Head, Government and Industry Affairs US

Job Id:  9357

Cary, North Carolina, United States

Department:  Industry Affairs
Function:  Corporate Office
Employee Type:  Permanent Full Time
Seniority Level:  Not Applicable

UPL Limited (NSE: UPL & BSE: 512070, LSE: UPLL) is a global provider of sustainable agriculture products and solutions, with annual revenue exceeding $6bn. We are a purpose-led company. Through OpenAg®, UPL is focused on accelerating progress for the food system. We are building a network that is reimagining sustainability, redefining the way an entire industry thinks and works – open to fresh ideas, innovation, and new answers as we strive towards our mission to make every single food product more sustainable. As one of the largest agriculture solutions companies worldwide, our robust portfolio consists of biologicals and traditional crop protection solutions with more than 14,000 registrations. We are present in more than 130 countries, represented by more than 10,000 colleagues globally. For more information about our integrated portfolio of solutions across the food value chain including seeds, post-harvest, as well as physical and digital services, please visit upl-ltd.com and follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.


JOB SUMMARY: UPL is seeking an experienced Government Affairs & Industry Relations leader to be responsible for engagement with US Federal and State government, grower organizations and industry/trade associations to influence outcomes affecting the UPL NA business as well as support policy and legislative activities through industry partnerships. UPL is looking for someone local to Raleigh or Cary NC but open to a remote candidate for the right background. 



  • Develop, own, and implement UPL Government Affairs and Industry Relations strategies to advance strategic business objectives.
  • Serve as primary focal point to build & foster key interactions with US Federal and State government officials, ensuring UPL inputs on US agriculture policy is provided.
  • Shape, lead & advance US regulatory policy & advocacy efforts of interest to UPL in enabling US grower access to innovative technologies.
  • Serve as a UPL NA representative in industry associations, such as Crop Life America, and grower organizations and ensure UPL is fully updated on US agriculture policy trends and its impact to business; active voice for UPL within assigned committees and working groups.
  • Advises marketing, regulatory and technology development on policy strategies & impact on business case assumptions.
  • Monitors and advises on key emerging regulatory policy and legislative trends and challenges that may impact UPL business.
  • Ensures alignment with internal Global Public and Government Affairs Network on molecule defense and strategic objectives.
  • Meet regularly with regulatory teams and work with US Federal and State regulatory managers closely to understand regulatory strategies and advises molecule project teams.



  • Bachelor’s degree required preferably in a scientific discipline with a minimum of 8-10 years’ experience in an agriculture related industry with a proven track record.
  • Regulatory experience with US federal and state government interaction as well experience interacting with the EPA needed.  
  • Demonstrated ability to work within a team environment and independently.
  • Advanced written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to operate effectively within a highly matrixed organization and regulated business environment.
  • Strong problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities with the ability to lead and collaborate across boundaries and different functions.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office suite.



Adaptability & Resilience: Recognizes and is open to changing circumstances and alters behavior and scales up as necessary; increases personal awareness and appreciation of individual and cultural differences to create an open, inclusive, and accepting workplace.

Entrepreneurial Mindset: Has a creative mindset and ability to think holistically, takes calculated risks and maximizes opportunities.

Results Orientations: Takes action, pursues goals with persistence and achieves results; communicates goals and vision to the team to drive enthusiasm and ambition.

Execution Excellence: Enhances the speed of execution and builds efficiency in processes, systems and people; has sharp focus on quality-orientation.

Strategic Orientation: Demonstrates knowledge of the social, economic, and environmental factors and how they impact the business. Identifies key issues that could impact the business and develops strategy through an analytical lens / design thinking.

Building Teams and Talent: Empowers colleagues through knowledge sharing and delegation, quickly establishing rapport; provides recognition for achievements and accomplishments.

Customer Centricity: Understands the customer needs and pain points, fulfills the needs and expectations by focusing on creating value for customers.



  • Number of direct reports – 0 (subject to change)


TRAVEL: 25% of the time



We are one team, for maximum impact. One team with shared goals. We all play for the team and no one plays against the team. We have a laser-like focus on what our customers need and want, on anticipating their future needs and on how we can create innovative solutions and experiences for them. #UPLJobs