PayPal Senior Manager Government Relations in Brussels, Belgium

Senior Manager Government Relationsin Brusselsat PayPal

Date Posted: 9/17/2017

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  • Employee Type: Full-Time

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  • Experience: Not Specified

  • Date Posted: 9/17/2017

  • Job ID: R0020450

About Us


At PayPal, we believe that now is the time to democratize financial services so that moving and managing money is a right for all citizens, not just the affluent. We are driven by this purpose, and we uphold our cultural values of collaboration, innovation, wellness and inclusion as our guide for making decisions and conducting business every day. It is our duty and privilege to be customer champions and put those we serve at the center of everything we do.

We are one team that respects and values diversity of thought for everyone, everywhere, and we actively seek to create an energizing workplace that brings out the best in all of us. If you’re ready to shape the future of money, join the team at PayPal. We're proud to work here. You will be too.

Job Description

Fueled by a fundamental belief that having access to financial services creates opportunity, PayPal (Nasdaq: PYPL) is committed to democratizing financial services and empowering people and businesses to join and thrive in the global economy. Our open digital payments platform gives PayPal’s nearly 200 million active account holders the confidence to connect and transact in new and powerful ways, whether they are online, on a mobile device, in an app, or in person. Through a combination of technological innovation and strategic partnerships, PayPal creates better ways to manage and move money, and offers choice and flexibility when sending payments, paying or getting paid. Available in more than 200 markets around the world, the PayPal platform, including Braintree, Venmo and Xoom, enables consumers and merchants to receive money in more than 100 currencies, withdraw funds in 56 currencies and hold balances in their PayPal accounts in 25 currencies

Reporting directly to the Head of Government Relations for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), based in Brussels, and working very closely with GR colleagues and business leaders throughout the region, the Senior Manager of Government Relations in Brussels is responsible for providing strategic GR counsel and managing advocacy programs to support PayPal’s expanding business in EMEA. This person will work with EU institutions, as well as governments’ representations in Brussels, and with industry associations, academia and merchants to shape the policy environment, protect PayPal’s reputation and help PayPal grow its business. A change agent, this person will combine contagious enthusiasm, rigorous thinking and articulate communication.

Core responsibilities:

• Lead Government Relations activities for PayPal in Brussels, including, but not limited to, financial services, digital platforms, e-commerce and technology innovation;

• Monitor EU legislative and executive/regulatory initiatives impacting PayPal, prioritizing strategically;

• Develop short- and long term GR strategies to address legal and regulatory risks or opportunities;

• Design creatively and drive differentiating GR campaigns anchored in PayPal’s values and objectives;

• Lead GR outreach and relationship management with relevant supervisory authorities in close cooperation with other support functions (e.g. Legal, Compliance…).

• Participate efficiently in relevant trade associations, representing PayPal as necessary.

• Draft and contribute to public policy and thought leadership papers and other relevant content for distribution and publication (beyond response to public consultations);

• Establish and maintain trusted relationships with key officials and influencers in Brussels and beyond;

Actively contribute to the GR EMEA team and to the GR brand in PayPal;

Develop a strong internal network within PayPal and maintain a robust understanding of the business;

Be a prime interface for Brussels/EU issues within GR and with PayPal EMEA management;

• Provide insightful political analysis and guidance.

• When needed, help on other EMEA or global dossiers;

• Coordinate with internal teams on cross-functional projects.

• Some travel around Europe from time to time. Expect travel to Luxembourg, Brussels, Frankfurt and Strasbourg as necessary.

Experience required:

Experience: Government relations or similar in the area of payment, financial services, fintech, e-commerce or digital platforms. Solid exposure to EU institutions and decision-making, including a comfortable international outlook. Confident to promote technology as a driver for innovation. Conservancy with ECB, European Banking Authority, Finance Ministries and influential third-party organizations in financial services would be highly relevant.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.

Skills & Abilities: A bility to work with great authority in a fast-paced and pressurized environment with limited day-to-day hands-on management; rigorous thinking, unquestionable integrity and appetite to constructively challenge established positions; some creativity and ease to deal with ambiguity; most desirable candidates will be very flexible team players, able to consistently exercise sound judgment, have significant degree of self-motivation, be very resourceful and have ability to collaborate pro-actively with other functions with limited direct supervision; a flexible approach to travel.

Knowledge required: Strong understanding of and sensitivity to government relations, insitututional dynamics and public policy in the EU, with longstanding in-depth know-how in the area of financial services, payments, e-commerce, digital platforms or fintech; business acumen; impeccable English is a must, other languages a strong asset.

Individuals seeking employment at PayPal are considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, marital status, ancestry, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or sexual orientation. You have the opportunity to provide the following information in order to help us comply with federal and state Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action record keeping, reporting, and other legal requirements.