Associate Director, State Government Affairs

  • Delaware, United States
  • Oct 17, 2017
Full time Government Affairs / Relations

Job Description

At AstraZeneca every one of our employees makes a difference to patient lives every day. Each and every one of us believes that science has the ability to change lives and that to deliver this takes many people with many skill sets. When we deliver a life-changing medicine, that success comes from the combined efforts of all of our people. As a Senior Manager, State Government Affairs, field based, you’ll play a pivotal role in channeling our scientific capabilities to make a positive impact on changing patients’ lives.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

As a Senior Manager, State Government Affairs, you will be the voice of all public policy matters for a leading global pharmaceutical company, AstraZeneca. The role is for a highly engaged political leader who will work with government officials in the states of Illinois, Indian, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

This position executes state government affairs campaigns (including strategic and tactical design and implementation) to influence legislation/regulation consistent with business objectives.

In this exciting role, you will have the opportunity to on the external side, develop and execute state based lobbying campaigns based on company priorities, develop and maintain strong working relationships with key influencers (including but not limited to: elected officials, governors, executive agencies, trade associations, think tanks, and third party allies). As an external thought leader (based on substantive and legislative know-how), you will demonstrate leadership with national/political organizations, associations or committees, and participate in PAC and Grassroots solicitations and organize and attend fundraisers.

On the internal side, you will provide leadership within the organization on state-related public policy issues, while ensuring alignment and integration of state-related key business objectives and strategies among all AZ stakeholders, including managed markets, sales and marketing.  You will identify, analyze and act on legislation and regulatory initiatives as well as emerging issues that impact the company.  As an internal thought leader and resident expert in legislative matters and strategic decision making on public policy, you will direct and manage SGA interaction and integration with commercial business.  In addition, you will be responsible for strategically allocating and managing SGA brand resources, assisting Director of PAC & Grassroots in PAC education and recruitment efforts, including internal speaking engagements.  You will act as a liaison with Corporate Affairs internal/external customers to ensure strategic link with corporate brand initiative.  In addition, you will assist Head of SGA in managing contract lobbyists

Essential Requirements

-Bachelor's degree required

-Based in Illinois or Indiana 

-10+ years of experience in Pharmaceutical Industry

-Strong public speaking skills

-Requires strong negotiation and advocacy skills

-Requires knowledge of legislative, regulatory and political processes.
-Amenable to lobbyist's travel/schedule (including travel, late night, off-hour and weekend responsibilities) -- Up to 40 % travel is required.

Desired Requirements

-10+ years of experience in Government, Politics or Government Affairs

-Requires strong interpersonal, communications (public speaking and writing) skills

-Requires strong internal stakeholder and alliance building capabilities

-Demonstrated ability to work cross functionally across sales, Market Access, medical affairs, corporate affairs functions, among others

-Demonstrated ability to work in a highly matrixed corporate environment is strongly preferred.

-Proficiency in standard business software applications

-Experience with pharma cross-functional teams (ally development, public relations, policy) would be desirable

Next Steps – Apply today!

To be considered for this exciting opportunity, please complete the full application on our website at your earliest convenience – it is the only way that our Recruiter and Hiring Manager can know that you feel well qualified for this opportunity.  If you know someone who would be a great fit, please share this posting with them.

AstraZeneca is an equal opportunity employer. AstraZeneca will consider all qualified applicants for employment without discrimination on grounds of disability, sex or sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity leave status, race or national or ethnic origin, age, religion or belief, gender identity or re-assignment, marital or civil partnership status, protected veteran status (if applicable) or any other characteristic protected by law. AstraZeneca only employs individuals with the right to work in the country/ies where the role is advertised.

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