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Sr. Manager Sustainability and Advocacy

Location: 

Allendale, NJ, US

Req ID:  3103
Job Type: 
Edgewell is a global team of over 6,000 visionaries, doers and makers. Our secret is people, and we have an inspiring and collaborative global force of them. Our portfolio of over 25 brands touches lives in more than 50 countries by making useful things joyful. Together, we reimagine good mornings and endless summers, strive for more sustainable ways to beautify and bond, and do it all with not only confidence but determination.

Position Summary:

The position's primary responsibility is to work with the Regulatory and Sustainability leadership in developing and executing strategic plans to advance and advocate for Edgewell’ s global interests related to sustainability, climate/carbon, plastics, EPR and the circular economy. The position will establish and maintain constructive working relationships with industry associations and regulatory agencies, advocating company positions on important legislative, regulatory and policy issues. Extensive communication and coordination with global internal stakeholders and international trade associations will be essential to ensure internal and external alignment with Edgewell’s business objectives.  Lead regulatory analysis, risk assessments and issue recommendations to the business. Author internal regulatory guidelines, work instructions and standard operating procedures. Co-author company policies, position papers and PR toolkits. Communicate with government officials in representation of the company. Assure all reporting systems and documentation comply with applicable regulatory standards and requirements for Edgewell’ s portfolio of products.

 

 

Accountabilities

  • Knowledge of current and emerging sustainability reporting metrics and public policy trends relating to non-financial reporting, plastics, climate, carbon taxes, EPR and circular economy.
  • Develop and iterate on content policies to ensure regulatory preparedness and mitigate business and reputational risk.
  • Assume primary responsibility for global legislative and regulatory issues of importance to Edgewell related to climate, environmental sustainability and circular economy advocacy.
  • Support the Regulatory team in building and maintaining relationships with governmental institutions and affiliated parties.
  • Research and monitor government activities that could affect the company’s business, customers and marketing to consumers.
  • Assists leadership with risk analysis and strategic planning for known and potential policy activities related to the business and industry.
  • Serve as Edgewell’ s primary liaison with trade associations. Actively participate on their government relations and sustainability committees, helping to shape and lobby policy positions.
  • Collaborate with industry advocates and NGOs to build areas of common interest.
  • Develop and execute advocacy plans for these issues, incorporating direct lobbying, coordinating with trade associations and employee grassroots campaigns.
  • Assist in development of ongoing issue advocacy prioritization.
  • Establish a network of Edgewell internal stakeholders, communicating regularly to ensure government relations alignment with company and sustainability objectives.
  • Identify, track, and internally communicate legislative, regulatory developments and emerging trends.
  • Work with internal stakeholders to define potential impacts and develop company position papers and advocacy strategies.
  • Achieve a basic understanding of Edgewell’ s businesses, products and technologies in order to best represent the company's interests.
  • Interface with government and certification bodies to represent and protect the company’s business plans and interests.
  • Support sustainability certifications and policies from certification bodies that impact the company.
  • Monitor and manage current and emerging policy and legislation related to EPR, plastic and carbon tax impacts.
  • Cross functionally partners with internal teams to identify and manage strategic opportunities with government and certification bodies.

 

Required Education, Skills and Experience

  • · Bachelor's Degree; preferably in Political Science, Sustainability, Chemistry or other related sciences.
  • · Graduate degree preferred.
  • · A minimum of five (5) years government or government relations trade association lobbyist or corporate lobbyist.
  • · Ten years of experience in product development, product marketing, or sustainability required.
  • · Technical background or exposure to chemical or energy-related industry preferred.
  • · Experience with and strong understanding of sustainability best practices.
  • · Strong preference for knowledge, skills, and abilities related to carbon, environmental product stewardship, recycling, biomaterials, composting, and plastics policies.
  • · Experience with product certification process for new materials.
  • · Knowledge and experience on North America and International regulatory standards, applicable laws and regulations to the OTC drugs and Cosmetic products categories, as well as of cGMP standards.
  • · Relationships with EU institutions is an advantage, such as European Commission, EU Member State Authorities and/or the European Parliament. 
  • · Existing relationships within key US regulatory agencies such as the EPA, DOT and OSHA, Congressional offices and key committees preferred.
  • · Strong working knowledge of global legislative and committee processes (EU and US).
  • · Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • · Excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills.
  • · Strong communications skills, both verbal and written. Ability to understand and clearly communicate complex messages to individuals ranging from junior legislative staff to senior members of government administration.
  • · Strong interpersonal and networking skills.
  • · Strong organizational and time management skills. Able to simultaneously manage multiple issues and assignments, meeting required deadlines.
  • · Highly motivated self-starter that excels when given opportunities to work more autonomously.
  • · Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite or related software.

 

Work Environment

  • · Some travel is required

 

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Edgewell is an equal opportunity employer. We do all we can to create a collaborative and diverse global team, where good ideas can thrive, and our colleagues can learn and lead. We prohibit discrimination based on age, color, disability, marital or parental status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status or any legally protected status in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. We listen deeply and speak directly to create an environment that’s open to difference. We aim to bring joy to not only the products we create and the people we serve, but our colleagues across the globe too.