(Snr) Director of Public Policy EMEA

Amsterdam, Netherlands
Legal – Policy
Full Time
Who is Bird
At Bird, we’re on a mission to make cities more livable by reducing traffic and carbon emissions with an affordable, convenient, and eco-friendly transportation option. We planted roots in Los Angeles, California. Now, our fleet of electric scooters are available to riders in cities around the world for short trips or the “last mile” of their journey. In our first year, Bird launched in over 100 cities and provided over 10 million rides. And we’re only just getting started.

Bird EMEA has grown from 2 employees to 140 in less than a year. We launched many markets all with their own challenges from a regulatory and political landscape. We’re eager to create real partnerships with cities and to help each other in the changing world of micro mobility. We’re looking for someone eager to understand business and product with a mindset that can help our operational and launch teams to succeed. The Public Policy team EMEA is a growing one with expansion plans but currently two Senior Managers, three managers and an associate to lead by our (Snr) Director of Public Policy EMEA.

What You'll Do:

    • The (Snr) Director of Public Policy EMEA for Bird will help solve regulatory challenges related to entering and operating in multiple markets across the region
    • Build and lead an effective Government Partnerships team across EMEA
    • Work in partnership with our VP EMEA, Director of Operations and the General Managers for the various EMEA regions as well as other policy advisors
    • Work across departments, including Operations, Legal and Comms as well as with external consultants, to ensure smooth alignment.
    • Monitor legislative developments and ensure appropriate government engagement across the region.
    • Develop creative strategies and tactics to drive Bird’s regulatory objectives

What You'll Need:

    • BA required, advanced degree preferred
    • 12+ years work experience in government, political or management consulting, lobbying combined with in-house government relations
    • Experience in two or more of the following areas: city, provincial or country government; legislative affairs; urban mobility; politics/campaigns; advocacy.
    • Sales experience preferred.
    • Management experience required.
    • Fluency in English and German, French, Spanish or Italian
    • Flexibility to travel as needed; experience working in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment
    • Experience navigating bureaucracy, interacting with different stakeholders
    • Be a self-starter, with the ability to own and drive priorities within your portfolio
    • Be a flexible, creative thinker, able to think outside the box and pursue new solutions
    • Understanding of both the regulatory processes and politics involved at the European, country and local level
    • Experienced public speaker, comfortable communicating your message and responding to tough questions
    • Ability to negotiate with city and/or legislative staff effectively, while maintaining positive relationships
    • Ability to think on your feet - to quickly synthesize and respond to new information while also continuing to drive your priorities
    • Thorough attention to detail when analyzing regulatory language and parameters
    • Willingness to hold yourself, team members and consultants accountable to continuously be anticipating challenges, identifying opportunities, and delivering results
    • Thorough attention to detail when analyzing regulatory language and parameters
    • Ability to be highly responsive and willing to work flexible hours, an ability to lead and manage shifting assignments and multiple projects at the same time is a must

Culture at Bird
We're an ambitious, smart, and open-minded group. Our employees are passionate about our mission, and eager to complete their work at the highest level. The office itself is up tempo and supportive, because we care about each other. People first, people.

Bird is the world
Bird stands for a culture of inclusion. We celebrate different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives —encouraging everyone to bring their authentic selves to work.  We have a diverse environment that empowers our team to feel comfortable when they voice their opinions. For these reasons and more Bird is a proud equal employment opportunity employer. We welcome everyone regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetics, and we are dedicated to providing an inclusive, open, and diverse work environment.

Sound like a place you’d like to work? Sweet. Let’s chat.