’s solutions.
  • Influence the UL standards by representing Somfy in these institutions making sure that Somfy’s solutions are compliant to the UL Standards.
  • Contribution to the global strategy definition of Somfy in North America. Provide oversight and strategic input on standards development being tracked to determine impact and alignment with operations, strategy, and objectives.

Global influence

  • Identify all influent stakeholders which could help Somfy’s business and review this list on a periodic timing.
  • Participate to the existing and new identified unions and organizations in which Somfy could have any interest.
  • Direct the effective development, implementation and assessment of an influence program at unions and associations level to enhance the company’s reputation and position Somfy as the trusted expert and industry leader.
  • Build and sustain key internal and external relationships with relevant stakeholders establishing a level of trust and alliances.
  • Helps to develop communication strategies and approaches in conjunction with internal and external communications leaders. Establishing proactive communication outreach strategies to ensure Somfy’s solutions are known and valorized
  • Contribution to the global strategy definition of Somfy in North America. Provide oversight and strategic input on standards development being tracked to determine impact and alignment with operations, strategy, and objectives.

Qualifications

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Must be knowledgeable of the standards development in the United States (UL), regulations applicable to buildings (commercial & residential) applicable to Somfy’s solutions, or building’s industry.
  • Advantageous: be knowledgeable of the federal, local and state government and legislative processes at all levels and understand the hierarchy of government officials so Somfy has access to the right people, at the right time, in the right departments, for the right purpose.
  • Must have a thorough understanding of Building regulations for the federal and state level, where applicable, and a knowledge of the various reporting and compliance requirements.
  • Demonstrate competency in how to access information and gain knowledge of issues internally, business, industry, and political arena, that may impact the company.
  • Analyze the results of the implementation strategy and actions.
  • Able to build relationships, influence, and coach people to develop potential and build capabilities.
  • Ability to manage budget resources to effectively maximize the benefit.
  • Able to work with various people at executive and operational levels, able to synthetize and communicate effectively
  • Able to public speak

Experience and Education:

  • Master’s Degree in science, building’s physics or related field, preference for engineering profile, or in political sciences and law regarding building regulations.
  • Five+ years of experience in standards development and representation of companies in unions and professional organizations, and advantageous experience within the Energy Department, Housing Department, OSHA, etc.
  • Industry Association knowledge of AERC, NAHB, TNAH, WCMA, ASHRAE, ICC and DOE preferred but not mandatory.
  • Knowledge of building regulations and standards a must.

Travel Requirements:

Up to 50% travel with focus on NJ, CA, FL, DC first (may be changed and extended without notice

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

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Job posted: 2021-12-23