Corporate and Government Affairs Director, EMEA

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Company: VF Corporation
Location: Stabio (TI), N/A
Job Type: Full-Time

We are a purpose-led company that seeks not only to succeed in business but also to leverage our success and resources to make the world better. Through our brands and approximately 50,000 associates around the world, we power movements of sustainable and active lifestyles for the betterment of people and our planet. We are movement makers. It's who we are and have always been.

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.

Let's talk about the role…

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

Business acumen

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.