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Job Title: Senior Vice President US Government Affairs
Company Name: HSBC
Location: Washington, DC
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 05/03/2018
Expire Date: 06/02/2018
Job Categories: Banking, Consulting Services, Finance/Economics, Financial Services, Government and Policy, Healthcare, Practitioner and Technician, Information Technology, Retail/Wholesale, Research & Development
Job Description
Senior Vice President US Government Affairs
Founded in 1865 to finance trade between Asia and the West, today HSBC is one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organizations, serving more than 47 million customers.  Headquartered in London, HSBC operates through an international network of c. 6,000 offices in 71 countries and territories offering products across four business lines:  commercial banking, global banking and markets, private banking, and retail banking and wealth management.
HSBC has been connecting Americans to global opportunities since its origin.  It serves customers from offices and branches in cities across the United States including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Houston, Seattle, Miami, San Francisco, and Washington, DC.
Undergraduate degree is required.  An advanced degree or a Juris Doctor is preferred. 
  • Work closely with Executive Vice President for Public Affairs to implement the appropriate legislative strategy for the company.  The candidate will be part of a team that leads strategic planning efforts, gaining “buy-in” from senior executives in New York and London, as well as HSBC businesses headquartered in other major HSBC centers.  The candidate will also be responsible for executing the legislative strategy in Washington, DC. 
  • Design and execute the strategies and tactic for achieving appropriate goals with each relevant Congressional, Administrative and Agency organizations and persons. 
  • Assist in managing appropriate external consulting resources to bring effective focus on specific issues or ongoing relationship development within the regulatory and legislative arenas. 
  • Create an environment that both educates and deeply involves all other appropriate HSBC functional departments on legislative policy issues.  This work will involve establishing meaningful structure, processes and information flow. 
  • Ensure successful outcomes of the legislative policy tactics through personal efforts and management of internal and external resources, including setting regulatory and legislative agendas where possible and influencing them where needed.  Critical to this endeavor is development of appropriate actionable relationships with key individuals within the Administration, Capitol Hill and selected Agencies. 
  • Effectively, and appropriately, create a plan to utilize HSBC’s senior management as political assets and manage them toward the attainment of legislative and regulatory goals.
  • Support the management and growth of HSBC’s existing Political Action Committee, focusing especially on those geographic areas where HSBC has a corporate footprint or the legislative districts of key influencers. 
  • Continue to expand HSBC’s presence in the greater financial services industry community to include all appropriate outreach programs, civic event sponsorships, political fundraising events, etc.
The successful candidate will have a track record of success working across large organizations, as well as interfacing with the political, legislative and regulatory structures of the federal government.  Personal qualification for success will include:
  • Demonstrated skill in dealing at the executive level in large organizations.
  • Ability to manage processes and programs in support of the needs of the business.
  • Strong communications an interpersonal skills. 
  • Must possess political savvy sufficient to affect short-term and long-term results in the political environment.  Must possess established and actionable connections at the Federal Government level, and should have, or be able to quickly create, dialogue and influence with key Federal Executive branch officials along with those in the Senate, House and appropriate agencies. 
  • Must have an existing knowledge of, or demonstrated aptitude and desire to acquire, the complexities of the industry and its public policy initiatives. 

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Qualifications & Requirements

The successful candidate should have experience that revolves around 10 years of deep involvement in the Federal Government legislative and regulatory processes with significant accomplishments in influencing outcomes.  A deep understanding of Capitol Hill and the legislative process is critically important. 


Primary qualifications include:

  • Sufficient stature and capacity to bring strong credibility to HSBC’s Washington, DC office.  This can be gained from: years of demonstrated success as a government affairs/relations professional with 1) certain positions in the Federal Government, including within the Administration, and Agency or the Congress, 2) a corporate entity facing similar, equally challenging issues, 3) an appropriate Washington representative legal or lobbying firm, or 4) an industry trade association.

  • A thorough understanding of the U.S. legislative process, including an understanding of the roles and decision making-processes of the Executive Agencies, the U.S. Senate, and U.S. House of Representatives.  Knowledge of key congressional staff involved in banking or financial services would be a plus. 
  • If coming from another corporation or association, successful prior experience integrating the legislative policy developed by the Washington operation into the rest of the company is critical.  Given HSBC’s growing and diverse financial services businesses, the candidate must be able to work with these diverse business lines.
  • Innate ability to comprehend, and predict, critical issues and trends, distill them to their important aspects, formulate an appropriate response and communicate strategies to all levels within HSBC senior management team and within appropriate government constituencies. 
  • Knowledge of, and relations with, key U.S. financial federal regulators and/or the U.S. Department of the Treasury would be beneficial.
  • Experience in the legislative and regulatory environment at the Congressional Executive Branch or agency level. 
  • Ability to persuasively communicate at the highest levels of government is critical.


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