Montreal, Canada


External Affairs



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Be a part of a revolutionary change At PMI, we’ve chosen to do something incredible. We’re totally transforming our business, and building our future on smoke-free products with the power to improve the lives of a billion smokers worldwide. 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. External Affairs is a growing team, full of fresh opportunities. Our smoke-free transformation is completely changing the way we engage. We have stakeholders to talk to and brave new messages to share. We need talented people who are also excited by our sense of purpose to help expand our influence – on the media, legislators, health professionals, national governments and public policy-makers. As our work evolves, there’s space to define your role and satisfy your professional curiosity. You’ll be working across functions surrounded and supported by experts in everything from fiscal affairs and illicit trade to sustainability and public health legislation. Join us and use your relationship-building skills for good: to change the lives of a billion smokers. We are seeking a talented Government Affairs Lead to join the Government and Regulatory Affairs team in Quebec/Atlantic Canada. YOU will be responsible for the management of RBH’s relationships with government and political stakeholders at the Federal level, including elected officials, public servants, political staff and third-party organizations of a national level. YOU will have primary accountability for federal government relations and interactions and will works with the Manger, Government Relations and peers to contribute to the development of the overall Government Relations team action plan within the External Affairs strategy. YOU are a great communicator with excellent written and oral communications skills and able to build and maintain working relationships with internal and external stakeholders. Your 'day to day' • Acts as the primary federal government contact for Rothmans, Benson & Hedges (RBH) to advance the strategic positioning of the company and its public affairs strategy within circles of influence. • Meets with government officials on a regular basis to discuss issues/policies that relate to or will impact RBH’s business in both the near and long term. • Develops and implements action plans for specified corporate or commercial objectives for direct advocacy with government officials. • Coaches and prepares Managing Director & senior RBH executives for political interactions as needed, including a thorough and detailed briefing prior to official meetings. • Work alongside the regional GR Leads to develop specific legislative and regulatory priorities at the Federal government levels, based on RBH’s specific commercial needs and the opportunities that are available. • Support the design and implementation of tactical engagements to achieve these outcomes through clear objectives, goals, strategies and measures (OGSMs). The Lead, Federal Affairs will marshal resources and mitigate barriers, including but not limited to work in an integrated manner across the GR team, other External Affairs functions, with Legal and with Commercial. • Managing external vendors at the federal government level, including managing the consultants and national stakeholders within the Government Relations unit. • Overseeing the management of the corporate and commercial partners/stakeholders at both the national level, with whom RBH interacts in the context of public affairs. • Conducts research and analysis in support of advocacy activities and the development of public policy to support RBH’s business objectives. • Writes and disseminates briefing materials, to analyze government activities that could impact RBH business including but not limited to: budget, Throne speeches, key government programs, etc. • Assesses the effectiveness of various government affairs initiatives. • Adheres to PMI government affairs policies, such as C-14. • Networks proactively with key influencers and stakeholders to build authentic, constructive and trusting relationships with members of Canadian business, such as industry associations, think tanks, and where appropriate collaborate with Commercial on key supplier and vendor relationships. Legislation Review - RBH Lead on the upcoming Federal Tobacco & Vaping Act Review & Internal Stakeholder Coordination. Who we’re looking for • Eligible to act as a registered lobbyist with the federal government. • Minimum 7 years in government and/or public affairs role. • Corporate experience, preferably in a publicly-trade international, is required. • Familiarity with matrix-based organization is an asset. • Experience in federal or provincial politics is an asset. • Ability to work in a non-partisan manner and establish/maintain credibility and access across competing party lines. • Demonstrated results in advocating for regulatory or fiscal reform at the federal and/or provincial levels. • Established senior-level political contacts and the provincial and federal level across multiple political parties and demonstrated ability to expand network, from a deputy minister to a chief of staff to a Minister or Premier. • Detailed understand of Canadian political system and current political dynamics. • Demonstrable experience researching and monitoring public policy and legislative developments • Experience preparing communications materials, including briefing and background notes, newsletters and website content. What we offer Our success depends on the men and women who come to work every single day with a sense of purpose and an appetite for progress. Join PMI and you too can: • Seize the freedom to define your future and ours. We’ll empower you to take risks, experiment and explore. • Be part of an inclusive, diverse culture, where everyone’s contribution is respected; collaborate with some of the world’s best people and feel like you belong. • Pursue your ambitions and develop your skills with a global business – our staggering size and scale provides endless opportunities to progress. • Take pride in delivering our promise to society: to improve the lives of a billion smokers. WHO WE ARE? We are Rothmans, Benson & Hedges Inc. Philip Morris International’s subsidiary in Canada -an International Fortune 500 Company. Today we are Canada's second largest tobacco company. In addition, RBH Inc. was awarded Top Employer for 2017, 2018 & 2019. We currently employ over 700 people throughout our six corporate and sales offices and our factory. Our parent company PMI is one of the world’s leading international tobacco company. In addition to the manufacture and sale of cigarettes, PMI is engaged in the development and commercialization of Reduced-Risk Products (“RRPs”). RRPs is the term we used to refer to products that present, are likely to present, or have the potential to present less risk of harm to smokers who switch to these products versus continued smoking. PMI has a range of RRPs in various stages of development, scientific assessment and commercialization. Click on the following link to learn more about the science behind the RRPs: Rothmans, Benson & Hedges is committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all current and prospective employees, as well as to promoting a culture of inclusion and respect for each individual. We celebrate the innovation that diversity creates in the work environment, and we recognize that each employee brings their own unique capabilities, experiences and perspectives to the organization. It is this diversity that adds value to our teams, as well as to our stakeholders. In particular, we are committed to providing equal employment opportunity regardless of race, ancestry, colour, religion, sex, marital/family status (including pregnancy), national origin, sexual orientation, immigrant and newcomer status, gender identity/expression, age, citizenship, or disability. We consider qualified applicants who have passed the criminal background checks, consistent with legal requirements. We strive to recognize and value diversity and equity, and to ensure the inclusion of underrepresented groups and the four designated groups: women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities. We value, respect, and equally support applicants from these groups. 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