Senior Manager, Public Policy

To provide research and analytical support to Vanguard Australia’s Head of Market Development as it relates to market, regulatory, and government offerings; developing a proactive strategy for the business to prepare for and respond to legislative and regulatory changes.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Plans, designs and coordinates the implementation of Vanguard’s Government Relations Engagement Strategy. Builds and maintains relationships with policymakers and Ministerial staffers, and leverages these relationships to schedule and lead meetings with key stakeholders and Vanguard crew.
  • Develops Vanguard’s official position to Government on matters of public policy in collaboration with the Head of Market Strategy and Communications and key business stakeholders or SMEs; conducts research and analysis on policy or regulatory issues of importance to Vanguard, its competitors or the market
  • Utilises knowledge of the Australian government and regulatory agendas to ensure proper flow of information exchanged, keeps up to date with regulatory/legislative developments and advise business on potential impact
  • Drafts and coordinates policy submissions to Government on behalf of Vanguard; prepares meetings materials/presentations for external meetings/verbal submissions to Government
  • Strategically engage with trade associations and industry bodies; represent Vanguard on relevant working groups where appropriate; input into industry body forums/working groups so that Vanguard’s views are canvassed in positions put to Government
  • Prepares and sets agenda for Vanguard’s Government Relations Policy Committee (‘kitchen cabinet’); prepares agenda for Vanguard’s Public Policy Meetings and manages relationship with external consultants to this end
  • Develops and presents strategic, competitive, and market analyses, findings, and conclusions to senior management (e.g. presentations, case studies, etc.).
  • Participates in special projects and performs other duties as assigned


  • Undergraduate degree or equivalent combination of training and experience. Law degree preferred
  • Minimum of seven years of related business experience
  • Excellent leadership, organisational and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Excellent presentation skills, including to senior audiences
  • Strong understanding of how Canberra works and the decision-making process
  • Intellectually attuned to financial services issues. Knowledge of financial services industry preferred
  • Ability to work quickly and independently with attention to detail and sensitivity to deadlines
  • Demonstrated project management skills
  • Excellent problem-solving skills. Ability to relentlessly pursue issues to successful completion/resolution
  • Demonstrated relationship management skills
  • Knowledge and familiarity with ethics rules strongly preferred

Special Factors

Flexibility to work outside of normal business hours and travel will be required to support the business needs.

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