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Director, Federal Government Affairs

Director, Federal Government Affairs
Organization: Bristol Myers Squibb
Location: Washington, DC
Date Posted: 01/11/2024

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Position: Director, Federal Government Affairs USPGA

Position Summary:

The Director of Federal Government Affairs is accountable for shaping health care policy to benefit patient access, affordability, and innovation. The Director will be responsible for initiating and executing comprehensive strategies around corporate priorities in Washington that will support BMS Enterprise priorities to bring innovative treatments to patients. The individual will be responsible for implementing an outreach strategy with Members of the United States Congress that align with BMS’ patient-focused priority. The Director will monitor and analyze policies, trends, and activities in Washington DC and will be responsible for communicating the business impact to key external and internal stakeholders and shaping legislation through engagement.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Represent BMS before the U.S. Congress, primarily with Senate Republicans, on company specific issues as well as issues of importance to the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Collaborate with Corporate Affairs and US Policy & Government Affairs (USPGA) and internal business partners to ensure an aligned approach and pursuit of Enterprise goals and priorities.
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with Members of Congress and their staff that will distinguish the company as a leader in the biopharmaceutical space while proactively advancing company objectives.
  • Navigate the legislative and political environment and create (and implement) comprehensive strategies to address regulatory, legislative, and policy issues that may impact BMS.
  • Engage with external groups, including trade associations, to influence internal decisions and ensure alignment with BMS goals and priorities.
  • Execute tactics around the company’s Political Action Committee focused on political giving strategy and internal growth.
  • Provide updates and presentations to internal colleagues on developments in Washington, DC.
  • Manage federal engagement by BMS consultants.
  • Additional duties as necessary to support USPGA.

Qualifications & Experience:

  • A minimum of 8 years of experience/service on Capitol Hill or relevant private sector professional experience
  • Excellent verbal, analytical, written and interpersonal communication skills, particularly in interpreting and distilling complex information
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills—demonstrated ability to independently manage multiple work streams
  • Experience working with a variety of stakeholders, including trade associations and coalitions, and ability to proactively drive consensus.
  • Ability to maintain good working relationships, internally and externally
  • Travel as required

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Uniquely Interesting Work, Life-changing Careers

With a single vision as inspiring as “Transforming patients’ lives through science™”, every BMS employee plays an integral role in work that goes far beyond ordinary. Each of us is empowered to apply our individual talents and unique perspectives in an inclusive culture, promoting diversity in clinical trials, while our shared values of passion, innovation, urgency, accountability, inclusion, and integrity bring out the highest potential of each of our colleagues.

On-site Protocol

Physical presence at the BMS worksite or physical presence in the field is a necessary job function of this role, which the Company deems critical to collaboration, innovation, productivity, employee well-being, and engagement, and it enhances the Company culture.

BMS is dedicated to ensuring that people with disabilities can excel through a transparent recruitment process, reasonable workplace accommodations/adjustments, and ongoing support in their roles. Applicants can request a reasonable workplace accommodation/adjustment prior to accepting a job offer. If you require reasonable accommodations/adjustments in completing this application, or in any part of the recruitment process, direct your inquiries to [email protected]. Visit to access our complete Equal Employment Opportunity statement.

BMS cares about your well-being and the well-being of our staff, customers, patients, and communities. As a result, the Company strongly recommends that all employees be fully vaccinated for Covid-19 and keep up to date with Covid-19 boosters.

BMS will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records, pursuant to applicable laws in your area.

Any data processed in connection with role applications will be treated in accordance with applicable data privacy policies and regulations.

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