Public Affairs Manager in Lagos, Nigeria

at Guinness Nigeria

Manufacturing / Production
Public Relations and Communications
Minimum Qualification
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
7 - 10 years
Employment Type
Full Time
Male or Female
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Job Description

Reports to: Corporate Relations Director

Guinness Nigeria currently operates on 3 sites within Nigeria with a portfolio of products including Stout, Malta, Lager and Ready to drink products and is the 2nd largest Guinness market globally producing and selling approximately 4.5ml hl per annum. It is quoted on the Nigerian Stock Exchange and a significant player in the national economy.
We are looking to fill the role of Public Affairs Manager. The role is expected to help the organization navigate complex public policy issues and communicate the company’s point of view to key stakeholder groups, including policymakers, legislators, regulators and other external stakeholders. The role holder will be responsible for the day-to-day management and execution of a variety of strategic public affairs and issues management programmes designed to help the company promote and protect its corporate reputation and creating an enabling environment for the achievement of the corporate goals of the business.
Role and Accountabilities

  • Drive the creation of a more predictable and balanced tax environment that engenders business growth.
  • Monitor the legislative and regulatory environments to identify issues and trends that may impact the industry and gain favorable public policy support through coalition and grass roots building, working in cooperation with other local and regional Policy and Public Affairs and communications leaders.
  • Champion the building of outstanding relationships with key government stakeholders to achieve amazing outcomes with each of the stakeholder groups.
  • Maintain radar on the tax and regulatory environment to alert the business on new and emerging developments that could impact the company’s operations.
  • Provide leadership, consultancy, and support to the business on the development and delivery of responsible drinking programmes to promote positive perception of beverage alcohol by critical stakeholders.
  • Draft position papers, messaging and related materials related to legislative and regulatory issues/developments to provide a consistent framework for communications and direct the advocacy efforts of the business including direct lobbying, grassroots lobbying and advocacy, and digital advocacy influencing of federal, state and local decision-makers.

Qualifications and Experience Required

  • Bachelor's degree required, Master’s Degree preferred.
  • Between 10 to 15 years progressive advocacy experience in public policy-oriented government affairs, communications, journalism, or government service.
  • Minimum of five years of line management experience
  • Background in public policy, legislative affairs or equivalent experience with demonstrated public speaking and communication ability. Experience in advocacy volunteer cultivation and management.
  • Superior spoken and written communications and editing skills
  • Track-record in communicating with diverse policy audiences and elected officials
  • Expert knowledge of government structures, agencies and policies which impact the business at all levels in Nigeria and deep contacts in the policy community.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks under strict deadlines.
  • Ability to cultivate and maintain strong relationships
  • Experience working collaboratively across complex teams to articulate project goals, issues and timelines
  • Strong planning, execution, and process management skills
  • Excellent computer skills especially with MS Word packages

Barriers to Success in Role

  • Inability to think/act strategically, creatively and proactively.
  • A need for extensive direction.
  • Inability to see the bigger picture and to understand the link between excellent stakeholder management and business strategy and goals.
  • Poor judgment especially around the compliance agenda in relationship with key stakeholders.
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