Director, Public Affairs (Healthcare & Life Sciences)

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28 Dec 2018

Who are we?

We’re a dynamic and multinational team (23 nationalities) of 73 experts based in Brussels who advise a broad range of clients across multiple industries (healthcare & life sciences, technology, financial services, energy, agriculture, industrials, legal services and more). We’re a business advisory firm so we advise clients on how to navigate a plethora of public policy, commercial and communications challenges. We help our clients create sustainable relationships with key audiences; develop exciting campaigns that have impact; and, strategize on the latest challenges facing their organizations today.

A Day in the Life as a Director…

As a Director in Strategic Communications (Public Affairs in Healthcare & Life Sciences), you will work on different client accounts, as well as lead some of these, guide junior colleagues and support senior colleagues in building new business opportunities. You will be based in Brussels. Responsibilities will include:

Deliver to Clients

  • Support/lead on a number of programmes, including both retained and project work, ensuring that client programmes are agreed and project plans are implemented
  • Own client relationships with limited senior supervision; creatively preparing and delivering the client programme
  • Provide strategic advice to a portfolio of clients, manage account on a day-to-day basis and develop excellent relationships with client group. Focus on client retention through exemplary service delivery
  • Anticipate potentially difficult situations and be able to evaluate alternatives with senior executives
  • Ability to analyse institutional and regulatory milestones, drafts and other proposals in order to build strategic tailored advice for clients.

Build the Business

  • Seek out new business leads and help convert them to profitable clients
  • Work alongside other senior members of the team on business development activities such as pitch preparation and delivery
  • Look to expand the portfolio through business with existing clients and the broader FTI group

Team Involvement

  • Project line management for the team working on your clients
  • Knowledge sharing and mentoring junior team members
  • Develop relationships with other teams within Strategic Communications and FTI


  • Proactively network with EU contacts and stakeholders as well as potential clients
  • Maintain and build further networks on specific Healthcare & Life Sciences policy areas (within EU institutions specifically).

What Are We Looking For? 

  • Strong academic background
  • Proven skills in public affairs, advocacy, issues and reputation management in the Healthcare and Life Sciences sector
  • Excellent understanding and experience of working with policymakers and stakeholders in Brussels and in national capitals to further strategic objectives
  • Strong knowledge of the Healthcare & Life Sciences sector, regulation and policy discussions
  • At least 5 years’ experience in a consultancy, in-house, trade body, public institution or advising clients on policy and communications issues
  • Excellent English with one or two additional languages preferable

What Else Are We Looking For? 

  • Attention to detail, enthusiasm, flexibility to work across practices
  • Willingness to work in a team and coach junior colleagues
  • Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to help translate complex concepts and issues
  • Excellent analytical skills and first class writing ability for political and media audiences

What’s not to like? If you’re interested in this challenging and varied role in a multicultural environment please send your application via our Careers website:

Only relevant candidates will be contacted for an interview.

About Strategic Communications 

The Strategic Communications segment of FTI Consulting is one of the world’s most highly regarded communications consultancies with a 30-year track record of designing and executing communications strategies for clients managing financial, regulatory and reputational challenges. The Strategic Communications segment serves as trusted advisors to management teams and Boards of Directors seeking to seize opportunities, manage crises, navigate market disruptions, articulate their brand, stake a competitive position, and preserve their permission to operate. Services of the Strategic Communications segment include financial communications, corporate reputation and public affairs, with specialty offerings that include M&A communications, crisis communications, issues management, litigation communications, corporate governance, shareholder activism, proxy advisory, restructuring communications, employee engagement, change communications, strategy consulting, research, as well as digital and creative communications.

Why Strategic Communications?

About FTI Consulting

FTI Consulting, Inc. is a global business advisory firm dedicated to helping organizations protect and enhance enterprise value in an increasingly complex legal, regulatory and economic environment. With more than 4,400 employees located in 26 countries, FTI Consulting professionals work closely with clients to anticipate, illuminate and overcome complex business challenges in areas such as investigations, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory issues, reputation management, strategic communications and restructuring. Our professionals are some of the most experienced leaders in their fields including: certified turnaround professionals, forensic accountants, corporate investigation specialists, intellectual property specialists, former political leaders, former chief executives, Nobel Laureate economists, banking and securities professionals, certified public accountants, e-discovery professionals, corporate, financial and crisis communications specialists, chartered financial analysts and industry experts. Since our founding in 1982, clients have turned to us for high-stakes issues that require specialized expertise. FTI Consulting was engaged to work on some of the biggest news stories of the last two decades including the Bernie Madoff investment securities scandal, the Stanford Financial Group investigation, the 2010 Gulf oil spill crisis, the Major League Baseball steroid investigation, and high profile corporate restructurings including Lehman Brothers, General Motors and CIT, just to name a few.

FTI Consulting continually strives to offer employees and eligible dependents, including domestic partners and eligible domestic partner children, a competitive and comprehensive benefits package. Please click here for more information.

FTI Consulting does not accept unsolicited resumes from external firms or agencies. FTI Consulting will not be responsible for placement fees associated with unsolicited resumes.

FTI Consulting is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, protected veteran status, religion, physical or mental disability, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, or any other basis protected by law, ordinance, or regulation. Position Classification: Exempt. 

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