Director of Policy and Global Affairs

ICC seeks a candidate with significant public affairs/policy experience and a proven ability to build high-performing teams and projects.

ICC is the world’s largest business organization with a network of over 6 million members in more than 100 countries. It works to promote international trade, responsible business conduct and a global approach to regulation through a unique mix of advocacy and standard setting activities—together with market-leading dispute resolution services.

ICC is one of the leading voices of global business on the international stage. In 2017, ICC became the first private sector organization to be granted Observer Status at the United Nations General Assembly and has major roles in other intergovernmental forums and processes.

ICC’s Department of Policy and Global Affairs is responsible for the organization’s full suite of policy, standard setting and advocacy activities. This includes: providing substantive policy input into key international processes; developing industry rules and guidelines to facilitate international trade and promote responsible business practices; and providing influential thought leadership on major economic issues.

ICC’s policy positions are developed through consultation with member companies and associations in over 100 countries – including through 12 specialist policy commissions and a number of special projects.

The Director of the Department of Policy and Global Affairs will lead the development and execution of ICC’s policy/advocacy function, with a particular focus on ensuring the production of influential policy content and creating enhanced member engagement and value.

ICC seeks a candidate with significant public affairs/policy experience and a proven ability to build high-performing teams and projects.

Main responsibilities

Management of the ICC’s Policy work and dedicated teams

  • Lead and drive the work streams of the Department of Policy and Global Affairs, in particular the development of high-quality and influential content and products.
  • Lead the continued development of key projects including the ICC World Trade Agenda, the ICC G20 CEO Advisory Group, Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy (BASCAP) and the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation.
  • Adapt existing departmental structures and processes to leverage ICC’s leading position in major international organizations. In doing so, build capacity to meet the needs of member companies and enhance membership engagement from value-added service delivery.
  • Lead and implement a reorganization of the department and resource allocation as required in order to meet the overall strategic objectives of the organization business needs.
  • Provide leadership, clear objectives and direction to policy staff.
  • Define overall operational responsibility for the staff of the department; skills, budget allocation and management, evaluate people performance and monitor the results and deliverables.

Internal coordination and external relations

  • Lead the development of influential ICC positions on major international policy issues responding to the needs of ICC members.
  • Work with relevant functions – including ICC commissions and special projects – to develop position papers and policy materials to support external advocacy campaigns.
  • Support the external engagement of the ICC Chair, Secretary General and other senior members of staff in providing them with relevant and authoritative policy material and recommendations.
  • Provide thought leadership within ICC on key policy issues, projects, op-eds, articles for media postings and publications working with other ICC departments and external partners.
  • Oversee the adoption of ICC policy positions by the ICC Executive Board, as well as substantive policy issues in other ICC governance and regional bodies as required.
  • Interface with relevant intergovernmental organizations and forums and international organizations on policy issues.
  • Align with ICC general management (including the Chief Operating Officer, Human Resources, Finance, Legal) to ensure ICC Policy needs are part of overall vision, resource allocation and contributing to organizational goals.
  • Serve as the key focal point for major corporate and national committee engagement on policy and advocacy subjects. Ensure regular and effective dissemination of ICC Policy work through national committees, chambers of commerce, and all ICC members.
  • Work closely with the Global Development Department to produce new online training tools, publications and sponsorship opportunities.

Education and Experience:

  • Higher-level education in relevant disciplines, such as economics, international relations, public policy, public affairs or law
  • Demonstrated experience in the field of policy/public affairs and a first-rate knowledge of major international policy processes
  • Experience in identifying and analyzing policy issues and managing the development of policy statements, rules, or other policy products
  • Strong leadership skills, ability to explain the strategy and to lead demanding and high level team members. Proven experience in defining and managing strategic and organizational changes
  • Ability to make decisions and ensure their implementation
  • Experience working with international organizations
  • Ability to coordinate the work of teams which are international, multicultural and multilingual
  • Ability to collaborate with executive management, international corporations, intergovernmental organizations
  • Perfect written and spoken English; knowledge of French would be a plus
  • Capacity to work under pressure and with tight deadlines
  • Capacity to manage several projects at the same time
  • Able to deliver tangible results to fixed deadlines


Work relations

  • Member of Executive Staff
  • All ICC departments
  • National committees and groups
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • International Organizations (UN, G20, WTO, OECD)
  • Experts, members of ICC Policy Commissions

Terms and conditions

Location: The position is located in Paris, France. International travel required.

Compensation: The remuneration package will be set at a level to be attractive to the most qualified candidate.

Start date: As soon as possible

How to apply

Applications, consisting of a full CV and a cover letter should be submitted electronically to the selection committee at:

Closing date for applications: 30 November 2017