Associate Director Government Affairs and Patient Support

01 May, 2023


Associate Director Government Affairs and Patient Support

Washington D.C.

Do you want to join a team where the mission is meaningful, the challenges are complex, and you can directly see the results of your hard work? At Lundbeck, we are tirelessly dedicated to restoring brain health, so every person can be their best. Inspired and driven by our purpose, we are the only global biopharmaceutical company focused solely on brain diseases. We have a robust and innovative pipeline, bringing forward transformative therapies to address unmet needs in neurology and psychiatry. Join us on our journey of growth!



The Associate Director , Government Affairs will: develop and drive Lundbeck’s advocacy strategy through direct lobbying of federal policymakers in collaboration with patient and professional organizations; represent the Lundbeck voice in several patient and provider coalitions focused on patient access; develop and execute on engagement strategies to advance our business; manage the day-to-day operations of the company’s programs to support access and affordability for Lundbeck’s portfolio of products for underserved patients, including Lundbeck’s patient assistance programs and charitable/philanthropic non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and coalitions; and develop and drive Lundbeck’s Political Action Committee strategy and manage its day-to-day operations.



  • Develops and drives strategic advocacy efforts in Washington, D.C. and Illinois that advance Lundbeck’s business objectives and the patients we serve. Builds and maintains key policymaker relationships on Capitol Hill focused on the Illinois delegation, leaders in mental health, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, migraine, and health equity. Builds and maintains collaborative relationships with key patient advocacy and professional associations related to prioritized policy issues. Proactively advocates the company’s priorities and objectives with leaders at prioritized organizations with direct one-on-one meetings and ongoing contact, and identifies opportunities for policy collaboration, specific disease state initiatives or advocacy to increase or retain broad patient access. Collaborates with the Communication’s team’s efforts to advance Lundbeck’s corporate reputation with policymakers, promoting Lundbeck through advocacy efforts as an innovative thought leader.
  • Partners and coordinates engagement with patient advocacy and Market Access colleagues to ensure alignment on the development and execution of key business and reputation priorities.
  • Develops and maintains effective working business relationships:
    • With internal colleagues in departments impacted by patient assistance programs and government affairs activities including: Legal, Compliance, Market Access, Finance, Commercial, Regulatory and US Medical to support and strengthen the development of related Lundbeck policies, processes and reporting (financial or otherwise);
    • With external colleagues across the pharmaceutical industry, including our Alliance partners Takeda and Otsuka, other CNS and Illinois based life sciences companies, and active engagement with PhRMA.
  • Manages and directs Lundbeck’s internal patient assistance program:
    • Handles long-term strategic vision of Lundbeck’s internal PAP programs in coordination with the company’s PAP vendor; including, but not limited to: modeling long-term financial plans, gathering learnings from peer company PAP managers, and integrating electronic services to ease patient and provider program use.
    • Liaises with Lundbeck’s PAP vendor including training them on program rules, providing needed communications guidance and ensuring compliance with program rules
    • Oversees program reporting and operations
    • Develops and leads process for starting and sunsetting PAP programs including: partnering with procurement on RFIs and vendor negotiation, developing new program structure and communications, creating compliant communications to patients and providers about sunset procedures, and setting KPIs for vendors.
    • Manages annual PAP budget and stays aligned with Operations in preparation or reaction to any supply chain issues; key stakeholder working with Legal on vendor contracting process
    • Identifies opportunities for operational improvements in managing free goods programs;
    • Assists with updating SOPs as needed per legal and regulatory guidance. Ensures all PAP and other patient support programs and practices comply with all laws, regulations and industry guidelines including, but not limited to requirements of CMS, OIG, and FDA; develops and implements related policies and processes
    • Partners with Compliance colleagues to conduct vendor audits, as needed, to ensure program fiscal and regulatory integrity
    • Manages Lundbeck’s communication efforts ensuring compliant and consistent messaging to patients/physicians as appropriate
    • Provides subject matter expertise and assists in developing and preparing written responses to ad hoc external and government requests for policy information related to patient assistance programs.
  • Manages LUPAC (Lundbeck’s Political Action Committee):
    • Develops fundraising and membership development goals and programs for LUPAC; collaborates with LUPAC Board regarding strategies and objectives; leads implementation of the same in order to expand LUPAC capabilities and engagement
    • Manages LUPAC financial reporting and other compliance obligations directly and through LUAC’s third party vendor, LUPAC receipts and disbursements, budget and record-keeping; leads quarterly meetings of LUPAC’s Board of Directors.
  • Represents Lundbeck at congressional fundraisers which can require attendance at early morning, evening and weekend events.



  • Accredited Bachelor’s degree
  • 8+ years progressive healthcare experience and/or experience working with healthcare policies
  • Established Congressional relationships and track record of advocacy driving public policies through engagement with key stakeholders including: policymakers, patient and provider organizations
  • Strong collaborator with ability to work independently and with limited oversight; able to work well as a member of an integrated team and build key relationships within the company, with policymakers and advocacy organizations
  • Ability to provide strategic and operational guidance on complex issues and manage projects independently, within deadlines
  • Strong written and oral communications skills
  • The Company requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Newly hired employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof upon hire, or request a medical or religious accommodation



  • Pharmaceutical industry experience
  • Knowledge of patient assistance programs
  • PAC management and compliance
  • Experience writing and preparing executive briefing documents as well preparing executives for external speaking engagements
  • Third party Consultant management
  • Ability to effectively navigate and leverage trade association relationships
  • Strong policy acumen
  • Schedule flexibility



  • Willingness/Ability to travel up to 20% domestically; international travel may be required





Why Lundbeck

Lundbeck is unique from other biopharmaceutical companies in that we are 70 percent owned by a research-focused foundation. We have a deep heritage of discovery and have brought breakthrough therapies to millions of people across the globe. And we’re just getting started! Our success is driven by our great people and inclusive culture, which is guided by our beliefs of being Patient-Driven, Courageous, Ambitious, Passionate & Responsible. Are you ready to make an impact, one patient at a time?


Lundbeck offers a robust and comprehensive benefits package to help employees live well and protect their health, family, and everyday life. Information regarding our benefit offering can be found on the U.S. career site.


Lundbeck is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to disabled veterans and other individuals with disabilities during our employment application process. If, because of a disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, please visit the U.S. career site.


Lundbeck is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by law, rule, or regulation. Lundbeck participates in E-Verify.

About Lundbeck

About Lundbeck

Tirelessly dedicated to restoring brain health, so every person can be their best

With too many people living with brain diseases around the world, our purpose couldn’t be more important or more worth striving for. Every day we work tirelessly to change the outcome for these people. We are a community of specialists fiercely dedicated to restoring brain health, drawing on, and embracing, the uniqueness of every employee.

Our global footprint

Our approximately 5,400 employees in more than 50 countries are engaged across the entire value chain throughout research, development, production, marketing, and sales. Our research programs tackle some of the most complex challenges in neuroscience, and our pipeline is focused on bringing forward transformative treatments for brain diseases for which there are few, if any therapeutic options. We have research facilities in Denmark and the United States, and our production facilities are located in Denmark, France and Italy. Lundbeck generated revenue of DKK 18.2 billion in 2022 (EUR 2.5 billion; USD 2.6 billion).

For additional information, we encourage you to visit our corporate website, and connect with us on Instagram @h_lundbeck, Twitter @Lundbeck and via LinkedIn.

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Job posted: 2023-05-01