Senior Director, Government Affairs

12 May, 2020


Senior Director, Government Affairs

Washington, DC

At Eisai, satisfying unmet medical needs and increasing the benefits healthcare provides to patients, their families, and caregivers is Eisai’s human health care (hhc) mission. We’re a growing pharmaceutical company that is breaking through in neurology and oncology, with a strong emphasis on research and development. Our history includes the development of many innovative medicines, notably the discovery of the world’s most widely-used treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. As we continue to expand, we are seeking highly-motivated individuals who want to work in a fast-paced environment and make a difference.  If this is your profile, we want to hear from you.

Job Summary

The primary responsibility of the Senior Director of Government Affairs and Policy is to develop and lead the government affairs and public policy function at Eisai.  This will include the development of federal and state government strategies aligned to the achievement of corporate, disease, and brand objectives.  Responsibilities include developing, leveraging and maintaining high-level relationships with elected officials, regulators and agency officials, patient and provider groups, and trade organizations.  This position will also engage on legislative and regulatory issues and implement lobbying strategies with external consultants.  Additional responsibilities will require this position to build and direct cross-functional strategies and communications processes with executive leadership, Eisai senior management, and other Eisai functions.  This position will coordinate government affairs and policy engagement with partner companies as well as manage communications with Eisai Company, Limited (ECL, Japan) to develop and drive global government affairs strategies.  Finally, this position will be responsible to manage the Eisai Political Action Committee (PAC).

Essential Functions

  • Development and implementation of government affairs strategy to address short- and long-term corporate, disease, and brand objectives.
  • Represent Eisai’s patient-focused public policy positions with key external decision makers (policy makers, patient and professional advocacy groups, trade organizations, lobbyists, etc.).
  • Develop and implement a coordinated public policy engagement plan with partner companies while ensuring the execution of Eisai objectives.
  • Work with BIO and PhRMA Government Affairs Committee to identify, address and drive issues.
  • Provide background and staff support to Eisai leadership at trade organizations
  • In coordination with state and federal lobbying firms, develop a lobbying strategy relative to key national and state level policies
  • Identify, analyze and report on legislation and regulatory initiatives as well as emerging issues that could have a significant impact on Eisai and the biopharmaceutical industry
  • Work with Eisai business groups to integrate government affairs strategies into the Eisai disease, pipeline, and product portfolio.
  • Fully represent the U.S. policy positions (state and federal) with ECL to drive global government affairs strategies


  • 4 year college degree, with a minimum of 15 years of biopharmaceutical experience, preferably in government affairs, legislative or public health policy (e.g., public policy affecting pharmaceuticals), or other related management positions.
  • Advanced degree preferred.
  • Strong knowledge and experience with legislative, reimbursement, and regulatory processes.
  • Exceptional ability to develop networks with individuals and associations who influence public policy and participate in industry coalitions.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of issues affecting the biopharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, Medicare & Medicaid policy, and general health care policy.
  • Strong understanding of public and private payer initiatives affecting reimbursement of biopharmaceutical and biotechnology products.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently as a self-motivator across a matrix organization.
  • Strong leadership, interpersonal, communication and networking skills.
  • Amenable to travel requirements, including off hour and weekend responsibilities.

Required Competencies:

Leverage network of elected officials, legislators, regulators, and federal agency officials to achieve Eisai corporate objectives. Full knowledge of key policy, regulatory, and reimbursement/patient access issues impacting patient care and the role of the biopharmaceutical industry to deliver innovative solutions. Development of federal government affairs strategies to address corporate, disease, and brand objectives.  Identify federal and state opportunities/issues/regulatory issues/challenges and work with Eisai leadership to address corporate objectives. Knowledge of, and engagement with, state-specific and national trade organizations.

Eisai is an equal opportunity employer and as such, is committed in policy and in practice to recruit, hire, train, and promote in all job qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, citizenship status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or veteran status.  Similarly, considering the need for reasonable accommodations, Eisai prohibits discrimination against persons because of disability, including disabled veterans.

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Job posted: 2020-05-12