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Government Relations Lead, Quebec & Atlantic Be a part of a revolutionary change At Rothmans, Benson & Hedges Inc. (“RBH”), Philip Morris International’s subsidiary in Canada, we’ve chosen to do something incredible. We’re totally transforming our business and building our future on smoke-free products to pave the way for a smoke-free future for all Canadians. 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 liaise and interact with 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 deliver a smoke-free future. Your ‘day to day’ The Lead, Québec & Atlantic Government Relations is responsible for two distinct sets of accountabilities. First, the management of RBH’s relationships with the Quebec government and stakeholders at the provincial level within this commercial region, including elected officials, public servants, political staff, and third-party organizations. Second, the management of RBH’s relationships with Atlantic Provincial governments and stakeholders at the provincial levels within this commercial region, including elected officials, public servants, political staff, and third-party organizations. Major accountabilities • Acts as the government contact for Rothmans, Benson & Hedges (RBH) within Québec & Atlantic Canada to advance the strategic positioning of the company and its public affairs strategy. • Functions as a spokesperson with regional politicians, civil servants, political staff, and key stakeholders, as delegated by the Manager, National Government/Regulatory Affairs & Sustainability. • Meets with government officials 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 and stakeholders. • Coaches and prepares Managing Director & Senior RBH executives for political interactions as needed, including thorough and detailed briefings prior to official meetings. • Proactively works with RBH leaders to identify politically relevant RBH developments in innovation, science, technology, and the associated regulatory environment to advance the company’s strategy to #UnsmokeCanada by 2035 in Quebec & Atlantic Canada. • Monitor relevant policy, legislation, and program developments across Québec & Atlantic Canada, and provide advice to the Manager, National Government/Regulatory Affairs & Sustainability on RBH’s response to new developments. • Conducts research and analysis in support of advocacy activities and the development of public policy to support RBH’s business objectives. Who we’re looking for • Undergraduate degree in political science, social sciences, public relations/communications, or a related field as required. • Eligible to register as a lobbyist with the Québec & all Atlantic Provincial governments. • Excellent language skills, both written and oral, in English and French (bilingual required). • Minimum 7+ years in government and/or public affairs role. • Experience in provincial politics is an asset. • Corporate experience, preferably in a publicly-trade international company, is required. • 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 provincial level. • Established senior-level political contacts across multiple political parties and demonstrated ability to expand network. • Detailed understanding of Canadian & Quebec political system and current regional political dynamics. What we offer We offer the opportunity to join an organization where you can grow in a wide range of business functions. You will have the chance to build your professional expertise, business understanding, and leadership capabilities in a collaborative, challenging environment where we will empower you to take risks, experiment and explore. Our company fosters excellence in execution and is comprised of dedicated people all working together to continue to grow our status as industry leaders. We offer our employees a competitive salary, an attractive compensation package, including flexible work schedules (where applicable), health and wellness programs, and attractive benefits options. You will also be a 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.  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 companies. In addition to the manufacture and sale of cigarettes, PMI is engaged in the development and commercialization of smoke-free products. Click on the following link to learn more about what RBH believes: 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 everyone. 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. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunity regardless of race, ancestry, color, 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 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. We welcome and encourage applicants to reach their full potential with us. If you are unable to apply for a position online, or require any further accommodation during our recruitment process, please contact: #LI-Hybrid