Senior Policy Lead - Level 5

  • Brussels, Belgium
  • Full-time

Company Description

Fascinated by the future and captivated by technology?

Smart, driven and want to make a difference in the world?

You'll fit right in.

Join a diverse team at Visa, where your individuality fits right in. We can provide the opportunity to shape the payments experience globally. Together, let's transform the way the world pays.

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Our mission is to connect the world through the most innovative, reliable and secure digital payment network that enables individuals, businesses and economies to thrive.

Individuality fuels our brand and our global team we're proud that we are a talented team of 15,000 individuals with unique backgrounds, perspectives and experiences. Therefore, we understand that you are much more than your day job. We encourage quality of life outside of the office, whether it's taking advantage of agile work schedules or our wellness programs, Visa respects and encourages meaningful work/life balance for everyone.

So, if you're not satisfied with the status quo, we can satisfy your desire to explore new territory, giving you the runway to really make an impact, whilst connecting you with teams around the world in a truly inclusive culture that celebrates our uniqueness.

Job Description

If you think you could support Visa as Senior Policy Lead - Brussels, we want to hear from you together, let's make Visa a great place to work.

What's it all about?

This is a key full-time role focused on Visa's European regulatory affairs in Brussels. The role entails developing and driving Visa's regulatory and government affairs strategy by analysing the regulatory environment Visa operates in, understanding potential regulatory scenarios, assessing their implications for Visa, prioritizing issues, developing Visa's positions and relevant argumentations and effectively engaging with regulatory bodies, policy makers, public sector agencies and relevant stakeholders.

The role is aimed at supporting primarily the Brussels-based regulatory work, while also feeding into work in some local markets across Europe.

Key regulatory and government affairs goals include:

  • Following and anticipating regulatory initiatives at EU level and developing and executing proactive strategies to convey Visa's positions to policy-makers;
  • Developing Visa's positions with regard to regulatory initiatives by identifying business risks and opportunities;
  • Assisting in identifying business opportunities with government and ensuring Visa is well positioned to take advantage of potential partnerships with national government agencies in the stimulating digital payments, cash displacing, financial literacy, smart cities and other potential government projects that may benefit from the application of electronic payments.

As a member of the European Regulatory & Government Relations team, the position demands the ability to work constructively in a specific market, and operate simultaneously in the regional and global corporate environment. Working as a member of cross-functional teams is essential. The ability and willingness to play an active role in developing strategic positions on country, regional and global public and regulatory policy positions for Visa will be important. The ability to work independently and interact constructively with other functions is expected. Travel to other European countries or to the US are also features of the position.

What we expect of you, day to day.

  • Participate in developing Visa's strategy in response to regulatory initiatives of the EU institutions.
  • Monitor the regulatory and political landscape in some local markets for threats and opportunities to Visa's business and communicate this intelligence to locally-based business leaders, functional colleagues and global management.
  • Manage Visa's relationships with officials at key government agencies (e.g. European Commission, European Parliament, Central Banks, etc.) including improving the company's overall perception and reputation.
  • Regularly communicate directly with lawmakers, government officials, regulators, and policy makers that may impact Visa's business to enhance Visa's reputation and competitive position.
  • Promote Visa's reputation and profile by speaking at public events, legislative hearings, industry conferences, association committees and roundtables, etc.
  • Be acutely aware of potential global implications of local issues and coordinate their management with regional and global colleagues.

Closing Date: 16/11/2018


What we're after...

  • Substantial experience in law firm; regulatory/government agency; prominent consultancy; in-house
  • Mid level experience in competition policy/economic regulation, preferably in a network industry and/or multi-sided market
  • Degree, or equivalent, in Law or Economics
  • Some prior exposure to retail financial services/payment industry preferred
  • Strong digital services and/or technology interest
  • Strategic thinking and superior communications skills
  • Excellent written and spoken communication abilities in English and knowledge of other European languages

Think you have what it takes?

If you are interested in a career that will challenge and inspire you we'd love to hear from you!

Additional Information

Diversity & Inclusion

Universal acceptance for everyone, everywhere, is not only our brand promise, it's the foundation of our company culture. We foster a feeling of connectedness in the workplace, support diversity of thought, culture and background, fight for important initiatives like Equal Pay and actively work to eliminate unconscious biases that hold us all back.

By leveraging the diverse backgrounds and perspectives of our worldwide teams, Visa is a better place to work and a better business partner to our client.

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