Head of Government Relations

  • Arlington, VA, United States
  • Oct 02, 2017
Full time Government Affairs / Relations

Job Description

The Company 
Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ: WLTW ) is a leading global advisory, broking and solutions company that helps clients around the world turn risk into a path for growth. With roots dating to 1828, Willis Towers Watson has 40,000 employees serving more than 140 countries. We design and deliver solutions that manage risk, optimize benefits, cultivate talent, and expand the power of capital to protect and strengthen institutions and individuals. Our unique perspective allows us to see the critical intersections between talent, assets and ideas — the dynamic formula that drives business performance. Unlock your potential at Willis Towers Watson

The Role
Willis Towers Watson is a highly regulated global business, which can be significantly impacted by regulatory and legislative change. Such change can also shape markets for many of our products and services, presenting both opportunity and risk.
 
The Head of Government Relations is responsible for developing a coordinated, global Government Relations capability with the aim of ensuring Willis Towers Watson better understands, and has a coordinated voice regarding, legislative and regulatory matters  of strategic importance to the company.
Willis Towers Watson’s expertise on significant public policy issues can also be deployed to enhance the company’s thought leadership credentials, not only influencing regulatory/ legislative debate, but also building the company’s corporate reputation and brand profile.
 
Knowledge, Skills and Experience: 

    • Establish a clear set of strategic priorities for the business – including various business units - where Government Relations efforts should be focused.
    • Develop, maintain and grow bi-partisan relationships between Willis Towers Watson executives and key policymakers, including in U.S. government.  Assist, to the extent appropriate and requested by the business, with key federal decision-makers involved in government contracting and procurement.
    • Agree in partnership with business leaders where legislative and regulatory change presents risk or opportunity and determine appropriate company response.  Identify government contacting opportunities and connect Willis Towers Watson business leaders with key decision-makers in charge of relevant federal procurement projects. 
    • Ensure coordinated Willis Towers Watson positions through understanding different and potentially conflicting perspectives and interests across the businesses. In essence, make sure the company speaks with one voice.
    • Establish effective monitoring in priority markets. Report on legislative and regulatory developments relevant to Willis Towers Watson and its clients.
    • Manage the Willis PAC in the U.S. and any other similar activity; develop strategy to present to management regarding next steps for PAC.
    • Achieve improved coordination of lobbying and trade association memberships. Oversee outside consultants and lobbyists working on behalf of Willis Towers Watson.
    • Work with External Affairs and Marketing teams to identify and leverage thought leadership platforms aimed at building Willis Towers Watson’s corporate reputation and brand profile though its subject matter expertise on key public policy issues.
    • To help promote Willis Towers Watson’s corporate social responsibility program with a view to enhancing the company’s corporate reputation with key influencers.

Role Requirements: 

    • Outstanding written and oral communication skills and ability to produce high-quality and succinct communications materials for targeted audiences.
    • Experience of working in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.
    • Experience of working in a large organization during times of significant change and transformation.
    • A strategic thinker with knowledge and experience of Government Relations and media.
    • A people-orientated team player, able to liaise and work with key stakeholders across the company, including at Senior Executive level.
    • Strong planning, project management, and problem resolution skills
    • Proven experience of influencing the legislative and regulatory agenda.
    • Demonstrated ability to collaborate ,cross-functionally and cross culturally
    • Understanding of business issues and content across business segments
    • Strong interpersonal and team skills
    • Demonstrated ability to handle conflict; difficult conversations  

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Willis Towers Watson is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, status as a protected veteran, or disability.

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