Director, Public Policy – MasterCard Incorporated

 Director, Public Policy – MasterCard Incorporated MasterCard – We are the global technology company behind the world’s fastest payments processing network. We are a vehicle for commerce, a connection to financial systems for the previously excluded, a technology innovation lab, and the home of Priceless®. We ensure every employee has the opportunity to be a part of something bigger and to change lives. We believe as our company grows, so should you. We believe in connecting everyone to endless, priceless possibilities.

Director, Public Policy – Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Job TypeFull Time
  • QualificationBA/BSc/HND
  • Location Lagos
  • Job Field Finance / Accounting / Audit

The jobholder will bring a positive commitment to joining a dynamic and collaborative team focused on the formulation and implementation of strategic plans for government and third-party influencer engagement to positively shape the policy debate and outcome.

The key objectives are:

  • 1. Position Mastercard as a trusted partner and enabler of the national agenda, focusing on accelerating the migration to electronic payments to enable digital economies, spurring innovation and driving financial inclusion.
  • 2. Enable business and safeguard Mastercard’s interests by advocating a conducive regulatory environment.
  • 3. Create a positive cycle of engagement whereby our policy advocacy is reinforced by demonstrating our value proposition through strategic communications and government programs.

Based in the Mastercard office in Nigeria (or at another Mastercard office within Sub-Saharan Africa), the role reports to the Vice President and Head of Public Policy – Middle East & Africa and will engage in regular consultation with the Division President and his direct reports. The jobholder will work closely with colleagues in the business, legal and regulatory functions to ensure issues that are of concern to Mastercard are identified and managed in a way that benefits Mastercard and our stakeholders.


  • Develop and execute public policy strategy and implementable engagement programs for the Division. These programs will be designed to both preemptively head-off and respond to legislative, policy and regulatory threats to Mastercard and the electronic payments industry.
  • Brief country, regional and global executive management of regulatory developments, recommend appropriate course of action and work closely with internal stakeholders to move the agenda forward.
  • Establish and enhance relationships with key government officials and third-party influencers.
  • Coordinate industry cooperation on non-competitive public policy issues and represent Mastercard in industry forums, associations and related activities.
  • Manage external agencies to represent and advocate Mastercard’s interests.


Experience Required:

  • The ideal candidate will have a distinguished track record as a high achieving public policy practitioner with a demonstrated capability to develop and successfully execute policy advocacy programs.
  • Educated to university degree level, with 10-12 years’ experience in similar Public Policy or Government Relations roles in a major multinational business or consultancy.
  • An intimate working knowledge of the processes and inner workings of the legislative and political process and an ability to analyze the impact of legislation on Mastercard and develop strategies to move our interests forward.
  • Strong leadership skills with particular success building and enhancing credibility for the function with the organization.
  • A collaborative team player who will work well with senior management and peers, as a high-energy, self-motivated and results-driven individual.
  • Must possess strong analytical approach to problem solving, ability to develop creative solutions to complex problems, able to deal with short deadlines and work productively in high pressure situations in dynamic commercial and policy environments.
  • Excellent written and spoken English and French communication and interpersonal skills as a foundation for developing and maintaining strong internal relationships at all levels, cross-functionally and across business units and geographies within Mastercard.
  • Willing to travel both within Sub-Saharan Africa, and as necessary to the regional headquarters in Dubai and global headquarters in New York.
  • While knowledge and experience of the financial services and payments sector is valued, candidates need not be currently working in these sectors. Experience in the technology sector also a plus.

Method of Application

Interested and qualified? Go to MasterCard career website on to apply

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