Horizon Pharma
Washington, DC

Horizon Pharma plc is a biopharmaceutical company focused on improving patients’ lives by identifying, developing, acquiring and commercializing differentiated and accessible medicines that address unmet medical needs.  The company markets 11 medicines through its orphan, rheumatology and primary care business units. Horizon seeks candidates who are passionate, experienced and driven to exceed expectations. Horizon offers ambitious compensation, extensive benefits including health, dental and vision, vacation and more.


Position Summary:

This position will be based in Washington, D.C. and will be responsible for developing and supporting the execution of federal government affairs policy advocacy strategies to optimize patient access to and commercial success of Horizon’s current and future portfolio.  The position will focus on creating and articulating Horizon’s public policy positions; identifying, analyzing and understanding federal policy risks and opportunities in relation to Horizon and its therapeutic areas; and executing legislative campaigns at the federal level which support business objectives.


The position reports to the Executive Director, Federal Government Affairs and Policy, within Horizon’s Government Affairs and Public Affairs Department, and interacts closely, shares goals, and partners with colleagues in Horizon Pharma Government Affairs, Legal, Corporate Communications, Managed Care, Patient Advocacy, Regulatory, Medical Affairs, and orphan, rheumatology, and primary care business units, among other departments.



  • Develop and maintain a strong understanding of Horizon Pharma’s product portfolio and corporate interests
  • Facilitate company’s interactions with Congressional offices, trade groups and other 3rd party constituencies
  • Collect timely intelligence and insights for the federal team to evaluate federal legislative risks and opportunities
  • Analyze policy issues and provide input into federal legislative, policy, and political strategies
  • Attend hearings and represent Horizon at other D.C.-based events
  • Help execute Horizon Pharma’s federal legislative, policy, and political strategies and plans
  • Manage and execute on Horizon PAC priorities
  • Write memos, summaries, etc. as needed to support internal stakeholder education on policy and legislative issues
  • Review, interpret, and discuss in layperson terms legislative, regulatory, political, policy, and other government proposals for internal audiences
  • Travel 20% of the time


Qualifications and Skills Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • 4+ years of relevant federal policy experience
  • Experience in the pharmaceutical industry is a plus
  • Experience dealing with federal and state healthcare legislative, regulatory, policy, and political issues
  • Strong connection to Capitol Hill, along with knowledge of the workings of the Federal Government is a plus
  • Attention to detail and an ability to recognize issues in the context of higher-level policies and regulations
  • Ability to develop strong working relationships and work collaboratively with colleagues and external stakeholders and trade associations
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Professional, proactive demeanor
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office


Essential Core Competencies:

  • Action Oriented
  • Problem Solving
  • Organization
  • Functional/Technical Skills
  • Priority Setting
  • Drive for Results
  • Strategic Agility
  • Intellectual Horsepower
  • Dealing with Ambiguity


Essential Behaviors:

  • Integrity and Trust
  • Composure
  • Standing Alone


Horizon Pharma plc does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.  It is our intention that all qualified applications are given equal opportunity and that selection decisions be based on job-related factors.  Any individual, who, because of a disability, needs accommodation or assistance in completing this application or at any time during the application process, should contact the Human Resources Department.

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Job Posted: September 12, 2017