Government Affairs Principal, Public Policy

09 Oct, 2019


Government Affairs Principal, Public Policy

Washington, DC

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Reporting to Managing Director of Global Policy, the Government Affairs Principal, Public Policy for PBM and Drug Pricing Issues will position Cigna as a thought leader on PBM and drug pricing policy issues under debate and/or emerging and ensure our business solutions and needs are accurately represented.  In addition, this position will ensure our overall policy solutions drive affordability, sustainability and access for our clients and the system at large.  This individual will be a key contributor to Cigna’s Government Affairs team driving pragmatic positioning on drug/pharmacy high priority and high visibility issues. The position requires candidates to be able to:

·       Analyze, define and communicate critical PBM/drug pricing trends in legislative or regulatory environments; identify or predict likely legislative or regulatory outcomes.

·       Provide proactive strategic counsel to senior business leadership anticipating legislative and regulatory trends and translating those into actionable business and legislative or regulatory solutions/strategy.

·       Partner with business leadership to identify business risks and opportunities in external policy developments.

·       Identify assets Cigna/ESI have to augment public policy positions such as: data; resources; subject matter experts; and corporate “thought leaders.”

·       Assure philosophical consistency in policy approaches across the enterprise.

·       Develop regulatory and legislative responses to proposed rules/laws.

·       Provide PBM business and client support.

·       Participate as an integral part of the Government Affairs team.


  •       PUBLIC POLICY POSITION DEVELOPMENT:  Legislative and regulatory analysis and follow-through in presenting Express Scripts’ (ESI) / Cigna’s positions on proposed legislation, regulations, and policy proposals on PBM and drug pricing issues to external stakeholders including Congress, the Administration and regulators. Understanding of statutes, regulations, government processes, and key health policy issues in order to develop internal public policy positions with legal, SMEs and business leaders. Positions are thoughtful and reflective of strategic business positions. Applicant must be able to respond to federal requests for comment from the enterprise on a variety of PBM issues, i.e., notices of proposed rulemaking; legislative analyses.
  •       LEADERSHIP IN BUSINESS ALIGNMENT:  Excellent relationship and communication with the business segment on PBM and drug pricing portfolio issues, understanding strategies to build the business, challenges and objectives, and aligning public policy position development with business needs. This position requires the selected applicant to convene and collaborate across business functions on legislative and regulatory issues and review intelligence and issues from the external environment. Leadership in working through PBM issues, assessing strategic options individually or with the Policy/Government Affairs Department prior to moving to subject matter experts, business partners or issue teams and positioning the variable options to the business in a manageable, organized, cohesive manner. Engagement with ESI accounts on government affairs activities affecting the business and providing presentations on federal government affairs issues as required.
  •       STRATEGIC PLAN/WORKPLAN INITIATIVE AND MANAGEMENT:  Execution on public policy priorities contained in the Government Affairs Strategic Plan on PBM and drug pricing portfolio issues. This includes continued establishment of integrated process and a strategically aligned workplan that has agreed public policy priorities with the business with a focus on working with Federal, State Advocacy and Policy to align on the issues.
  •       ENGAGEMENT WITH STAKEHOLDERS AND ALLIANCE PARTNERS:  Excel at thoughtful, respectful engagement with external priority high-level stakeholders, industry groups and alliance partners with the goal of influencing their positioning on PBM and pharmacy proposals in order to align with Cigna-driven positions. In addition, engaging, developing and staffing senior executives for key external relationships and writing advance materials that have been reviewed by Government Affairs leadership. PCMA will be a main partner for this position.


The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 10 years of policy setting experience in the healthcare field. The candidate should have a strong and successful record of being a leader in policy setting environments such as on a relevant committee on Capitol Hill, in an Administration and/or in a relevant Agency or in-house with a corporation or trade association. They will enjoy collaborating, be highly energetic, extremely strategic and innovative and have a track record of creating actionable plans and strategies. Knowledge of/experience with health care system and on PBM and drug pricing issues is key to identify issues and develop appropriate policy responses.

Qualifications :

  • Executive presence and proven ability to instill confidence in senior management and those outside the company.
  • Bachelor’s degree is required; a JD, MBA or Master’s degree in Public Health, Health Policy or Public Administration and/or related work experience preferred.
  • Ability to persuasively communicate complex concepts and programs at the highest levels of government and business.
  • Strong ability to analyze, understand and translate complex domestic and international policy issues across business lines and corporate concerns and understand how to communicate such issues to a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Experience working in highly regulated industry; a deep appreciation for the impact of policy outcomes on business results.
  • Demonstrated experience in development and implementation of public policy function, including actionable strategies.
  • Proven, effective oral and written communication skills and interpersonal skills necessary to interact with a variety of Cigna management, field associates, retained counsel, legislators, regulators.
  • Strong team player with the ability to both collaborate and work independently, as required.
  • Keen judgment and ability to manage competing priorities.
  • Creativity, flexibility and demonstrated excellent organizational skills.
  • Strong client-service orientation; a bias for action and strong sense of urgency.


Understanding the Business

·       Knows the business and the mission-critical technical and functional skills needed to do the job; understands various types of business propositions and understands how businesses operate in general; learns new methods and technologies easily.

Making Complex Decisions

·       Can solve even the toughest and most complex of problems; great at gleaning meaning from whatever data is available; is a quick study of the new and different; adds personal wisdom and experience to come to the best conclusion and solution, given the situation; uses multiple problem-solving tools and techniques.

Keeping on Point

·       Can quickly separate the mission-critical from to-dos and the trivial; quickly senses what’s the next most useful thing to work on; focuses on the critical few tasks that really add value and puts aside or delays the rest.

Focusing on Action and Outcomes

·       Works on everything with drive and energy with an eye on the bottom line; not afraid to initiate action; drives to finish everything he/she starts.

Communicating Effectively

·       Writes and presents effectively; adjusts to fit the audience and the message; strongly gets a message across.

Acting with Honor and Character

·       Is a person of high character; is consistent and acts in line with a clear and visible set of values and beliefs; deals and talks straight; is direct and truthful but at the same time can keep confidences.


  •        ESI and CIGNA corporate and business unit leaders – Communicate on pending activities, discuss strategies and priorities to support business activities
  •        Federal regulators, legislators and staffs – Advocate enterprise and ESI public policy positions and priorities
  •        Trade groups, coalitions and competitor companies  – Coordinate and discuss GA activities, determine acceptable policy positions and strategies
  •        Retained counsel – Coordinate and discuss GA activities with federal consultants
  •        Federal and State Government Affairs – Coordinate and discuss public policy and advocacy issues and strategies to support the enterprise

Qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, age, disability, sex (including pregnancy), childbirth or related medical conditions including but not limited to lactation, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran or military status, religion, national origin, ancestry, marital or familial status, genetic information, status with regard to public assistance, citizenship status or any other characteristic protected by applicable equal employment opportunity laws.If you require an accommodation based on your physical or mental disability please email: Do not email for an update on your application or to provide your resume as you will not receive a response.

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Job posted: 2019-10-09