Director, Federal Government Affairs

02 Jun, 2021


Director, Federal Government Affairs

Bristol Meyers Squibb
Washington, DC

Job Description

At Bristol Myers Squibb, we are inspired by a single vision – transforming patients’ lives through science. In oncology, hematology, immunology and cardiovascular disease – and one of the most diverse and promising pipelines in the industry – each of our passionate colleagues contribute to innovations that drive meaningful change. We bring a human touch to every treatment we pioneer. Join us and make a difference.

This position reports to the  Senior Director, Federal Government Affairs and is based in Washington, D.C.  The Director, Federal Government Affairs will work on strategic federal issues, including lobbying and strategic external engagement.

Responsibilities include:

  • Develop lobbying policy strategies and initiatives that address key issues in the pharmaceutical and health care environment, including coverage and access to innovative medicines.
  • Engage with external trade associations, academic institutions, think tanks, and other policy-oriented groups.
  • Lobby Congress and Executive agencies on strategic imperatives.
  • Support PAC and political operations.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop and execute lobbying strategy to advance policy priorities.
  • Strong relationships with Senate Republican health committees and leadership.
  • Work closely with corporate affairs, commercial units and key functions to assess effects of new policies or proposed changes in policy.
  • Build Organizational Alignment on Key Issues— Inform and educate management and employees about external developments and develop external communications for use in policy conversations.
  • Engage externally—Represent and establish our company as an industry leader in policy conversations with appropriate external venues; including trade associations, academic institutions, think tanks, and other policy-oriented organizations.
  • Lead political engagement strategy.


  • 10-15 years of relevant public or private sector experience in health care.
  • Master’s Degree or J.D. preferred.
  • 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;
  • Demonstrated commitment to ensuring patient access to innovative medicines and the importance of a thriving biopharmaceutical industry;
  • Ability to maintain good working relationships, internally and externally;
  • Ability to travel to NJ headquarters and other important events, about 25% travel expected, or as necessary.

Around the world, we are passionate about making an impact on the lives of patients with serious diseases. Empowered to apply our individual talents and diverse perspectives in an inclusive culture, our shared values of passion, innovation, urgency, accountability, inclusion and integrity bring out the highest potential of each of our colleagues.

Bristol Myers Squibb recognizes the importance of balance and flexibility in our work environment. We offer a wide variety of competitive benefits, services and programs that provide our employees with the resources to pursue their goals, both at work and in their personal lives.

Our company is committed to ensuring that people with disabilities can excel through a transparent recruitment process, reasonable workplace adjustments and ongoing support in their roles. Applicants can request an approval of accommodation prior to accepting a job offer. If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, or any part of the recruitment process direct your inquiries to Visit to access our complete Equal Employment Opportunity statement.

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Job posted: 2021-06-02