The senior director, scientific and regulatory affairs will be a strong collaborator responsible for providing strategic and tactical regulatory policy leadership on issues impacting the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry and GMA’s strategic priorities. Reporting to the senior vice president, science and technology, this role will proactively identify emerging regulatory policy issues, concerns, and opportunities that enhance the intersection of advancing the CPG industry’s agenda and meeting expectations of the American consumer.
Key areas of responsibility:
Work collaboratively to monitor the regulatory landscape, both with members of the organization and U.S. regulatory agencies.
Proactively identify priorities, issues and opportunities within regulatory affairs.
Partner with senior vice president to develop strategic regulatory policy positions and advocacy efforts.
Establish and maintain relationships with members, U.S. regulatory agencies, the research community, and NGOs.
Represent the organization at key regulatory meetings and industry events.
Partner with internal divisions to develop regulatory positions and champion uniform regulatory frameworks.
Provide general expertise, assistance and representation on technical, regulatory, and scientific issues.
Lead discussions and consensus building activities with GMA member companies and stakeholders.
Analyze proposed regulations, guidance and other emerging issues as needed.
Draft stakeholder comments, talking points and slide decks on issues.
Support senior vice president in providing strategic leadership to the department.
Represent department across the organization, as needed.
Manage a team of 2-3 regulatory professionals working on a variety of issues.
Experience & Education:
A minimum of a BA/BS degree is required. An advanced degree such as an MS is a plus.
10-15 years of related employment in the food, beverage, or personal care products required.
10-15 years of experience with FDA, USDA and/or EPA regulatory and policy issues required.
Experience managing people, committees and various stakeholders.
A track record of demonstrated results in government, association and/or political environments.
Comfort with ambiguity
Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills.
Excellent analytical and decision-making skills.
Public speaking skills, including the executive presence to represent the association at industry forums and events.
Passion for learning issues, building strategy and tactics, and executing against a plan.
Ability to persuasively communicate high-level issues to a technical audience and vice-versa in concise messages.
Advanced proficiency in Office 365 Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Excellent customer service skills and email etiquette.
Ability to manage multiple tasks and prioritize work.
Flexibility in learning new software and/or computer/technical applications.
A self-starter with the ability to work independently.
Ability to work on cross-functional teams.
Ability to travel up to 25%
Internal Number: HR19-08
About Grocery Manufacturers Association
The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) is the trade organization representing the world’s leading food, beverage and consumer products companies and associated partners. The U.S. food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry plays a unique role as the single largest U.S. manufacturing employment sector, with 2.1 million jobs in 30,000 communities across the country that deliver products vital to the wellbeing of people in our nation and around the world. Our 40-person staff enjoy working in an agile environment in our brand new, sunny office space in Arlington, VA just a five-minute walk from the Rosslyn metro station. GMA offers competitive comprehensive medical (including an HSA option) and dental coverage, a generous 401k match and discretionary contribution program, and transportation benefits (free parking, metro stipend, or even BikeShare membership). Other perks include Flexible Spending Accounts, our free fitness center, life insurance coverage, free caffeination, free healthy snacks, and more.