Western Union seeks Director, Public and Regulatory Affairs Europe
Director, Public and Regulatory Affairs Europe
Location: Brussels, Belgium or London, UK
Summary: This position supports the London-based Vice President of European Public and Regulatory Affairs. He/she will assist the VP in developing and executing an effective government relations strategy in support of the Company’s businesses in Europe.
- Direct lobbying of officials and elected representatives of the three main E.U. legislative institutions, in Brussels and Strasbourg;
- Representing Western Union in external policy forums, industry conferences, hearings and other events
- Monitoring the activities of and liaising with relevant regulatory authorities and standards-setting bodies
- Working in cooperation with and contributing to relevant industry associations and other relevant coalitions on key policy issues;
- Assisting with the preparation and deployment of briefings for senior management on important regulatory developments
- Providing senior counsel to business leaders on relevant policy issues;
- Coordinating and preparing written submissions such as responses to regulatory consultations and enquiries, and other communications with the E.U. institutions;
- Participating in internal cross-functional teams to address specific issues. In particular, there will be a strong emphasis on crafting appropriate responses to a wide variety of stakeholders, including politicians, policymakers and industry associations.
- The principal focus will be on issues within the European Union arising from the Payment Services Directive, AML and TF, migration issues. Other related issues, such as data protection and privacy, and consumer issues will also be priorities. This role may be subject to background verification checks.
Experience/Qualifications Key Requirements
- Experience at mid- to senior-level in a European government agency, lobbying/PR agency, or in a corporate government affairs position.
- Deep understanding of European politics and public policy formulation.
- Excellent understanding of the European Union and its principal institutions.
- Ability to relate public policy issues to core business objectives.
- Strong attention to detail combined with excellent written and oral communications skills.
- Ability to deal effectively and confidently with the most senior levels of the Company and external stakeholders.
- Excellent organizational skills and ability to manage multiple priorities against tight deadlines.
- Team player capable of working with a diverse group of colleagues and internal business clients.
- High ethical standards and experience of working with confidential and sensitive information.
- Language(s): English required. Knowledge of other European languages such as French or German would be an advantage.