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Across our company, a collaborative, global mindset differentiates our products and the unique experiences we provide to our consumers. It all adds up to a lasting competitive advantage built on harnessing the power of our differences to achieve great things together, all while positively impacting the lives of hundreds of millions of people and the world.
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The Director of Corporate and Government Affairs EMEA partners with key internal stakeholders to develop and execute the strategy for external stakeholders’ engagement and government affairs within our EMEA footprint, with the objective to protect and enhance VF’s business interests and reputation.
In this role you will be responsible for establishing and maintaining strong relationships with selected external stakeholders in the region and communicating VF’s positions, priorities and activities in EMEA to key influential audiences, including NGOs and governments.
You will be responsible of
Help to set a vision and strategy for corporate and government affairs
Devise and implement a coordinated approach to external communications to enhance VF’s reputation
Lead internal and external communications around issues management in the region
Create and maintain a dynamic mapping of external stakeholders important to VF
Build key relationships with Government officials and policy makers at the EU and national level and advocate for VF with the EU and national institutions
Help to manage government lobby firms covering strategic jurisdictions in EMEA and to coordinate PR agencies in the region
Lead internal cross functional teams to align on key messages and activities which drive the most value to VF from a reputation perspective or legislative /regulatory risk perspective
How you will make the difference…
Assisting to formulate the best corporate communications strategy to promote and protect the company’s reputation and to support the company’s GA effort.
Engaging key internal decision makers and subject matter experts as needed to support VF’s advocacy efforts and building coalitions of support to defend/amend or advocate for legislative proposals.
Creating an inventory of all regional government touchpoints and facilitating the creation of new touchpoints when needed by the business.
In partnership with global stakeholder engagement experts at VF, you will maintain an updated comprehensive, EMEA mapping of all VF’s external stakeholders that impact VF’s activities, and you will help to develop VF’s strategy for engaging.
With VF’s global supply chain spanning over 50 countries and well over 1 million workers, you will identify government-related opportunities for VF’s to engage to elevate the impact VF can create on workers within regional garment supply chains.
What you need to succeed…
Years of Related Professional Experience: 10-12 years
Minimum 8 years of corporate communications, stakeholder engagement experience and government affairs leadership
Experience working in a consumer product company with a global supply chain is a plus
BA/BS in communications, political science, business or related field is a plus
· Strong communication skills (verbal and written)
· Strong interpersonal / influencing skills
· Regional/EU experience
· Strong building external strategic relationship skills (which add value to VF’s business).
· Travel by air and overnight, as required 40% amount of time (in alignment with Covid restrictions).
Bi-trilingual (English, German, Italian; French is a plus) fluent in English is a must have
Strong Project management capabilities
Relationships builder, agile, flexible and interconnected (cross brands and functions)
Strong Team player
Problem solving approach
Capability to work in partnership with multiple internal stakeholders and peers leading cross functional and cross regional project, in a matrix environment and complex organization
Able to work on cross regional project
Resilience and stress management capability
What's in it For You
We're in the business of unleashing human potential, driven by the ideas, energy and commitment of our people. That's why we offer comprehensive benefits that encourage mental, physical and financial well-being for all VF associates. When it comes to benefits, we're the total package.
Our Guiding Principles
Live with Integrity – Be authentic and do the right thing, always
Act Courageously -Think and act boldly
Be Curious – Explore the world, learn and evolve
Act with Empathy – Seek to understand and respect others
Persevere – Persist and work together as One VF
Free to Be, Inclusion & Diversity
As a purpose-led, performance driven company, we strive to foster a culture of belonging based on respect, connection, openness and authenticity. We are committed to building and maintaining a workplace that celebrates the diversity of our associates, allowing them to bring their authentic selves to work every day.
Über VF Corporation
Organized in 1899, VF Corporation is a global leader in the design, manufacture, marketing and distribution of branded lifestyle apparel, footwear and accessories. Our highly diversified portfolio of brands spans multiple geographies, product categories, consumer demographics and sales channels. VF relies on its Powerful Brands, Powerful Platforms, One VF approach to business to support its brands, maintain its competitive edge and drives a winning company culture.