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Actelion Pharmaceuticals seeks Public Affairs Manager

Actelion Pharmaceuticals 3-5y Mid Level  London, England, United Kingdom 13 Jul 2018

Job Description

Public Affairs Manager

Actelion Pharmaceuticals, a Janssen Pharmaceutical Company of Johnson & Johnson, is recruiting for a Public Affairs Manager  in London, UK.

As part of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, we are working to create a world without disease. Transforming lives by finding new and better ways to prevent, intercept, treat and cure disease inspires us. We bring together the best minds and pursue the most promising science. We collaborate with the world for the health of everyone in it.

Actelion is a leader in the field of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Our portfolio of PAH treatments covers the spectrum of disease, from WHO Functional Class (FC) II through to FC IV, with oral, inhaled and intravenous medications.

Overall focus

  • Develop and implement external affairs plans across the UK business supporting the commercial objectives of Actelion UK & Ireland (UK&I).
  • Monitor new developments in the UK&I healthcare sector, know how to influence others with shared interests (both internally and externally), and demonstrate well-developed knowledge of best communication practices and standards.
  • Understand stakeholder management, execute internal and external communication activities, provide communication counsel, and develop tools in collaboration with local, regional and global communication colleagues.
  • Key responsibilities include: the development and implementation of a public affairs programme across key Actelion brands that engage and influence internal and external stakeholders; monitoring and actively shaping the political and policy environment; protecting and enhancing the reputation of Actelion in the UK&I; and supporting the commercial objectives of Actelion to drive business growth.

Build stakeholder trust and advocacy in the UK&I

  • Develop and implement policy propositions, positions and strategy in collaboration with colleagues in the UK&I market access team facilitating a favourable business environment for Actelion.
  • Develop and implement an integrated communication plan that disseminates consistent messages to external stakeholders as well as internal employees according to Company strategy.
  • Effectively execute the UK&I public affairs strategy developed in order to achieve and maintain market access and uptake.
  • Identify and map key stakeholders in the political, policy, life sciences and knowledge institutions.
  • Identify, analyse and continually monitor relevant pharmapolitical developments that will have an impact on the Actelion company brand strategy and clearly communicate these developments to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Continually and proactively engage with key Government, NHS and other identified stakeholders on policy-related issues relevant to the Actelion brand portfolio.
  • Implement advocacy initiatives that position Actelion in the external environment as an innovative pharmaceutical thought leader and contribute to a better understanding and reputation of the pharmaceutical industry and Actelion in particular, ensuring that Actelion’s positions are positively represented to key stakeholders.
  • Identify opportunities to collaborate in public/private partnerships and drive these partnerships.
  • Bring to Actelion existing relationships and build new relationships with a network of influencers, key opinion leaders and decision makers impacting the health policy in the UK in order to obtain external insights that can be utilised strategically within the UK&I and Global Market Access decision making.
  • Represent Actelion in multistakeholder platforms (e.g. industry association groups, coalitions, working groups) supporting Actelion’s policy agenda and respond to external consultations to effectively articulate Actelion’s policy position.
  • Implement efficient horizon scanning that helps to maintain stakeholder trust by ensuring that the team proactively identifies potential issues, and develops strong issues-management plans and strategies.
  • Working in the devolved nations, particularly Scotland, to achieve Actelion public affairs and policy ambitions.
  • Aware of and adherence to J&J Credo values, policies, guidelines and SOPs.

Collaboration and specialist advisor

  • Serve as a trusted advisor and counsel to senior business leaders (including the UK General Manager) and other key stakeholders by listening, understanding, and providing credible expertise, relevant insight, and transparent feedback to ensure that they are equipped to articulate the current policy environment and needs when engaging with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Closely collaborate with other business functions, budget planning, monitoring and control in strategic planning processes, particularly in relation to policymakers, payers and patients.
  • Operate as a trusted advisor to the Market Access functional lead and cross-functional colleagues regarding all aspects of external communications. Develop and implement communication tools to develop a consistent approach to evaluate, advise and brief internal leaders on developments in the external political environment.
  • Drive business outcomes by bringing a measurement approach to Public Affairs practices, and provide insights that drive confidence, integration and alignment within the UK&I Actelion country team as well as the global network.

 Other Requirements

  • The role is based in London; however some travelling is required within the UK and occasionally within Europe and worldwide.


  • Undergraduate degree in a related subject.
  • Demonstrable track record of successful experience in pharmaceutical policy development and influence either in-house or from within an agency/consultancy. For example the UK affiliate of a pharmaceutical company, a UK public affairs agency/consultancy, a 3rd sector organisation or experience obtained directly from the government.
  • Deep understanding of the NHS political and policy context in England with a working knowledge of the political systems in Scotland, Wales & Ireland.
  • Experience in translating policy propositions to meet corporate needs and comfort with the negotiation of these propositions both internally and externally with demonstrable influencing and networking skills.
  • Experience in efficiently briefing senior colleagues on complex issues.


  • Experience working collaboratively in a matrix and/or global organisation.
  • Experience in managing external agencies and budgets.

Technical skills and behaviours

  • Fluency in English.
  • Computer/database literate including core MS Office applications.
  • An understanding of the NHS England Specialised Commissioning     process
  • A strategic thinker with the ability to effectively work in a commercial corporate environment with a focus on achieving the company goals and objectives whilst developing a robust and relevant public affairs strategy.
  • Strong results-driven professional with demonstrable project management skills and a focus on delivery to tight timelines.
  • Identify and apply key outcomes and metrics to communication practices, and provide insights that improve quality, performance and key capabilities; benchmark activity with appropriate external targets.
  • Strong attention to detail, demonstrable writing skills and excellent communication skills with the ability to translate complex information into a variety of styles to suit different stakeholders.
  • The ability to influence others without line authority through excellent networking, listening, presentation and negotiation skills.
  • The willingness and ability to work in a self-directed and autonomous manner but as part of a team with a “make it happen” and “roll up the sleeves” mentality, drive and motivation, persistence to achieve goals, and a real team player.
  • Seasoned and tested communication skills to manage challenging situations assertively but with diplomacy when engaging with internal colleagues from all levels of the organisation as well as external stakeholders and contacts.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; position continually requires demonstrated poise, tact and diplomacy.
  • A ‘can do’ attitude with the ability to identify problems and own the solution.
  • The resilience and motivation to work in a fast-paced challenging environment with the ability to respond to changing demands and manage a number of complex tasks simultaneously.
  • Open to change with a flexible attitude to be able to handle a complex, multiple stakeholder environment, both internally and externally.
  • An understanding of the importance of handling commercially sensitive and confidential information and adherence to the Actelion code of conduct and best practices at all times with a working knowledge of the ABPI Code of Conduct.
  • An understanding of basic health economics principles and knowledge of reimbursement processes in the UK&I


If you are interested in making an impact by working in a culture of innovation, trust and teamwork, we welcome your application.


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