Sr. Director – Global Government Relations

24 Aug, 2020


Sr. Director – Global Government Relations

National Instruments
Austin, TX

Job Description

NI is looking for an experienced government affairs/public policy professional to craft and implement the vision for NI’s government affairs function.

The successful candidate will work closely with NI’s executives to develop and advance policy positions, provide thought leadership and enhance NI brand awareness, and help identify/enable commercial business opportunities for NI. The individual will also work closely with third-party consultants to monitor and advocate on issues of import to NI and will be responsible for internal communications regarding relevant public policy developments.

Specific duties and responsibilities include:

·      In collaboration with colleagues across the business, develop and implement a global government affairs strategy and tactical plan (with measured outcomes) that advances NI’s priorities in areas such as sales, marketing, R&D, and operations among others.

·      Analyze, advise, and advocate NI’s interests in select government-related matters affecting NI’s business, such as test and measurement industry policies, public sector sales, trade, R&D, cybersecurity, emerging tech, etc.

·      Work with the Communications team to provide insight into public policy developments internally.

·      Credibly represent NI with elected officials, regulators, trade association and industry bodies, customers, and other external audiences, including through outside consultants and trade associations to monitor and advocate on issues of import to NI.

·      Manage and shape NI C-Suite relationships with U.S. government officials, preparing executives prior to meetings with government officials, including drafting preparation materials and messages.

·      Serve on global cross-functional teams to develop and implement corporate initiatives.

·      Ensure NI government affairs’ compliance with applicable laws and corporate policies.


Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate must have at least 12 years of experience as a government-affairs professional with technology-industry awareness. Prior experience in a multi-national publicly-traded company is required.

Additionally, we are looking for a leader with the following qualifications:

·       Experience with government officials and agencies, technology trade associations, and other relevant organizations

·       Extensive knowledge of technology industries and technology-related public policy issues

·       A healthy curiosity and willingness to learn about relevant technologies, and a strong desire to learn the many facets of the test and measurement industry

·       Experience managing global issues and representing corporate interests internationally

·       Experience effectively interacting with C-Suite level executives to inform of policy developments and craft policy positions and advocacy strategies on relevant matters

·       Experience supporting sales teams by crafting and implementing supportive government affairs strategies

·       Familiarity with the U.S. Lobby Disclosure Act and experience managing lobby-compliance schemes, as well as familiarity with laws governing anti-bribery and corruption

·       Experience with managing budgets and justifying resources where situations require

·       Thrives on building and maintaining strategic relationships and leading internal and external cross-functional teams to develop clear objectives and deliver measurable results, including across multiple geographies, levels of experience, sites, and functions

·       Strong interpersonal skills with a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with people across political parties, geographies, functions, and levels of seniority and experience

·       Takes the initiative, maintains professional decorum, and successfully manages multiple projects at once

·       Integrity and adherence to high ethical standards

·       Strong written and oral English communications skills

·       Ability to travel – domestically and internationally

·       Education: Undergraduate degree required. Advanced degree in law, public affairs, public administration, or a related discipline is preferred.


Location: The position will be located in Austin, Texas or Washington DC. Travel will be required.

About Us

Why NI?For over 40 years, NI has worked with engineers and scientists to provide answers to the most challenging questions. Through these pursuits, NI customers have brought hundreds of thousands of products to market, overcome innumerable technological roadblocks, and engineered a better life for us all.

Historically, NI has been a top 100 employer of choice as ranked by several different sources, naming NI as one of the top corporate citizens and best places to work. Maybe it is our fantastic work/life balance, or the Employee Stock Purchase Program and grants, or matching 401K, or picturesque campus with ponds, hiking trails, beach volleyball courts, and collaborative meeting spaces. If you want to work on cool stuff at a cool company, you’re in the right place!  Here’s a snippet of some of our core industry leadership.

• Aerospace & Defense – NI provides industry-leading performance and accuracy with best-in-class synchronization for large systems, so you can get to the right decision faster.
• Semiconductor – NI semiconductor test customers report 10X improvement in test times while maintaining measurement and performance requirements.
• Autonomous Automotive – As vehicles advance towards autonomous operation, test engineers face drastically increasing system complexity while dealing with ever present cost and time pressure.
• 5G – Setting world records in spectral efficiency using MIMO
• Internet of Things (IoT) – With NI’s technology providing unmatched capabilities in measurement, control, ruggedness, and connectivity, along with our expert ecosystem, you can realize the benefits of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) today.

NI is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, committed to providing a work environment free of discrimination on the basis of sex, race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, military status, veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law.

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Job posted: 2020-08-24