Friday, November 11, 2016

Head of Governmental Relations and Regulatory Affairs

Head of Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs
Location: Cincinnati, OH, US, 45201

Company: Kroger

Position Summary:

Responsible for leading and implementing the company’s federal government relations strategy and tactics including working closely with division leadership to counsel and guide state and local advocacy activities. Collaborate with the company’s executive team to help the company realize an ambitious public affairs strategy to expand its license to operate and be recognized among the most reputable and influential companies in America. Demonstrate the company’s core values of respect, honesty, integrity, diversity, inclusion and safety.

Essential Functions:
Lead, develop and implement plans to achieve company’s key legislative and regulatory priorities
Serve as a trusted advisor to the CEO, EVPs and other senior leaders on issues, policies and industry matters
Provide foresight and insight; continuously scanning the horizon for trends and themes prior to and as they emerge concerning legislative and regulatory issues
Provide leadership and counsel to division public affairs leaders as they work to achieve state and local legislative and regulatory priorities
Manage external contractor and lobbyist relationships while keeping work on schedule and within budget
Manage relationships with federal trade associations to ensure company’s perspective and interests are represented
Lead annual division solicitation for company’s Political Action Committee (PAC) and lead contribution strategy
Serve as a lead team member on all topics that impact the company’s license to operate, including managing the internal policy-making process to ensure company is apprised of and responding to emerging issues
Provide advice and strategies to senior leadership regarding government, regulatory and policy issues that may affect the company’s business and reputation
Serve as a core member of the External Affairs team to align and execute on corporate priorities and initiatives, including managing potential crisis and reputational issues
Travel independently to participate in government, industry and trade association meetings while representing the organization
Must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation
Minimum Position Qualifications:
8+ years of experience in public affairs or government relations
Previous experience in Washington, D.C. is critical, serving as a primary point of contact to legislative offices for a company, organization or issue
Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Journalism, Public Relations, Marketing or Political Science
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Ability to analyze and solve problems
Strong planning and organizational skills
Desired Previous Job Experience:
Previous work as a public affairs leader in retail or corporate environment, within/managing public relations agencies
Previous work with elected officials or political campaigns
Experience in the food and agriculture value chain

Required Travel: Up to 50%

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