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EFPIA seeks Manager Intellectual Property Policy

EFPIA 3-5y Mid Level  Brussel, Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest, Belgium 30 Nov 2017

Job Description

Manager Intellectual Property Policy


The European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) represents the pharmaceutical industry operating in Europe. Through its direct membership of 33 national associations and 40 leading pharmaceutical companies, EFPIA is the voice on the EU scene of 1,900 companies committed to researching, developing and bringing to patients new medicines that will improve health and the quality of life around the world.


The Manager Intellectual Property Policy coordinates, leads and performs tasks related to EFPIA’s IP policy activities and ensures these are focused on progressing and delivering the relevant EFPIA priorities. He/she is responsible for developing and implementing EFPIA’s IP strategy as set by the Board.

He/she acts as an expert in this field within EFPIA’s Legal team, and coordinates closely with other EFPIA team members such as the Trade, Scientific, Regulatory, Government Affairs and Communications Team and the EFPIA membership, by identifying at an early stage, key areas for action and designing/recommending industry response and engagement.

The role requires liaising regularly with industry experts and external stakeholders.

The Manager Intellectual Property Policy reports to the General Counsel.

Responsibilities include

  • Set objectives, operational plans and measure performance to ensure the implementation of the EFPIA strategy with respect to IP and other exclusivity-based incentives and rewards for pharmaceutical innovation;
  • Coordinate and staff the work of relevant EFPIA working groups (notably IP Expert Group, Paediatrics PWG);
  • Support and provide input to the Trade and Competition WGs on IP aspects;
  • Provide insights, analyses and policy recommendations regarding relevant EU developments and opportunities to inform EFPIA working groups’ work;
  • Author advocacy materials and internal documents related to a broad range of intellectual property and innovation policy issues;
  • Advocate EFPIA policy positions with key institutional stakeholders in collaboration with General Counsel and other relevant teams;
  • Represent EFPIA at relevant external events and meetings, presenting on relevant IP policy issues.

Minimum qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in IP law, with a good knowledge of EU, Pharmaceutical and Competition Law;
  • 5 years of experience in the pharmaceutical/healthcare/life sciences industry;
  • Fluency in English (native speaker or equivalent) with proven experience in drafting various policy documents and in public speaking;
  • Good knowledge of MS Office software package.

The following would be assets

  • Good knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry / healthcare sector;
  • Familiarity with the functioning of European institutions and EU decision-making process;
  • Established networks in IP policy and in Brussels;
  • Experience in working in a law firm, trade association or pharmaceutical company;
  • Experience in drafting position papers/memos, leading working groups and projects;


  • Excellent analytical, communication and organisational skills and team spirit;
  • Highly flexible, with an ability to simultaneously manage multiple projects in a dynamic environment and to adapt to constantly evolving external and internal environments;
  • Rigorous and good attention to detail;
  • Self-starter capable of developing innovative and original insights and analysis;
  • Good people and collaboration skills with the ability to interface at all levels of management and personnel;
  • Outgoing personality and good interpersonal skills, including the ability to network and build relationships with outside organisations.

EFPIA offers

  • A permanent contract with an ideal start date no later than 1 January 2018;


  • Interested candidates should send their application by 30 November 2017, or address any question on the position to .  The application should consist of:
    • CV
    • Cover letter max. half page
    • A 1-pager outlining the 3 main IP challenges for the pharmaceutical industry.
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