Government Affairs Manager England Wales

    • London, United Kingdom

Job Description
799 million. That's how many lives our products touched in 2019. The Government Affairs Manager for England and Wales role sits within the General Medicines Government Affairs team in the Corporate Public Affairs department in Novartis. The team works across England and the devolved nations cross-functionally with our business franchises and external partners to shape the external policy environment in order to support optimal patient access to our innovative medicines.

Your responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

• Develop, maintain and share an excellent understanding of the national and local NHS environment in England and Wales
• Identify and interpret challenges and opportunities for designated priority brands within government and NHS policy, judging when and whether government affairs activity would add value to the brands
• Develop policy positions aimed at delivering more favourable business environment for Novartis Pharmaceuticals
• Develop and executing a plan of public affairs activity in alignment with relevant functional teams (wider Government Affairs, Communications, Market Access and Business Franchises)
• Lead all engagement with Government, NHS and other relevant political influencers (e.g. patient a groups, political think tanks etc) on selected policy issues
• Respond to consultations on behalf of the business to articulate policy positions
• Represent Novartis on selected industry association groups
• Develop trust-based relationships with targeted high level stakeholders relevant to the Novartis business such as government officials, regulators (e.g. national guideline bodies, HTA agencies) senior NHS managers and patient groups

Minimum requirements

• University degree or equivalent
• Experience in healthcare policy and public affairs, gained within a patient group, agency, industry, Government or NHS role
• Well-developed understanding of healthcare policy and regulatory environment, particularly NHS policy and structures and NICE in England and Wales
• Proven ability to develop trust-based relationships with parliamentarians, government officials, national level NHS stakeholders, think tanks and other third parties
• Strong networker able to manage a large number of external relationships
• Ability to work cross-functionally, navigate large complex organisations and manage a high number of internal customers
• Proven ability to understand and clearly communicate complex and technical topics simply and succinctly
• Outstanding oral and written communication skills
• Excellent negotiation and influencing skills.


We believe the answers are found when curious, courageous and collaborative people like you are brought together in an inspiring environment. Where you're given opportunities to explore the power of digital and data. Where you're empowered to risk failure by taking smart risks, and where you're surrounded by people who share your determination to tackle the world's toughest medical challenges.



Novartis embraces diversity, equal opportunity and inclusion. We are committed to building diverse teams, representative of the patients and communities we serve, and we strive to create an inclusive workplace that cultivates bold innovation through collaboration, and empowers our people to unleash their full potential.

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