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National Grid US Director, UK Senior Manager, Stakeholder Engagement in Waltham, Massachusetts

About us

Everyday we deliver safe and secure energy to homes, communities, and businesses. We are there when people need us the most. We connect people to the energy they need for the lives they live. The pace of change in society and our industry is accelerating and our expertise and track record puts us in an unparalleled position to shape the sustainable future of our industry.

To be successful we must anticipate the needs of our customers, reducing the cost of energy delivery today and pioneering the flexible energy systems of tomorrow. This requires us to deliver on our promises and always look for new opportunities to grow, both ourselves and our business.

To deliver high quality learning experiences that meet clients' technical, regulatory and safety learning needs through a blended learning approach and support the design and development of learning solutions.

Job Purpose

Manage and direct government relations within the state at senior levels, interact with relevant stakeholders, drive and form strategic relationships, and oversee the government relations team.

Key Accountabilities
  • Lead proactive strategies and develop key stakeholder relationships, contact points, trends and messaging in order to solid reputation as an industry leader in energy and the environment, a concerned corporate citizen and a socially conscious organization with community values and interests locally and nationally.

  • Develop key campaign strategies, policies and community initiatives to promote and defend National Grid interests in Massachusetts, supporting the organization internally to manage and relate to stakeholders effectively and proactively.

  • As a senior member of the US Government Relations team, contribute to the development of strategy and policy at a national and company-wide level, working within the strategic brand and communications model.

  • Develop an increasingly effective and consistent approach to stakeholder relationships and messaging, focusing on complex and critical issues within the state.

  • Proactively build and maintain internal and external networks in order to absorb and promote professional best practice for government relations.

  • Manage relationships directly with, and with key individuals within Executive and Legislative branches of Massachusetts and local governments and federal bodies as the company's primary senior lobbyist in the state in order to further National Grid's reputation and interests.

  • Track, monitor and influence government actions that impact National Grid's business plan and policies at the state, local and federal levels.

  • Provide professional advice and guidance to senior Executives within and beyond Corporate Affairs on governmental/political issues, as well as briefing and supporting more widely on trends, issues and messages.

  • Manage reputation and interests with industry bodies and business associations, lobby groups, environmental groups and other stakeholders in the state, in order to further National Grid's reputation and interests.

  • Recruit, motivate and develop a professional government relations team in order to inspire commitment and engagement and improve long-term management of key stakeholders.

  • Manage lobbying consultants engaged in supporting Company’s strategic policy agenda.

  • Support Company’s emergency management response plans.

Qualifications
  • Significant experience within the State and local government policy context as an industry leading stakeholder management practitioner, particularly at a senior level on sensitive and critical issues.

  • Significant knowledge of the issues and the process of policy development and promotion within a regulated, multi-stakeholder environment.

  • In depth experience of working and influencing in a large complex organization, working in a collaborative manner to address and plan stakeholder engagement.

  • Understanding of the environment and key external industry and non-industry stakeholders which relate to and have an impact on the utilities sector (governmental, regulatory, communities, agencies, industry bodies).

  • Able to manage and explain complex, competing issues working with and through others - maintaining alignment with National Grid strategic direction and aims

  • High levels of networking, influencing and negotiation with a range of external stakeholders (individuals, bodies, agencies and groups).

  • Actively build and maintain a network of internal relationships at senior levels in the business.

  • Strategic thinker with ability to contribute to wide range of key policy issues by interpreting internal and external trends and changes, as well as the ability to grasp and explain complex issues and priorities.

  • Ability to communicate at a high level, highly articulate.

  • A determined and proactive leader and influencer.

More Information

This position is one of National Grid’s career path roles which provide for promotional opportunities within and across salary bands as you develop and evolve in the position by gaining experience, expertise and acquiring and applying technical skills.

National Grid is an equal opportunity employer that values a broad diversity of talent, knowledge, experience and expertise. We foster a culture of inclusion that drives employee engagement to deliver superior performance to the communities we serve. National Grid is proud to be an affirmative action employer. We encourage minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans to join the National Grid team

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