Regulatory Affairs Manager in Lagos, Nigeria

at Guinness Nigeria

Food & Beverages
Management Consulting
Minimum Qualification
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
5 - 7 years
Employment Type
Male or Female

Job Description

  • The role of the Regulatory Affairs Manager is to bring focus to those issues that can have a positive or negative influence on business, depending on how they are managed.
  • Working within the CR function, this role will support and advise the business on all aspects of regulation, legislative change and political issues.
  • Working closely with the Innovation and brand teams, the Quality department and other teams, the role will assist in positioning the business to influence legislative and regulatory changes.
  • In addition it will assist the business in understanding and interpreting various laws and policies and to maintain a consistent approach to external stakeholder and regulatory management.
  • The aim is to ensure that regulatory management is aligned to the strategic plans of the business.
  • The role requires a deep understanding of the business and the political and regulatory environment.
  • It also requires an understanding of regional trade policies, governments and political processes and a track record of dealing with government officials and regulatory authorities.
  • This role will be looking to make a significant contribution to the business


  • The role sits in Lagos but involves travel across the country
  • The role has responsibility for removing obstacles and fostering opportunities in the regulatory framework for the business and for managing relationships with stakeholders especially on regulatory issue.


  • The purpose of this role is to ensure that Guinness Nigeria has the strategic policy and external stakeholder engagement processes in place to support a proactive, strategic approach to achieving its mandate and vision.
  • The role will work on corporate policy development (i.e. providing advice and support and developing policies and guidelines to strengthen relationships with external stakeholders).

Top 3-5 Accountabilities:

  • Lead and manage Guinness Nigeria's corporate interests in the area of regulatory affairs within the market.
  • Collaborate with industry bodies and other stakeholders to ensure Guinness Nigeria’s representation and integration on policy and external relations activities.
  • Provide advice and support to industry bodies that play a leadership role in regulatory relations
  • Coordinate and monitor the development and implementation of regulatory policies, for example, Nigeria Standards with SON, NAFDAC, and CODEX ensuring a consistent approach across Nigeria.

Leadership Responsibilities:

  • To support Guinness Nigeria on all aspects of regulatory relations.
  • To facilitate relationship development with relevant external stakeholders and regulators in order to support Guinness Nigeria's business strategies and objectives.
  • To drive relationships relevant to the regulatory environment in order to support business opportunity


  • First degree
  • Minimum of 5 years regulatory experience
  • High level computer literacy
  • Outstanding interpersonal, writing and presentation skills
  • Excellent relationship management - ability to achieve results through others
  • Capability to develop/capture and shape research and data (academic and statistical) and concepts around policy development.
  • Relationships with regulators across Nigeria will be an added advantage.

Barriers to Success in Role:

  • Lack of appropriate relationships / advocacy experience
  • Inability to think/act strategically, creatively and proactively
  • Inability to see the bigger picture and understand business goals
  • Requirement for extensive direction
  • Poor judgment and relationship building skills
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