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location Newark, New Jersey, United States
Although Mars is a global company, we enjoy an extensive
presence within the United States – including Associates and
operations in nearly every state. Consequently, we need to ensure
that we have a strong public affairs presence in these
jurisdictions. This position will drive the development and
management of policy and advocacy strategies, plans, and programs
to reach and engage senior internal and key external government
stakeholders at the U.S. state and local (cities and counties)
levels in support of Mars’ objectives and priorities. The position
will also support the U.S. Public Affairs team in some U.S. federal
We are flexible on location for this role, with a preference for
near a Mars hub (VA, NJ, IL, OR, TN).
What are we looking for?
Minimum of BS/BA with graduate degree (law, business, public
policy) strongly preferred.
Expertise in public policy, legislative and regulatory affairs,
issues management, government relations, public affairs. 5+ years
of relevant experience in the Washington DC and/or state policy
Strong preference for someone with food industry or animal/pet
Some pre-established relationships with key policy makers
throughout the United States.
Experience with and ability to collaborate with multiple
internal stakeholders (segments, central functions, and other CA
Experience with leading multiple projects simultaneously and the
ability to track projects with varying deadlines employing hands
on, fast thinking, and proven experience in project and process
Management experience – particularly the ability to manage
outside agencies and firms.
Experience in providing strategic counsel to senior
Experience in sharing and working collaboratively across a
diverse group of colleagues, including conducting training as
Understanding of the interdependency between the segments,
regions, and product sectors, and of the interaction between the
business and key stakeholders (regulatory authorities and
governments, NGOs, etc.).
Sound experience, good judgment, and poise in crisis
What would be your key responsibilities?
Build, maintain, and enhance Mars relationships and reputation
with key U.S. state and local external stakeholders, trade
associations, and organizations (e.g. National Governors
Association, U.S. Conference of Mayors, etc.).
Coordinate with segments and outside consultants to drive key
investment and incentive discussions and negotiations, while
ensuring our business objectives are met and our external
stakeholder relationships enhanced
Support the U.S. Public Affairs team on priority federal
Manage outside consultants supporting Mars on state government
Advise and guide the business regarding external/internal
threats and opportunities and create external engagement strategies
to protect, enhance and/or accelerate business imperatives.
Maintain, cultivate, and manage stakeholder relationships with
key state and local government officials and key opinion
Lead and manage State and Local stakeholder outreach for key
business initiatives and events, including site visits, large scale
segment events, Hill Days, conferences, and in-person meetings.
Identify and track critical market and government policy issues,
legislation, and regulations, and drive internal and external
advocacy strategies consistent with overall Mars strategy.
Develop and deploy proactive segment-based issue management and
stakeholder engagement strategies aligned with strategic platforms
or foundations developed by Public Affairs and business
In partnership with the U.S. Public Affairs and segment
Corporate Affairs (CA) teams, monitor and influence state and local
legislative and regulatory activities that impact segments and
advise them on relevant issues.
Anticipate and define issues and concerns impacting the company
and identify areas to improve corporate reputation through
Ensure no policy surprises: contribute to “early warning system”
to notify segments and senior business leaders of risks and
opportunities across the U.S. and support proactive issues
management strategies through global issue identification and
Provide oral and written overviews and presentations on key
policy issues across the United States to enable prioritization of
Partner with U.S. CA associates to develop proactive strategies,
positions and messages on key public policy issues and communicate
those messages to critical stakeholders (i.e., state and local
policymakers/regulators, relevant industry groups/trade
associations and media )
What can you expect from Mars?
The opportunity to learn, develop and take charge of your own
An industry competitive compensation package including
generous benefits (i.e. 401k, pension, health,
Commitment to our Purpose and our Five
An environment where all Associates feel valued, supported,
and comfortable being themselves at work.
The opportunity to work cross functionally, add value and
impact a better world for generations to come.
Mars is a family-owned business with more than $35 billion in
global sales. We produce some of the world’s best-loved brands:
M&M’s®, SNICKERS®, TWIX®, MILKY WAY®, DOVE®, PEDIGREE®, ROYAL
CANIN®, WHISKAS®, EXTRA®, ORBIT®, 5™, SKITTLES®, UNCLE BEN’S® and
COCOAVIA®. Alongside our consumer brands, we proudly take care of
half of the world’s pets through our nutrition, health and services
businesses such as Banfield Pet Hospitals™, BluePearl®, Linnaeus,
AniCura, VCA™ and Pet Partners™.Headquartered in McLean, VA, Mars
operates in more than 80 countries. The Mars Five Principles –
Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom –
inspire our 125,000 Associates into taking action every day towards
creating the world we want tomorrow. Disclaimer:
Mars is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified
applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard
to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity,
national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or
any other characteristic protected by law. If you need assistance
or an accommodation during the application process because of a
disability, it is available upon request. The company is pleased to
provide such assistance, and no applicant will be penalized as a
result of such a request.
Note to Search Firms/Agencies:
Mars, Incorporated and its subsidiaries and affiliates (Mars) do
not compensate search firms for unsolicited assistance unless they
have a written search agreement with Mars and the requisition is
position-specific. Any resumes, curriculum vitae, and other
unsolicited assistance from search firms that do not have a written
search agreement or position-specific requisition submitted to any
Associate of Mars will be deemed the sole property of Mars and no
fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by Mars.
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