Function/Division: Corporate Affairs and Regulatory Affairs (CARA)
Supervisor/Manager Title: CARA Director
Responsibilities and Accountabilities
• Provide a coordinated, integrated and aligned organizational approach to anticipate, analyze, translate and influence legislative and regulatory development and its concomitant impact for both the business bottom line and reputational value.
• Provide guidance and support in the implementation and maintenance of strategies and tactics relating to regulatory issues, trade and tax policies that impact the company’s business in order to secure competitiveness; facilitate market access and mitigate potential risks.
• Partner with internal stakeholders to deliver regulatory policy advocacy to the company; such as Company tax on customs and excise tax policy on our product standards, illicit trade and product labelling.
• Develop, implement and monitor anti-counterfeit and anti-parallel business measures and strategies.
• Identify and maintain a network of external regulatory consultants to assist internal stakeholders with meeting regulatory goals and timelines.
Regulatory risk management
• Manage the company's regulatory risk radar as a key tool to provide visibility and early warning to the business on key regulatory risks relevant to our business.
• Ensure early identification of regulatory business risks and align internal stakeholders to address the relevant regulatory risks within the company’s business plans.
Strategy enablement, development and execution
• Ensure Compliance and calculation of excise, taxes, trade barriers, non-trade barriers, trade agreements and non-tariff barriers.
• Develop targeted strategy for specific regulatory challenges including the economic impact of the proposed regulatory or policy changes
• Manage stakeholder engagements with third party endorsers; and relationships with key policy or regulatory stakeholders
• Providing advice to the business to integrate into the forever changing regulatory space.
Best practice stakeholder lobbying
• Implement best practice methods for the company to execute issue-based lobbying (define the company position; key counter arguments; stakeholder mapping and engagement plan; communications and engagement plan.)
• Manage lobbying to influence government policies; design the policy and develop tactical approaches that will help the business to develop an effective government engagement lobbying plan.
• Assist to influence public policy in support of the company’s business objectives and enhances the company's reputation by building coalitions.
• Provide policy advocacy to regional business units on key alcohol harm reduction issues.
• Develop global policy and compliance procedures, and counsel operating units to ensure compliance with both company policy and applicable laws.
• Work with operating company representatives and service provider experts to determine how proposed legislation and regulations will affect the company's business objectives.
• Ensuring that the company and related brands comply with all of the regulations and laws pertaining to our business.
Internal stakeholder management
• Participate in regulatory forums and ensure that all key regulatory issues (as prioritized on the regulatory radar) are addressed at the forum; and that all key internal stakeholders are properly briefed on key areas of work required.
• Provide regular feedback at the forum on progress achieved on key regulatory issues; and provide updates to the Director CARA and EXCO.
• Industry interface - engage with key multilateral industry bodies, government departments (local, regional, national and in country, competitors, and other external stakeholders to lobby on the company's key regulatory issues.
• A Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, Law, Public Policy, Political Science, International Relations or related discipline.
• At least Five (5) years’ work experience in a similar role within Government, Alcohol, Tobacco or Pharmaceuticals or other heavily regulated industry, international institution or FMCG.
• A good understanding of economic and commercial, political dynamics in the countries of the company’s operation.
• Practical experience in use of MS packages and ERP systems.
• A solid knowledge of the wines and alcoholic beverages industry and industry trends will be an added advantage.
• Ability to build and sustain good working relationships with a diverse set of stakeholders.
• Business awareness with good leadership and interpersonal skills
• Excellent Interpersonal, communication, planning and organisational skills
• Strong analytical and problem solving skills
• High personal integrity.
• Ability to work in a team environment and thrive in complex, unstructured environments.
• Knowledge of a pertinent professional subject-matter field(s). e.g. economics, public policy management, microeconomic and macro-economic theories, social sciences, statistics, operations research, organizational theory, public finance, political science etc.
• Knowledge of the executive/legislative decision making process.
• Knowledge of the programs or organizations and activities to assess the political and institutional environment in which decisions are made and implemented.
• Understanding of public policy issues and legislative and political processes.
• The ability to analyse, understand and communicate legislation and regulations to others.
• Skill in effectively communicating highly complex technical material or highly complex issues that may have
• Knowledge of the overall mission, functions, and organization of a corporate company, including strategy, goals, and objectives and the interplay of these in public policy arena.
• Knowledge of the theories, principles, functions, and processes of management and the organization.
Relationships and working contacts
• Internal – Board, Management, Divisional/Department heads, Distell SA CARA Legal & Sustainability team, Other members of staff,
• External - Government Agencies, Regulator, industry players.
• This is an office based role.