Manager - European Government Affairs

American Express
  • Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Nov 18

Position description

The position supports the Brussels-based Vice President of European Government Affairs. He/she will assist the VP in executing an effective government relations strategy in support of the Company’s businesses in Europe, driving Amex’s engagement with policymakers and other key stakeholders to defend and promote the Company’s interests.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Build strong relationships with relevant E.U. policymakers, and within regulatory authorities and standards-setting bodies, that enable Amex to engage effectively in policy debates;
  • Ensure effective Amex representation in the main trade bodies; support business leaders’ participation in trade and industry bodies, including by improving the Company’s ability to monitor developments, influence and engage policymakers through these industry groups;
  • Drive strategy across the European landscape to build stronger relationships with other key third parties who influence the policymaking process, including consumer groups, merchant groups and others related to payments and financial regulation;
  • Liaise with external agencies that support Amex on Government Affairs in Brussels;
  • Monitor developments in European policy related to payments and other areas that may impact Amex’s business;
  • Support the organization of events and advocacy meetings – coordinating with E.U. officials and event organizers, preparing speaking points, drafting speeches etc.;
  • Attending relevant meetings and conferences, reporting back on them and identifying new opportunities to engage;
  • Assist in developing policy positions on key issues, making them relevant and compelling to stakeholders by conducting research, preparing communication materials, etc.;
  • Prepare written submissions, including responses to regulatory consultations, enquiries and other communications with the E.U. institutions;
  • Assist with the preparation and deployment of internal reporting and briefings on important regulatory developments;
  • The principal focus will be on issues within the European Union arising from the Payment Services Directive and the Interchange Fees Regulation. Other related issues in the payments regulatory ecosystem will also be priorities, including Fintech, anti-money laundering, data privacy and consumer issues.


  • Experience at mid-level (minimum 3-5 years) in a European government agency, lobbying/PR agency, or in a corporate government affairs position;
  • Deep understanding of European politics and public policy formulation;
  • Excellent understanding of the European Union and its principal institutions;
  • Strong attention to detail combined with excellent written and oral communications skills;
  • Ability to deal effectively and confidently with external stakeholders;
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to manage multiple priorities against tight deadlines;
  • Team player capable of working with a diverse group of colleagues and internal business clients;
  • High ethical standards and experience of working with confidential and sensitive information;
  • Language(s): English required. Knowledge of other European languages would be an asset, though not essential.

Application instructions

If interested, please send your CV and cover letter by 9 December 2021 to Elie Beyrouthy [email protected]

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