Government Affairs Director - France

  • Location:
    Issy Les Moulineaux, Ile De France, France
  • Area of Interest
  • Job Type
  • Technology Interest
    AI or Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Analytics, Cloud and Data Center, Collaboration, Video, Internet of Everything, Networking, Security, Wireless, Mobility
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What You'll Do

You will be the leader of government affairs and public policy for Cisco in France, both within the company and with government officials and agencies, demonstrating subject matter expertise and acting as a collaborative partner and influencer.

Key Responsibilities: 

  • You will lead and support Cisco’s engagements with key government leaders and policy-makers in France; further develop key relationships between officials and policy-makers in France and Cisco executives.
  • You will be responsible for managing and advocating Cisco’s core public policy initiatives in France; managing our involvement on these topics with key trade associations in France, including for example AFNUM and AmCham France.
  • You will identify, analyze and prioritize emerging policy issues and prepare responses such as position papers, presentations, publication pieces, and briefings.
  • You will represent Cisco in relevant hearings, meetings, conferences, and seminars.
  • You will work collaboratively with the Vice President for France and other senior Cisco executives, and advise on current political and policy trends in the region and potential implications for the business.

Who You'll Work With

Government Affairs (GA) is a global corporate function reporting directly to Cisco’s Chief Executive Officer, Chuck Robbins. The team represents Cisco to governments and policy-makers worldwide. GA works to build strategic relationships with governments, to educate governments and regulators about Cisco and the technology industry, and to advocate public policy positions consistent with Cisco’s vision. 

You will be based in Paris and will report to the Government Affairs Vice President for the EMEAR region. 

Who You Are

  • You have a minimum of 10 years experience in government affairs & public policy environment and comprehensive understanding of the operation of governments and regulatory agencies involved in tech policy issues in France.
  • Political and government affairs experience in the public and/or private sector: e.g. having worked in an agency or government bodies; or having worked as a government professional in a medium to large international corporation, trade association, law firm or consulting firm.
  • You are familiar with current policy priorities and challenges in the ICT sector both in France and at European level.
  • Executive presence; strong advocacy, communication, and collaboration skills.
  • You are a self-starter who can handle multiple challenges simultaneously.
  • Advanced degree in law, political science, business, economics or similar.
  • Masters degree in the US or abroad is a plus.
  • Native French and excellent English; a third language is a plus.

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