Vice President, Government Affairs & Policy

21 Nov, 2020


Vice President, Government Affairs & Policy

Global Blood Therapeutics
San Francisco, CA

Position Summary:

The Vice President of GBT’s Government Affairs & Policy team will lead the development and execution of public policy positions and strategies globally in support of the Company’s corporate objectives, including patient access to GBT’s portfolio of products.  Specifically, the VP will oversee all policy development and advocacy regarding issues that impact GBT as well as those impacting patients living with sickle cell disease in the US and Europe, and ultimately more broadly as GBT continues to expand its reach and to serve patients globally.  The VP will be responsible for developing, advancing and articulating GBT’s public policy positions that support the Company’s corporate objectives, both internally and externally with government stakeholders, policy thought leaders, trade associations, industry colleagues and other relevant stakeholders.  In addition, the VP will help lead GBT’s efforts to enable access to its portfolio of medicines in low resource countries, those with a high prevalence/incidence of SCD but without the financial and infrastructure resources needed to address the health care needs of SCD patients.

This position will report to the Chief Business & Strategy Officer and will work closely with her and other members of the Senior Management Team in the strategic development and execution of policy and advocacy priorities, as well as with cross functional partners, including commercial, medical affairs, regulatory, legal, communications, and community/patient engagement.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead and grow a global team to represent GBT in its interactions with government and policy stakeholders at all levels of government (federal, state, national) and in all regions in which GBT has direct presence (US, Europe)
  • Oversee the analysis of legislative and regulatory initiatives that may impact GBT as a biopharmaceutical company; and assist in development of coherent policy positions and strategies for effective engagement with stakeholders to advance GBT’s corporate objectives
  • Educate internal stakeholders on the impact of policy initiatives; facilitate cross-functional coordination and discussion to identify public policy priorities and positions
  • Lead the development and execution of strategies in support of GBT’s full portfolio of issues and objectives and keep senior leadership fully informed and engaged where appropriate
  • Lead the strategic effort regarding LRCs to ensure GBT is meeting its broader mission regarding patient access to medicines in low resource countries
  • Communicate regularly to senior management and cross-functional partners regarding policy developments, analysis/impact and strategy/execution
  • Represent GBT among relevant industry groups (e.g., BIO, CLSA, Eucope), and support CEO in his chairmanship responsibilities at BIO
  • Support GBT’s Executive Social Responsibility Council (ESRC), which advises the Company on broader issues related to health disparities and social justice
  • Oversee and manage political and policy consultants/projects in support of strategy and objectives
  • Develop and manage annual budget to meet departmental objectives
  • Travel required


  • Bachelors’ degree required; advanced degree in public health, policy or law strongly desired.
  • At least 18 years of experience in U.S. and EU government affairs, health policy and reimbursement/access.  Government experience a plus
  • At least 8 years of people management experience
  • Strong leadership, management, analytical, written, presentation and communication skills.
  • Comprehensive understanding of health policy and political trends in the US and EU, including a deep, working knowledge of US and EU coverage and reimbursement policy, public health, drug approval/regulatory processes
  • Detailed knowledge of the specialty therapeutics industry; specific orphan disease and/or hematology experience would be a plus
  • Positive, established relationships within Congress and Administration staff, State Medicaid programs, UK and French administrations, as well as US and EU key trade organizations
  • International public health experience a plus, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, India, Caribbean Islands
  • Strong understanding of enterprise-wide drivers and ability to advise/support business objectives from both a political and policy perspective
  • Personality traits that include flexible, moving with urgency, collaborative, positive, creative
  • Prior experience in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial company that has transitioned from R&D focused to a full commercial, global enterprise would be a distinct advantage, but is not a requirement

Fit with GBT culture:

  • Ability to build strong relationships with co-workers of various backgrounds and expertise
  • Ability to function at a high level in a team setting whether leading the group or acting as an individual contributor
  • Values-based leadership consistent with GBT’s Core Values
  • Excitement about the vision and mission of GBT
  • Flexibility
  • Integrity

NOTE:  This position summary is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employee may perform other related duties as negotiated to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.

Global Blood Therapeutics is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Job posted: 2020-11-21