International Policy Manager

  • Location: London/Hybrid
  • Salary: £50,000 - 55,000
  • Ref: BH-2405-9466
  • 2024-05-24T00:00:00+00:00
  • Ellwood Atfield

Exciting opportunity to lead on international policy development at life sciences trade body

Ellwood Atfield are partnered with the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) to appoint an International Policy Manager.

The ABPI exists to make the UK the best place in the world to research, develop and access medicines and vaccines to improve patient care. We represent companies of all sizes which invest in making and discovering medicines and vaccines to enhance and save the lives of millions of people around the world.

In England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, we work in partnership with governments and the NHS so that patients can get new treatments faster and the NHS can plan how much it spends on medicines. Every day, our members partner with healthcare professionals, academics and patient organisations to find new solutions to unmet health needs.

Role summary

The International Policy Manager will support in the development and implementation of a broad policy portfolio that sees the UK provide international leadership and drive global policy. This includes shaping and delivering pro-innovation priorities which support the industry business model and reduces trade barriers, to boost the growth and competitiveness of the UK life science industry in bilateral, plurilateral and multilateral agreements, and at the World Trade Organization, World Health Organization, and World Intellectual Property Organization, as well as through relevant domestic government policy.

The nature of this role will require the successful candidate to work with policy experts from the ABPI’s domestic policy teams, member companies, and international sister associations on a range of topics including trade, intellectual property, global supply resilience, and sustainability.

This role will also have a specific focus on building and leading the ABPI’s domestic and international intellectual property (IP) policy agenda.

Reporting to the Head of International & Sustainability Policy, this position will work closely with the Corporate Affairs team to deliver effective external engagement with relevant stakeholders and meet the ABPI’s strategic international objectives.

Primary objectives/ responsibilities

  1. Shaping and delivering industry priorities so that the UK provides international leadership and drives global policy
    • Lead cross-functional input on a broad range of policy issues (e.g., intellectual property, trade, global supply resilience, sustainability), working with relevant teams across the ABPI, sister associations internationally and in partner countries and with UK affiliate and above country members.  
    • Proactively monitor, influence and shape relevant policy issues at international level that could influence the UK pharmaceutical market.
    • Provide secretariat for the ABPI International and Intellectual Property Board Sponsored Group and ensure workstream and sub-team activities are well coordinated, prioritised, and delivered on time. 
    • Create key ABPI policy and position papers, submissions, and correspondence in area(s) of responsibility. 
    • Help establish a close working relationship via the network of company experts to establish positions on the range of technical topics.
    • Attend and present at internal/external meetings. 
  2. Build leadership in, and deliver, the ABPI’s domestic and international intellectual property function policy
    • In collaboration with company experts, take forward work on intellectual property at a domestic and international level.
    • Identify and build relationship with key industry and non-industry stakeholders who will influence the UK’s positioning on issues related to life sciences IP policy.
    • Represent the ABPI at relevant external meetings both in the UK and at international industry meetings.
    • Experience in life sciences IP policy is desirable, but a willingness to take leadership in this area is a must.
  3. Support internal coordination of the ABPI’s international activities and provide support to the ABPI leadership team with international policy engagement.
    • Develop excellent relationships across all ABPI departments, working collaboratively across functions, with a comprehensive understanding of how the trade agenda contributes to overall ABPI objectives.
    • Working with colleagues in ABPI’s communication and government affairs functions, proactively influence and shape the UK’s international policy agenda.
    • Collaborate with international sister associations to increase the voice of the UK in international debates and translate global industry priorities for a UK audience.
    • Support the development and planning input for discussions on international policy with the ABPI Chief Executive, Board, and senior leaders, taking feedback to and from relevant policy working groups.

Person specification, experience and skill set

The ideal candidates will have the following experience and demonstrate skills:

Qualifications and experience

  • Educated to undergraduate degree level, or equivalent, with proven experience gained within the pharmaceutical sector, in the UK or abroad.
  • An understanding of ABPI Code of Practice and the role of the ABPI.

Experience and skill set 

  • Thorough understanding of the pharmaceutical industry and broad understanding of the international landscape for the UK, such as relations with the EU and US.
  • Experience gained in an environment-shaping role in the life sciences/pharmaceutical industry, NHS, or a similar stakeholder organisation – in the UK or abroad.
  • Ability to bring together and influence multiple stakeholders to achieve results through cross-functional collaboration and project management.
  • Outstanding written, oral communication, and influencing skills.
  • Facilitation skills, able to communicate clearly in presentations and in writing to a range of audiences at different levels, including government and external stakeholders.
  • Successful experience of working on a range of simultaneous responsibilities, meet deadlines and prioritise in a multi-functional environment.

Other relevant requirements

  • Due to the international travel aspect of your role, there is a critical business requirement that you always hold a valid passport to ensure there are no travel restrictions. The law dictates it must have at least 3 months left before expiry to be able to travel within Europe (6 months validity for further international travel).

Performance criteria

Performance will be measured against annually set objectives established in line with ABPI objectives. Performance criteria align to our values: Communication, Collaboration, Innovation, Integrity, and Ownership.

To apply

For a full job description and salary and benefits information or to apply for this opportunity please send your CV with a covering letter to Barry Hartness

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