Director, Society Relations and Government Affairs

23 Mar, 2020


Director, Society Relations and Government Affairs

Irvine, CA

Director, Society Relations and Government Affairs

Careers that Change Lives

The Director for Society Relations and Government Affairs, based in Medtronic’s Irvine Office, will serve as a member of the company’s leadership team reporting to the Sr. Director, Global Medical Affairs.  Working closely with key internal partners, this position will help develop, implement and drive global interactions with physicians, professional organizations and societies and shape advocacy strategies with appropriate govt agencies to assist Medtronic in achieving its core strategies of Therapy Innovation, Globalization and Economic Value. The Director will engage and represent the company with key external stakeholders, including government officials, professional societies and industry partners, to advance the company’s objectives and strategic priorities.  The position will play an integral role in helping Medtronic build a best in class medical affairs organization. 

The Director of Society relations and govt. affairs will join the high-performing, mission-driven Medical Affairs team to help raise awareness and adoption of Neurovascular therapies. This role will have clear ownership and leadership of critical physician and society engagement initiatives related to key opinion leaders, practice leaders, global societies, and advocacy and policy making bodies.

A Day In The Life

  • Develop, maintain, and enhance the company’s engagement with thought leaders, society leaders, elected representatives and professional groups across the globe
  • ·     Work across the organization to create engagement plans that align to business objectives and maximize partner strengths and interests
  • ·     Develop and implement strategies to engage key physician societies to create partnership opportunities that further Medtronic Neurovascular’s objectives of therapy access and improving patient outcomes
  • ·     Ensure organizational alignment to strategies and engagement plans
  • ·     Oversee implementation of engagement plans by collaborating with cross-functional partners (Medical Education, Clinical affairs, Marketing etc.)
  • ·     Organize company-sponsored symposia for consultant and advisory board meetings
  • ·     Effectively engage directly with customers (clinicians) at congresses, during physician visits, and as needed on project
  • ·     Assist with the development and execution of global government affairs initiatives and strategies designed to support Medtronic’s core business strategies of Therapy Innovation, Globalization and Economic Value
  • ·     Monitor and anticipate legislative and regulatory policy developments affecting Medtronic’s businesses and help strategically position the company to effectively engage
  • ·     Build and maintain effective relationships with key internal partners to advance policy priorities and objectives
  • ·     Lead U.S. Government Affairs internal and external engagement in key policy areas including, but not limited to, the Food and Drug Administration, Medicare, Insurance payors etc.
  • ·     Participate in budget development (AOP) process. Manage assigned, approved budget. Report variances.
  • ·     Ensure compliance as well as appropriate departmental resources are available to effectively maintain the quality standards (people, facilities, tools, and training)
  • ·     Travel approximately 40%

Additional responsibilities may include the following and other duties may be assigned.

  • ·     Respond to outside requests for samples, literature, and general information.
  • ·     Develops concepts and align programs with market, product and brand strategies
  • ·     Designs and implement educational programs.
  • ·     Integrate customer and product knowledge with the sales force
  • ·     Negotiate sponsorship contracts
  • ·     Other duties as assigned

Must Have: Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelors degree required
  • Minimum of 15 years of NeuroVascular (NV) experience with 10+ years of managerial experience, or advanced degree with a minimum 13 years NeuroVascular (NV) experience
  •   Nice To Have
  • Medical device industry experience
  • 5+ years of Neurovascular experience in a customer facing role (ie. Medical Education, Marketing or Sales role)
  • Experience developing and implementing programs to grow the business
  • Experience working with professional societies and govt agencies (ex. FDA), either directly or from within a corporation
  • Experience working in the health care industry
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, especially regarding policy development, analysis and advocacy;
  • Must be able to clearly and succinctly convey complex information
  • Very strong interpersonal skills; ability to build relationships and communicate effectively with people of varied professional, cultural, and educational backgrounds
  • Exceptional advocacy skills with a proven record of successfully driving advocacy strategies
  • Demonstrated experience working directly with senior executives and government officials
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and successfully prioritize competing tasks in a fast-paced environment
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and execute on specific strategies – with a strong, attendant record of accomplishment
  • Proven record of success as part of a team
  • Experience working across functional teams 
  • Solid verbal, written and presentation skills
  • Excellent planning and analytical skills

About Medtronic

Together, we can change healthcare worldwide. At Medtronic, we push the limits of what technology, therapies and services can do to help alleviate pain, restore health and extend life.  We challenge ourselves and each other to make tomorrow better than yesterday. It is what makes this an exciting and rewarding place to be.

We want to accelerate and advance our ability to create meaningful innovations – but we will only succeed with the right people on our team. Let’s work together to address universal healthcare needs and improve patients’ lives. Help us shape the future.

Physical Job Requirements

The physical demands described within the Responsibilities section of this job description are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. For Office Roles: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to be independently mobile. The employee is also required to interact with a computer, and communicate with peers and co-workers. Contact your manager or local HR to understand the Work Conditions and Physical requirements that may be specific to each role. (ADA-United States of America)

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Job posted: 2020-03-23