Manager, Health Policy

04 May, 2020


Manager, Health Policy

Vertex Pharmaceuticals
Boston, MA

Job Description

Job Description: Manager, Government Affairs and Public Policy

In coordination with the Vice President and Executive Director, Government Affairs and Public Policy, the Manager, Health Policy, will be responsible for supporting these individuals in all health policy matters and helping to identify, develop, and advance policy positions related to regulatory review and approval and federal program coverage and reimbursement to further Vertex business priorities across therapeutic areas, including cystic fibrosis and pipeline products, as needed.  This position will work closely with several functional areas, including government affairs, managed markets, commercial, medical affairs, legal and communications, to lead the company’s regional public policy efforts and advance our company’s goals.

Major Job Responsibilities:

  • Work with the Vice President/Executive Director of Government Affairs and Public Policy in advancing business priorities in the government policy arena.
  • Prepare analyses of legislation and regulatory policies with assessment of key opportunities and threats for the business, especially as key staff for internal policy work groups.
  • Prepare technical comments to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed rules and state regulations.
  • Draft Dear Colleague letters, floor statements, side-by-sides of legislation, amendments, fact sheets, talking points and initial summary materials for health policy issues, including reimbursement regulations and legislation for use with CMS, Congress and other audiences.
  • Draft advocacy materials that convey messages for a variety of audiences, particularly for grassroots efforts and Members of Congress and Congressional staff.
  • Collaborate with government affairs, managed markets, commercial, medical affairs, legal, communications and other internal customers to provide insight and receive direction on health policy developments.
  • Work with Senior Director of Government Affairs and Public Policy to develop and maintain relationships with key regulatory agencies (FDA, CMS, AHRQ, GAO, OIG, MedPAC, MACPAC) as well as with the policy/regulatory staff to other trade associations, allies, and member companies.
  • Accompany lobbying staff to meetings on the Hill and elsewhere, as required.
  • Fulfilling other duties/projects as assigned.
  • Exemplifying Vertex’s core values in fulfilling these job duties.

Education & Experience Requirements (minimum):

  • Bachelor’s degree in public policy, government, science required; graduate degree preferred.
  • Experience in a pharmaceutical company, federal or state government, or at a major trade association with direct health policy experience required.
  • Good writing skills with the ability to provide quick, simple analysis.

Position Requirements:

  • Understanding of the policy issues dominating health care today
  • Proven ability to communicate effectively in both verbal and written formats
  • Experience anticipating public policy trends in the health care sector
  • Strong understanding of the current political environment and of policy-making processes at the state and federal level, including both legislative and regulatory processes
  • Experience working across multiple functions within an organization to advance team- and enterprise-level goals
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and achieve consensus across a matrix environment

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated is a global biotechnology company committed to the discovery and development of breakthrough small molecule drugs for serious diseases.  The Company’s strategy is to commercialize its products both independently and in collaboration with major pharmaceutical companies.

Company Information

Vertex is a global biotechnology company that invests in scientific innovation.

Vertex is committed to equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to a person’s race, color, sex, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, marital status, or any characteristic protected under applicable law. Vertex is an E-Verify Employer in the United States. Vertex will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law. Any applicant requiring an accommodation in connection with the hiring process and/or to perform the essential functions of the position for which the applicant has applied should make a request to the recruiter or hiring manager, or contact Talent Acquisition at

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Job posted: 2020-05-04