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Public Policy Manager

  • Location

    Brussels

  • Sector:

    Communications, Permanent

  • Salary:

    competitive

  • Contact:

    Willem de Ruijter

  • Contact Email:

    wderuijter@vmagroup.com

  • Job Ref:

    WDR 914798

  • Consultant:

    Willem de Ruijter

A pharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and markets both bio pharmaceuticals and small molecule drugs is looking for a tri-lingual (for Dutch and English no compromise, French needs to be at good conversational level) Public Policy Manager for their Belux operations.

JOB OBJECTIVES & ACCOUNTABILITY

As part of the External Affairs team, you will:

  • Build strategic relations and align mutual priorities with key external stakeholders to co-create public policies that positively impact standard of care for patients.
  • Oversee policymaker & patient’s association’s interactions in Belgium & Luxemburg: to develop and execute public policy strategy and tactical plans.
  • Develop strategy and concise multi-stakeholder engagement plans to optimize health policy making, funding & access for all products.
  • Overcome public policy barriers to ensure optimal policy conditions and reimbursement for current and future products.
  • Play an active role within trade associations and other networking forums.
  • Act as an ambassador for the company interacting with key strategic patient associations and other patient community platforms in order to increase company awareness and reputation.
  • Collect and share insights to support the development of value propositions addressing pol-icy maker, patient association’s and other healthcare stakeholder’s needs.
  • Support the brand teams by developing public policy initiatives to deliver on the brand objectives.

KEY INTERFACES

Internal

  • BeLux Management Team
  • Brand Teams
  • Western Europe & Canada Governmental Affairs
  • Public Affairs
  • Market Access, Medical, Legal, Regulatory teams

External

  • Policy makers from the Federal & Regional Governments: e.g. Members of the Parliaments and the relevant Cabinet members.
  • Patient Associations & Patient Community Platforms.
  • Governmental institutions: e.g. RIZIV-INAMI, FAGG-AFMPS, sickness funds.
  • Key Opinion Leasers: Physicians, academia, pharmacists, think tanks.
  • NGO’s

COMPETENCIES

  • A keen sense of business acumen, and the ability to connect key business issues to public policy matters (and vice versa) and obtain value for/advance the business interests and reputation of the company.
  • Possesses a holistic perspective – understands the complex policy, political and regulatory implications of an entity that operates in highly regulated businesses.
  • Ability to build strong and long-lasting relationships with policy makers, patient associations & patient advocacy groups in Belgium and Luxemburg.
  • Knowledge of the healthcare landscape, including healthcare initiatives and healthcare funding budget flows.
  • Knowledge of the needs and priorities of policy makers, MPs, government officials, payers and patient associations.
  • Knowledge of latest sustainable healthcare policymaking initiatives & trends.
  • Health-economic principles.
  • Trilingual: Dutch and English written and spoken, French at good conversational level
  • Strategic thinker
  • Strong influencing & networking skills both internally and externally.
  • Capacity to interact with a diverse range of stakeholders in order to build trusted relation-ships.
  • Good knowledge of the Belgium and Luxemburg Political & Institutional environment.
  • Ability to identify and prioritise key issues.
  • Ability to connect and translate the business priorities: e.g. to communicate complex, scientific complex, scientific issues to a range of audiences.
  • Dynamic, innovative, self-starter, takes initiatives and sees opportunities.
  • Team player.

EDUCATION, BACKGROUND & EXPERIENCE

  • Master’s degree in Political Sciences in Law, in Economics, Public Relations, Healthcare.
  • 5 years’ experience in the areas of Government Affairs, Market Access, Value Proposition, Public Affairs, Patient Relation’s Management and/or other external related sectors.
  • In-depth knowledge of the healthcare system in Belgium & Luxemburg.
  • Government Affairs experience, with previous involvement and success in co-creating the development of legislations and policy (regional & federal).
  • Experience in delivering patient centric initiatives of advocacy programs within a healthcare setting.
  • Policy analysis and legislative experience and ability to draft position papers.
  • Proven extensive contact network and ability to develop relationships with key stakeholders enabling to co-create health policies that positively impact standard of care for patients.
  • Solid track record in team-building, coalitions-making and executing multi-stakeholder/multi-dimensional initiatives.

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