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Director, Regulatory & Technical Affairs

Date: Apr 24, 2022

Location: Washington DC, DC, US, 20001

Company: A. O. Smith Corporation

About Us

Water technology is one of the fastest-growing industries in the world. As a leading global water technology company, A. O. Smith Corporation (NYSE: AOS) is at the center of the trend. We are a $3 billion company with over 140 years of history and more than 15,000 employees worldwide. Our emphasis is on hot water and clean water; we are one of the world’s largest manufacturers of residential and commercial water heating equipment as well as a supplier of water purification products in a number of emerging countries.


Headquartered in Milwaukee, WI with manufacturing operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, China, India, and Europe, we have the global reach to serve customers worldwide. A. O. Smith is committed to continuous improvement and maintaining a culture that values and respects our employees.  Recently named one of Milwaukee’s Top Places to Work, we care about our associates and have programs in place to help our team members achieve their potential. 

Primary Function

While directly reporting to the Vice President of Government and Industry Affairs, you will lead the identification, creation, and execution of regulatory and product standard and testing setting strategies that will both inform and advance the company’s strategic business objectives.  You will provide engineering and policy analysis to business unit leaders to assist in advancing the Company’s business objectives in front of U.S. and international governmental bodies, and non-governmental organizations.   


This position would ideally be located in DC, yet we are open to considering Milwaukee, California or Nashville. Relocation assistance is available for highly qualified candidates. Travel up to 30% may be required.

Role Specific Responsibilities

  1. Lead regulatory and policy analysis, as well as corporate presentations and official governmental submissions (e.g. notice and comment rulemakings and as well as comments to standard setting organizations) on proposed product standards and test procedures at the international, federal (e.g. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency), and state/ local governmental level (e.g. California Energy Commission) impacting water and space heating technology and products.
  2. Coordinate and assist Corporate Technology, Product Engineering, and Product Management teams with analyzing, assessing, and ensuring compliance with current regulatory standards (e.g. energy conservation standards and test procedures).
  3. Provide product engineering and regulatory recommendations to ensure strategic alignment between product road-mapping and future public policy and regulatory initiatives at the international, federal, state/local governmental level that will impact product development.
  4. Lead the Company’s regulatory engineering strategy and representation at technical and standard setting committees
  5. Assist Product Engineering Certification teams with new standards and requirements to ensure all products are properly certified with international and U.S. governmental certification requirements.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, Masters is a plus.
  • Private sector and/or public sector experience in which he/she developed and interpreted regulatory standards, including test procedures and energy conservation standards for water heating/filtration, appliances or related products.  This would include experience working with the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Laboratories.
  • Regulatory development and interpretation experience with countries outside of the United States (e.g. Canada, Mexico, E.U., Middle East).
  • Experience and relationships with Code setting organizations such as the International Code Council, ASHRAE, as well as safety standard organizations such ANSI and UL.
  • Experience with certifying appliances or similar products with regulatory bodies, including, but not limited to the U.S. Department of Energy, the State of California, international regulatory bodies, and third party testing laboratories and certification organizations (e.g. UL, Intertek, CSA, and AHRI).
  • Communication - Ability to write clearly, concisely and in a professional style and makes clear and concise oral presentations to individuals or groups; listens effectively and clarifies information as needed; facilitates open exchange of ideas and fosters an atmosphere of open communication; e.g., able to communicate technical issues to staff, management, and association members. 
  • Detail Oriented - Ability to pay attention to the minute details of a project or task.
  • Teamwork – Ability to think and act independently but also work as a member of a larger team. 
  • Planning and organizing - ability to plan, organize, and prioritize work in order to meet deadlines.
  • Relationship building - ability to build relationships with internal company stakeholders as well as outside groups.
  • Familiarity with MS Office Suite (v 10, strong excel and ppt), and electronic research.

Years of Experience

Minimum of 7 years of related work experience or training

We Offer

Competitive compensation package and comprehensive benefits plans which include medical and dental insurance, company-sponsored life insurance, retirement security savings plan, short- and long-term disability programs and tuition assistance.

Nearest Major Market: Washington DC

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