Director, Government Relations

Vriens & Partners - Expires on Jul 07, 2020
  • Country
  • Location
  • Job Type
  • Experience
  • Eligibility
  • Indonesia
  • Jakarta
  • Permanent - Full Time
  • 10+ years
  • Expat and local
Job Category
Government / Public Sector / Military

Job Description

Vriens & Partners (V&P) is the leading government affairs consulting firm in Southeast Asia. Operating in the most dynamic part of the world, Vriens & Partners is headquartered in Singapore, with offices in Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, Myanmar, Malaysia, and Cambodia. Our team comprises 80 full-time employees from over ten nationalities, as well as 40 senior advisors from across the region.
V&P’s culture is open, welcoming, and fast-paced: everyone can voice their views and make a positive impact. Our collaborative approach across diverse teams and industries allows for employees to grow as individuals and consultants and build new standards of achievement.
Our clients are primarily major multinationals, along with various business associations and non-governmental organizations. A growing advisory firm, V&P offers a challenging and fulfilling work environment. Find out more at

The Director will work closely with the Country Director to manage our growing team in Jakarta. You will be an inspiring leader, an effective analyst, an organized project manager, an insightful client manager, and possess a strong EQ, business sense, coalition building, organizational and cross-cultural skills.

Reporting directly to the Country Director and senior management in Singapore, it will be your job to manage Indonesia-focused advisory work, shaping full-scale Government Affairs strategies for our multinational clients. You will also manage, develop, and mentor a team of experienced Government Affairs consultants and advisors.

Along with management, you will professionally interact with regional and global executives to strengthen the firm’s government affairs practice, as well as maintain a network within Indonesia’s public and private sectors.
As Director, you will understand legislative and policy changes that could impact V&P’s client base, provide insightful analysis of the Indonesian political scene, assess challenges and opportunities, prepare analysis and strategy for clients, and raise the firm’s profile through your strategic efforts.
Some of your initial work will be spent on studying how V&P’s business operates, and how our clients support economic growth in Indonesia. You will be conversant and confident communicating public policies and engagement strategies to clients, as well as relevant ministerial or business coalitions, building V&P’s profile and market share in Indonesia. You will possess personal finesse, a level head, be cross-culturally adept, and possess strong written and verbal dexterity. In turn, you can expect eager and professional colleagues in Jakarta and the region to fully support your growth, and together address any challenges and celebrate successes.

Job Requirements

We’re looking for a leader that has worked on interesting government affairs work, built lasting coalitions, and created proactive responses to gain significant credibility.
  • Ten+ years (minimum) of relevant work experience in a related field, either in a consulting or in-house government affairs role, or in government, journalism, or think tanks.
  • Proven experience in Government Affairs and Public Policy.
  • Excellent analytical skills, sound judgment, and business development skills.
  •  Strong knowledge and understanding of Indonesia’s politics, government, and bureaucracy.
  • Excellent project management skills and ability to handle multiple tasks gracefully.
  • Cross-culturally aware, sensitive to cultural norms and government protocol.
  • Motivated self-starter, team player, eagerness to contribute to firm’s growth.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and Bahasa Indonesia.
  • A relevant undergraduate degree, preferably in areas of politics, public policy, or law. An advanced degree is a value-add.
With a senior role comes judgment, professionalism, organizational aptitude, patience, and drive.

You are intellectually agile and experienced enough to know how to synthesize complex information into persuasive written collateral. You are approachable, thoughtful, conscientious, an active listener with the right degree of energy. You know how to influence and manage at different levels and different cultures by being clear, succinct, knowledgeable, and open.

You have in-depth knowledge and interest in Indonesia’s political landscape, an understanding of its key players, and a strong understanding of governance and ethics, along with understanding legal requirements, protocol, and related requirements.

Interested candidates should send their applications. Please include a cover letter demonstrating interest and fitness for the position (required) and current resume. 

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Vriens & Partners

Vriens & Partners is a Singapore-based corporate advisory firm focused on Southeast Asia and specializing in government affairs, political risk analysis and public policy. The firm provides ...

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