POSITION AND CANDIDATE SPECIFICATION
Manager of Government Affairs
Prepared by: Mary Ann Lee
Recruiting Consultant at Qualigence
Reed Elsevier has a long and proud heritage stretching back to the late 19th century and to the pioneering work of two industrialists, one English and one Dutch.
Albert E Reed laid the foundations of what was to become Reed International PLC, when in 1894 he set up a newsprint manufacturing plant at Tovil Mill in Kent, England. In 1903 the business becomes a public company under his own name. Through numerous acquisitions and mergers the company expanded into a wide variety of business activities ranging from paper and packaging, manufacture of building and decorative products and the publishing of newspapers, books and magazines. Reed International subsequently reorganized its portfolio in order to concentrate on its publishing and information businesses, disposing of its last manufacturing operations during 1987/88.
Jacobus George Robbers laid the foundations of what was to become Elsevier NV, when in 1880 a number of established Dutch publishers and booksellers pooled their interests. The company was named Elsevier after a 16th Century family of booksellers and printers who had, among other things, published the works of the Dutch philosopher, Erasmus. After the Second World War the company diversified and achieved considerable growth as a publisher of scientific journals. In the 1970’s Elsevier acquired major interests in Dutch national newspapers and commercial printing activities. During the 1980’s Elsevier’s portfolio was reorganized in order to concentrate on professional and business publishing activities, resulting in the disposal of its commercial printing and trade book publishing operations.
In 1993 Reed International PLC (now renamed Reed Elsevier PLC) and Elsevier NV (now renamed Reed Elsevier NV) contributed their respective businesses to form Reed Elsevier. The combined businesses operate through two jointly owned companies: Reed Elsevier Group plc (which owns the publishing and information businesses); and Elsevier Reed Finance BV (which owns the financing activities).
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The Science & Technology business is the world's leading science journal publisher, producing over 200,000 new research articles in some 1,100 journals every year, with ScienceDirect, its flagship electronic solution, accessed by over 11 million users.
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Manager, Government Affairs – Washington DC
Role Context and Challenges
The Government Affairs Department is a U.S. based team with remit to Business Units and Central Departments to provide lobbying and government affairs support on state and federal issues of interest to Reed Elsevier businesses. The mission of the Government Affairs team is to protect Reed Elsevier businesses from harmful public policy initiatives, advance positive public policies helpful to the company, and to support business development activities that generate revenue for the businesses. The candidate would have primary responsibility for positively influencing federal policy issues impacting Reed Elsevier businesses and to promote positive legislation and regulations for these same businesses. The candidate will also be responsible for working with the sales teams on business development initiatives and help position Reed Elsevier businesses to win new government contracts.
The Government Affairs Department is a strategic, centralized organization that provides support to all U.S. businesses. The Manager, Government Affairs will be part of the Reed Elsevier Government Affairs team and will be responsible for meeting objectives to further the mission of the department as a whole. To meet these responsibilities, the candidate must work closely with representatives from the U.S. businesses to positively influence public policy issue impacting Reed Elsevier businesses and to support business development opportunities. The candidate will lobby members of Congress and their staff and engage with federal regulatory agencies on issues of importance to Reed Elsevier businesses.
The key objectives are:
1. Positively influence legislative or regulatory proposals and policy initiatives of interest to Reed Elsevier businesses.
2. Coordinate with coalitions of industry and business peers to achieve public policy goals and objectives.
3. Develop and maintain relationships with members of Congress and their staffs, key agency officials, and other public policy makers.
4. Support Reed Elsevier (REI) business development initiatives.
Main Tasks and Accountabilities:
1. Government Affairs Strategy: Develop and implement effective government affairs strategies in support of Reed Elsevier goals and objectives. Work closely with REI businesses to identify potential business opportunities and legislative threats and implement effective strategies to maximize opportunities and eliminate or minimize threats.
2. Data, Trends, and Analyses: Follow business trends within industry coalitions and trade associations. Where appropriate, utilize business trend knowledge to advocate for amendments and model legislation to meet business objectives.
3. Systems and Tools: Proficient utilization of technology to meet government affairs objectives.
Internal Working Relationships
- Functional and business unit departments
- Legal departments for Reed Elsevier and its divisions and subsidiaries
External Working Relationships
- External trade associations, non-for-profit health organizations, and coalitions
- Commercial and non-profit publishers
- External lobbying firms
- Bachelor's degree with a minimum of 5 years of federal government affairs experience. Strong knowledge of the federal legislative process.
- A minimum of 5 years of federal government affairs experience
- Strong influencing and organizational skills that can be used to coordinate projects, and drive initiatives
- Strong analytical and oral/written communication skills
- Proven track record in building and working effectively with coalitions and trade associations
- High personal and business ethics
- Ability to build strategic working relationships and effectively collaborate
- Ability to operate in environment requiring working through conflict to resolution
- Ability to work well with cross-functional and cross-divisional teams
- Ability to analyze proposed legislation and regulations to identity potential threats and/or opportunities
- Ability to develop and implement creative and innovative approaches to accomplishing goals
- Ability to build trust with others who may not have identical goals
- Persuasive written and oral presentation skills
- Ability to effectively and concisely present complex data and concepts
For further information, please contact:
Mary Ann Lee- Recruiting Consultant
734-521-2141 (direct line)