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Director, Government Affairs Americas

  • Application Deadline: June 17, 2021
  • New York
  • Application Deadline: June 17, 2021
  • New York

Are you interested in developing Swedish Business in one of the world’s most attractive and largest regions? Then we might have the perfect opportunity for you! We are currently looking for a new colleague to become our Director of Government Affairs in Americas.

Join our regional Americas team based in New York and contribute to the growth of Swedish companies in Americas and support American companies investments and expansions in Sweden. Work with companies of all sizes, ranging from large multi-nationals to start-ups, and across all industries.

Business Sweden has a team of about 60 colleagues in the region (U.S., Canada, Colombia, Chile, Mexico and Brazil). Together, we make up a successful, progressive and dynamic market unit that is planning to grow rapidly over the next few years.

What do we expect from you?

This is a new role in the leadership team of our Americas region, with intent to elevate and expand programs in the area of Government Affairs, business promotion and inward investments.

While North America is the primary, initial focus of this leadership role, it will be important to also provide GA support to our teams in Latin America. You will be reporting to the VP and Head of the Americas Region.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Lead key business promotion program in the U.S. - the Swedish-American Green Transition Alliance
  • Proactively develop strategic relationships with key investors and various stakeholders in the U.S., e.g. with Economic Development Boards
  • Support origination of HPO (High Potential Opportunities) and Investment opportunities and support Subject Matter Experts in the pursuit
  • Coordinate and help orchestrate collaboration with Team Sweden sister organizations in the Americas region and in Sweden
  • Provide executive support to business delegations in Americas region, both incoming and outgoing
  • Develop/evolve strategic collaboration in North America with key partners - both Swedish such as Vinnova and Swedish Energy Agency and American
  • Assure quality and consolidate tracking of impact in Americas business promotion activities, from HPO mega deal initiatives to specific programs supporting SME internationalization

Work with great people

Tiantian Liao
Consultant, China
"Diverse projects, opportunities to quickly develop & the trust from clients are what I truly appreciate with this job"
Vlad Månsson
Country Manager, USA
"This is a great place for rapid career development because of the opportunities to learn from colleagues all over the world"
Samiksha Jalan
Project Manager, London
"I love working at Business Sweden because every hour and every day always brings different opportunities"
Elsa Stefenson
Trade Commissioner, Chile
"I find it incredibly rewarding to see ideas grow and become successful projects"
Youssef Benchaqroun
Consultant, Morocco
"We provide a real added value and create an impact towards our clients"
Bong-Soon Park
Senior Project Manager, South Korea
"My greatest motivation is seeing the positive impact our job has on our clients"

Skills & Requirements

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for a senior leader with extensive experience from Government Affairs and business promotion, preferably with on-the-ground experience from both North- & Latin America. As a leader, we are looking for someone with the experience and interest of both leading strategic initiatives and to be a senior external representative of Business Sweden. At the same a "doer attitude" will be a key success factor, since the everyday work will include a lot of operational project management.

Formal requirements

  • Fluent in English and Spanish. Meriting with Swedish and Portuguese
  • Lives in or have extensive background in North- and/or Latin America
  • Knowledge of Swedish government operations, organizations and working models
  • Familiar with Team Sweden collaboration
  • New York as home office, with interest and readiness to travel in the Americas regions and occasionally to Sweden


  • Executive and externally oriented profile
  • Proactive, innovative and result driven
  • Self-motivated and independently drive the work forward

  • Strong social & stakeholder management skills

  • Thrive in an ever changing environment & ability to adapt to new situations

  • Comfortable with decision making

Does this describe you?

If so, please submit your resume together with a personal cover letter as soon as possible as we will be screening applications on a continuous basis.

Great Place to Work

  • Global exchanges and career opportunities

  • Exclusive focus on our client’s growth agenda

  • Extensive responsibility

  • Diversified teams with world class colleagues

  • Training academy for continuous development

  • Entrepreneurial environment

About the company

Business Sweden is a global consultancy organization with approximately 500 colleagues working in 46 countries. We all share the same passion - creating maximum value for Sweden.

Business Sweden’s purpose is to help Swedish companies grow global sales and international companies invest and expand in Sweden.
Through our consultancy services we offer our customers strategic advice and hands-on support in their international growth and establishment.

Business Sweden is owned by the Swedish Government and the industry, a partnership that provides access to contacts and networks at all levels.

At Business Sweden we value and encourage applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds related to culture, gender, age, ethnicity, race, religion and belief, disability, nationality, sexual orientation and gender identity.
The diversity of our people is an important foundation of our culture and builds a workplace where everyone can contribute with unique experiences, perspectives and cultures.

OUR VALUESOur high performance culture rests on that all our employees live our core values. We will never have guidelines for every situation we will meet, but if all of us are guided by a strong sense of our values, we will always navigate in the right direction.

RESPONSIBILITYThis is the foundation of our culture. Taking responsibility is a way to show commitment to our work. We take ownership of the relationships with our clients and stay true to our word.

COLLABORATIONAlone we can do so little; together we can do so much. Collaboration knows no geographical borders. At Business Sweden, we act as one global team to create the best possible value for our clients.

IMPACTBy monitoring the world around us and identifying possibilities , we make a difference by helping companies to seize new, sustainable business opportunities. We create impact both for our clients and for Sweden.

Tobias Glitterstam | Contact Person

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