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Job Title: Policy and Advocacy Manager – Pharmaceuticals – Dublin based – January 2018 – Immediate Vacancy

Sector: Communications

Location: Ireland, Dublin

Job Type: Permanent full-time

Job description:

Policy and Advocacy Manager – Pharmaceuticals – Dublin based – January 2018 – Immediate Vacancy

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Our client is a global research-based pharmaceutical company that combines the focus and passion of leading-edge biotech with the expertise and capability of an established pharmaceutical leader.

They are currently sourcing a Policy and Patient Advocacy Manager who will develop their policy strategies and advocacy campaigns in the therapeutic areas of Oncology/HCV.

The position is a full time permanent role.

The ideal candidate should have curent policy and patient advocacy experience in the pharmaceutical/healthcare sector. Additional knowledge of the Oncology therapeutic sector would be a distinct advantage.

The role will support the business objectives by contributing your experience of shaping policy and implementing advocacy campaigns that optimize patient access by advancing standards of care. The manager will collaborate with multi-stakeholder groups, particularly patient advocacy groups and medical associations, to support them in influencing policy that will deliver improved standards of care to patients.

In addition, the manager advises brand teams on emerging and existing healthcare policy and trends that effect patients and our clients’ business and use their knowledge of the political and healthcare environment to advise on strategy for the business.

Key Responsibilities Include

  • Analysis of the external environment and advising brand teams on emerging and existing healthcare policies and trends, how they affect the operating environment, and where opportunities and challenges lie in the Oncology /HCV.
  • Developing strong relationships with the patient organizations who work in these franchise areas and helping them build their advocacy and policy capability.
  • Understand the strategic direction of the advocacy groups and advise on alignment of our clients’ Brand strategies to meet the needs of the patients represented by the advocacy groups.
  • Collaborate and develop agreements with patient organisations on campaigns that improve the standard of care and ensure access to healthcare services and treatment.
  • Developing and implementing multi stakeholder programmes in conjunction with other members of the brand team where consensus is achieved on what is needed to improve patient care.
  • Building relationships with key decisions makers (political, policy, medical and patient groups)  and forming coalitions to provide consultation to Government on key issues and priorities in Oncology/HCV.
  • Have a deep understanding of the disease areas from a policy and market access position being aware of the strategies and policy positions of global and European organizations. This would involve connecting to the Policy colleagues in Brussels.
  • Identify key academic/health policy organizations who can develop research and policy platforms that can provide the evidence for policy recommendations.

General Accountability

  • Maintain sharp understanding of business goals and strategies for our clients’ brands and working with the brand teams to develop programs that will help shape the policy environment in disease areas of interest to the company.
  • Develop and implement strategies to develop relationships between the company and their stakeholders and key influence groups with the primary target being patient organizations but also including politicians, the HSE, government agencies, professional associations, industry associations and the broader healthcare environment.
  • Continually deepen understanding of healthcare environment. Maintain Stakeholder mapping, understanding of health agenda and legislation.
  • As a member of the Oncology/HCV Brand Teams, increase Brand Teams understanding of, and participation in, the policy-making and political processes.
  • Embed policy and advocacy environmental analysis, strategy and action plans into Brand Plans, prioritize and ensure buy-in from Brand Teams.
  • Partner with EU client team in key projects, while maintaining an understanding of the broader EU healthcare trends and their impact on the Irish environment.
  • Participate in Area GA network, share best practices and key learning and identify possible synergies or common projects to work on.
  • Ensure full compliance with the Lobby Act

Education & Experience:

  • Possess a 3rd level degree in a relevant discipline
  • Previous work experience in a highly matrix environment
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written) to develop and convey strategies, policies, and action plans.
  • High degree of strategic thinking, decision-making, and tactical skills to develop broad strategy and policy options and recommendations to address brand and patient issues.
  • Proven ability to coordinate internally within an organisation and externally with stakeholders to deliver advocacy campaigns.
  • Strong skill in understanding the needs of patient advocate groups and the ability to identify appropriate activities to create interest, meet their needs, provide solutions while building trust and relationships.
  • Well-developed networking and influencing abilities to leverage relationships within and outside of our clients’ company.
  • Ability and confidence to interface well with and build relationships with senior health policy influencers (Politicians, Civil Servants, Patient Groups, Clinical Associations, Professional Representative Bodies, etc).
  • Strong planning and prioritisation skills.
  • Six plus years’ experience in either policy and advocacy, patient advocacy,  government affairs, public affairs or public policy in private or public sector (pharmaceutical or other pertinent health care industry is strongly desired but not essential.)
  • Understanding of how public policy decisions are made and influenced
  • Previous involvement and success in influencing policy and strong knowledge of the process.
  • Experience in using the range of possible advocacy tools available to influence key targets, and their applicability in a complex situation.
  • Proven experience of external representation and direct lobbying of high-level targets
  • Ability to synthesise complex information into concise and compelling policy briefing notes and advocacy documents.
  • Proven commercial acumen together with excellent negotiating and networking skills.
  • Knowledge of healthcare environment key stakeholders desired but not essential
  • Deep knowledge of national political and policy environment and public health policy. Understanding of funding and reimbursement systems desired.

An excellent salary plus benefits package will be reflected in the offer to the successful candidate.

For further information, please call Paul Flanagan at Dublin +353 (1) 805 5522 or email your c/v in the strictest confidence to


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