Manager, International Government Affairs & Political Risk

  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Sep 24

Position description

ConocoPhillips is the world’s largest independent E&P company based on production and proved reserves. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, ConocoPhillips had operations and activities in 17 countries, $69 billion of total assets, and approximately 11,200 employees as of June 30, 2018. Production excluding Libya averaged 1,216 MBOED for the six months ended June 30, 2018, and proved reserves were 5.0 billion BOE as of Dec. 31, 2017.

Employees across the globe focus on fulfilling our core SPIRIT Values of safety, people, integrity, responsibility, innovation and teamwork. And we apply the characteristics that define leadership excellence in how we engage each other, collaborate with our teams, and drive the business.   

Position Summary:

The Manager, International Government Affairs & Political Risk, will be responsible for assessing, generating, and communicating/integrating corporate positions on the political risk dynamics affecting ConocoPhillips’ international operations and investments, and for designing and executing corporate diplomatic strategies intended to proactively mitigate those risks in concert with the company’s Executive Leadership Team, overseas business units (BUs), corporate strategy, business development, exploration, and legal clients across the company. This position requires extensive collaboration across multiple functions responsible for managing COP’s overall enterprise risk management process. 

Responsibilities may include:

  • Maintaining an in-depth situational awareness of political, economic, and commercial factors that may impact COP’s international business operations 
  • Pacing the existing and emergent political, economic and, commercial concerns of international BUs to ensure that advocacy strategies are continuously aligned with business priorities
  • Developing, sustaining and expanding relationships with key external stakeholders, including the US Executive Branch, Agencies/Departments of the US Government, US and foreign legislative bodies, foreign government ministries/agencies/officials, the foreign diplomatic community, think-tanks, industry/trade associations, multilateral agencies, and select non-governmental entities
  • Using this network to develop intelligence, and represent/advance COP’s international advocacy positions
  • Contributing to the development of corporate positions on international political risk, and integrating those positions across relevant advocacy strategies
  • Sustaining broad corporate awareness of key political risk drivers/analysis verbally and in writing to a wide range of internal corporate audiences
  • Interfacing with key corporate planning and enterprise risk management processes that integrate or otherwise consider political and other above-ground risk factors
  • Extending and leveraging internal stakeholder involvement in the development and execution of International Government Affairs & Political Risk initiatives
  • Collaborating across COP’s Government Affairs function on cross-cutting advocacy issues identified as strategic priorities by leadership
  • Contributing to the methodological refinement of the International Government Affairs & Political Risk function and related best practices



  • Legally authorized to work in the United States
  • Residency in, or willingness to locate to, the Washington, DC metropolitan area
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in international affairs, regional area studies, or a related discipline
  • 10+ years of experience in an internationally-focused government or private sector role focused on geopolitical analysis and/or international business/trade/commercial advocacy
  • 10+ years of experience building collaborative, cross-functional networks of expertise inside and outside of your immediate organization
  • 10+ years of experience developing and representing strategic plans and information to senior governmental, legislative, and/or corporate leaders
  • Ability to confidently, objectively, and persuasively communicate verbally and in writing to internal and external audiences
  • Willingness to travel, both domestically and internationally as required
  • Fluency in English


  • Strong knowledge of energy industry, with a particular emphasis in Upstream O&G 
  • Advanced degree in international affairs, regional area studies, or a related discipline
  • Deep experience in the energy and related geopolitical dynamics of East and Southeast Asian, Middle East, Latin American markets
  • 7+ years interdisciplinary experience providing direct analytic and advisory support to executive decision makers in the international affairs, national security, and/or private sectors
  • 7+ years of interdisciplinary experience assessing the political behavior, domestic/international relations, motivations, and ideological drivers of foreign governments
  • Significant experience advancing long-term strategic goals, as well as fast-emerging, near-term tactical scenarios in a globally distributed, multi-cultural organization
  • Advanced networking skills
  • Fluency in a foreign language
  • Understands global trends and how they impact business
  • Understands and anticipates how daily actions impact and shape the future
  • Actively seeks out diverse people and organizations to collectively achieve business goals
  • Manages tasks to effectively and efficiently complete work responsibilities of self and others

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