Director, European Public Affairs & Advocacy

10 Apr, 2021

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Director, European Public Affairs & Advocacy

Alliance for Regenerative Medicine
Brussels, Belgium

The Alliance for Regenerative Medicine (ARM) is the leading international advocacy
organization dedicated to realizing the promise of regenerative medicines and
advanced therapies. ARM promotes legislative, regulatory and reimbursement
initiatives to advance this innovative and transformative sector, which includes cell
therapies, gene therapies and tissue-based therapies. Early products to market
have demonstrated profound, durable and potentially curative benefits that are
already helping thousands of patients worldwide, many of whom have no other
viable treatment options. Hundreds of additional product candidates contribute to a
robust pipeline of potentially life-changing regenerative medicines and advanced
therapies. In its 11-year history, ARM has become the global voice of the sector,
representing the interests of 370+ members worldwide, including small and large
companies, academic research institutions, major medical centers and patient
groups. To learn more, visit: www.alliancerm.org
POSITION OVERVIEW:
This is an exciting opportunity for the right professional to step into this newly
created role and advance ARM’s reputation and its policy, political and advocacy
goals in Europe.
The Director, European Public Affairs & Advocacy will partner with the Senior Vice
President of Global Public Affairs to develop, drive and tactically execute ARM’s
integrated public affairs strategy in Europe — comprising government relations,
policy and advocacy. This role will also partner with the Director of Public Affairs
who oversees media relations and social media globally, as well as the European
Director of Market Access & Value and the European Director of Regulatory Affairs.
The role will be supported by a Brussels-based public affairs agency and reports to
ARM’s Senior Vice President of Global Public Affairs.
This is a fulltime position located in Brussels, Belgium. Some intraEuropean travel required along with occasional travel to the U.S.
RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Work with the SVP of Public Affairs, ARM leadership, European colleagues and
agency partners to promote and protect ARM’s reputation and to drive the
organization’s policy positions among key European stakeholders, including
the European Commission, European Parliament, Council of the European
Union and other relevant third parties.
• Reinforce ARM as the global – and European – voice of the cell & gene
therapy sector, ensuring stakeholders reach out to ARM for all policy,
political, science and business inquiries related to the ATMP sector.
Director, European Public
Affairs & Advocacy
• Advance ARM’s policy positions with key policymakers and stakeholders as
the day-to-day government affairs and advocacy lead for ARM Europe.
• Prep and partner with SVP Global Public Affairs, ARM CEO and other
colleagues in advance of policy meetings with key European stakeholders.
• Partner with European Directors of Market Access & Value and Regulatory
Affairs and director of Public Affairs (global media) to ensure the consistent
and sustained execution of ARM’s integrated European public affairs strategy.
• Partner with country-specific political consultants – under the direction of the
SVP and European Director of Market Access & Value to ensure coordination
and advance policy goals.
• Draft policy positions, briefing documents, reports and other materials.
• Engage regularly with ARM member organizations and their government
relations teams.
SKILLS & EXPERIENCE:
• 15+ years’ experience as an effective Brussels healthcare and/or biotech
government relations lead and lobbyist. Will consider qualified individuals
who have worked in other regulated sectors but preference is in
healthcare/biotech. Previous in-house, corporate experience is a strong plus.
• Demonstrated experience executing integrated pan-European strategic public
affairs campaigns comprising government affairs, advocacy and policy.
Experience running public affairs campaigns in France, Germany, Italy & the
UK a plus.
• Demonstrated ability to strategically assess developing policy opportunities
and risks and effectively counsel ARM colleagues in real-time.
• Adept at translating complex healthcare terminology into easily
understandable information for policymakers.
• Demonstrated experience developing and maintaining relationships with
relevant stakeholders at the Brussels, pan-European and individual country
levels.
• Ability/desire to regularly work early evening hours to collaborate with US
colleagues.
• Experience working for a US-based corporation or organization is a plus.
• Seeking energetic, go-getter – accomplished in seeing around corners &
making things happen. Team player who lives and breathes collaboration.
• Exhibits calm under pressure and when working against deadlines.
• Demonstrates highly professional demeanor and excellent inter- personal
skills; experienced working with political stakeholders.
• Experience partnering with external vendors, including public affairs
agencies.
• Fluency in English required. Fluency in German or French a plus.
• Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
• BS/BA required; MS/MA/MBA preferred.
THIS JOB IS IDEAL FOR SOMEONE WHO IS:
• People-oriented: enjoys interacting with people and working on group
projects
• Adaptable/flexible: enjoys doing work that requires frequent shifts in
direction
• Detail-oriented: would rather focus on the details of work than the bigger
picture
• Autonomous/Independent: enjoys working with little direction
• Innovative: prefers working in unconventional ways or on tasks that require
creativity
• High stress tolerance: thrives in a high-pressure environment
BENEFITS:
• 401(k), 401(k) matching
• Dental insurance
• Disability insurance
• Vision insurance
• Health insurance, health savings account
• Parental leave
• Professional development assistance

Learn more here

Job posted: 2021-04-10