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GSK seeks Head of Regional & Corporate Affairs, Brussels

GSK 5<y Senior Level  Brussel, Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest, Belgium 19 Nov 2017

Job Description

Head of Regional & Corporate Affairs, Brussels

Basic qualifications

  • Degree/Post Degree qualification
  • Proven track record of developing and implementing impactful government affairs strategies and / or deep experience working inside or with an EU institution
  • Understanding of the complex and nuanced context in which GSK and the life science sector operates across the EU and globally
  • Highly skilled in managing complex issues (external and internal), identifying areas of control, mobilizing the internal response and resolving effectively; especially in a highly regulated environment
  • Values-led leadership approach with an excellent track record in delivering through people and managing performance through stretch assignments, effective delegation and clear planning/tracking/evaluation
  • Proven financial, commercial and business awareness
  • Strong communication, presentation and networking skills; including working knowledge of at least English, French and one other EU language

About GSK

GSK are a science-led global healthcare company. We have three world-leading businesses that research, develop and manufacture innovative pharmaceutical medicines, vaccines and consumer healthcare products.

We are committed to widening access to our products so more people can benefit, no matter where they live in the world or what they can afford to pay.

In 2016 we produced more than two billion packs of medicine, delivered 833 million doses of vaccines and produced five billion packs of consumer healthcare products. Through our 89 manufacturing sites, we serve customers in 190 countries.

GSK are a company of around 100,000 individuals united by our mission and our four values of patient focus, integrity, respect for people and transparency.

Job Scope & Purpose

A highly effective senior representative and leader for GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in Brussels able to influence at a high-level the debate and implementation of European policies, regulation and global positioning to advance and defend GSK’s interests across the Corporate Government Affairs and Pharma Europe agendas.

  • Lead ‘listening and analysis’ and reporting of the potential and current policy agenda and wider external social, economic and political developments in Brussels of enterprise interest.
  • Define, develop and deliver GSK’s EU engagement aligned to the Corporate and Business strategies; balancing immediate priorities and proactive shaping of mid-term opportunity.
  • Build a top-level and influential network in EU institutions at a political level, complementing GSK’s existing technical level networks.
  • Work with wider team colleagues on GSK’s engagement with political, official and technical stakeholders in relevant EU Member States.
  • Engage with and deploy, when necessary, GSK’s Senior Executive Team and key Subject Matter Experts in Brussels as part of impactful advocacy and delivery.
  • Stay closely connected to GSK’s involvement in trade bodies to strategically complement this activity across the Brussels network to deliver maximum value to GSK and the sector.

Role and Responsibilities

Strategy Development

  • Critically review GSK’s current priority issues with a view to developing and delivering a focused, commercially relevant and cost-effective EU engagement strategy.
  • Lead a team which gathers and assesses intelligence and uses it to inform GSK’s strategies and tactics across the EU institutions and which, when appropriate, actively engages in consultation and policy-making phases.
  • Working with wider team colleagues, keep closely connected with GSK priorities at the European Industry Association (EFPIA) to ensure a synergistic advocacy approach; optimize industry delivery with value-adding GSK engagement to bring the expertise and specificity needed to inform EU policy.
  • Work across CGA’s above country teams (European & Canada Markets, Global Health, Brexit, etc.) to align priorities, define strategy and coordinate execution.

External Stakeholder Engagement

  • Engage, in a prioritised way, EU/EC officials, MEPs and EU decision makers to broaden their knowledge of the company and secure appropriate support.
  • Establish and maintain a wide network of key officials within the EU institutions, and more broadly in Brussels, to cover key GSK interests such as: Brexit, R&D and clinical trials, antimicrobial resistance, data protection, pharmaceutical legislation, trade & IP, e-Health, Global Health
  • Promote GSK’s priorities through European Commission High-level or expert groups as well as European Parliamentary Intergroups or industry forums.

Deployment of Wider GSK Resources

  • Define, develop and deliver GSK’s strategy for EU engagement, including keeping an updated visit plan for relevant GSK Executives.
  • Drive internal understanding and external advocacy towards focused deliverables across agreed priority policy developments in Brussels impacting the GSK business (e.g. various pricing and purchasing policies, Falsified Medicines Directive, EU Collaboration on HTA, etc.)
  • Effectively deploy GSK colleagues to influence and participate in advocacy in Brussels, and working with wider team colleagues when it comes to EU Member States and/or more broadly where relevant.

Management and Leadership

  • Lead GSK’s Brussels office including responsibility for delivering suitable GSK physical presence in Brussels and having line management responsibility for 2 direct reports.
  • Align with wider Global Corporate CGA and Pharma CGA on listening and analysis, issues management, policy positioning and priority enterprise-wide projects (e.g. Brexit) for coordinated delivery in Brussels.
  • Join the dots between different markets and their role in GSK business at EU level to drive relevant advocacy in Capitals working with the European & Canada Markets Team in liaison with LOCs.


Closing date: Wednesday 6th December 2017.


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