Advocacy Manager will lead application advocacy project initiatives for the business unit as well as key issue management matters, such as BPA, polycarbonate (PC) applications and non-phosgene technology. The successful candidate will determine advocacy opportunities in line with global advocacy strategy and priorities for polycarbonate material, advocacy roadmaps and new market opportunities in NAFTA.
•Lead application advocacy initiatives to support growth in strategic segments/applications leveraging cross-functional industry teams
•Oversee regional BPA advocacy issue management team and chair team meetings for Covestro’s NAFTA region Polycarbonates Business unit related to BPA topics, in conjunction with corporate expert functions
•Direct and advise business functions and management-level on NAFTA specific monitoring for PCS specific regulatory issues
•Lead Industry Association Management processes and enable the Polycarbonates Business Unit’s group of external advocates with appropriate training
•Ensure close internal coordination on strategic priorities, enablers and externally communicated positions within the PCS business unit globally, cross-BU as well as with corporate functions to maximize coherence and synergies
•Manage advocacy related local, regional and global projects (e.g. PC BPA Advocacy Communication) to conceptualize new topics, develop new capabilities or establish new processes.
•Advocacy or communication experience in chemical industry, including working with or inside of industry associations with at least 10 years of experience
•Experience with and knowledge of chemical/industry regulations in the United States, with at least one of the following areas: medical device, electronics or automotive.
•Polymer/polycarbonate application/marketing experience and understanding
•Experience in public/governmental relations and communication
•Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in chemistry, material science, chemical engineering or technical discipline.
Essential Knowledge and Skills:
•Strong chemical / Polycarbonate business knowledge
•Creative and innovative problem solver, strategic thinker and decision maker
•Proven leadership skills to develop strategy and ability to influence stakeholders
•Skilled project manager with a results orientation and strong analytical skills
•Effective communication skills, including, Interpersonal networking and facilitation skills
Candidate Must Have:
· 10 years advocacy or communications in the chemical industry
· Experience with and knowledge of chemical/industry regulations in the United States, with at least one of the following areas: medical device, electronics or automotive.