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  • Director of Government Affairs and Public Policy (Sub-Saharan Africa) at Google Nigeria

  • Posted on: 15 May, 2019 Deadline: Not Specified
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  • Google is not a conventional company, and we don't intend to become one. True, we share attributes with the world's most successful organizations - a focus on innovation and smart business practices comes to mind - but even as we continue to grow, we're committed to retaining a small-company feel. At Google, we know that every employee has something important to say, and that every employee is integral to our success. We provide individually-tailored compensation packages that can be comprised of competitive salary, bonus, and equity components, along with the opportunity to earn further financial bonuses and rewards.

    Director of Government Affairs and Public Policy (Sub-Saharan Africa)


    About the job

    • As a member of Google’s Government Affairs and Public Policy team, you’ll be part of a diverse global government affairs team, working across regions, product areas, and functions in Google. You’ll combine creativity and intellectual rigor with the organizational skills to manage campaigns, projects and initiatives. In this role, you’ll advocate for Google externally, and bring external perspectives back into the company to inform our perception and direction. You're passionate about the opportunity to shape the future of how we use and build technology for everyone.
    • Google takes its responsibilities seriously, including engaging with government and other stakeholders on important public policy challenges. The Government Affairs & Public Policy (GAPP) team leads the company’s engagement with executive branch officials, legislators, regulators and relevant third parties in the formation and execution of public policy. Working closely with Google leaders, GAPP seeks to identify key policy issues of importance to Google, listen carefully to others’ views and opinions, and distill and share the company’s perspective on those issues with external stakeholders. While we focus on challenges affecting the internet, our issue areas are increasingly broad and encompass many areas where public policy, business and technology.


    • Partner with Google leadership to agree upon and drive Google’s evolving policy priorities.
    • Manage company positioning on key interests and issues – working in partnership with leadership and key stakeholder groups.
    • Establish, build, and maintain relationships with allies to shape public discourse.
    • Regularly conduct vulnerability assessments and track potential threats. Develop plans to address the most pressing potential scenarios and lead response efforts.
    • Develop and coordinate campaigns across public policy, communications, marketing, sales, and product teams.

    Minimum qualifications

    • BA/BS degree or equivalent practical experience.
    • Experience in Sub-Saharan African government, politics, or public advocacy in addition to relationships with Sub-Saharan African institutions and policy-makers.
    • Experience leading a team in a geographically dispersed region.

    Preferred qualifications:

    • Operational leadership and management experience
    • Regional experience in South Africa, Nigeria or Kenya.
    • Experience with technology and an understanding of challenges in the technology industry.
    • Executive presence and leadership style that combines the ability to project a sense of gravitas with an informal style appropriate to Google's culture.
    • Understanding of changes in competitors, clients, and market segments that have the potential to affect Google's business.
    • Reputation and stature to represent Google on the global stage, coupled with a practical, egalitarian, team-oriented focus.

    Method of Application

    Note: By applying to this position your application is automatically submitted to the following locations: Lagos, Nigeria; Nairobi, Kenya; Johannesburg, South Africa

    Interested and qualified? Go to Google Nigeria career website on to apply

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