Vaccines Europe Director Scientific and Medical Affairs
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About Vaccines Europe

Vaccines Europe, is a specialised vaccines group within the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA), the professional association of the innovative pharmaceutical industry in Europe. Vaccines Europe was created in 1991 to provide a voice for the vaccine industry in Europe. The group represents 15 vaccine companies of all sizes operating in Europe, and currently includes all the major global innovative and research-based vaccine companies, including small and medium-sized enterprises.

Vaccines Europe’s mission is to support broad access to immunisation, enabling better protection of the health of individuals and the wider community throughout life, with both existing vaccines and those in development.


The Director of Scientific and Medical Affairs reports to the Executive Director of Vaccines Europe and will lead the organization’s strategic partnerships, advocacy and outreach on vaccines related legislation and policies, in collaboration with other team members. The Director of Scientific and Medical Affairs will be in charge of leading Vaccines Europe Research, Innovation & Medical strategy.  

Key Responsibilities (include but not limited to)

  • Lead Vaccines Europe Research, Innovation & Medical strategy, and deliver on priorities
  • Lead Vaccines-specific discussions in inter-association platforms and drive members’ collaboration
  • Perform Horizon scanning of EU funding instruments to support an innovative research agenda for vaccines in the EU
  • Development and management of Vaccines Europe’s Scientific and Medical external network
  • Development, management and coordination of Vaccines Europe engagement into public-private, cross-sectorial partnerships initiatives
  • Design and implement advocacy strategies, applying Scientific Affairs expert knowledge and leveraging in-house and external expertise
  • Manage relationships with key stakeholders: EU institutions, Member states, NGOs, other industry organisations, etc.
  • Secure alignment and coordination with international sister organizations on key vaccine research and innovation priorities
  • Development and management of Vaccines Europe external advocacy events on vaccines’ science and innovation and vaccines as essential public health tool
  • Development and implementation of Vaccines Europe’s scientific publication plan
  • Budget and team management

 Minimum qualifications and assets:

  • University degree required (Bachelor in Biology/Science/Business); A master’s degree in Biology, epidemiology, medical, public health, public policy, international affairs, political science, and/or a Law degree or other advanced degree is desired.
  • Good understanding of infectious diseases, vaccines specificities and vaccination; experience in immunization R&D preferred.
  • Strong public health and political grasp – graduate with 8+ years of direct experience in European health policy and Scientific affairs. Proven track record of effective leadership, including cross-functional leadership of Scientific affairs strategies and projects to support organizational objectives. 
  • Excellent knowledge of the EU R&D ecosystem as well as the EU political and legislative decision-making processes and political ecosystem.  Skilled judgement on positioning and tone of sensitive and complex policy issues is essential.
  • Ability to grasp complex technical information and “translate” it for non-expert audiences.
  • Strong communication (written and oral), networking, collaboration and interpersonal skills – ability to build relationships of trust with a wide range of individuals and organizations.
  • Effective, flexible approach to team working.  
  • Proven ability to influence others at both peer and senior level.
  • Strategic and flexible thinking – ability to multi-task, project management, handle complex issues, and translate insights into sound analysis and advice to the organisation.
  • High personal accountability and integrity. 
  • Must have mother tongue level of English with excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills


  • Proven ability to build and maintain close relationships internally and externally. 
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively, foster teamwork and drive performance. 
  • Flexible team member with positive attitude, energy and ability to prioritise projects. 
  • Excellent organisational skills and consistent attention to detail. 
  • Good negotiations skills and ability in consensus building, etc.

Additional assets

  • Experience working within pharmaceutical and/or healthcare industry.
  • Additional European languages
  • Public speaking 

Vaccines Europe offers a permanent contract to start as soon as possible.

Interested candidates should send their application by September 30, or address any question on the position to

Please ensure that your application includes the following:

  1. An updated CV;
  2. A letter of motivation describing what attracts you to this position and why you believe you would be the right person for this job; and  
  3. A 1-pager outlining the R&D challenges for the vaccine industry in Europe
EFPIA Healthcare Systems – Intern
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The European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) represents the pharmaceutical industry operating in Europe. Through its direct membership of 36 national associations and 39 leading pharmaceutical companies, and in collaboration with health and research players, EFPIA’s mission is to create an environment that enables our members to discover, innovate, develop and deliver new therapies and vaccines for people across Europe, as well as contribute to the European economy.   

We have a small but dynamic Healthcare System team working on policy and outreach relating to the organisation and financing of healthcare and the role of the pharmaceutical industry for sustainable healthcare systems. We are looking for extra support from a reliable and motivated intern with a demonstrated interest in public finances, economy and health, and a proficient level of English.

Role and responsibilities 

The intern would be part of the Healthcare Systems team, but also support other teams when relevant. Responsibilities would include: 

  • Collection, compilation and updating of data and evidence relating to European health, healthcare, economy and pharmaceutical industry, including on the value of innovative medicines 
  • Digest reports relating to European economy and health (including European Commission Semester documents, OECD reports and studies produced by other EFPIA teams) and draft summaries, compilations, presentations or comments as appropriate 
  • Doing desk research on economic and health policy topics 
  • Conduct horizon scanning in relevant policy areas as relevant, including European healthcare reform 
  • Assist in the execution of projects and meetings led by other team members and staff (including organisation of events and minute taking, and as appropriate proof-reading of internal and external documents and support in presentation preparations) 


Candidate profile 

  • Right to work and live within the EU 
  • Master Degree in EU policy, health studies, economics, or similar relevant diplomas 
  • Academic merits in health economics would be highly valued 
  • Professional fluency in English 
  • Good knowledge of MS Office software package, including Excel and PowerPoint 
  • Good knowledge of European healthcare and life science sectors would be an asset 
  • Good knowledge of or previous experience with European institutions and decision-making would be an asset 



  • Good project management skills, ability to manage multiple tasks under pressure and respect deadlines 
  • Excellent drafting skills 
  • Ability to assume different tasks, working independently or in a supporting role as required 
  • Team player with good interpersonal skills 
  • Service minded 
  • Open and positive mindset and ability to easily establish contacts through networking 
  • Able to think flexibly about evidence needs of the organisation 


Terms and conditions 

You will be offered a paid professional integration agreement (immersion professionelle) for maximum 6 months. You must not have already completed a 12-month immersion professionelle or have been in full time professional employment yet. Working hours are from 09:00 until 18:00 Monday to Friday with a one-hour break for lunch. The intern will be entitled to 6 days holiday plus national bank holidays. 

To apply, please send a maximum two-page CV and a maximum one-page cover letter to with the subject Healthcare Systems Intern” as soon as possible. 

Starting date: January 2023 

Given the size of our team and the time constraints, we will not be able to take into account applications that do not meet the essential requirements above and the indicated page limits for the CV and cover letter. We are grateful for your understanding and your interest in EFPIA.