Senior Manager of Policy and Regulatory Affairs
We are looking for an experienced public policy and stakeholder relations professional to take on the role as Senior Manager of Policy and Regulatory Affairs. You will have a global remit, with a strong background in policy, compliance and risk analysis. You will lead on shaping the public policy environment, and you will have the initiative to create and implement strategies in response to external regulatory threats and opportunities. You will have excellent social and communication skills, partnering with internal and external stakeholders to advance Pearson’s position. You will become the go-to expert on core policy issues impacting the business, and will need drive and vision to meet regulatory challenges head on. You will be the principal political lobbying compliance expert.
Reporting to the Vice President of Global Government Relations & Policy, you will work as part of a team of government relations and communications professionals to help shape Pearson’s profile overall, and to mitigate risks and discover opportunities on behalf of the company. Collaboration, partnership and active stakeholder management is foundational to success in this role. Thriving in an evolving environment, working to drive innovation, and continuous improvement for efficiency and sustainable growth is key.
You will have some knowledge of regulatory areas of importance and direct impact to Pearson outside of education policy, including Intellectual Property and copyright; data protection; and competition and antitrust.
Refine, implement, and manage a policy analysis strategy, across a range of key global markets, on behalf of Pearson, which includes monitoring and tracking the external regulatory and legislative environment as part of a global remit
Oversee the maintenance of political lobbying compliance program, with specific focus on the US, working with legal team to ensure local requirements are being met.
Lead on determining key regulatory priorities and drive the implementation of strategies in response
Provide analysis of regulatory threats and opportunities: assessment of business impacts, summarize key issues and communicate intelligence with internal and external stakeholders.
Lead the engagement strategy for external political and regulatory stakeholders on key policy areas of relevance to Pearson, including UK trade associations, international trade bodies, NGOs and global organisations
Manage existing relationships to lead on shaping and influencing the policy environment and build out new stakeholder partnerships to mitigate regulatory risks and advocate for Pearson
Provide government relations, advocacy and direct lobbying activities where required in Brussels, UK, and other Growth markets in order to influence policy-makers’ decisions
Drive the delivery of key Pearson-wide positions, thought leadership pieces and written/ oral responses
Lead the coordination of a pan-Pearson approach across a range of departments and geographies to provide direction and strategic advice, deliver information and intelligence and act as a trusted expert on key policy areas
Partner with business leaders and departments, facilitate introductions and coordinate separate teams
Utilise networks to raise awareness of and ensure legal compliance
Raise awareness of business risks and disseminate responses and positions internally as required
Serve as the day-to-day global policy contact for Pearson within the Corporate Affairs function and the wider Pearson business, and with external stakeholders
Pearson is an equal opportunities employer. We do not discriminate against employees or job applicants and select the best person for each job based on relevant skills and experience.
We are also committed to building an accurate picture of the make-up of the workforce and encouraging equality and diversity.
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Previous experience in a policy-focused, communications or government relations role
Broad understanding of regulatory/ public policy areas including Intellectual Property, Data Protection, Competition, Artificial Intelligence, and Education
Proven experience in US State political lobbying compliance
A track record of building trust and sustaining excellent internal and external relationships
Proven ability to support senior executives (e.g. verbal and written briefings, drafting speeches etc)
Experience of handling high pressure issues management and managing a complex and fast changing portfolio of responsibilities
Experience in using data, thought leadership, and technical experts to seek out and engage with new partnerships and stakeholders
Demonstrable project management skills and experience
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Proven ability to work well cross-functionally
Solid interpersonal skills including experience of briefing and interacting with senior leaders
Previous experience within South America
Previous experience of mitigating reputational risk
Previous experience with UK trade bodies and NGOs
Opening Date: 27th February 2019
Closing Date: 29th March 2019
Primary Location: GB-GB-London
Work Locations: GB-London-80 Strand 80 Strand London WC2R 0RL
Organization: Global Corporate Affairs & Marketing
Employee Status: Regular Employee
Job Type: Standard
Shift: Day Job
Job Posting: Feb 27, 2019
Job Unposting: Ongoing
Schedule: Full-time Regular
Req ID: 1902340
Pearson is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and a member of E-Verify. All qualified applicants, including minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.