Associate Director, Health Systems


The European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) represents the pharmaceutical industry operating in Europe. Through its direct membership of 36 national associations and 39 leading pharmaceutical companies, and in collaboration with health and research players, EFPIA’s mission is to create an environment that enables our members to discover, innovate, develop and deliver new therapies and vaccines for people across Europe, as well as contribute to the European economy.

About our team:

We have a small but dynamic Healthcare System team working on policy and outreach relating to the organisation and financing of healthcare and the role of the pharmaceutical industry for sustainable health systems. The team also leads on EFPIA's collaborative engagement with patient organisations and other health systems stakeholders. We are looking for an Associate Director with a demonstrated interest in and experience of health policy, healthcare organisation and financing, economy and health, and stakeholder engagement.


  • You lead and coordinate the work of EFPIA’s disease specific platforms (e.g. related to obesity, cardiovascular health, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s Disease), ensuring alignment of activities with EFPIA’s overarching priorities and objectives. These initiatives, gathering companies active in specific disease areas, contribute with an aligned industry voice to disease-specific policies and debates at EU and national level to improve the resilience of health systems in Europe and health outcomes for patients.
  • You represent EFPIA externally within your areas including in relevant multi-stakeholder initiatives such as the European Diabetes Forum or the European Alliance for Cardiovascular Health.
  • You support and coordinate the work of EFPIA’s Health Systems Working Group and other working groups/task forces when relevant.
  • As needed, you work closely with the Associate Director for Patient Engagement and Strategic Partnerships to support the Secretariat of the EU Health Coalition.
  • Project management:
    • meeting preparation and implementation, ensuring projects run in collaboration with consultancies/public affairs agencies deliver to expectations and timelines;
    • attending project meetings and ad-hoc sub-working group meetings;
    • coordination with working group leadership;
    • budget management.

Desired Candidate Profile:

Education and Qualifications:

  • Right to work and live within the EU.
  • Master's Degree in EU policy, public health or health economy, economics, or other relevant field.
  • Professional fluency in English.

Experience and Knowledge:

  • Min. 5 years experience in a policy/advocacy role in the healthcare/public health/life sciences sector or other relevant experience
  • Good understanding of European health systems and policies, including current challenges and policy debate
  • Experience of external representation and engagement with different stakeholders
  • Experience of developing robust evidence to support advocacy and policy change advantageous
  • Familiarity with European institutions and decision-making processes advantageous.
  • Proficiency in MS Office software, particularly Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Experience in event and meeting support appreciated. 


  • Proactive and forward-thinking approach.
  • Demonstrated diligence and ability to work independently.
  • Confident and articulate communicator.
  • Strong project management abilities, including cross-functional work and budgeting knowledge.
  • Excellent drafting skills.
  • Effective team player with strong interpersonal skills.
  • Service-oriented mindset.
  • Open, positive attitude conducive to networking.

Terms and conditions

EFPIA offers a permanent contract to start as soon as possible. 

Interested candidates are invited to apply as soon as possible and should send their application to with the subject “Health Systems Application” as soon as possible.

Please ensure that your application includes the following.

  1. An updated CV (2 pages max)
  2. A letter of motivation describing what attracts you to this position and why you believe you would be the right person for this job.

Starting date: As soon as possible 

Given the size of our team and the time constraints, we will not be able to consider applications that do not meet the essential requirements above and the page limits for the CV and cover letter. We are grateful for your understanding and your interest in EFPIA.