Head North America Public Affairs

02 Oct, 2019


Head North America Public Affairs

Washington, DC

Job Description

The Head North America Public Affairs will operate as an enterprise leader in shaping the political environment to advance business across all divisions and protect Novartis mid- to long-term strategic interests through

  • Establishing visionary strategic plans for public affairs in US and Canada, in alignment with country leadership.
  • Leading Novartis U.S. public affairs, ensure coordination of Federal and State Government Affairs, Public Policy, Corporate Alliance Affairs, Industry Relations, Grassroots and the PAC, functionally leading the Canadian public affairs team. This position reports into the Global Head Public Affairs

More specifically, you will
In the US

  • Establish and drive the U.S. public affairs strategic plan that will support the company’s portfolio while ensuring the activities align with the overall mission, vision and values of Novartis.
  • Manage U.S. Federal and State Government Affairs, Public Policy, and Corporate Alliance functions.
  • Function as lead liaison with Congress, Administration, Trade Associations, and other key external stakeholders to drive Novartis interests and coordinate relationships/information flow with businesses.
  • Partner with company’s U.S. executive leadership and business units to ensure that all priority issues and respective public affairs strategies are aligned and represent the interests of Novartis in a speak with one voice approach to external stakeholders.
  • Serve on the Global Public Affairs Leadership Team (GPALT), U.S. Country Leadership Team (CLT), U.S. Corporate Leadership Team, U.S. Pricing and Access Steering Committee, and other leadership teams as appropriate.
  • Develop, foster and strengthen relationships through stakeholder mapping for government affairs and Novartis U.S. and Global Executives with key policy decision-makers, thought leaders and other influencers. Develop and maintain respect and influence with Washington D.C. executive, legislative and regulatory communities on both sides of the political aisle.
  • Manage the Public Affairs budget.
  • Ensure Novartis is compliant with all federal and state registration and lobbying and financial contribution disclosure laws associated with interactions with U.S. government officials.
  • Develop talent and build industry-leading team, allowing and encouraging growth and independence that will increase the visibility and reputation of the function.

In Canada

  • Ensure establishment of strategic plan, in alignment with Canada business leaders, addressing local and global priority issues.
  • Facilitate connection of local PA team to global positions and global training opportunities.
  • Ensure alignment of strategies between the US and Canada where politically sensitive.
  • Serve as functional leader for Canada PA Head, including talent management.

Why Join Novartis?
750 million. That’s how many lives our products touch. And while we’re proud of that fact, in this world of digital and technological transformation, we must also ask ourselves this how can we continue to improve and extend even more people’s lives?

We believe the answers are found when curious, courageous and collaborative people like you are brought together in an inspiring environment. Where you’re given opportunities to explore the power of digital and data. Where you’re empowered to risk failure by taking smart risks, and where you’re surrounded by people who share your determination to tackle the world’s toughest medical challenges.
We are Novartis. Join us and help us reimagine medicine.

EEO Statement
The Novartis Group of Companies are Equal Opportunity Employers and take pride in maintaining a diverse environment. We do not discriminate in recruitment, hiring, training, promotion or any other employment practices for reasons of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

Minimum Requirements


  • Bachelor degree required.
    • Post-graduate degree is preferred

    Experience & Skills

    • 15 years of public affairs experience is required (additional years desired) preferably in pharmaceutical or health care industry ; working with elected officials, policymakers, executive level management, patient groups, advocacy community, and industry associations
    • In-depth knowledge of the U.S. federal and state legislative process.
    • Organizational leadership and management experience able to motivate others and to effectively manage multiple projects/roles in rapidly evolving environment.
    • Demonstrated business impact and results; has successfully worked in corporate structure
    • Deep understanding of healthcare industry business model and role of policy/advocacy in support of priority issues.
    • Adept business communication and presentation skills

    This position will require 30-40% domestic travel, some international travel may be required

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Job posted: 2019-10-02