Stamford, CT

Job Summary

The Vice President, corporate affairs provides advice, counsel and coaching to the chief executive officer and Purdue leadership team, and directs Purdue’s activities pertaining to corporate communications, public relations, federal and state government affairs, and health policy.
As a member of the Purdue leadership team reporting directly to the chief executive officer, the vice president leads a team of 25 in managing and strengthening the company’s relationship with key external stakeholders. The vice president will lead the development and execution of a comprehensive corporate communications strategy, inclusive of reputation and social responsibility initiatives, linked to overall corporate objectives. The vice president also helps enable the company’s commercial success through the creation of compelling and compliant messages for the public, key customers, and other audiences regarding existing and new product offerings, as well as supporting products through their regulatory approval cycles.
Additionally, the vice president oversees key legislative and regulatory activities that support Purdue’s therapeutic interests and commercial success; identifies and responds to trends and challenges that may negatively impact the company or the pharmaceutical industry; builds strong proactive relationships with key legislators and relevant government agencies; and identifies and oversees the preparation of analyses and research papers to demonstrate the value of specific public policies.
This executive will serve as Purdue’s senior spokesperson and relationship manager with the media, key government and regulatory contacts and industry peers and colleagues.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Serve as an advisor, counselor and coach to Purdue’s chief executive officer and leadership team regarding matters related to the company’s reputation, governmental relationships, and regulatory environment.
  • Serve as a senior spokesperson and relationship manager with the media, governmental entities, and regulators.
  • Monitor state and federal legislation and proposed regulations for items that may impact the company and/or the pharmaceutical industry. Identify legislative and regulatory trends, analyze their implications and plan proactive responses and actions, including the support or challenge of regulations and policies believed to be favorable or detrimental to the company’s interests and objectives.
  • Develop and implement strategies and operating plans to achieve desired legislative, public relations and communications outcomes which support therapeutic area and policy initiatives and engage external resources where appropriate.
  • Build corporate readiness for responses to reputational crisis situations, create and disseminate appropriate information in a timely and effective manner during times of negative press coverage of the company or its products, during product recall, and negative DEA, FDA or other government agency actions. Manage internal, as well as external communications during periods of organizational change.

Manage the company’s support of not-for-profit activities, including healthcare education and healthcare alliances and promote corporate social responsibility. Oversee and communicate the company’s philanthropic activities and their impact to employees, as well as the general public and direct all political support activities and contributions.

  • Develop strategic plans with measurable objectives and utilize performance-related metrics and criteria to evaluate progress.
  • Oversee the budget planning and execution for the department and optimize resource allocation to achieve cost effective outcomes.
  • Direct the selection, relationship development and ongoing evaluation of all key suppliers to external affairs (e.g., public relations firms, consultants, data vendors, etc.) to ensure that the company is receiving good value/making optimal use of its offerings/services.
  • Collaborate and consult with compliance and legal to ensure that all departmental activities are consistent with applicable laws and regulations.
  • Provide the board, chief executive officer and the senior management team with data and information on critical legislative and regulatory developments, and provide regular updates on key strategic initiatives.

Education and Experience

Necessary Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • A proven strategic thinker who has the substance and gravitas to contribute meaningfully to the executive committee.
  • Proven ability to establish credibility with journalists and key government officials at the federal and state level; and proven ability to establish appropriate access with key players and decision-makers related to the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Proven crisis management skills.
  • Experience managing, leading and developing an effective, high-performing team. Candidates should have a track record of exemplary management and leadership, as well as a proven ability to understand and directly support the business objectives of a complex healthcare enterprise.
  • Relationship skills gained through experience.
  • Strong executive presence and exceptional communication skills (including written, verbal and presentation).
  • Understanding of the intersection of business and government with extensive experience navigating complex issues in areas, such as regulation, competitive policy/antitrust, consumer rights, trade policy and market access.
  • Business acumen and understanding of the global pharmaceutical and healthcare industry, as well as a sophisticated insight into the social trends, political actions and regulatory processes that have potential to affect Purdue’s business results.
  • Strategic Agility: The vice president, corporate affairs will be an extraordinary strategic thinker with a quick mind and a broad world view that enables him/her to consider all stakeholders and viewpoints and provide thoughtful, insightful contributions to the leadership of the company. In addition he/she will develop and shape Purdue’s public image, legislative and regulatory positions in a way that makes business sense for the company and the political and market environment.
  • Leadership: The vice president, corporate affairs will have the stature, professional credibility, communication skills, business savvy and knowledge to eloquently represent the company before any stakeholders. He/she will be a seasoned leaderwho has developed, motivated and inspired a team of professionals during periods of change and transformation; and coached them to perform beyond expectations. This leader will set the tone by personal example, and will guide and mentor the professional staff. He/she will also have the intellect, energy and drive to engage as a valued member of Purdue’s leadership team.

    Business Partnering: The vice president, corporate affairs will be a member of Purdue’s senior leadership team and a business partner to the CEO. He/she will have a deep understanding of the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry, including the political and regulatory environment that has the potential to impact the business. Additionally, the vice president will have a keen understanding of the contribution the corporate affairs function can make to the company’s business plan and operating objectives, and have the strategic thinking, planning and execution skills to maximize value to the enterprise.

Supervisory Responsibilities (if Applicable)

To apply: https://careers.pharma.com/job/Stamford-VP-Corporate-Affairs-and-Communications-CT-06901/388700200/


Job Posted: February 13, 2017