Manager, International Government Relations

General Motors
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jan 11

Position description

This position does not require an employee to be on-site full-time to perform most effectively. The employee'srole enables them to work at a GM facility or off-site as frequently as needed or desired. This position requires an employee to be onsite1-3 times per week.

General Motors' Global Public Policy team supports the company's growth goals and strategies by proactively addressing global policies and government affairs matters impacting the business. GM's Global Public Policy team works to educate key government stakeholders and organizations on GM's global activities and further the company's business objectives. Since GM's operations encompass diverse markets with varying consumer needs, it is vital for the company to have a diverse and adept Global Public Policy team that can fully understand the international, comprehensive approach needed to engage the company's key audiences.

Position Description

The Manager of Global Policy Affairs will be a key member of the Global Policy Affairs branch of GM's Global Public Policy team and will be based in Washington, DC. The Manager will support GM's broad policy agenda, the team's global public policy matters, and commercial diplomacy initiatives impacting the company. The role requires a highly organized individual who will advocate for GM on multifaceted global issues as well as work with key global policy stakeholders, including: U.S. government agencies who direct U.S. foreign, economic, and national security policy; foreign government officials such as heads of state, foreign ministers, and ambassadors and their embassy staff; international trade groups; and other international policy bodies.


  • Lead GM's Washington-based Global Policy Affairs team and outreach
  • Develop and execute global public policy, commercial diplomacy, and government relations strategy to achieve agreed-upon business objectives
  • Manage GM's outreach with key U.S. and international government agencies and officials who focus on international trade, economic, national security, and commercial policies and regulations
  • Ensure consistency of the company's governmental affairs policies in coordination with regional and in-country business leaders and works closely with GM's internal legal and communications teams to ensure alignment
  • Plan and participate in strategic events with the diplomatic community and visiting foreign dignitaries
  • Actively work with international business, industry, trade, and other public policy organizations to build support for GM's business environment
  • Monitor the political and regulatory landscape for developments that impact GM's international operations, and provides intelligence and recommendations to the company on policy issues that will inform and influence business decisions and strategies
  • Develop policy communications strategies, messaging, plans and briefing materials to support external engagement.


  • Bachelor's Degree required, plus proven experience in government, public affairs, communications, or a related field
  • Substantive experience with U.S. government interagency interaction and / or industry trade associations
  • Experience interfacing with foreign governments in Washington or overseas
  • Proven experience as a project manager with a successful project delivery record
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and interest in tracking trends in foreign policy, national security and international economic policy affecting the auto industry
  • Ability to develop and execute strategies to achieve business objectives
  • Ability to request and articulate company positions on public policy issues to internal and external audiences and stakeholders
  • Knowledge and understanding of key policy issues of interest to the auto industry (e.g., economic competitiveness, international trade policy, government industrial subsidies, environmental issues, overall regulatory issues, vehicle safety issues, supply chain resilience)

Desired Skills

  • Strong leadership skills including building relationships, influencing others, adaptability, and resolving conflict due to interaction with key stakeholders in various countries
  • Clear reputation for ethical conduct, integrity and confidentiality
  • Keen attention to detail, results driven, proactive, ability to develop new and creative ideas
  • Ability to think strategically and quickly analyze situations and implement an appropriate course of action
  • Strong oral, written and interpersonal communication skills

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