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Manager Regulatory Advocacy

Job Description

Altria Group is a FORTUNE 200 company that owns the premier tobacco companies in the United States including Philip Morris USA, U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company, John Middleton and Nu Mark. The companies' brands include Marlboro, Copenhagen, Skoal, Black & Mild, MarkTen and VERVE. Altria also owns Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, one of the country's top premium wine producers, and Philip Morris Capital Corporation, an investment company. Altria's mission is to own and develop financially disciplined businesses that are leaders in responsibly providing adult tobacco and wine consumers with superior branded products. Altria Client Services' role is to help Altria Group and its operating companies responsibly meet their business goals by providing the high quality services they require in a financially disciplined way. We are currently seeking a highly qualified Manager, Regulatory Advocacy to join our Regulatory Affairs department in Richmond, VA. The selected candidate will develop and manage regulatory advocacy and engagement strategies on selected FDA-related issues. Specific accountabilities include:
  • Managing cross-functional teams to develop and execute strategies to educate and inform the FDA on key tobacco issues.
  • Developing engagement and advocacy materials on issues under consideration by FDA to include written submissions, presentations to the Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee, etc.
  • Preparing written materials designed for numerous stakeholders, including the FDA, employees, the trade, suppliers, etc. as means to communicate the positions of the tobacco operating companies.
  • Serving as a liaison to selected operating and service company functions to ensure Regulatory Affairs is effectively representing the business objectives and strategies on advocacy-related work.
  • Creating and managing processes to ensure consistency of advocacy efforts across issues and to identify emerging issues.
  • Monitoring dockets and other stakeholder filings on assigned topics and preparing related analyses.

    Specific Skills

    Qualifications include:
  • A Bachelor's Degree in political science, public affairs, public policy or a related field. Advanced degree preferred.
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in public affairs, corporate communications, external affairs or related areas. This experience, coupled with previous experience research and development, product development, health sciences or a related discipline would be especially beneficial.
  • Demonstrated experience analyzing laws, regulations and compliance requirements to develop and execute advocacy strategies.
  • A thorough understanding of legislative, regulatory and legal processes.
  • Advanced written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated experience leading cross-functional teams.
  • The ability to influence without authority, along with advanced strategy development and critical thinking skills. At Altria Client Services, we recognize that our people are the reason we achieve our business goals. We believe in developing the leadership potential of our employees by providing them with opportunities for training, development and advancement. In addition to the opportunity to apply and develop your skills toward key business objectives, we offer an excellent compensation package including a competitive base salary, comprehensive health/vision/dental insurance, participation in our incentive compensation and deferred profit sharing programs, as well as a relocation assistance package.


    Each Altria company is an equal opportunity employer. We consider qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity, protected veteran status, or other protected class.