Director, Sustainability Communications and Government Affairs, Open to flexible working

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Brentford (City/Town), London (Greater)
16 Oct 2019
14 Nov 2019
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Role Purpose

GSK Consumer Healthcare is looking for an experienced Communications and Government Affairs (CGA) Director to support its sustainability initiative. The CGA Director will be responsible for developing a proactive and ambitious CGA strategy for Sustainability that engages employees, governments, industry and other stakeholders, as well as leverages opportunities, manages threats and risks, and builds corporate reputation.

The successful candidate, who will report to the Global Head of CGA for Consumer Healthcare, will need to influence across functions, leading with confidence and high personal impact in a complex, cross-functional environment.

Key Responsibilities

  • CGA Partner to the Head of Sustainability and a member of the Sustainability Lead Team and CH CGA Lead Team.
  • Develop a global CGA strategy for Sustainability and oversee its implementation and communication internally and externally where appropriate, through individual activity as well as delivering through others (including the wider matrix CGA team in Corporate and the CH Regions and Markets).
  • Define GSK CH policy positions on key environmental and social sustainability topics, balancing the need for alignment with the wider GSK sustainability agenda and the need for CH to define a differentiated approach in response to the expectations of consumers, customers, governments, NGOs and others.
  • Define key topics, markets and partnerships for proactive and reactive engagement and environment shaping, managing threats and risks and leveraging opportunities (specifically and more broadly to build GSK CH's reputation on sustainability).
  • Oversee issues management for sustainability topics.
  • Define key external partners to support strategy delivery, including trade associations and other industry groups, managing our current partnerships and developing new ones.
  • Oversee engagement with the Consumer Goods Forum's sustainability activities, including support to the Head of Sustainability as a member of the CGF Sustainability Committee.
  • Bring external insight and intelligence, strategic thinking and strong judgement to the Head of Sustainability and wider Sustainability team to support development and ongoing delivery of GSK CH's Sustainability ambition and strategy.
  • This role will require significant matrix leadership and delivery through others in the absence of formal reporting lines.

Why you?

Basic Qualifications:

We are looking for professionals with these required skills to achieve our goals:

  • Extensive experience in Communications and Government Affairs (including Corporate Affairs, External Affairs etc.).
  • Degree level (Preference for communications / government affairs / politics / business)
  • Communications and policy development, external stakeholder engagement and influencing, and issues management
  • Highly collaborative individual with extensive experience of working in matrix teams
  • Proven ability to manage ambiguity, define new approaches and drive clarity in an evolving environment
  • Strategic thinking and thought leadership
  • Support and counsel to senior leaders
  • Extensive experience of working on sustainability topics

Preferred Qualifications:

If you have the following characteristics, it would be a plus:

  • Master's degree
  • Good judgment with demonstrated ability to manage high stakes communications
  • Familiarity with metrics-based communications planning, media strategy, and stakeholder relationship approaches
  • Leadership presence and confidence providing strategic counsel to senior executives (Sr. VP and above)

Why GSK?

Our values and expectations are at the heart of everything we do and form an important part of our culture.

These include Patient focus, Transparency, Respect, Integrity along with Courage, Accountability, Development, and Teamwork. As GSK focuses on our values and expectations and a culture of innovation, performance, and trust, the successful candidate will demonstrate the following capabilities:

  • Agile and distributed decision-making - using evidence and applying judgement to balance pace, rigour and risk, governance and control, managing ambiguity and paradox.
  • Managing individual performance.
  • Creating a performance culture and driving results, prioritisation, execution, delivering performance.
  • Setting strategic direction and leading on-going organisational transformation.
  • Building a resilient organisation.
  • Building strong relationships and collaboration in service of common goals, engaging the organisation and building trusted external networks for mutual benefit.
  • Managing P&L and capital allocation.

As a company driven by our values of Patient focus, Transparency, Respect and Integrity, we know inclusion and diversity are essential for us to be able to succeed. We want all our colleagues to thrive at GSK bringing their unique experiences, ensuring they feel good and to keep growing their careers. As a candidate for a role, we want you to feel the same way.

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We believe in an agile working culture for all our roles. If flexibility is important to you, we encourage you to explore with our hiring team what the opportunities are.

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