Director Healthcare Biotech

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25 Feb 2018

Director Healthcare Biotech

EuropaBio, the European Association for Bioindustries, promotes an innovative and dynamic European biotechnology industry. EuropaBio and its members are committed to the socially responsible use of biotechnology to improve quality of life, to prevent, diagnose, treat and cure diseases, to improve the quality and quantity of food and feedstuffs and to move towards a bio-based and zero-waste economy.

Our members are involved in research, development, testing, manufacturing and commercialisation of biotechnology products and processes and have a wide range of activities: human and animal health care, diagnostics, bio-informatics, chemicals, crop protection, agriculture, food and environmental products and services.

EuropaBio represents 73 corporate and associate members and bioregions, and 15 national biotechnology associations in turn representing over 1800 biotech SMEs.

More details about EuropaBio:

Today, the Healthcare Biotechnology unit of EuropaBio is looking for an exceptional and motivated individual to join as Director.

Healthcare biotechnology has a tremendous impact on meeting the needs of patients and their families.

Biotechnology in healthcare not only encompasses medicines and diagnostics manufactured using a biotechnological process, but also cell and tissue-engineered products, gene therapy and includes the use and the application of key biotechnology tools in the research and development of all innovative medicines.

Today, more than 325 million patients have benefited from approved medicines manufactured through biotechnology. Biotech medicines are estimated to account for approximately 20% of all marketed medicines and represent 50% of all medicines in the pipeline.

Your role in the Association:

As leader of the Healthcare Biotech team, you will take the lead role in setting, driving and achieving EuropaBio’s goals on dedicated priorities amongst a broad range of Healthcare biotechnology issues, including European innovation, regulatory and market access policies, interpretation and advice on EU law, smooth functioning of the internal market and environmental affairs.

You will also help identify, support and lead as appropriate, cross-sectoral initiatives and activities relevant to EuropaBio’s organisational goals and of interest to the broader biotech industry.

Actively engage and involve members. Through the Healthcare Council set goals to help achieve members’ strategic objectives and monitor progress toward them. Ensure the smooth running of meetings and events aimed at improved member experience and satisfaction.

In collaboration with the EuropaBio team, maintain and develop partnerships with stakeholders and EU, third country and international institutions, follow European research, innovation, market access and other policy activities closely and interact with the appropriate European and external institutions.  

Present and represent EuropaBio members’ interests and initiatives at the level of the EU institutions and, as appropriate to the overall goals of EuropaBio, at an international level.

Key area of responsibilities:

Strategies & tactics:

  • Together with members, develop and execute a longer term Healthcare Council strategy and build a plan to execution which will focus of the importance of biotechnology to healthcare, value of biotech innovation and importance of intellectual property protection for that innovation
  • Together with the Board and the EuropaBio team, develop and implement strategies to collect the broader member’s interests and advice on successful political and legal approaches to promote a balanced, innovation-friendly, business and market access environment for biotechnology innovations and solutions.
  • Work together with National Associations to ensure alignment on key healthcare topics in the EU market
  • Drive external engagement with key stakeholders

Business & Technical expertise:

  • Gather and promote business development, research, innovation and market access policy initiatives in line with members’ needs, with a particular focus on small and medium enterprises.
  • Ensure that the Healthcare sector’s activities are in line with the association’s policies, procedures and practices.
  • Provide authoritative legal and political advice to team and members on business development/legal/regulatory matters and on the potential legal and practical impact of legislation on the members
  • Suggest opportunities for new work items, advocacy and communication
  • Attract new members and keep them involved


  • Represent EuropaBio and EuropaBio’s positions to external stakeholders including the EU, third country and international institutions; present and represent EuropaBio at EU and international meetings
  • Foster and maintain key contacts with key stakeholders, in particular within the EU institutions
  • Alert EuropaBio hierarchy and members to issues ahead of time

Members & Board:

  • Work closely with the Chair and Vice-Chairs of the member’s Healthcare Council to develop and drive the strategic agenda
  • Effectively communicate and drive engagement with the Board and Members through meetings, events and internal communications

Project management:

  • Lead internal and external project groups as appropriate to meet the objectives including coordination of the debate, building consensus and advise on possible successful political and legal strategies
  • Develop position papers, presentations and other communication material to support projects and programmes
  • Provide direction and support into Board, Council and related working groups and task forces


  • Inform members through EuropaBio’s member communication mechanisms
  • Update the EuropaBio website with information relevant to Healthcare activities (Council, working groups/task forces)
  • Respond to members’ and non-members requests
  • Communicate information on meetings, projects and programmes to EuropaBio members and externally to identified stakeholders
  • Effective use of social media
  • Promote new topics and innovative approaches/solutions

Experience and education:

  • Third level qualification preferably in the legal, political, medical or science disciplines
  • 5 to 10 years of experience, at least 3 to 5 of which in healthcare: health administration, government or industry
  • High level of business/legal/regulatory/policy knowledge related to healthcare
  • Experience in managing or leading teams or projects
  • Experience of, or within, the EU institutions
  • Good medical, legal, or bio-engineering knowledge
  • Fluent in English, Other EU language(s) highly appreciated

Key Personal Skills:

  • Familiarity and ability to navigate the Brussels environment and possess, or demonstrate ability to create, own network
  • Able to drive the strategic agenda, proactive, able and willing to take initiatives
  • Carry a presence and respect amongst peers, external groups and international bodies
  • Excellent negotiation skills
  • Effective communication skills both in writing and in speaking, with internal & external stakeholders
  • Project management skills
  • Flexible and a good team player
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Windows (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)

EuropaBio offers:

  • A competitive compensation package commensurate with the responsibilities of this role
  • An opportunity to gain broad experience within an innovative, multinational European association
  • An opportunity to work in a small, flexible and highly motivated professional team

To apply, please send a CV and a cover letter to Catherine De Feyter, HR Director, with the subject “Director Healthcare Biotech ” before 25 February , 2018 

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