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Associate Director / Director, Government Affairs EUMEA

Location Belgium
BioMarin is the world leader in delivering therapeutics that provide meaningful advances to patients who live with serious and life-threatening rare genetic diseases. We target diseases that lack effective therapies and affect relatively small numbers of patients, many of whom are children. These conditions are often inherited, difficult to diagnose, progressively debilitating and have few, if any, treatment options. BioMarin will continue to focus on advancing therapies that are the first or best of their kind.

By providing a foundation for all operations company wide, BioMarin’s General and Administrative teams support our mission of providing first and best in class therapeutics to patients who live with rare diseases. Our teams include groups such as finance, legal, human resources, corporate compliance and ethics, and information technology. Come join our team and make a meaningful impact on patients’ lives.


The Associate Director / Director, Government Affairs EUMEA will play an active role in the design and execution of BioMarin’s government affairs strategy in Europe, with a predominant focus on the EU policy circles in Brussels. Secondarily, the Associate Director / Director would be responsible for identifying and implementing legislative policy developments at a national level that impact our commercial business in selected EU markets (e.g. Germany). The Associate Director / Director shall report to the Senior Director, Government Affairs EUMEA.

The core areas of responsibility for this position will include: strategy development, coalition building and legislative analysis. The Associate Director / Director must be able to effectively anticipate, track and analyse the full implications of policy issues that could impact BioMarin’s commercialised products, pipeline assets, or operating environment in the broadest sense.

The Associate Director / Director will strive at all times to interact productively with the company’s cross-functional environment in the region, working in close connection with other functions such as: Market Access, Regulatory and Regulatory Policy, DevSci Patient Advocacy, Medical Affairs and Corporate Communications amongst others.

The Associate Director / Director must be adaptable to new situations with a high level of energy and passion towards patients with rare diseases.

Responsibilities and Deliverables

  • Implement a GA strategy for the region with a particular focus on the EU/Brussels and national levels in selected priority EU markets.
  • Maintain and communicate an effective monitoring and analysis of major EU/Brussels and national policy/legislative developments and initiatives likely to impact BioMarin’s operations
  • Ideate strategies and shape stakeholder coalitions at the EU/Brussels and national levels, particularly with a view to ramping up political pathways for future product launches
  • Ensure effective representation of BioMarin on board the various working groups of interest active within the EU and at the national level (i.e. EUCOPE, EuropaBio, ARM…) and together with the Senior Director continuously assess whether BioMarin’s interests are optimally covered by these platforms
  • As necessary, work on additional projects at the national level in selected EU priority markets, in line with the latest stages of BioMarin’s product development
  • Write and collate monthly Government Affairs EUMEA reports and update internal web-based reporting.


  • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in political science, law, or a scientific discipline. Law or advanced policy degree is beneficial.

Experience and Skills

  • Experience in public policy and biopharmaceutical policy environment, with a focus on European healthcare/pharmaceutical policy – prior experience in a commercial position inside a pharmaceutical company will be a plus. A very good understanding of issues surrounding rare diseases and the development/commercialisation of orphan medicines is seen as a pre-requisite.
  • Good understanding and prior insider experience of the EU legislative and regulatory environment
  • Good understanding and prior insider experience of the German legislative and regulatory environment would be an asset
  • Capabilities in foreign languages – ideally fluent English and German, with any other European languages at a proficient working level a plus. Prior professional experience in Germany or another EU Member State domestically will also be considered an asset.
  • Experience in managing relationships with trade associations, NGOs, and patient advocacy groups, and advocating on policies and issues relevant to biopharmaceutical business interests
  • Sound business judgment and analytical skills, and capacity for autonomous decision-making, even with little prior supervision at times
  • Proven teamwork and collaboration skills, with a demonstrated ability to interact and influence at all levels
  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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