Director, Strategy & Operations US Government Affairs & Policy

30 Sep, 2020


Director, Strategy & Operations US Government Affairs & Policy

Alexion Pharmaceuticals

This position can be remote/virtual, based anywhere in the United States and may require up to 20% travel to existing Alexion sites, including both Washington, D.C. and Boston, MA.

Key Responsibilities:


The Director, Strategy & Operations reports to the Vice President of US Government Affairs & Policy, will serve as a member of the USGAP leadership team and US Commercial, Corporate Affairs, and other matrix partners to establish and pull through on business priorities/functional expectations to support effective internal/external customer engagement and operations support.


Specific Responsibilities Include:

  • Responsible for alignment of initiatives, team communications, tactical execution and maintaining training and meetings timelines/schedules
  • Will support Federal team efforts to manage and maintain the Alexion Political Action Committee
    • Work with external vendor
    • Coordinate with IT/Human Resources
  • Govern and manage the state government affairs team political campaign contributions
    • Ensure compliance with applicable state laws
    • Working with finance to disburse financial contributions to candidates and officials.
  • State Compliance tracking and coordination with external vendor (Eleanor Joseph)
  • Develop and coordinate USGAP communication plan in coordination with internal and external communications teams
  • Manage content, develop and deliver presentations for Vice President
  • Oversight of project planning across all USGAP
  • Leads efforts to establish and obtain legal approvals
  • Leads, coordinates, and plans all internal and external USGAP meetings
  • Coordinate the development, and tracking team goals and KPIs against organizational benchmarks
  • Ensure efficient dissemination of team field communications to SGA field teams and related matrix field teams
  • Leads development of annual budget, projection process(es), tracking, monitoring and reporting on budget performance
  • Coordinate logistics for all USGAP training
  • Actively maintain USGAP SharePoint sites including up-to-date archive of ARM tools and field communications
  • Leads cross functional teams (internal and external) in the development, implementation, and maintenance of standards, particularly around technology / platform capabilities (current and new) as well data, analytics, and reporting
  • Help to drive standards governance across internal teams and multiple vendor/agency partners

Key Qualifications:

  • College degree required, advanced business or scientific degree preferred
  • Must be an innovative, strategic leader with the skills to successfully implement and pull through initiatives.
  • Relevant industry experience in Government Affairs and/or customer-facing role with thought leaders and key customers preferred.
  • Strong project management skills and experienced navigating a complex matrix organization
  • Demonstrated ability to work across cultures and organizations; successfully managed large work steams and projects
  • Highly organized and motivated individual possessing excellent communication, presentation and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong knowledge of pharmaceutical industry, understanding of pharmaceutical customers, competitors, medical and marketing functions


Washington, DC, United States
Some opportunities happen only once in a lifetime – like a job where you have the extraordinary opportunity to change lives. At Alexion, such opportunities arise through our unwavering mission to serve patients and families affected by rare diseases. These patients are our guiding star, and we act with integrity, urgency, and discipline because we know their lives are at stake.

Alexion is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on serving patients and families affected by rare diseases and devastating conditions through the discovery, development and commercialization of life-changing medicines. As a leader in rare diseases for more than 25 years, Alexion has developed and commercializes two approved complement inhibitors to treat patients with paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) and atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS), as well as the first and only approved complement inhibitor to treat anti-acetylcholine receptor (AchR) antibody-positive generalized myasthenia gravis (gMG) and neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD). Alexion also has two highly innovative enzyme replacement therapies for patients with life-threatening and ultra-rare metabolic disorders, hypophosphatasia (HPP) and lysosomal acid lipase deficiency (LAL-D) as well as the first and only approved Factor Xa inhibitor reversal agent. In addition, the company is developing several mid-to-late-stage therapies, including a copper-binding agent for Wilson disease, an anti-neonatal Fc receptor (FcRn) antibody for rare Immunoglobulin G (IgG)-mediated diseases and an oral Factor D inhibitor as well as several early-stage therapies, including one for light chain (AL) amyloidosis, a second oral Factor D inhibitor and a third complement inhibitor. Alexion focuses its research efforts on novel molecules and targets in the complement cascade and its development efforts on the core therapeutic areas of hematology, nephrology, neurology, metabolic disorders and cardiology. Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, Alexion has offices around the globe and serves patients in more than 50 countries. Further information about Alexion can be found at:

As a leading employer in our industry, Alexion is proud to offer a highly competitive package of base and incentive compensation as well as a comprehensive benefits program designed to support the health, wellness and financial security of our employees and their families. Benefits include group medical, vision and dental coverage, group and supplemental life insurance, 401(k) with company match, tuition reimbursement, relocation assistance and much more.

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Job posted: 2020-09-30