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About EFPIA:

The European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) represents the biopharmaceutical industry operating in Europe. Through its direct membership of 36 national associations, 39 leading pharmaceutical companies and a growing number of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), EFPIA’s mission is to create a collaborative environment that enables our members to innovate, discover, develop and deliver new therapies and vaccines for people across Europe, as well as contribute to the European economy.

Role:

The Director Public Affairs reports to the Executive Director, Public Affairs and will lead a number of priority dossiers in the organisation’s strategic advocacy and outreach activities related to legislation as well as for industry driven policy initiatives. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead on EU legislation and policy
    • Identify EU legislation and policy requiring EFPIA intervention.
    • Shape EU legislation and policy by applying expert knowledge of EU decision making process to leverage expertise of relevant EFPIA teams/functions; in particular Regulatory Affairs, Market Access, Trade, Legal and Science Policy             
  • Manage relationships with key EU stakeholders
    • Primary responsibility to ensure EFPIA has strong and collaborative relationships with:
      • Members of the European Parliament and EP staff;
      • Relevant Attaches of Permanent Representations to the EU;
      • External stakeholders such as patient organisations, NGOs, other industry organisations etc.
  • Provide advocacy support to EFPIA policy teams: e.g. monitoring, developing or advising on advocacy strategy & preparing tailored advocacy material.
  • Coordinate external advocacy on specific policy files & legislative proposals – focusing on the European Parliament, Council, Commission and external stakeholders.
  • Organise external events relevant to advocacy strategies with the aim to educate and inform as well as foster existing relationships & to build new ones with key policy-makers and influencers.
  • Staff relevant EFPIA working groups with advocacy and external engagement functions

Minimum qualifications:

  • University degree required (Bachelor in Arts/Science/Business/law). A master's in public health, public policy, international affairs, political science, and/or a Law degree or other advanced degree is desired.
  • Strong political grasp – graduate with 8+ years of direct experience in European policy and government affairs. Proven track record of effective leadership, including cross-functional leadership of government affairs strategies and projects to support organizational objectives.
  • Understanding the external environment, EU political and legislative decision-making processes. Skilled judgement on positioning and tone of sensitive and complex policy issues is essential.
  • Ability to grasp complex technical information and “translate” it for non-expert audiences.
  • Strong communication (written and oral), networking, collaboration and interpersonal skills – ability to build relationships of trust with a wide range of individuals and organizations.
  • Effective, flexible approach to team working.
  • Proven ability to influence others at both peer and senior level.
  • Strategic and flexible thinking – ability to multi-task, project management, handle complex issues, and translate insights into sound analysis and advice to the organisation.
  • High personal accountability and integrity.
  • Must have mother tongue level of English with excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills

Skills:

  • Proven ability to build and maintain close relationships internally and externally.
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively, foster teamwork and drive performance.
  • Flexible team member with positive attitude, energy and ability to prioritise projects.
  • Excellent organisational skills and consistent attention to detail.

Assets:

  • Experience working within pharmaceutical and/or healthcare industry.
  • Additional European languages
  • Public speaking

EFPIA offers:

  • A permanent contract to start as soon as possible.
  • Interested candidates should send their application by May 18, 2021, or address any question on the position to vacancy@efpia.eu and Cynthia.Furste@mavence.com
  • The application should consist of:
    • CV
    • Cover letter max. half page
    • A 1-pager outlining the challenges for the pharmaceutical industry for the European Commission’s current mandate (2019-2024)
Due to a high volume of applications received, we are unable to contact each applicant individually regarding the status of their application.