Regional Director, Government and Regulatory Affairs

Australia - Melbourne, Australia - Sydney Ref #5481 02-Jul-2020

Job description

Bigger challenges. Bolder ideas. Global impact. At Viasat, we’re on a mission to deliver connections with the capacity to change the world. We’re the company behind the world’s fastest satellite internet service, with technology that’s helping to bridge the digital divide and improve life for our customers around the globe. By providing powerful new ways for people to connect with one another, gain greater access to education, entertainment, medical research, commerce, and much more, our team is empowering millions of customers worldwide.  

We’re looking for passionate, innovative professionals to join our team and connect the world to more. You’ll work in a collaborative and inclusive environment that values diverse perspectives and continuous learning, and provides industry-leading benefits with unmatched opportunities for career growth. Our team is fearless in pursuit of new ideas and uncompromising in our quest to become the world’s first truly global Internet Service Provider. Interested in joining our mission? Take a look at career opportunities at Viasat today.

This position can be located in Melbourne or Sydney, Australia.

Job Responsibilities

Viasat seeks an experienced professional to serve as a Regional Director within its Government and Regulatory Affairs group, reporting to our Global Chief Government Affairs & Regulatory Officer.  The successful candidate will be able to:

  • Prime the relationship between Viasat and regional Asia-Pacific (APAC) Government and Regulatory Authorities – includingthe Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) as well as other national regulators in the region.
  • Manage the process for obtaining market access, landing rights, service authorizations and earth station licenses in Australia and throughout the APAC region.
  • Manage Australian,  APAC national and regional multilateral formal regulatory  processes to a successful resolution (particularly technical matters regarding spectrum)
  • Drafting detailed comments in formal proceedings, position papers, and other advocacy where required
  • Work closely with Viasat’s global advocacy teams, subject matter experts, consultants, and its local outside counsel.  
  • Advise on the formulation of company positions in connection with regulatory requirements and proceedings in Australia and throughout APAC.


  • Established track record and considerable experience in spectrum, licensing and policy issues in the APAC region, and Australia in particular.
  • Proven previous engagements and relationships with Australian (ACMA) and APAC regulators at a senior level.
  • Knowledge of satellite and terrestrial communications systems and the frequency planning and coordination process.
  • Knowledge of ITU, Australian, and APT work processes, including preparing contributions, lobbying key administrations, and advocating positions.
  • Established contacts and excellent reputation with Australian and APAC regulators, particularly the ACMA.
  • Strong relationship-building and negotiating skills in a multicultural and multi-stakeholder environment.
  • Ability to think strategically and advocate clearly and concisely, both in writing and when speaking.
  • Excellent administrative and organizational skills with high attention to detail and accuracy, together with the ability to manage many simultaneous projects under pressure and consistently meet deadlines.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills with both technical and non-technical audiences as well as experience in internal and external stakeholder. management.
  • Ability to ask clear, concise questions and elicit requisite answers from business partners and government and regulatory affairs colleagues as well as outside advisers.
  • Ability to take initiative and adapt to changing priorities in a fast-paced corporate environment.
  • Ability to work independently, but also operate effectively as part of a team.
  • Advanced degree in Engineering) preferred.
  • Ability to travel 30-40%.
  • Excellent English language skills (written and spoken).


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Additional Requirements and information

Minimum education:

BA/BS or equivalent experience

Years of experience:



Up to 50%


Australian Citizenship or Australian Permanent Resident required



Worker Classification:


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