Corporate Affairs Manager

Last updated 32 minutes ago
Location:Remote - AU/NZ only
Job Type:Full Time

Corporate Affairs Manager

Corporate, External and Legal Affairs (CELA)

Australia (flexible)

Do you want to work in a company that is transforming the world? How about working on some of the most challenging technology policy issues around, such as cross-jurisdictional law enforcement access, data sovereignty or addressing emerging cyber threats? If so, Microsoft’s Corporate, External and Legal Affairs Department (CELA) has an immediate opening for a senior professional to do just that. The successful candidate will have experience working on technology policy issues preferably within a corporate environment and/or experience with government procurement rules and practices. They will have an insatiable desire to learn more. The successful candidate will support the public sector sales team navigate government procurement issues, and support policy work in defence, national security and cybersecurity, as well as support the rest of the team working on all aspects of government, regulatory, and public policy issues that affect innovation and growth in the information technology (IT) sector and help position Microsoft to succeed.

This position will be based in Australia, ideally in Canberra. The successful candidate will report to the Corporate Affairs Director. They will collaborate closely with other members on the Australia-New Zealand teams and with the larger Microsoft regional CELA team.


The key objectives for this position are to help the team promote innovation, growth and market opportunity across the information technology ecosystem and to deepen Microsoft’s engagement with government, intergovernmental organizations, academia, industry, and civil society/non-profits on a wide range of IT-related issues. The successful candidate will provide strategic public policy leadership to our public sector team and help others on the team execute Microsoft’s government and industry affairs programs. They will also work with customers and our philanthropic partners as well as legal, regulatory, and compliance support specialists to help the country digitally transform.

The position will focus on:

Partnership with Public Sector Team: This individual will partner closely with Microsoft’s Public Sector vertical, working with customers, partners and our own teams to foster strong government relationships and a favorable policy environment that supports the company’s business goals. They will provide core support on digital transformation deals in the public sector, particularly focused on Federal Government, helping the team to bring the right support and partnerships that may be needed.

Leading the Australian engagement on Cybersecurity, Law Enforcement, Defence and National Security policy issues: This individual will manage Microsoft’s engagement on a range of strategic issues in the law enforcement and national security arena and will work closely with global teams focused on the same issues worldwide. A good understanding of the global geopolitical environment is critical.

Driving and supporting the team’s broader public policy outreach: Given the broad range of policy issues that touch Microsoft’s business, this individual will lead or help others on the team drive outreach and engagement on a broader range of IT-related public policy issues, including AI, trusted cloud, cross-border data flow, Internet safety, procurement, telecommunications and others. This will include engaging directly with government as well as industry, academia, and non-profits.

Specific responsibilities relating to these three broad areas include:

  • Collaborating with Microsoft Australia’s Public Sector team to understand the government technology environment in the country and help overcome obstacles to Microsoft’s ability to compete alongside other cloud, software, AI, and solutions providers.
  • Working with the Public Sector team to foster strong partnerships between Microsoft and government, and to ensure that our programs are tailored to meet government needs and priorities.
  • Developing and implementing, in partnership with key stakeholders in the company, strategic outreach and campaigns designed to positively shape public policy debates and outcomes related to our philanthropic and upskilling activities.
  • Partnering with Microsoft Australia’s Public Sector team and National Security Officer to work with national security and cyber agencies to address a range of emerging issues.
  • Building out Microsoft’s engagement with the Australian Government in response to the 2020 Cyber Security Strategy.
  • Implementing an effective measurement and analysis approach for campaigns and other activities that will support prioritization of future activities and investment.


  • At least 8 years of experience working as a government affairs, public affairs, or public policy expert in government, a multinational organization, a corporate government affairs office, an industry association, coalition or equivalent group, a policy-focused research institution, or a law firm.
  • The ideal candidate will have some public and private sector experience in institutions focused on issues relevant to Microsoft’s business. Technology company experience is desirable.
  • Capability to build and maintain excellent relationships and provide excellent service in a highly matrixed internal organization.
  • Proven ability and skills to conceive, analyse, develop and execute medium-to-long term strategies and campaigns to deal with complex issues of technology, policy and law, involving multiple issues and players. Ability to work autonomously and with ambiguity will be an asset.
  • Excellent oral, written, presentation and interpersonal skills. An undergraduate degree in public policy, political science, law or another relevant field.
  • Excellent attention to detail and curiosity to learn.
  • A current Australian Government security clearance will be advantageous.
  • At Microsoft, you can be who you are. We like you just the way you are, and you’ll be embraced as a leader who creates diverse and inclusive environment where employees can thrive and grow.

Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request via the Accommodation request form.

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