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Associate Director, Governmental Affairs EU, Healthcare


A career at our company is an ongoing journey of discovery: our 58,000 people are shaping how the world lives, works and plays through next generation advancements in Healthcare, Life Science and Electronics. For more than 350 years and across the world we have passionately pursued our curiosity to find novel and vibrant ways of enhancing the lives of others.


United As One for Patients, our purpose in Healthcare is to help create, improve and prolong lives. We develop medicines, intelligent devices and innovative technologies in therapeutic areas such as Oncology, Neurology and Fertility. Our teams work together across 6 continents with passion and relentless curiosity in order to help patients at every stage of life. Joining our Healthcare team is becoming part of a diverse, inclusive and flexible working culture, presenting great opportunities for personal development and career advancement across the globe.


Your role: At the heart of the European Union, join our Biopharma Governmental Affairs & Public Affairs team and be part of an exciting journey. Multicultural, Empowering and Inspiring are among the keywords which have been shared with us to describe this team. In this role, you will play a key role in monitoring and analyzing the EU political and health policy environment, working cross-functionally and briefing the leadership in order to define policy impacts and our priorities and positions, and driving targeted external engagement programmes, ultimately aiming to advance science and access to treatments for patients in Europe. You will actively contribute to the development and implementation of our Government Affairs strategy within Europe in collaboration with internal stakeholders. You will develop and implement relevant projects and programs such as policy position papers, disease awareness and advocacy campaigns, executive leadership outreach plans, maximizing engagement and corporate positioning, to contribute to effective EU policy making with our expertise in advancing science and innovation. Taking an active role in Trade Associations, you also serve as the point of contact in Brussels to educate the organization on the broader policy picture. You will also manage program budgets and consultants as needed. In this period of deep revision of the European Pharmaceutical landscape and regulations, you will be a key element in setting up a favourable future environment, while preparing the company for the upcoming regulation changes.


Who you are:

  • You have  a University Degree in a related field, such as EU law, political science, public policy or health care is required; legal background will be considered a strong asset
  • You have a strong knowledge of European institutions and EU decision-making processes, with significant experience and track record in interacting with EU stakeholders  
  • You have a minimum of 5 years of professional experience in public policy (governmental or EU institutions, trade association advocacy, public affairs consulting or NGOs)  
  • You have a strong business acumen; previous experience or knowledge of the pharmaceutical sector. Experience in trade association will be an asset
  • You possess strong presentation and social skills; capacity to represent the company at meetings with policy officials and other external stakeholders
  • You have a fluent level of English (written and spoken), fluency in additional European languages will be an asset
  • You are based in Brussels or willing to be relocated


What we offer:  With us, there are always opportunities to break new ground. We empower you to fulfil your ambitions, and our diverse businesses offer various career moves to seek new horizons. We trust you with responsibility early on and support you to draw your own career map that is responsive to your aspirations and priorities in life. Join us and bring your curiosity to life!


Curious? Apply and find more information at https://jobs.vibrantm.com


We are committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workforce. Applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.


Job Requisition ID:  222200
Location:  Overijse
Career Level:  D - Professional (4-9 years)
Working time model:  full-time

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US Disclosure
The Company is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. No employee or applicant for employment will be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military or veteran status, genetic information, gender identity, transgender status, marital status, or any other classification protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.  This policy of Equal Employment Opportunity applies to all policies and programs relating to recruitment and hiring, promotion, compensation, benefits, discipline, termination, and all other terms and conditions of employment. Any applicant or employee who believes they have been discriminated against by the Company or anyone acting on behalf of the Company must report any concerns to their Human Resources Business Partner, Legal, or Compliance immediately. The Company will not retaliate against any individual because they made a good faith report of discrimination.

North America Disclosure
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