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Assistant General Counsel (Governmental Affairs) - Washington, DC based Job

Date: Jan 19, 2018

Location: King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, US

Company: Arkema

Req Id 26401 - Posted 08/26/2017 - Legal - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, US

** This position is based in Washington, DC and will work with the company’s U.S. headquarters in King of Prussia, PA and U.S. based manufacturing facilities **


The Assistant General Counsel - Governmental Affairs is charged with supporting and representing the company’s government affairs activities by developing, managing and coordinating a comprehensive and pro-active portfolio of legislative and regulatory issues of importance to the company.  The position will report to and work with the company’s head of government affairs and will also be responsible for leading, directing and managing particular federal/state/local issues, as appropriate, based on the candidate’s experience and interests.  Issues of particular interest and concern to the company include chemical manufacturing, environmental issues, energy issues, transportation, trade, tax, safety and security.  Additional components of the job include, but are not limited to: engaging in and developing state and local government affairs activities and plans as needed and monitoring key state and local legislative and regulatory actions; fostering company relationships with industry and trade associations and engaging with key stakeholders; assisting with the management of the Arkema Political Action Committee; and ensuring company compliance with federal, state and local lobbying laws and reporting requirements.


Specific job activities include:

  • Advance the company’s overall legislative and regulatory affairs and lobbying strategies by developing, managing, coordinating and implementing federal and/or state/local legislative and regulatory strategies to advance the company’s interests, in conjunction with the head of Arkema’s government affairs team and with other business executives from around the company and/or with associations. (70%)

Examples of the types of responsibilities within this key activity include:

  • Provide advice and counsel to internal company executives, business units and stakeholders on federal, state and/or local legislative and regulatory issues of importance to the company.
  • Collaborate with business unit executives and/or manufacturing leaders to develop and implement government affairs strategies and plans.
  • Represent the company at meetings with legislators and staff and/or government agency officials and staff. 
  • Monitor, track and evaluate federal, state and local legislative and regulatory proposals of importance to the company.
  • Foster company relationships with key industry and trade associations of which the company is a member and/or with other stakeholders and collaborate, as appropriate, on issues of mutual interest.  (10%)
  • Ensure company compliance with applicable federal/state/local lobbying laws and reporting requirements.  (10%)
  • Assist with Arkema PAC activities, including representing the PAC at fundraising events and/or assisting with PAC management and internal efforts to increase the PAC size and its activities.  (10%)


Business travel is anticipated to be 10-15% of the time.



  • J.D. required with a minimum of 10 years of experience in one or more of the following areas:
    • Congressional or state legislative experience;
    • Federal or state agency experience;
    • Industry association government affairs experience or
    • In-house corporate government affairs experience. 
  • Candidates without one or more of the above sets of experience will be considered only if they have significant comparable experience or skills that can be clearly demonstrated. 
  • Licensed to practice to law in at least one state/jurisdiction and capable of waiving into other jurisdictions as appropriate.
  • Knowledge of federal/state/local lobbying laws and regulations
  • One or more of the following are preferred:
    • Experience in the chemical manufacturing industry or in manufacturing.
    • Experience developing and implementing policy and government affairs initiatives within a corporate structure is valued as well as an understanding of key business issues.
    • Experience with developing and managing state and local government affairs activities.

A global chemical company and France’s leading chemicals producer, Arkema is building the future of the chemical industry every day. Deploying a responsible, innovation-based approach, we produce state-of-the-art specialty chemicals that provide customers with practical solutions to such challenges as climate change, access to drinking water, the future of energy, fossil fuel preservation and the need for lighter materials. With operations in close to 50 countries, some 19,000 employees and research centers in North America, France and Asia, Arkema generates pro forma annual revenue of some $8.1 billion, and holds leadership positions in all its markets with a portfolio of internationally recognized brands.,

Arkema Inc.  provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Arkema Inc. complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

For more information about the EEOC, please refer to The "EEO IS The Law" poster at


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