Head of Public Affairs Job

Date: Jun 11, 2019

Location: Sydney, NS, AU

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Requisition ID: POL000422

Our vision at MSD is to be leaders in making life better for our patients, for our customers and for each other. MSD’s breakthrough science & constructive leadership culture set us apart from others in the industry:

MSD has pioneered many of the most exciting pharmaceutical breakthroughs of recent years including cancer immunotherapy, direct acting antivirals in hepatitis C and novel oral diabetes treatment. Our pipeline includes a diverse range of new molecules across hospital acute care, oncology, infectious diseases and vaccines.

MSD's Market Access, Pricing and Public Affairs Department is responsible for gaining and maintaining timely access for our medicines, building the company’s reputation & advocacy and building and maintaining relationships with key external stakeholders and payors. We have an energetic team with deep experience in our respective functions, strong relationships and a fun, open work culture.

MSD has one of the fastest growing Oncology portfolios, with over 1000 clinical trials in monotherapy and combinations with partners. This is a key pillar of our future success. We are focused on ensuring there are fit for purpose reimbursement frameworks to secure access to these innovations for patients.

The team delivers industry leading performance in building trust and respect with our top customers and maintaining a high and positive profile in the media, with stakeholders and employees.

The team work closely with MSD's commercial, medical, regulatory and research functions in developing and executing strategies to complete this work.

The Head of Public Affairs leads the team in designing and delivering advocacy campaigns that achieve MSD's business objectives. They will be responsible  for developing and advancing MSD's position on key policy issues, in association with external stakeholders, industry partners and Medicines Australia. The ability to translate scientific information into compelling narratives in the external environment will be a critical skill for this team leader.

The consumer and patient are central to the health care environment. This role will be responsible for building MSD’s external reputation through the engagement of traditional and social media, and providing compelling content that positions MSD as an industry leader in health care.
The public affairs leader is also responsible for enhancing MSD’s staff engagement and employee value proposition through implementing an aligned and compelling internal communications program

Leading a team of public affairs professionals they will need to understand team members’ learning needs and ensure plans are in place to aid their development, while coaching to develop industry-leading technical and leadership capabilities. 

  • Undergraduate qualifications in public affairs related discipline, life sciences or business
  • Post graduate degree would be an advantage
  • More than 5 years’ experience in senior roles in the pharmaceutical industry
  • 2 to 5 years’ experience as a leader in public affairs and/or senior marketing
  • Direct experience as a team leader, or indirect experience through cross functional teams
  • Basic understanding of the HTA reimbursement and PBS funding environment is essential
  • Oncology experience is desirable
Critical competencies
  • strategy development and implementation
  • rapid decision making
  • negotiation skills and commercial acumen
  • high-impact, constructive team leadership
  • project management, attention to detail and time management
  • technical capabilities in policy development, strategic communications and advocacy
  • demonstrated ability to understand oncology clinical data in detail

Job: Policy/Government Relations
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Employee Status: Regular
Number of Openings: 1
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Company Trade Name: MSD

Job Segment: Public Policy, Oncology, Medical, Law, Pharmaceutical, Government, Healthcare, Legal, Science

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