Government Affairs Manager

Government Affairs Manager

Smithfield Foods, Inc. | Smithfield, VA, 23430, US
Salary Range:$81,000 – $105,000 Salary range estimated by Zippia

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At Smithfield, good food starts with good people. The Smithfield Corporate Affairs team is looking for a talented policy researcher, analyst and writer, with extraordinary project management and communication skills, who is poised for growth into strategic governmental advocacy to serve as our next Government Relations Manager. This newly created position is designed to help Smithfield more deeply engage in public policy and public affairs at the state and local levels of government in the State of North Carolina.

The Government Affairs Manager position is remote, but the successful candidate will reside in North Carolina and have easy access to the state capitol. The successful candidate will be a direct report to the Vice President of Corporate Affairs, and will work closely with other senior leaders, directors and managers.

Core Responsibilities

* Researching and mapping existing legislative & regulatory frameworks of importance to Smithfield
* Analyzing and responding to legislation and regulation
* Anticipating, identifying and communicating potential impacts of emerging regulations and legislation to Smithfield leadership
* Planning, scheduling and managing multiple time-sensitive research and analysis projects
* Managing a portfolio of issues and driving legislative and regulatory policy campaigns to positive conclusions
* Working with appropriate external consulting resources to ensure the proper focus on specific issues or ongoing relationship development
* Coordinating closely with operational teams to help them be successful through government affairs activity
* Developing reports, tools, key performance indicators, etc. related to government affairs activities and outcomes
* Supporting compliance related to ethics and lobbying activity
* Partnering with regional community relations manager to broaden awareness of company sustainability initiatives
* Achieving key outcomes, including:
* Managing Smithfield's existing legislative and regulatory portfolio in North Carolina to ensure timely review and assessment of proposed bills and rules for impacts
* Managing a portfolio of legislative and regulatory policy campaigns to positive conclusions
* Developing analytical tools and reports to more efficiently present and react to government threats and opportunities
* Synthesizing and presenting information and recommendations to leadership
* Researching laws and rules in North Carolina
* Developing project plans and managing consultants to help achieve those plans
* Supporting compliance related to ethics and lobbying

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. May perform other duties as assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions.

* Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited four-year college or university and 5+ years' experience with the legislative and regulatory process; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
* An ability to build a "trusted advisor" relationship with Smithfield leaders
* A strong strategist combined with a hands-on implementer that thinks big picture, while managing the details
* An entrepreneurial orientation to help think through how to use governmental engagement to drive revenue streams for the business
* An innate ability to assess critical issues and trends, distill them down to their core elements, and communicate those elements succinctly to all stakeholders
* The intellectual horsepower and the necessary connectivity and personal credibility that immediately generates respect and trust, internally and externally
* The instincts and natural ability to thrive in a dynamic and fast-paced environment
* Superior verbal and written communication skills to shape the thinking of others in a thoughtful and insightful fashion that also inspires a culture of open-exchange and collaboration
* An innovator - a creative thinker who is not afraid to suggest new ideas, ask tough questions, or tackle large, complicated issues
* A self-starter with a great deal of initiative and a natural energy, motivation, and endurance to work in an evolving environment
* The ability to work independently and manage multiple projects simultaneously
* Previous success with legislative/regulatory research, process, and advocacy
* Previous success managing time-sensitive projects
* Unassailable integrity and values

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About Smithfield Foods

Headquartered in Smithfield, Va. since 1936, Smithfield Foods, Inc. is an American food company with agricultural roots and a global reach. With more than 60,000 jobs globally, we are dedicated to producing "Good food. Responsibly®" and serve as one of the world's leading vertically integrated protein companies. We have pioneered sustainability standards for more than two decades, including our industry-leading commitments to become carbon negative in our U.S. company-owned operations and reduce GHG emissions 30 percent across our entire U.S. value chain by 2030. We believe in the power of protein to end food insecurity and have donated hundreds of millions of food servings to our communities. Smithfield boasts a portfolio of high-quality iconic brands, such as Smithfield®, Eckrich® and Nathan's Famous®, among many others. For more information, visit, and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

EEO/AA Information

Smithfield is an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, gender identity, protected veterans status, status as a disabled individual or any other protected group status or non-job characteristic as directed by law.