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Government Relations Business Enablement, Lead (1 year contract)



Toronto, ON, Canada
Posted on Saturday, May 4, 2024

Government Relations Business Enablement, Lead

At Interac, we design and deliver products and solutions that give Canadians control over their money so they can get more out of life. But that’s not all. Whether we’re leading real-time money movement, driving innovative commerce solutions like open payments for transit systems, or making advancements in new areas like verification and open banking, we are playing a key role in shaping the future of the digital economy in Canada.

Want to make a lasting impact amongst a community of creative thinkers, problem solvers, technical gurus and high-performance application developers? We want to hear from you.

The Government Relations Business Enablement, Lead will play a critical role in advancing current and emerging public sector commercial objectives in both payments and digital verification services, working cross-functionally with business owners. The Lead will develop and implement strategies to build awareness and protect the reputation of Interac with key government and stakeholder audiences, while managing organizational planning and engagement on legislative and regulatory changes impacting the business.

As part of the Interac Strategy and Marketing Team, reporting to the Head of Government Relations and External Affairs, the Lead will have the opportunity to contribute in our entrepreneurial and highly collaborative culture. The ideal candidate will have experience supporting business-to-government (B2G) sales and revenue goals for a large corporation, a background in provincial or federal government relations and knowledge of legislative and regulatory processes and government procurement, relationships at the political/civil service levels, experience crafting public affairs plans and exposure to working directly with senior leaders, executives and decision makers.

You’ll be responsible for:

  • Develop and execute government and stakeholder relations strategies to broaden awareness of the organization, its brand and products with key federal, provincial and municipal government audiences.

  • Advance current and emerging public sector commercial objectives in both payments and digital verification, working cross-functionally to support business development and go-to-market efforts

  • Support development of organizational responses to legislative, regulatory and public policy changes impacting the business.

  • Create and deliver public affairs strategies to promote Interac with public sector audiences, including media and events, digital content, thought leadership/speaking opportunities and social media.

  • Build and maintain a network within government, prioritizing relationship development and mapping outreach and engagement to corporate objectives and priorities.

  • Assist with issues management, providing counsel on public sector risks and working with the broader Marketing & Strategy team to build and protect corporate reputation.

  • Be a champion for government relations through the identification and delivery of executive and employee information and awareness opportunities.

  • Evaluate and manage organizational responses to inquiries from elected and non-elected decision makers.

You bring:

  • Bachelor’s degree in public policy, political science or relevant field.

  • 8-10 years of experience working in government relations, procurement, public sector business enablement and/or policy/legislative affairs, preferably at fast-paced organizations.

  • Must be eligible to work for Interac Corp. in Canada in a Full Time Capacity.

  • Knowledge of Canadian federal and/or provincial government operations.

  • Experience in government affairs specific to financial services and payments is preferred.

  • Experience in political writing and writing tailored to government audiences, public affairs strategy development and ‘PR for GR’.

  • A self-starter who can work quickly and efficiently, juggling multiple projects and deadlines at once.

  • Experienced lead who can think strategically and execute tactically, distilling complex ideas into simple, compelling narratives to educate, influence and engage.

  • Proven ability to work directly with politicians, executives, leadership and cross-functional teams.

  • A problem solver who can deal with difficult, changing or uncertain situations, apply creativity to problem solve, and have a positive, collaborative attitude towards getting the job done.

Interac requires employees to complete a background check that is completed by one of our service providers. We use this service to complete the following checks:

  • 5-year employment verification;
  • Canadian criminal record check;
  • Education verification;
  • Canadian ID cross-check;
  • Public safety verification; and
  • Credit inquiry

How we work
We know that exceptional people have great ideas and are passionate about their work. Our culture encourages excellence and actively rewards contributions with:

Connection: You’re surrounded by talented people every day who are driven by their passion of a common goal.

Core Values: They define us. Living them helps us be the best at what we do.

Compensation & Benefits: Pay is driven by individual and corporate performance and we provide a multitude of benefits and perks.

Education: To ensure you are the best at what you do we invest in you