Director, Policy and Alliance Development-3

Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Job Description

Job Description

Director, Public Policy
Department: GAPP

Job Description

The Director, Public Policy at Vertex Pharmaceuticals reports to the Senior Director, Public Policy and will lead the strategy and execution of product- and disease-specific policy positions/initiatives for a pipeline asset(s).  Pipeline areas of focus may include pain, Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency, APOL-1 mediated kidney disease, Sickle Cell Disease, or Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.  This role will work within GAPP as well as cross-functionally with other internal Vertex functions, including commercial, medical, R&D and legal to ensure alignment and progress around our corporate goals and objectives.

Job Responsibilities:
Create a focused policy strategy for the assigned disease area(s) by: (1) developing disease and product-specific policy positions and priorities, (2) engaging key external stakeholders and understanding their priorities, initiatives, and policy positions and (3) identifying opportunities for collaboration
Establish and manage relationships with national groups to achieve Vertex goals, bring value to patients, and enhance the Company’s standing and reputation
Collaborate with internal cross-functional team to execute on the strategic and tactical plan and identify opportunities for engagement with external partners
Manage product and therapeutic area policy issues, represent the GAPP function on internal teams (e.g., brand teams), and provide strategic counsel to functional leaders, brand teams and government affairs to ensure effective alignment with corporate policy positions.
Lead analysis of the external environment and anticipate trends specific to brand teams, advising brands on emerging and existing healthcare policies and trends, how they affect the operating environment, and identifying opportunities and challenges
Ensure compliant and transparent stakeholder engagement and embrace company principles to demonstrate commitment to patients and caregivers in the rare disease community
Mitigate areas of risk by monitoring key issues and trends, develop strategies to protect and enhance company reputation
Identify additional opportunities to advance our company’s business objectives
Fulfill other duties/projects, as assigned
Exemplify Vertex’s core values in fulfilling these job duties, in particular the Company’s core value regarding its commitment to patients
Minimum Qualifications:
Minimum of 10 years current and relevant experience in the pharmaceutical industry and 5-7 years prior experience in patient advocacy, public health policy, government relations or related field(s);
Bachelor’s degree required. An advanced degree is highly desired
Preferred Qualifications:
Demonstrated outstanding strategic planning, communication and presentation skills;
Ability to travel up to 35%;
Pharmaceutical sector or non-profit sector and therapeutic area experience required;
Experience in patient advocacy, government affairs, managed markets or public policy
A high level of energy and passion toward patients, science and public health;
Working knowledge and appreciation of the complexities of the drug development process and regulatory requirements;
Understanding of the patient and caregiver experience in rare diseases to include diagnosis, treatment, and treatment options preferred;
Proven teamwork and collaboration skills, with a demonstrated ability to interact and influence all levels of business;
Detail-oriented, self-initiating, well-organized and capable of managing multiple projects simultaneously;
A desire to work in the corporate culture of a highly innovative company aimed at redefining health and transforming lives with new medicines

Company Information

Vertex is a global biotechnology company that invests in scientific innovation.

Vertex is committed to equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to a person's race, color, sex, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, marital status, or any characteristic protected under applicable law. Vertex is an E-Verify Employer in the United States. Vertex will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law. Any applicant requiring an accommodation in connection with the hiring process and/or to perform the essential functions of the position for which the applicant has applied should make a request to the recruiter or hiring manager, or contact Talent Acquisition at ***************@vrtx.com.

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