Job Title:  External Affairs & Communication Manager

Job Number:  15924

Country: Algeria
Function: Legal & External Affairs
Level: Experienced Professional
Appointment Type: Permanent


British American Tobacco has a new exciting opportunity for an External Affairs & Communication Manager to be based in our office in Algiers.


The External Affairs and Communication Manager works with all areas of the business, focusing on commercially relevant challenges to support growth, understanding the political and regulatory framework in which we operate, ensure powerful industry alignment and getting harm reduction on the policy agenda.

The successful candidate will shape the external business environment, so as to ensure business growth. They will actively manage all important stakeholders, have an overview of political and regulatory situation and maintain close cooperation with the Government and state bodies in developing regulations relevant to free and competitive tobacco market. Reputation, protection and proactive regulation engagement are fundamental for us:


The key accountabilities:

  • Drive and develop the necessary regulations, reputation and communication strategy for Algeria with support for Morocco and Tunisia
  • Ensure that BAT becomes the partner of choice for the Government and takes a leading role as appropriate within the industry as well as amongst key allies on tobacco control issues including excise, illicit trade, harm reduction, etc.
  • Track and understand political changes, estimating the pace of changes, consequences and impact on tobacco business
  • Establish contacts with key decision makers in order to secure that British American Tobacco pre-empt possible changes in regulations and act properly and is recognized by the Government / Public authorities as a responsible partner in shaping tobacco regulations in a sensible manner
  • Lead regulatory engagement, drive corporate responsibility and corporate communication to shape a favourable business environment
  • Play a key role in the support of the Leadership Team, ensuring whole business approach to managing reputation and regulation issues
  • Lead the continuous improvement of management of regulation & organizational responses to challenges


Knowledge, skills, experience:

  • Ideally, 7+ years of relevant experience in an FMCG or multinational company
  • Law or Political Sciences Master’s Degree required, a Lawyer CAPA will be preferred
  • Strong background in corporate / government affairs
  • Background or knowledge in legal affairs, strong business acumen and commercial awareness
  • Ability to engage, lobby and communicate to drive positive change in the tobacco control environment
  • A good understanding of business sustainability and its role in supporting the corporate strategy and plans
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to influence key internal and external stakeholders; very good people leadership skills
  • Fluency in English, Arabic and French is a must
  • Geographical mobility in and out of Algeria
  • In regular situation with the military obligations



British American Tobacco is one of the world’s leading multinational companies, with brands sold in over 200 markets, made in 44 factories in 42 countries.

We are proud that we are consistently among the top 5 companies on the London Stock Exchange.

Our portfolio includes our world-famous Global Drive Brands – Dunhill, Kent, Lucky Strike, Pall Mall and Rothmans – along with many other leading international brands, such as Vogue, Peter Stuyvesant and State Express 555.

Alongside our traditional tobacco business, we are also developing products that offer consumers potentially less risky alternatives to regular cigarettes. Our Next Generation Products are already leading the way in the Industry of vapour and tobacco heating devices. We continue to develop a solid portfolio of consumer solutions which already include well known global brands like Vype, glo and Voke.

Contractual Legal Entity: BAT (Algeria) SPA (DZ10)

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