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Global Head of Crop Protection Policy and Advocacy



Syngenta Group is one of the world's leading agriculture innovation companies, with roots going back more than 250 years. Its 48,000 people across more than 100 countries strive to transform agriculture through breakthrough products and technologies that play a vital role in enabling the food chain to feed the world safely, sustainably and with respect for our planet. Swiss headquartered and Chinese-owned, the Group draws strength from its four business units - Syngenta Crop Protection headquartered in Switzerland, Syngenta Seeds headquartered in the United States, ADAMA headquartered in Israel, and Syngenta Group China - that provide industry-leading ways to serve customers everywhere.
Our employees reflect the diversity of our customers, the markets where we operate and the communities which we serve. We invite you to help us shape the future of agriculture. At Syngenta, we believe every employee has a role to play in safely feeding the world and taking care of our planet.

Global Head of Crop Protection Policy and Advocacy

Job description:

We are looking for a Global Head of Crop Protection Policy and Advocacy (m/f/d) based in our Headquarter in Basel, Switzerland to secure Syngenta Crop Protection license to operate through shaping a political and regulatory environment supportive of Syngenta Crop Protection business model. Reporting to the Group Global Head of Public Affairs, the individual will be responsible for 2 key areas: public policy development for Crop Protection as well as senior policy support for the Head of Business Sustainability.
This newly created role with exciting high-impact is well suited to individuals looking to make a difference in an organization at the forefront of the future of agriculture, with frequent exposure to C-suite and other influential decision makers and organizations.


- Identify key policy issues and stakeholder concerns impacting Syngenta Crop Protection
- Advise on key emerging risks to business and geopolitical developments
- Develop Syngenta Crop Protection policy/positions in collaboration with internal business partners and experts, considering future company strategy and stakeholder views
- Actively contribute to the Group global outreach strategy, including multilateral institutions; provide senior support and briefing to leaders on outreach, with particular focus on support for the Head of Business Sustainability
- Coordinate and prepare positions and participate as needed in global associations and industry groups (e.g., CLI, WBCSD, WEF). Putting our issues on the agenda and align association engagement in various committees
- Prepare policy responses to external enquiries and challenges, collaborating with communications and Group Public Affairs on positioning Syngenta Crop Protection in key societal dialogues
- Other duties as may be required for the successful delivery of public affairs outcomes, commensurate with the level of the post (e.g., deputizing for the Global Head of Public Affairs and direct support for senior executive team members)

Required profile:


- At least 8 years of in-depth and hands on experience in Government Affairs, Corporate Affairs or External Relations
- Extensive understanding of the global political and governmental environment, and impact on an international business
- Solid experience as a company spokesperson on critical issues or handling government bodies
- Demonstrated issues and crisis management capability with capacity to manage multiple and diverse internal and external relationships in a complex environment
- High degree of business acumen to identify business relevant external policy areas: experience in multilateral institutions, agribusiness, commodity, FMCG or biotechnology field would be advantageous
- Proactive, self-motivating, ability to manage a large workload, work calmly and quickly under pressure and respond to very short deadlines
- Flexibility, tenacity, and a can-do approach to teamwork
- Unquestionable ethics and integrity
- Full command of the English language, written and verbal. German or French language skills would be plus

What we offer:

What we offer:

- We offer a position which contributes to valuable and impactful work in a stimulating and international environment
- Flexible working arrangements and environment with an open culture and diverse workforce
- The opportunity to work with and learn from highly qualified and experienced employees
- Learning culture (Together we Grow) and wide range of training options
- You will profit from an onsite doctor, gym, canteen, and other benefits

Interested? We look forward to receiving your online application including all relevant documents (cover letter, CV, diploma, certificates) - reference number 18043258.
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