We’re changing the way people think about transportation. Not that long ago we were just an app to request premium black cars in a few metropolitan areas. Now we’re a part of the logistical fabric of more than 600 cities around the world. Whether it’s a ride, a sandwich, or a package, we use technology to give people what they want, when they want it.
For the people who drive with Uber, our app represents a flexible new way to earn money. For cities, we help strengthen local economies, improve access to transportation, and make streets safer.
And that’s just what we’re doing today. We’re thinking about the future, too. With teams working on autonomous trucking and self-driving cars, we’re in for the long haul. We’re reimagining how people and things move from one place to the next.
At Uber, policy roles are business critical and have a real impact in our markets. Policy at Uber is for people who are keen to have skin in the game on business decisions and are excited about being an advocate for change.
The reforms needed are relatively simple: that one citizen can drive another citizen across town so long as certain important consumer and safety protections requirements are met. The idea is not all that radical.
Our public policy team is responsible for working with policy makers and third parties to make the positive case for change. That's partly about fostering lasting relationships in the cities where we operate with politicians and their staff so they understand the benefits of this new model. It is also about figuring out the best local regulatory framework and then developing campaigns to push reform through.
We are looking for someone to lead our safety public policy efforts globally, based in San Francisco. You will report directly to the Director of Uber's Public Policy issues team and work closely with country policy teams across the globe, as well as the global safety communications lead and Uber's Safety and Insurance team.
This role will involve:
Leading a small team of super smart safety policy professionals with expertise in safety policy areas (road safety, personal safety, women’s safety)
Develop overall safety strategy for the global policy team
Advising the business on policy directions from government and expectations from our stakeholders on our products and features
Being an external advocate and representing the company at public and stakeholder events, and with the media when required
Partnering with global safety organisations and other public safety leaders
Partnering with the communications team to build global strategies and campaigns that benefit riders, drivers, and cities
Creating best practice guidelines on how governments should consider dealing with safety matters for ridesharing and other Uber products
Supporting policy teams around the world solve difficult regulatory problems pertaining to safety
Articulating our safety story, and highlight our existing technology, to government and third party stakeholders
Partnering with local policy teams to build strategies, and campaigns, that promote best practice safety regulations
The role will require a flexible work schedule, including but not limited to weekend work hours and global engagement, which will include international travel.
What We’re Looking For
To succeed you’ll need to be:
A self starter: Uber is a company of entrepreneurs and we want to work with people who enjoy building things from the bottom up too. Stuff changes fast in our world so you’ll need to be highly adaptable as well as calm under pressure;
A great advocate: We’re looking for people who can distill complex ideas into simple, but intellectually credible, arguments. You’ll need to write well and have the creative ability to tell stories—about our product, people and the ways we’re helping to improve life for passengers, drivers and cities.
Experienced Spokesperson: you will have strong public speaking skills for media and other public engagements
A team player: Success at Uber depends on the ability to organize different teams (internally and externally) around shared goals. It’s why we’re looking for people who enjoy working with others to get stuff done—and who can deal with the ambiguity that sometimes comes from working cross-functionally.
Ideally you will have 10+ years experience and a proven track record and relationships in the area of safety and/or consumer protection — either for a company, a third party or in government. You will be excited about the benefits technology can bring to enhance safety and be opinionated on how Uber can work with cities on safety solutions for drivers and riders. We’re open to people who’ve been successful in other walks of life (e.g. the law, media, enforcement agencies) who intuitively understand and care for safety matters and are looking for a new challenge.