Director, Government Policy

24 Aug, 2020


Director, Government Policy

EMD Serono
Washington, DC

A career with EMD Serono is an ongoing journey of discovery: our 57,000 people are shaping how the world lives, works and plays through next generation advancements in healthcare, life science and performance materials. For more than 350 years and across the world we have passionately pursued our curiosity to find novel and vibrant ways of enhancing the lives of others. EMD Serono is a business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.



Your role:

To identify and drive policy initiatives that will advance the U.S. business goals in key therapeutic areas, and to serve as an overall expert on healthcare policy issues that affect the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries including federal programs, reimbursement and FDA related policies. In this role, you will:

  • Monitor and analyze state and federal legislative and regulatory processes and decisions relating to access to prescription drugs and biologics
  • Identify and shape US above franchise policy issues that impact research, development, and access to prescription drugs and biologics
  • Provide senior executives with strategic advice on policy issues affecting the company and its products to inform business planning; and contribute to developing analytically sound, proactive policy positions
  • Monitor, analyze, and report the impact of the many different coverage and reimbursement policies related regulations and publications related to Medicare, Medicaid and other government programs released by government agencies, quasi-governmental agencies and other third parties
  • Provide policy expertise and analysis to senior executives in the company and serve as the in-house-expert on the landscape and challenges related to patient access to current and future product portfolios
  • Develop written materials including slides, summaries, memos etc
  • Collaborate, with internal colleagues and external consultants, in the development of programs/projects in the coverage and reimbursement area to further distinguish the company as a leading innovative biotechnology company
  • As part of the Government Affairs team, serve as an interface to key state and federal agencies on policy issues. Develop and strengthen relationships in the health policy/regulatory community, including government agencies CMS, AHRQ, and MedPAC, and patient and physician groups
  • Represent EMD Serono as a policy advocate and thought leader in various external contexts (e.g., meetings with government officials, trade associations, stakeholder meetings, etc.)
  • Develop policy strategic plan that proactively identifies and prioritizes policy initiatives that will advance U.S. business objectives in designated key EMD Serono therapeutic areas
  • Serve as internal subject matter expert on U.S. policy issues that can affect the success of EMD Serono in designated therapeutic areas
  • Serve as main liaison with and adviser to various internal partners
  • Work well in teams and develop strong relationships with internal business counterparts and be willing to travel to achieve stronger relationships
  • Execute special projects related to healthcare for the Vice President, US Healthcare Govt & Public Affairs, as needed
  • Lead and support cross-functional collaboration to perform quantitative and qualitative impact assessment of polices, and advise business accordingly


Who you are:


  • An undergraduate degree
  • 10+ years’ experience in policy work for the healthcare industry, pharmaceutical industry
  • Strong understanding of pharmaceutical policy issues and the U.S. reimbursement system
  • Familiarity with clinical, business, and stakeholder dynamics in PhRMA and the community
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced and evolving environment and to be decisive; self-motivated
  • Ability to collaborate and interact effectively with internal senior executives, industry representatives, government officials, local association executives and academics
  • Strong understanding of and experience with government policymaking processes, especially those relating to the range of payment policies administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (Medicare, Medicaid, ACA, etc.)
  • A reputation for being energetic, bright, hard-working, enthusiastic; willing to offer opinions and judgements; results oriented
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to foster collaborative decision-making with colleagues and others
  • Strong people skills and a reputation for being a team player
  • A clear reputation for ethical conduct
  • Ability to develop new and creative ideas
  • An exemplary performance record
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, with demonstrated ability to distill and translate complex concepts and policies into actionable information for business partners


  • An advanced degree such as a Masters in Public Health, Public Policy, JD, Public Administration or a related field
  • Experience in government
  • Able to perform normal and routine office duties
  • Able to travel, domestic and internationally, up to 20%



What we offer: With us, there are always opportunities to break new ground. We empower you to fulfil your ambitions, and our diverse businesses offer various career moves to seek new horizons. We trust you with responsibility early on and support you to draw your own career map that is responsive to your aspirations and priorities in life. Join us and bring your curiosity to life!


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The Company is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. No employee or applicant for employment will be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military or veteran status, genetic information, gender identity, transgender status, marital status, or any other classification protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.  This policy of Equal Employment Opportunity applies to all policies and programs relating to recruitment and hiring, promotion, compensation, benefits, discipline, termination, and all other terms and conditions of employment. Any applicant or employee who believes they have been discriminated against by the Company or anyone acting on behalf of the Company must report any concerns to their Human Resources Business Partner, Legal, or Compliance immediately. The Company will not retaliate against any individual because they made a good faith report of discrimination.

Job posted: 2020-08-24