Novartis seeks Director EU Relations

Novartis 5<y Senior Level  Brussel, Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest, Belgium 15 Jun 2018

Job Description

Director EU Relations

Advance NVS interests across all divisions in Europe and protect NVS mid to long term strategic interests by:

  • Influencing policy decisions and legislation of the European Union (“EU”) institutions
  • Representing Novartis and managing reputation with key EU stakeholders.


  • Provide pro-active analyses and deep insights into the EU political environment, key trends and issues and provide strategic advice to senior functional and business leaders, leveraging opportunites or anticipating & managing threats
  • Lead efforts to shape and improve legislation at European level on specific high impact pro-jects, based on Novartis key priorities, in close collaboration with key functions (IP, regulato-ry, legal, market access) and country-level colleagues
  • Create and leverages opportunities to build and increase reputation and awareness of Novar-tis in Brussels and wider stakeholder community
  • Develop and maintain personal network of senior political contacts across different institu-tions, nationalities and political parties
  • Act as senior Novartis Key Account Manager for a selection of Commission officials, mem-bers of the European Parliament and Council representatives – involving the Head of Office when appropriate
  • Represent Novartis in advocacy committees and chair (where appropriate) industry advocacy working groups on high-impact EU policy topics
  • Pro-actively work with industry associations to develop complex advocacy materials (such as economic studies, legal analyses) on key EU policy topics
  • Provides tailored information and advice to internal customers on external developments; provide briefings and support to senior managers for trade association representation or ex-ternal engagements
  • Support Head of Office in driving execution of Novartis Brussels strategy.

Minimum requirements

  • Master’s degree in Economics, Political Sciences, Public Health, Law, Science or related field
  • Solid understanding of general EU laws (single market, EU competition and trade) as well as the regulatory environment for pharmaceuticals (marketing authorisation process, regulatory, data protection, orphan incentives, pediatrics, pharmacovigilance, clinical trials, standards for price setting) , its interaction with EU public health policies (e.g. cross-border healthcare, ERN) and the dynamic interactions in a system based on shared competences between EU and national governments.
  • At least 10 years of work history in European Public Affairs either in European Institutions, pharmaceutical industry, trade association, consultancy or NGO
  • At least 5 years of experience in pharmaceutical industry or related (e.g. consultancy), with sound knowledge of pharmaceutical business model and related health or social issues
  • Exceptional level of advocacy and managing relationships within the company and outside to develop, implement and coordinate strategic direction, action plans and tactics
  • Must possess significant experience interacting with senior European policy makers and stakeholders groups in order to ensure effective engagement
  • Highly developed understanding of the political relationships, different political values and sensitivities in Europe combined with ability to anticipate critical changes and issues enabling formulation of a pro-active game plan
  • Able to master complex policy and legislative issues with a proven track record of working across multiple constitutencies, languages, political parties and cultures
  • Fluency in English plus another working langue of the EU (French or German) is a must. Other principal European languages a plus



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