The European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) represents the biopharmaceutical industry operating in Europe. Through its direct membership of 36 national associations, 39 leading pharmaceutical companies and a growing number of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), EFPIA’s mission is to create a collaborative environment that enables our members to innovate, discover, develop and deliver new therapies and vaccines for people across Europe, as well as contribute to the European economy.
The Director Public Affairs reports to the Executive Director, Public Affairs and will lead a number of priority dossiers in the organisation’s strategic advocacy and outreach activities related to legislation as well as for industry driven policy initiatives.
- Lead on EU legislation and policy
- Identify EU legislation and policy requiring EFPIA intervention.
- Shape EU legislation and policy by applying expert knowledge of EU decision making process to leverage expertise of relevant EFPIA teams/functions; in particular Regulatory Affairs, Market Access, Trade, Legal and Science Policy
- Manage relationships with key EU stakeholders
- Primary responsibility to ensure EFPIA has strong and collaborative relationships with:
- Members of the European Parliament and EP staff;
- Relevant Attaches of Permanent Representations to the EU;
- External stakeholders such as patient organisations, NGOs, other industry organisations etc.
- Provide advocacy support to EFPIA policy teams: e.g. monitoring, developing or advising on advocacy strategy & preparing tailored advocacy material.
- Coordinate external advocacy on specific policy files & legislative proposals – focusing on the European Parliament, Council, Commission and external stakeholders.
- Organise external events relevant to advocacy strategies with the aim to educate and inform as well as foster existing relationships & to build new ones with key policy-makers and influencers.
- Staff relevant EFPIA working groups with advocacy and external engagement functions
- University degree required (Bachelor in Arts/Science/Business/law). A master's in public health, public policy, international affairs, political science, and/or a Law degree or other advanced degree is desired.
- Strong political grasp – graduate with 8+ years of direct experience in European policy and government affairs. Proven track record of effective leadership, including cross-functional leadership of government affairs strategies and projects to support organizational objectives.
- Understanding the external environment, EU political and legislative decision-making processes. 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.
- Experience working within pharmaceutical and/or healthcare industry.
- Additional European languages
- Public speaking
- A permanent contract to start as soon as possible.
- Interested candidates should send their application by May 18, 2021, or address any question on the position to email@example.com and Cynthia.Furste@mavence.com
- The application should consist of:
- Cover letter max. half page
- A 1-pager outlining the challenges for the pharmaceutical industry for the European Commission’s current mandate (2019-2024)
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 dynamic Public Affairs team working on outreach and coordination of external advocacy on specific policy files and legislative proposals; focusing on the European Parliament, Council, Commission and external stakeholders.
Role and responsibilities
The intern would report to the Executive Director Public Affairs and be part of the Public Affairs team.
Under supervision of the teams Executive Director and in collaboration with EFPIA Secretariat colleagues, the intern will:
- Monitor activities in health policy at EU level
- Answer queries related to the institutions and the dossiers that Public Affairs is working on from colleagues and the EFPIA membership
- Manage the Public Affairs agenda & logistics as well as set up meetings with policy makers and other stakeholders
- Update the internal Public Affairs databases and contact lists
- Take minutes at meetings
- Focus on EU Public Affairs; a health policy background is preferable though not essential
- In-depth knowledge of the functioning of the European institutions and of legislative procedures
- Fluency in English both written and spoken
- Good knowledge of MS Office software package
- Right to work and live within the EU
- Open and positive mindset and able to easily establish contacts through networking
- Ability to manage multiple tasks under pressure and respect deadlines
- Team player with good interpersonal skills
Terms and conditions
You will be offered a professional integration agreement (immersion professionnelle) for max 6 months. You must not have already completed a 12 Month ‘immersion professionnelle’ 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Public Affairs Intern” as soon as possible.
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 page limits for the CV and cover letter. We are grateful for your understanding and your interest in EFPIA.