Senior Government Affairs & Patient Advocacy Manager (48267)

21 May, 2020


Senior Government Affairs & Patient Advocacy Manager (48267)

Minneapolis, MN
Coloplast has an exciting opportunity for a Senior Government Affairs and Patient Advocacy Manager to join our North American team.


You will lead the U.S. Chronic Care organization to support government policies and payer environments that enable sustainable business growth and will deploy advocacy and lobbying initiatives towards stakeholders involved in federal, state and key payer policies that optimize end users’ access to Coloplast offerings. You will also build relationships within federal and state government, and support Coloplast at key industry association and stakeholder coalition meetings. As part of the Market Access team, you will report to the Vice President of U.S. Market Access, and have a dotted reporting line to the Head of Global Government Affairs & Patient Advocacy at Coloplast headquarters in Denmark.


This position can be based in Minneapolis, MN or Washington, DC

Major Areas of Accountability
Strategic planning and execution

  • Identify and monitor key issues, opportunities and threats among federal, state and key payer policies, with focus on coverage and payment for DMEPOS products
  • Develop measurable action plans that support the company’s agenda and interests
  • Provide expertise during business planning process on government policies and ­related trends
  • Create a tools box for the engagements related to government, public affairs and patient advocacy and effectively deploy it commercial setting


Stakeholder engagement

  • Cultivate and leverage an expansive network of relationships within government agencies and stakeholder organizations (e.g., elected/appointed officials, policymakers, professional societies, patient organizations, policy/regulatory consultants, lobbyists, relevant industry associations)
  • Represent Coloplast’s views in healthcare and Coloplast interests and agendas in federal and state government, external groups and forums and at issue and stakeholder events
  • Organize, track and administer employee interaction with federal and state elected and appointed officials


Campaign development

  • Draw up public affairs agendas and action plans; carry out analyses of stakeholders and the media landscape
  • Develop US and implement global campaign initiatives based on the Coloplast growth agendas
  • Mobilize relevant interest groups (e.g., patient organizations, professional societies, industry associations, coalition groups) that positively influence government and payer organizations
  • Partner with internal Coloplast teams and/or external media agencies and develop compelling campaigns
  • Keep track of campaign outcomes and provide recommendations on next steps


Cross-functional collaboration

  • Advise senior management on public policy issues and support management with corresponding plan of actions and related public facing narratives
  • Serve on the Global Government Affairs team to partner and coordinate execution of global initiatives
  • Drive internal alignment process to ensure that the government affairs function is tightly connected to Coloplast Chronic Care business objectives


Basic Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in communications, business, language and culture or political science accredited institution in related field.
  • A minimum of 10 years of successful government, government affairs, policy or public affairs roles
  • Knowledge of policymaking and Medicare rule making processes; ability to discern and analyze political and economic trends that drive policies relevant to reimbursement and digital health
  • Knowledge of healthcare process, finance and medical device / health industry policy issues
  • Competencies in communications (storytelling, writing, strategic communications, sound knowledge of new media) and politics (stakeholders, political analysis, understanding policy making and dynamics)
  • Ability to form strategic relationships with key personnel in government / stakeholder groups
  • Experience in media handling and media agenda setting
  • Self-motivated and capable of managing multiple projects with a drive for results
  • Excellent written, verbal, presentation and spokesperson skills with the ability to express complex information and processes in a clear, concise and compelling manner
  • Complex stakeholder and project management skills
  • Travel as needed to support key initiatives
Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous experience in government affairs, patient advocacy, public affairs, regulatory affairs, etc. in the medical device industry
  • Experience in communicating the impact IPPS, OPPS, DMEPOS Medicare rules and other regulations
  • Experience in driving policies relevant to innovation in medical technology, digital health and remote healthcare delivery, commoditization of DMEPOS products, Competitive Bidding, policies related to value-based care, price transparency and managed care expansion reforms

The job information contained herein will apply to the candidate successful in being hired for the position. If interested, please apply today!

Pursuing an ambitious growth agenda, Coloplast develops and markets products and services that make life easier for people with very private and personal medical conditions. Employing more than 10,000 people and with products available in more than 100 countries, we are one of the world´s leading medical device companies. We are constantly growing our business and always looking for new ways to move forward – we explore, learn and look for new ways of doing things. Curiosity works here.

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Job posted: 2020-05-21