Sr Dir, Intl Government Relations Policy

06 Nov, 2022


Sr Dir, Intl Government Relations Policy

Washington, D.C.

At PayPal (NASDAQ: PYPL), we believe that every person has the right to participate fully in the global economy. Our mission is to democratize financial services to ensure that everyone, regardless of background or economic standing, has access to affordable, convenient, and secure products and services to take control of their financial lives.


Job Description Summary:

Reporting directly to the Vice President and Head of Global Government Relations, and working very closely with senior leaders across the company globally, PayPal seeks a Head of International Government Relations Policy to lead its policy and advocacy work with international organizations that influence global, regional, and national policy in the financial services, fintech and e-commerce space. The Senior Director will also be part of PayPal’s Global Government Relations senior leadership team, alongside the team leaders with responsibility for Europe, Middle East and Africa, and the Asia-Pacific region.
The Senior Director, International Government Relations Policy will develop, manage, and execute PayPal’s advocacy and thought leadership strategy for key international organizations with which PayPal seeks to build relationships and engage in discussion on policy. As a leading global financial technology services provider, PayPal seeks to increase its involvement in international organizations’ policy discussions and work, to represent the company’s position effectively and enable PayPal’s business leaders to better understand the near- and longer-term opportunities and risks that such initiatives may provide. The Senior Director, International Government Relations Policy will lead our engagement and advocacy efforts for these organizations, working closely with the global team to coordinate corresponding advocacy at the national and regional levels, where appropriate.

This role is ideally suited to a professional who enjoys working at the international level and seeks to assist our global team with the work they do at national level. The role will help PayPal develop more consistent policy positions on issues for the future of the payments, financial services, and e-commerce markets. The position will drive strong internal collaboration with company executives and teams including Regulatory Relations, Compliance, Legal and Corporate Affairs.

Direct Reporting Line: Vice President & Head of Global Government Relations, based in Washington, D.C.


Job Description:

Core Responsibilities:

  • Present and project the international policy and regulatory landscape internally to PayPal’s senior management and business and function leaders and their teams.
  • Develop, coordinate, and advocate on key policy matters for PayPal with relevant international organizations, such as the World Bank, IMF, Bank for International Settlements, the G20, UN, FSB, WTO, and others.
  • Inspire and mentor members of PayPal’s Global GR team to further develop this policy work for impact at the regional and national levels, to demonstrate PayPal’s commitment to being a constructive thought-leader commensurate with our global business.
  • Membership of the Head of Global Government Relations’ management team, which currently consists of the Heads of EMEA, North America and APAC Government Relations teams.
  • Implement an annual policy-related GR strategy for key GR issues; assess the competitive environment, local, regional, and global perspectives to protect and build corporate reputation for long term regulatory and advocacy objectives.
  • Monitor, interpret and influence the international policy environment; political, regulatory, and economic analyses which may impact PayPal’s businesses. Ensure relevant communication is disseminated to all internal and external parties quickly, thoroughly, and appropriately.
  • Draft and contribute to public policy and thought leadership papers and other relevant content for distribution and publication.
  • Proactively present concise and business-relevant GR intelligence on pertinent regulatory and governmental issues.
  • Drive development, positioning and execution of PayPal senior management outreach and key stakeholder engagement to relevant policymakers, ensuring external relations are anticipatory, on-going, and aligned.
  • Engage GR outreach and relationship management with relevant supervisory and legal authorities in close cooperation with other support functions (Regulatory Relations, Legal, Compliance, Communications, Risk, Global Core Payments).
  • Contribute to Strategy and Corporate Development projects related to possible new or expanded PayPal services internationally.
  • Ensure awareness of key constituencies, including Governmental and Non- Governmental Organizations and opinion leaders who may have a positive or negative impact on the business.
  • Oversee external consultants and industry associations in collaboration with internal stakeholders and functional colleagues.


Experience Required:

  • Minimum 15 years work experience within a relevant industry: Payments, Global Financial Services, Consumer/Retail Banks, eCommerce, Information Technology.
  • Strong understanding and experience in public policy, with know-how and experience in financial services, payments, ecommerce, and technology.
  • A proven understanding of how Government Relations positively impacts revenue.
  • An appreciation for technology; its applications and uses, to gain greater insight of regulatory requirements.
  • Deep knowledge of policymaking, legislative and regulatory processes is highly desirable.
  • Previous successful formulation of a relevant Government Relations strategy is of strong interest.
  • Successful team management, along with regional leadership responsibility for setting business or product strategy.
  • Work experience with a matrix-styled organization, understanding how to successfully navigate through the organization to partner internally.
  • Excellent written, verbal, communicative and influencing skills.


Character and Competencies:

  • Exemplary understanding of how to develop strong, candid, and advantageous relationships within the company to leverage resources to effect legislative and policy changes.
  • A high level of corporate professionalism, maturity, and political agility; analyze, negotiate, and influence appropriately.
  • Able to work flexibly under pressure and balance multiple and competing tasks, energetic drive, able to take ownership of the process and outcome.
  • Brings out the best in others to perform beyond the norm.
  • Remain resilient through adversity and can achieve results despite challenging situations.
  • Consistently exercise sound judgment under stringent deadlines, possess significant degree of self-motivation and resourcefulness.
  • Execute decisively when necessary, comfortable with the ambiguity of the regulatory and legislative process.
  • Sound management and judgement skills, resourceful, confident, able to listen and work collaboratively.
  • An uncompromising level of ethical commitment and integrity.
  • A high level of self-awareness, seeks feedback and acts on it, as well as a good sense of humor.





Travel Percent:




Bachelors Degree or Equivalent (Required)






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Job posted: 2022-11-06