Director, Government Affairs

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May 11 2021
Other, Science Policy
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Director, Government Affairs
Portugal - Lisbon

Gilead Sciences, Inc. is a research-based bio-pharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes innovative medicines in areas of unmet medical need. With each new discovery and investigational drug candidate, we seek to improve the care of patients living with life-threatening diseases around the world. Gileads therapeutic areas of focus include HIV/AIDS, liver diseases, cancer and inflammation, and serious respiratory and cardiovascular conditions.

Making an impact on a global scale
Inclusion is one of the companys five core values. Thats because we know that we are stronger and more innovative at Gilead when we are informed by a diverse set of backgrounds, experiences and points of view. Gilead Sciences is a biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes innovative therapeutics in areas of unmet medical need. The company's mission is to advance the care of patients suffering from life-threatening diseases worldwide.

When you join Gilead, you join our mission to change the world by enabling people to live healthier and more fulfilling lives. Come join a mission-driven bio-pharmaceutical organization that values inclusion and diversity, has a strong portfolio of products, and is constantly #CreatingPossible

Gilead is a research-based biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercialises innovative medicines in areas of unmet medical need. The company strives to transform and simplify care for people with life-threatening illnesses around the world. Founded in 1987, Gilead has approximately 11,000 employees and operations in more than 35 countries worldwide.

Gilead is known for its innovative medicines, start-up culture, lean teams and the deep expertise of its people. Gilead teams work in an agile and nimble way and in a fast-paced, high-speed, high accountability environment. Gilead has a heritage of being grounded in science and is currently growing and developing its Government Affairs functions in the ACE region (Australia, Canada and Europe).

Gilead's portfolio of products and pipeline of investigational drugs includes treatments for HIV/AIDS, liver diseases, cancer and inflammatory diseases. The portfolio includes a number of category firsts, including complete treatment regimens for HIV infection available in a once-daily single pill and the first oral antiretroviral pill available to reduce the risk of acquiring HIV infection in certain high-risk adults.

Strength Through Partnership

Collaborations of all kinds - with partners in science, academia, business, government and local communities - are central to our work. Partnerships enhance our ability to develop innovative medicines and deliver them to people as efficiently as possible.

ACE Government Affairs

Our function's Vision is that Policymakers recognise Gilead as the leading innovative biopharmaceutical partner, delivering sustainable solutions for patients and healthcare systems.

Our Mission is to build long-term and trust-based partnerships with policymakers, generating evidence, advocacy and driving policy change to support:
  • Value recognition of Gilead's innovations
  • Rapid patient access to our therapies
  • Improved patient outcomes

The Role

This position leads Government Affairs activity for Portugal with responsibility for all activities involving interactions with policy makers and politicians across all therapeutic areas, including representation of the function on the Portuguese Leadership Team.

The role reports to the Senior Director, Government Affairs, ACE Region 2. Other key internal stakeholders for this role include:

- General Manager, Portugal

- Therapy Area Business Unit Directors

- Market access director, Portugal

- Senior Director, Public Affairs, Portugal and ACE Region 2

- VP, International Government Affairs

Specific Responsibilities

  • Monitor the Portuguese policy environment with the objective of providing Gilead's management with sophisticated information and insights to respond to the changing business environment.

  • Promote a positive presence for Gilead Sciences amongst key stakeholders in Portugal, focused on Government, Parliament and relevant institutional bodies, for the purpose of shaping the policy environment relevant for Gilead's business and therapeutic areas.

  • Develop and implement specific GA programmes which will ultimately enhance and support timely access to Gilead innovative medicines. Develop and sustain value-added partnerships with external institutions and stakeholders.

  • Recruit and oversee consultants who will support the delivery of our activities. Manage these relationships to ensure effective delivery of projects to time and budget.

  • Work as part of the Region 2 and ACE Government Affairs Teams; contribute to global and regional projects; ensure alignment of country activities to global strategies; collaborate and share best practice.

  • Work closely with key functions including commercial, market access, medical affairs and public affairs to ensure alignment of GA strategies to business needs.

  • Contribute positively to the Portuguese Leadership Team as both a functional expert and a business leader.

    Knowledge, Experience and Skills

  • Strong track record of implementing projects with defined outcomes in a government affairs, market access, public affairs or policy role.

  • In-depth knowledge of the Portuguese healthcare system and key policies relevant for pharmaceutical market access for highly innovative medicines.

  • Experience and high proficiency in interacting with external stakeholder groups to build partnerships and advance policy goals

  • Excellent strategic thinker with ability to formulate, develop and execute on agreed strategies.

  • Strong executive presence with ability to communicate with senior officials externally and senior executives internally.

  • Sound business judgment and analytical skills, and strong team player.

  • Skilled at managing cross-functional teams or working groups

  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communications skills

  • Ability to communicate in Portuguese and English is essential.

  • Ability to travel about 15% of the time.

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