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AbbVie seeks Government Affairs Manager

AbbVie 3-5y Mid Level  Brussel, Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest, Belgium 18 Apr 2017

Job Description

Government Affairs Manager

At AbbVie, we believe the world needs new approaches to addressing today’s health issues — from life-threatening illness to chronic conditions. We combine advanced science, expertise and passion to solve serious health issues and have a remarkable impact on people’s lives. With 29,000+ employees and medicines in over 170 countries, AbbVie is uniting the best of pharma and the boldness of biotech, to innovate end-to-end approaches that make a real difference in people’s lives.


  • Build strategic relations and align mutual priorities with key external stakeholders to co-create health policies that positively impact standard of care for patients
  • Oversee AbbVie policymaker interactions (Federal & Regional) in Belgium & Luxemburg: to develop and execute AbbVie’s health policy strategy and tactical plans.
  • Develop strategy and concise multi-stakeholder engagement plans to optimise health policy making, funding & access for AbbVie products.
  •  Overcome health policy barriers to ensure optimal policy conditions and reimbursement for current and future AbbVie products.
  • Play an active role within trade associations and other networking forums.
  • Collect and share insights to support the development of value propositions addressing policy maker and other healthcare stakeholder’s needs (among others patient associations)
  • Support AbbVie’s brand teams by developing governmental affairs initiatives to deliver on the brands objectives



  • A keen sense of business acumen, and the ability to connect key business issues to public policy matters (and vice versa) and obtain value for/advance the business interests and reputation of the company
  • Possesses a holistic perspective – understands the complex policy, political and regulatory implications of an entity that operates in highly regulated businesses
  • Knowledge of the healthcare landscape, including healthcare initiatives and healthcare funding budget flows
  • Knowledge of the needs and priorities of policy makers, MPs, government officials, payers and patient associations
  • Knowledge of latest sustainable healthcare policymaking initiatives & trends
  • Health-economic principles
  • Trilingual: Dutch, French and English (written and spoken)
  • Strategic thinker
  • Strong influencing & networking skills both internally and externally
  • Capacity to interact with a diverse range of stakeholders in order to build trusted relationships
  • Good knowledge of the Belgium and Luxemburg Political & Institutional environment
  • Ability to identify and prioritise key issues
  • Ability to connect and translate the business priorities: e.g. to communicate complex, scientific issues to a range of audiences
  • Dynamic, innovative, self-starter, takes initiatives and sees opportunities
  • Team player


  • Master’s degree in Political Sciences, in Law, in Economics, Public Relations, Healthcare
  • 5 years experience in the areas of Government Affairs, Market Access Value Proposition, Public Affairs, Patient Relation’s Management and/or other external related sectors
  • In-depth knowledge of the healthcare system in Belgium & Luxemburg
  • Government Affairs experience, with previous involvement and success in co-creating the development of legislation and policy (regional & federal)
  • Policy analysis and legislative experience and ability to draft position papers
  • Proven extensive contact network and ability to develop relationships with key stakeholders enabling to co-create health policies that positively impact standard of care for patients
  • Solid track record in team-building, coalition-making and executing multi-stakeholder/multi-dimensional initiatives
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