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Senior Manager, Government & External Affairs - Canada  

Celgene (company)


Posted on : 26 January 2017

Project Description

  • Our company is a global biopharmaceutical company leading the way in medical innovation to help patients live longer, better lives. 
  • Our purpose as a company is to discover and develop therapies that will change the course of human health. 
  •  We value our passion for patients, quest for innovation, spirit of independence and love of challenge.
  •  With a presence in more than 70 countries - and growing - we look for talented people to grow our business, advance our science and contribute to our unique culture.  
  •  There is a requirement for a Senior Manager, Government & External Affairs, Western Canada. 
  • This role reports to the Director, Government & External Affairs.
  • The role holds responsibility and accountability for developing and executing strategic plans to achieve market access goals designed to “gain, maintain and improve” reimbursement for company  brands. This is a field-based role, with a preference for candidates based in either Alberta or British Columbia.   
  • The successful candidate will be knowledgeable in relevant areas of the western provinces payer reimbursement operations and decision making. 
  • The ability to leverage key stakeholder relationships and to communicate effectively both externally and internally will be required. 
  • The ideal candidate will thrive in a fast paced, action oriented, collaborative and collegial culture. 
  • He/she is a natural leader, a self-starter with a passion to make a difference. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently while also participating as a core team member will be critical to success in the role.   

 Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:   
  •  Collaborating on the development and implementation of strategies and tactical plans with Therapeutic Teams and internal colleagues. 
  •  Providing strategic insights and recommendations on drug reimbursement policy issues to all relevant internal colleagues/terms across the organization.  
  •  Identifying and engaging relevant stakeholders in support of developing government, academic, physician and patient advocates to support national and regional reimbursement initiatives, regional and national policies and regional patient support.  
  •  Effectively communicating product value and value proposition to key stakeholders.  
  •  Developing, recommending and negotiating win-win proposals with government payers and key influencers/stakeholders to gain product funding.  
  •  Working with the Western provinces to ensure submission requirements are met and earliest possible decisions are achieved.  
  •  Building strategic relationships with government officials and elected representatives that cultivate a favorable business environment, on both the reimbursement and public policy levels.  
  •  Promoting our company as a leader in the industry and a strong partner of government to positively shape our business environment, consistent with customer needs.  
  •  Identifying and coordinating regional initiatives and managing budget allocated to these regional activities.  
  •  Championing company values.  
  •  Willingness to travel domestically and internationally (~30%+) 

Knowledge & Skills Required: 
  •  BSc/BA required; science and/or political science degree helpful but not required  
  •  Minimum 5 years in the pharmaceutical / biotech industries with at least 3 years in a Government/External Affairs role  
  •  Strong knowledge of provincial and 3rd party payer systems  
  •  Pharmacare experience required 
  •  Demonstrated success in achieving optimal market access for complex multi-product portfolios  
  •  Bilingual (written and spoken) English and French is preferred