Microsoft Corporation Cybersecurity Policy Manager in Brussels, Belgium

The Cybersecurity Policy Manager will contribute to the EU Government Affairs team in Brussels.

You will join a team driving outreach and engagement on a range of cybersecurity and election security policy issues, including cybersecurity certification and standards, electronic identity issues, export control, and vulnerability disclosure, with emphasis on engagement on these issues with representatives from European institutions and other stakeholders.

You must be a seasoned cybersecurity professional with extensive expertise and experience in policy development and advocacy in cybersecurity, cloud computing, and related issues. We are seeking a colleague who enjoys working independently but collaboratively in a collegial team environment within a fast-paced and dynamic company, and who is enthusiastic about developing practical approaches to policy issues.

You should be capable of enhancing our cybersecurity strategy and global policy initiatives and have a solid understanding of EU and national policymaking institutions and substantive personal connections among relevant policymakers and influencers, or the ability to develop or build such understanding and relationships. The Microsoft Brussels office is a fast-paced working environment, where priorities and focus areas shift with policy developments and the needs of the team.

Responsibilities

  • Monitor, shape and engage on current and emerging public policy issues impactful to the company and customers on cybersecurity and other related policies in the EU.

  • Build new, and strengthen existing, relationships with individuals and government institutions that have a role in developing and implementing relevant laws in the EU. This includes the European Commission, European Parliament, EU member state governments, national European governments and think tanks

  • Provide public policy advice and strategic thought leadership and work collaboratively with business units (including legal, regulatory, marketing, product management, sales, and others) to ensure that Microsoft has the information needed to make strategic decisions with critical impact on the company’s business model

  • Liaise with other corporate functions and geographic business leadership to identify key areas of policy focus and provide timely public policy positions, insights, and written materials in relation to those identified areas, related business initiatives, and government regulatory activity

  • Present company’s policy positions to governments and industry trade groups via written position papers and comments, meetings, briefings, technical exchanges, and via multiplier organizations (e.g. trade and industry associations); present at conferences and related opportunities

Qualifications

  • Extensive and relevant public policy and/or cybersecurity policy experience Track record engaging on cybersecurity, standardization, cloud, and related government policies in jurisdictions in EU institutions and EU Member States

  • Strong organizational and planning skills & attention to detail but also ability to relate specific topics to wider strategic goals

  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain strong relationships and consensus with a variety of constituencies both inside and outside an organization

  • High degree of leadership, independent negotiation, and decision-making skills

  • Advanced degree or equivalent experience in international relations, public policy, or related field and/or ICT areas