Cargill Director of Federal Government Relations in Washington, District Of Columbia
Director of Federal Government Relations
Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. Together with farmers, customers, governments and communities, we help people thrive by applying our insights and over 150 years of experience. We have 150,000 employees in 70 countries who are committed to feeding the world in a responsible way, reducing environmental impact and improving the communities where we live and work.
This senior position directs legislative and regulatory activities critical to Cargill’s global business operations, reputation, and performance. The position is responsible for advancing the Company’s policy agenda, and involves leading the internal policy setting process, issue analysis, strategic planning, and advocacy at the principal level.
Applicant should possess an understanding of a variety of agricultural, health and environmental issues that impact the sustainability of food systems, including policies related to climate, water, land, food production, and energy use. Position serves as the lead government relations advisor to Cargill for Cargill’s Animal Nutrition and Bioindustrial businesses and lead lobbyist on energy, environmental, bio-economy, andsustainabilityissues. The selected candidate will interact daily with senior Business Group, Enterprise, and Corporate Leaders and represent Cargill before a wide range of stakeholders including Members of Congress, White House and other senior executive branch officials, NGOs, IGOs, and trade associations. The position also interacts heavily with Cargill’s trade associations, often serving on boards and industry committees, and works closely with Cargill’s customer, NGO, and other partners in a fast paced, demanding environment.
It requires excellent relationship building and management skills, strong writing skills, and the ability to explain complex subject matter in concise, common language.
This role serves as a “registered lobbyist” under federal legal requirements.
20% Work across Cargill’s diverse business portfolio to develop corporate positioning and advocacy strategies to meet Cargill’s public policy and business objectives
10% Manage coalitions and trade association activities from the grassroots level to the most senior leadership in support of company policy objectives
30% Serve as the lead for government relations and the relationship manager for a group of Cargill’s businesses (internal clients)
40% Direct lobbying of legislative and executive branch officials across the spectrum of leadership, from staff to Members of Congress, Agency Heads, and Department Secretaries - as well as working closely with Embassies and international organizations
Bachelor's degree required, Graduate degree preferred
Minimum 8 years in federal policy, legislative and regulatory affairs
Demonstrated experience with a wide range of agriculture and food supply chain stakeholders, policies and processes
Strong business acumen with an agricultural focus
Strong foresight and critical thinking about agriculture business and customer needs
Comprehensive understanding of the U.S. federal policy development and implementation processes
Strong curiosity, learning capacity and independent decision-maker
Excellent presentation, written and verbal communication skills
Self-starter and effective problem solver with strong analytic skills
Ability to set priorities in a fast-paced, demanding environment
Ability to quickly step in and support objectives outside of his/her direct business portfolio
Some travel required
Exceptional communication skills required
If selected for an interview, you will be required to submit signed copies of your last two performance reviews. (A completed e-PMP is considered a signed copy.)
Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.
Primary Location US-DC-Washington
Job Type Standard
Shift Day Job
Req ID: WAS00040