Director of Public Policy, Northern Europe

Facebook's mission is to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. Through our family of apps and services, we're building a different kind of company that connects billions of people around the world, gives them ways to share what matters most to them, and helps bring people closer together. Whether we're creating new products or helping a small business expand its reach, people at Facebook are builders at heart. Our global teams are constantly iterating, solving problems, and working together to empower people around the world to build community and connect in meaningful ways. Together, we can help people build stronger communities â€" we're just getting started.

Facebook was built to help people connect and share, and over the last decade our tools have played a critical part in changing how people around the world communicate with one another. With over a billion people using the service and more than fifty offices around the globe, a role at Facebook offers countless ways to make an impact in a fast-growing organization.


  • The ideal candidate is a public policy expert, passionate about Facebook, who can combine a talent for seeing the potential of technology with the ability to create the opportunity to make the region more connected. A deeply strategic thinker who can drive results, with a deep knowledge of the political and regulatory dynamics across key markets in the EMEA region (principally the UK, Nordics and Ireland).
  • Working under the direction of the Vice President of Public Policy EMEA, the Public Policy Director, Northern Europe, will become part of the wider EMEA public policy leadership team that is dealing with the most interesting public policy challenges of our times, including privacy, safety and security, freedom of expression, internet shutdowns, the impact of the internet on economic growth, and new opportunities for democratic engagement
  • Monitor Northern Europe (UK, Ireland and Nordics) for policy issues at the intersection of technology, social media, emerging market entry/growth
  • Represent Facebook in meetings with politicians and policy makers
  • Manage a high-performing team who work with political bodies, policymakers and non-governmental organizations on technology policy issues
  • Work with country and region leads to build and execute strategic plans for Northern Europe, identifying trends across the region and opportunities to scale approaches
  • Communicate Facebook's position on key policy issues in public presentations to a wide range of audiences, both internally and externally
  • Lead conversations with local public policy teams and devise proactive strategies for addressing key issue areas, building relationships with policy makers, civil society and academics
  • Understand, identify and anticipate key policy challenges affecting Facebook across the Northern Europe region and build proactive strategies to handle crisis management
  • Work closely with other functions within Facebook for Northern Europe and EMEA to ensure effective collaboration and driving key strategic outcomes for the region
  • Lead on and ensure consistency in approach to Facebook's policy issues across the region
  • Coordinate internal and external players across countries and time-zones, keeping all informed of progress and deadlines
  • Proven experience of demonstrating leadership and positive impact on regulatory/public policy threats
  • A deep understanding of political systems and relevant policy and civil society institutions in the UK and European market
  • Sound judgement, and strong communication and persuasive skills as well as a creative outlook, perspective and ability to work with minimal supervision in a dynamic environment
  • Experience in policy engagement or development for a multi-national corporation or civil society institution
  • The ability to connect the unconnected, and extensive experience with relevant policy issues, including internet governance, data privacy, human rights/free expression, taxation, net neutrality, child online protection, etc
  • Fluency in English, with additional languages a plus
  • Interest in and willingness to travel
  • Passionate about Facebook and its mission to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together
  • A cross-functional team player with the ability to drive and manage multiple projects and campaigns simultaneously
  • Deep interest in technology and related policy issues
  • Experience in people management and overseeing a large budget
  • Considerable experience in public policy, MBA, or law degree preferred

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