Respiratory and INA Global Policy and Advocacy Director
Position: Respiratory and INA Global Policy and Advocacy Director
Location: Cambridge, UK
Salary: Very competitive with excellent benefits.
This exciting role leads the global development and implementation of Policy, Government Affairs and Advocacy strategies to support patient access to new medicines, market access and uptake of existing medicines, and value creation for AstraZeneca's product portfolio throughout the product lifecycle. The Global Policy and Advocacy Director role focuses primarily on AstraZeneca's Respiratory Portfolio and secondarily on our Inflammation, Neurology and Autoimmunity (INA) Portfolio, working across strategic markets including the US, EU5, China and Japan.
A critical driver of AstraZeneca's future commercial success is to build an industry-leading capability in understanding and interacting with policy-makers and other stakeholders that make health system policies influencing the care patients receive, and influence pricing and reimbursement processes and decisions. You will work with external and internal stakeholders to address key issues impacting patients' access to medicines and to help stakeholders better understand the immediate and long term benefits of an innovative medicines company.
This role includes development and implementation of strategies aligned to AstraZeneca Respiratory and INA business priorities to advocate AstraZeneca's positions with a complex and varied set of policymakers, NGOs, Patient Advocacy Groups, therapeutic area external experts and other stakeholders in geographically, politically and culturally diverse areas. Programmes are developed and delivered through collaboration with AstraZeneca senior leaders, global, regional and market-based teams covering Commercial, Medical Affairs, Payer and Corporate Affairs Functions.
- Define and implement with Regions and Countries multi-year programmes aligned to business priorities that empower patient and clinical advocacy and inform the development of health system policies that improve patients' access to appropriate treatment and care.
- Implement programmes that advance appropriate access to AZ's medicines, develop relationships with external third parties including policymakers, NGOs, Patient Advocacy Groups and therapeutic area external experts.
- Provide expert counsel to global/regional/market colleagues in developing similar relationships
- Create and support third party commissioning of external resources and evidence bases needed to support advancement of therapeutic area policy agendas.
- Serve as a policy agenda centre of excellence for therapeutic area leaders and global, regional and in-market cross-functional teams offering expertise and counsel at both strategic and operational levels.
- Develop compelling arguments to promote our policy agenda. Create the appropriate internal resources and policy documents and build the capabilities of AZ's leaders and external allies to appropriately engage in quality public dialogue, in line with medical advancements and AZ innovation.
Knowledge, Skills & Experience
- Ability to lead internally and externally within, and into, large complex, culturally-diverse, matrixed organizations in the absence of direct reporting relationships
- Record of shaping major complex and complicated policy matters at senior levels of government on issues involving many, varied and powerful stakeholders
- Demonstrated effectiveness working with payers (directly or indirectly) to achieve tangible outcomes, either globally, regionally or locally
- Proven experience in government affairs/relations, patient advocacy group and NGO relations
- Ability to understand and influence issues and decision-makers in complicated and complex
situations and creating shared agendas
- Biopharmaceutical industry and/or healthcare industry experience required (understanding of Respiratory or biologic medicines a plus)
- Strong planning and systematic thinking, including project management and budgeting
- Significant understanding and appreciation of political environment, policy issues and governments in strategic markets (includes US, EU5, China and Japan).
- Direct experience in running global programmes
- Strong interpersonal, communication, and influencing abilities
- Excellent written skills, including enhanced presentation skills
- Problem solving - ability to resolve conflict and deal with a wide range of complex problems independently
- Fluent second language would be an advantage
AstraZeneca is an equal opportunity employer. AstraZeneca will consider all qualified applicants for employment without discrimination on grounds of disability, sex or sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity leave status, race or national or ethnic origin, age, religion or belief, gender identity or re-assignment, marital or civil partnership status, protected veteran status (if applicable) or any other characteristic protected by law.
Applications Open: 4th August 2017
Applications Close: 4th September 2017