Government Affairs Lead

Philip Morris International UK

Location: Greater London

Job Type: Full time


‘Be a part of a revolutionary change’

About us
At PMI we’ve chosen to do something incredible. We’re totally transforming our business and building our future on smoke-free products!

With huge change comes huge opportunity. So, wherever you join us, you’ll enjoy the freedom to dream up and deliver better, brighter solutions and the space to move your career forward in endlessly different directions!

We have an exciting opportunity for a Government Affairs Lead to join our External Affairs (EA) team. This role will focus on external stakeholder management of political individuals from across the party-political spectrum in Westminster, with a particular focus on building connections and networks with MPs, Peers, Staffers and Special Advisors. Moreover, the role will support EA team members with research and briefings for engagements and also in the support of delivering the Government Affairs Strategy.

Your day to day
This is an exciting role where you will be responsible for attending regular political engagements, including conferences and receptions, demonstrating growth in support among politicians to our overall business objectives.

You’ll develop an in-depth understanding of all policy areas within the organisation and the core messages and strategies of the EA function in the UK, with the aim of communicating these to key political partners.

You will be proactively building your own political network with elected politicians, staffers, officials, and influential individuals in Westminster.

Ahead of political engagements, you will also be leading on the production of engagement briefings for EA colleagues.

You’ll play a crucial part in leading on stakeholder and media monitoring and providing updates and insights to the external affairs team by proactively looking out for opportunities.

You’ll also be supporting the Senior Manager for Government Affairs in the delivery of the UK Government Affairs Strategy, with research, briefings and monitoring support.

In this role you may be required to attend evening functions to fit in external engagements and some travel around the UK and abroad may be necessary at times.

About you
  • We are looking for someone that has extensive experience in government affairs, particularly in Parliament, Government or a corporate facing similar challenges to transforming their reputations.
  • You are someone who can assess political and reputation risk and spot opportunities and areas of improvement.
  • To succeed in this role you will need to demonstrate a high level of accountability, excellent communication and influencing skills.
  • You are someone that is resilient, discreet, and results-oriented, and can manage multiple goals and deadlines.
  • You're a problem solver and critical thinker that can navigate competing objectives of various stakeholders.

What we offer
We are a Global organisation that supports our colleagues around the world. We pride ourselves in providing security in an ever-changing world.

PMI offers outstanding performers the opportunity to develop themselves, and grow their careers within the business, both locally and worldwide. Working with us offers a demanding, fast paced career and we want to reward that.

From our competitive salary, flexible working options, enhanced parental leave policy, medical cover, life assurance and season ticket loans, we have you covered. Our comprehensive flexible benefits pot allows you to further tailor your benefits to suit you.

Our commitment to inclusion
PMI is committed to ensuring that all of our employees feel welcome and feel that they belong and can thrive with us.

We have a number of internal networks that are inclusive and open for anyone to join, including EMBRACE our Race and Ethnicity network, STRIPES our LGBTQ+ network and WIN our women's network. We’re also extremely proud to be the first global company to be awarded Equal Salary Certification.

We take wellbeing seriously, so we have trained mental health First Aiders to help support our employees, as well as support in the form of our LifeWorks app and Employee Assistance Programme.

PMI is an equal opportunities employer, hiring solely on merit and business need. We encourage applications regardless of sex, gender identity, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, pregnancy, parenthood and disability. If you require reasonable adjustments in any recruitment process with us, please make us aware.
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