EFPIA Director Public Affairs Country Liaison

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26 Jan 2022

DIRECTOR PUBLIC AFFAIRS – COUNTRY LIAISON

European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA)
Brussels, Belgium
 
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 Country Liaison reports to the Executive Director Public Affairs and will lead the organisation’s strategic advocacy and outreach activities related to legislation, with a specific focus on country engagement.
 
Key Responsibilities:
  • Lead on country engagement and the assessment of the evolution of the political framework in the various Member States;
  • Manage relationships with the EFPIA National Associations to ensure a coordinated approach between country activities and Brussels advocacy in light of the upcoming revision of the pharmaceutical legislation;
  • Coordinate outreach together with the EFPIA National Associations at national level with relevant stakeholders and in Brussels to Members of the European Parliament as well as Permanent Representations to the EU;
  • Staff relevant EFPIA working groups with (national) advocacy and external engagement functions.  
 
Minimum qualifications:
  • University degree required (Bachelor in Arts/Science/Business/law). A master degree in public health, public policy, international affairs, political science, and/or a Law degree or other advanced degree is welcome;
  • 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 public affairs strategies and projects to support organizational objectives;
  • Understanding the external environment, EU political and legislative decision-making processes as well as an in-dept understanding of national politics; skilled judgement on positioning and tone of sensitive and complex policy issues is essential;
  • Strong Project Management skills including budget management capacity;
  • 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;
  • Mother tongue level of English with excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills is required. Other languages a plus.
 
Skills:
  • Proven ability to execute multi-location projects and associated budgets;
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively, foster teamwork and drive performance; 
  • Proven ability to build and maintain close relationships internally and Flexible team member with positive attitude, energy and ability to prioritise projects. 
  • externally;
  • 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 are invited to apply as soon as possible and should send their  application to vacancy@efpia.eu. Please ensure that your application includes the following;
  • An updated CV;
  • A letter of motivation describing what attracts you to this position and why you believe you would be the right person for this job; and  
  • A 1-pager outlining the challenges and opportunities presented by the European Commission’s current mandate (2019-2024) for the pharmaceutical industry, with a specific focus on Member State positioning.
 
 
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