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The State Government Affairs Director will execute the work of Amgen’s State Government Affairs (SGA) unit in the field (i.e., state capitals) and will serve as the company’s registered lobbyist in both state legislatures and executive branch agencies.

This position is a field-based opportunity with responsibility for five Northeast/Mid-Atlantic states: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and West Virginia.

Specific accountabilities include:

Lobbying – spending time in priority states meeting with key legislators and developing relationships that can be accessed to benefit the company’s objectives; partnering with industry members/allies.

Building and leveraging relationships with governors and staff, and agency heads (Medicaid, Dept. of Health, Dept. of Revenue) and other executive branch key leaders.

Educating state policymakers about Amgen’s business and patients in order to influence decisions impacting Amgen and patient access to our products.

Communicating personally with state policymakers in a professional, informed manner with respect to issues affecting Amgen.

Representing Amgen at the state level in industry trade groups (BIO, PhRMA, state biotech associations), including active participation and leadership in association task forces and work groups.

Providing concise, comprehensive written and verbal updates to Amgen senior executive management.

Expanding Amgen’s presence and participation in industry/trade association communities

Articulating Amgen’s positions to influence legislators and others with authority to make decisions that affect the company using data, science, facts, as foundation for persuasion.

Creating annual legislative and policy objectives in coordination with U.S. Government Affairs leadership to ensure alignment with overall departmental goals and with appropriate corporate functions (Policy, Commercial Operations, Tax, Legal, Compliance, etc.) and tracking progress against goals.

Managing contract lobbyists and sharing information, educating them on Amgen’s issues.

Managing Corporate and Amgen Political Action Committee resources in assigned states.

Coordinating with Federal Government Affairs’ outreach to identified Congressional District offices, state biotech associations, patient groups, etc.

Collaborating with Amgen Account Managers covering Medicaid to include proactive outreach, regular meetings and communication, product formulary coverage and offering assistance with state reviews.

Basic Qualifications:

Doctorate degree and 4 years of government affairs experience
Master’s degree and 7 years of government affairs experience
Bachelor’s degree and 9 years of government affairs experience

Preferred Qualifications:

A Juris Doctor or Master’s Degree

5+ years of work experience in pharmaceutical/biopharmaceutical/healthcare industry, with significant knowledge of payers, markets, competitive environment, and industry and health care trends.

Comprehensive knowledge of state legislative issues affecting the biotech and pharmaceutical industries, including price controls, Medicaid restrictions, state drug purchases, restrictions on marketing, and transparency measures.

Thorough understanding of the legislative and regulatory processes, including state budget developments, as well as political environments, within assigned states.

Based on years of experience with state governments on health care issues, sufficient stature, capacity, and relationships with state officials to bring strong credibility to Amgen. This may be demonstrated by lobbying experience with state legislative and executive branches within the assigned states and/or a professional work background within the state legislature or executive branch.

Proven record of accomplishments in complex legislative environment.

Superior verbal and written communications skills, including ability to facilitate trust and develop strong relationships with diverse individuals/groups. The successful candidate will demonstrate an affinity for processing complex information and summarizing it concisely in writing and/or verbally in a highly professional manner in a time-sensitive environment.

Ability to make critical business decisions independently, under severe time pressure in a highly dynamic environment. As this position is field-based, it requires a high level of autonomy with minimal day-to-day supervisory support of tactics. The successful candidate will be a highly motivated self-starter.

Ability to organize strategy independently and to handle multiple tasks simultaneously under limited daily oversight.

Innate ability to comprehend and predict critical, complex issues; rapidly formulate strategy; execute plan; and communicate regularly and concisely to appropriate Amgen management.

Amgen is committed to unlocking the potential for patients suffering from serious illnesses by discovering, developing, manufacturing and delivering innovative human therapeutics. This approach begins by using tools like advanced human genetics to unravel the complexities of disease and understand the fundamentals of human biology.

Amgen focuses on areas of high unmet medical need and leverages its expertise to strive for solutions that improve health outcomes and dramatically improve people’s lives. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen has grown to be one of the world’s leading independent biotechnology companies, has reached millions of patients around the world and is developing a pipeline of medicines with breakaway potential.

Amgen is an Equal Opportunity employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status.

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Job Posted: August 31, 2017