Sunovion
Marlborough, MA

The responsibilities of the Director, State Government Affairs are to position Sunovion as a leading specialty pharmaceutical organization with state government officials in their specific region. The DSG will strive to ensure favorable access, reimbursement and profitability for the Sunovion product portfolio with private and public payers by minimizing negative public policy threats, and advancing favorable public policy through direct and possibly contract lobbying efforts. The DSG will be responsible for implementing strategy and tactics and leveraging relationships with elected and appointed stakeholders, and associated constituency groups. The DSG will align with and engage the commercial organization, including coordinating regional activity with the field sales organization, the Account Directors, Marketing, HEOR, and MSLs to ensure appropriate policy, reimbursement and product access within state Medicaid systems. Additionally, the DSG will be a collaborative member of the Government Affairs team, embracing the department values of collaboration, respect, assuming good intentions, and being open to new ideas and opinions. In addition, the DSG in their legislative and regulatory role supports all Sunovion departments in ensuring Sunovion’s corporate issues are addressed where needed.

1. Responsible for state government affairs/government relations and activities in a given region of the country, roughly 1/5 of the country (+/- 10 states).

2. Primary responsibility is protecting both patients’ and the company’s interests by ensuring, by working through and within state government policy, laws and regulations, the greatest possible access for our products to the widest possible patient populations.

3. Responsibilities include any and all of the following: introducing legislation and working toward passage, building grassroots support through patient advocacy groups, helping fight troublesome legislation and regulations, developing mitigation strategies when needed (to ease the negative effects of troublesome legislation or regulations), and devising work plans in-line with corporate goals and priorities.

4. Responsible for uncovering policy issues that work against patient access to our products and to implement plans to correct in favor of better policy.

5. Responsible for arranging meetings that include Sunovion field personnel with state officials, when necessary, or requested by account directors.

6. Responsible for devising strategic policy initiatives designed to ease or open access to patients for our products. This includes evaluating the need for outside counsel and lobbying services.

Job ID: 5938BR

Department: Legal

Location: Marlborough, MA, Field

Job Type: Full-time

Summary of Responsibilities: The responsibilities of the Director, State Government Affairs are to position Sunovion as a leading specialty pharmaceutical organization with state government officials in their specific region. The DSG will strive to ensure favorable access, reimbursement and profitability for the Sunovion product portfolio with private and public payers by minimizing negative public policy threats, and advancing favorable public policy through direct and possibly contract lobbying efforts. The DSG will be responsible for implementing strategy and tactics and leveraging relationships with elected and appointed stakeholders, and associated constituency groups. The DSG will align with and engage the commercial organization, including coordinating regional activity with the field sales organization, the Account Directors, Marketing, HEOR, and MSLs to ensure appropriate policy, reimbursement and product access within state Medicaid systems. Additionally, the DSG will be a collaborative member of the Government Affairs team, embracing the department values of collaboration, respect, assuming good intentions, and being open to new ideas and opinions. In addition, the DSG in their legislative and regulatory role supports all Sunovion departments in ensuring Sunovion’s corporate issues are addressed where needed.

1. Responsible for state government affairs/government relations and activities in a given region of the country, roughly 1/5 of the country (+/- 10 states).

2. Primary responsibility is protecting both patients’ and the company’s interests by ensuring, by working through and within state government policy, laws and regulations, the greatest possible access for our products to the widest possible patient populations.

3. Responsibilities include any and all of the following: introducing legislation and working toward passage, building grassroots support through patient advocacy groups, helping fight troublesome legislation and regulations, developing mitigation strategies when needed (to ease the negative effects of troublesome legislation or regulations), and devising work plans in-line with corporate goals and priorities.

4. Responsible for uncovering policy issues that work against patient access to our products and to implement plans to correct in favor of better policy.

5. Responsible for arranging meetings that include Sunovion field personnel with state officials, when necessary, or requested by account directors.

6. Responsible for devising strategic policy initiatives designed to ease or open access to patients for our products. This includes evaluating the need for outside counsel and lobbying services.

Essential Functions: 1. Work directly with state legislatures and executive branch agencies. This includes knowing and working with key healthcare policy makers, including key members of legislative committees with jurisdiction over healthcare and state executive departments, including the Departments of Health and agencies tasked with overseeing state Medicaid programs.

2. Monitor all activity with state governments in his or her region; this will be facilitated by using other resources, including his or hers own personal knowledge gleaned from professional relationships.

3. Communicate effectively with both home office personnel and field personnel to: 1) keep all well informed of pertinent legislation and regulatory changes and 2) form plans of actions designed to efficiently utilize corporate resources to influence outcomes.

4. Assess outside counsel and lobbying needs within each state and manage these resources appropriately.

Minimum Education Requirements: Bachelors

Experience Required: 7 – 10 Years

Knowledge & Skills (General and Technical): Bachelor’s Degree in political science, business or life sciences preferred. Advanced degree in political science, healthcare policy, business, or law desirable.

Prior experience in the pharmaceutical industry strongly preferred. Prior experience with federal/state affairs required. A diverse background including Field Management, Corporate Account, Marketing, Reimbursement, or Managed Care experiences are a plus.

Excellent interpersonal, analytical, and communication skills, both written and oral

Strong organizational, planning, conceptual, and strategic thinking skills

Ability to work as part of a team

Other Requirements (Licenses, Certifications, Specialized Training, Physical or Mental Abilities Required): COMPLEXITY – The ability to multi-task and handle multiple projects and customers at one time is essential. Ability to influence behavior without direct reporting relationships. Excellent writing and communication skills a must. Strategic thinking and ability to assess multiple scenarios and their possible causes and effects is beneficial.

PERSONAL CONTACTS – Previous contacts within federal/state government required.

MENTAL/PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS-High travel demands; must be able to travel in excess of 70% of the time. Must be able to exercise appropriate judgment when assessing the needs of each customer within a trade class and design a strategy best suited for the situation. Requires a high level of initiative and independence.

TEAM WORK – Ability to contribute to a strong and cohesive team a must. Must embody Sunovion Government Affairs behaviors: embrace and practice collaboration; treat all with the utmost respect; always assume good intentions; and be open minded to new ideas and opinions.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS-Incumbent expected to be present in HQ office when necessary. Work hours may include meetings scheduled outside of normal working hours. Demands during peak times may require work hours outside of normal working hours. Must be responsible with use of company funds. Must represent the best interests of the company when dealing with customers.

Confidential Data: All information (written, verbal, electronic, etc.) that an employee encounters is considered confidential.

Compliance: Achieve and maintain Compliance with all applicable regulatory, legal and operational rules and procedures, by ensuring that all plans and activities for and on behalf of Sunovion are carried out with the “best” industry practices and the highest ethical standards.

Mental/Physical Requirements: Fast paced environment handling multiple demands. Must be able to exercise appropriate judgment as necessary. Requires a high level of initiative and independence. Excellent written and oral communication skills required. Requires ability to use a computer for extended periods of time.

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Job Posted: February 20, 2017
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