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Manager, Government Affairs EUCAN

Location Belgium

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It takes a village, and at BioMarin our corporate groups are the people behind our success. Groups such as IT, Finance, Legal, Global Compliance & Ethics, and our People Team provide foundational support of all areas of operation at BioMarin.

Manager, Government Affairs EUCAN
  • The Manager, Government Affairs EUCAN (Europe, Canada, Australia & New Zealand), will assist in the development and implementation of BioMarin’s political and legislative strategy in EUCAN, with a focus on national developments affecting BioMarin’s business objectives.
  • The Manager shall report to the Brussels-based Senior Director, Government Affairs EUCAN.
  • The core areas of expertise required for this position include timely identification and analysis of national political and legislative developments impacting BioMarin’s business; developing and implementing an external engagement strategy, with a focus on political decision-makers as well as building and managing stakeholder coalitions; and effectively navigating a matrixed internal organisation.
  • The Manager will strive to build a strong shared agenda and to interact constructively with the company’s cross-functional teams, both in the region and globally as needed, working in close connection with other functions such as: Commercial, Market Access, Regulatory and Regulatory Policy, Patient Advocacy, Medical Affairs, Legal, Brand Teams, and Corporate Communications amongst others.
  • The Manager must be adaptable to new, fast-evolving situations and dossiers, with a high level of self-motivation and autonomy, and a commitment to people living with a rare disease. The ideal candidate will possess strong attention to detail, exceptional project management skills and the ability to effectively multitask.

Responsibilities and Deliverables
  • Represent the BioMarin Government Affairs team externally in the EUCAN region and vis-à-vis internal BioMarin EUCAN and global functions, working in close coordination with the Senior Director, Government Affairs EUCAN. Develop strong and trusted relationships with cross-functional colleagues and position Government Affairs as a resource for them. 

  • Identify and analyse policy and legislative developments impacting BioMarin’s commercialised products, pipeline assets, or operating environment in the broadest sense, at the in-country level across EUCAN.

  • Support the continued execution and delivery of in-country Government Affairs projects in partnership with local BioMarin colleagues and external consultants. 

  • Support our Brussels-based Senior Director, Government Affairs EUCAN, in managing selected EU/Brussels projects, campaigns or other commitments as necessary (e.g. external consultants, trade association, external stakeholders, etc.). 

  • Ideate new strategies and shape new stakeholder coalitions as needed in-country, with a view to preparing political pathways for future product launches. 

  • Develop Government Affairs reports and materials for internal dissemination as necessary. 

Advanced degree preferred, in law, political science, and/or public policy. 

Experience and Skills

  • Experience of at least 8 years in public policy, government, consulting, and/or industry in the biopharmaceutical policy environment, with a focus on national and European healthcare/pharmaceutical policy. Prior experience in a biopharmaceutical company will be considered a strong asset as well as experience in a government affairs consultancy. 

  • Strong understanding of issues surrounding rare diseases and the R&D/commercialisation of orphan medicines. 

  • Strong understanding and prior experience of the legislative environment for biopharmaceuticals in one or more EUCAN countries (in particular, France, Italy, Spain). 

  • Good understanding of the EU legislative environment for biopharmaceuticals, and good knowledge of the workings of the EU institutions will be considered a plus.

  • Fluent in English, in addition to French, Italian or Spanish. Working proficiency in other European languages will be considered a plus. 

  • Experience in managing relationships with political decision-makers, industry trade associations, patient advocacy groups and consultancies across multiple geographies, and in advocating on policies and issues relevant to biopharmaceutical business interests is required. 

  • Strong judgment and capacity for autonomous decision-making, even with little prior supervision at times and ability/inclination to initiate and deliver projects. 

  • Proven teamwork and cooperation skills, with a demonstrated ability to interact and influence at all levels. Ability to influence cross-functionally. 

  • Detail-oriented, with exceptional project management and oral and written communications skills. Ability to effectively multitask.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Veterans/Disabled

An Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

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