Director, US Policy

26 Jan, 2021


Director, US Policy

Wilmington, DE/Washington, DC

Are you an experienced Public Policy professional looking to be part of a company that follows the science and turns ideas into life changing medicines?

If you’re passionate about what science can do to make a difference to patients’ lives and ready to discover what you can do – join us.

At AstraZeneca, we put patients first and strive to meet their unmet needs worldwide. Working here means being entrepreneurial, thinking big and working together to make the impossible a reality. If you are swift to action, confident to lead, collaborative, and curious about the science, then you’re our kind of person.

The Director, US policy will support the US commercial business, reporting to the Head of US Policy.  This position will play a critical role in advancing AstraZeneca’s US policy priorities and executing strategic alignment and pull-through of proactive and reactive policy shaping opportunities including in the areas of pricing, reimbursement, access, and affordability.  The Director of US policy will also support the Head of US Policy in developing and executing strategies and campaigns to defend against harmful public policy proposals.

This position will work collaboratively, as needed, with teams across the US business, BioPharmaceuticals, Oncology and the global Corporate Affairs team.  The ideal candidate possesses a strong blend of strategic planning and execution, stakeholder engagement expertise, and strong oral and written communications skills to collaborate and engage with internal and external stakeholders.

What you’ll do

  • Develop and execute public policy positions and strategies to support the goals of the US business as a whole, Therapeutic Area priorities, and US Corporate Affairs

  • Collaborate closely with members of the Government Affairs team on government affairs priorities

  • Support the Head of US Policy in developing and executing internal and external programs to drive awareness around US public policy issues serving as subject matter expert on assigned issues

  • Work with US Corporate Affairs, including Patient Advocacy and Government Affairs colleagues to support relationships with key patient groups and other stakeholders on policy issues

  • Participate in trade association work groups to represent the company’s interests

  • Demonstrate and maintain strong working relationships with key external stakeholders (including but not limited to:  HHS (especially CMS), the Administration, trade associations, think tanks, and third party allies)

  • Clearly and impactfully communicate AstraZeneca positions on assigned issues to federal agencies and other external stakeholders


  • Bachelor’s Degree is required

  • 7+ years of demonstrated success working in public policy arena and/or U.S. government, preferably in vaccines and public health.

  • Expert knowledge of the transforming U.S. health system – finance and payment structures, benefit design, care delivery, etc- and understanding of the implications for vaccine supply and demand.

  • Demonstrated leadership ability to identify and focus on strategic priorities.

  • Ability to bring together different internal partners, and move an agenda forward to resolution and action.

  • Consistent record in identifying policy trends affecting public health and/or the vaccine industry and advancing policy solutions.

  • Strong oral and written communication skills to influence and effectively lead internal and external audiences to desired outcomes.

  • Ability to manage numerous, competing priorities under pressure while effectively collaborating with internal partners

  • Sound business judgment and integrity and an ability to build credible, effective working relationships both internally and externally

Desirable for the role

  • Master’s or Professional degree in public policy (MPP), public health (MPH or MSPH), public administration (MPA), or law degree preferred.

At AstraZeneca, when we see an opportunity for change we seize it and make it happen, because any opportunity no matter how small, can be the start of something big.

Join us in building a new kind of organization to reset expectations of what a bio-pharmaceutical company can be.

Apply today.

AstraZeneca embraces diversity and equality of opportunity.  We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team representing all backgrounds, with as wide a range of perspectives as possible, and harnessing industry-leading skills.  We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.  We welcome and consider applications to join our team from all qualified candidates, regardless of their characteristics.  We comply with all applicable laws and regulations on non-discrimination in employment (and recruitment), as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements.

Job posted: 2021-01-26