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Head: Public Affairs at Novartis

Novartis provides healthcare solutions that improve and extend people’s lives. We use science-based innovation to address some of society’s most challenging healthcare issues. We discover and develop breakthrough treatments and find new ways to deliver them to as many people as possible. Our company is focused on industry-leading divisions with i…
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Head: Public AffairsJob TypeFull TimeQualificationBachelorsExperienceLocationGautengCitySowetoJob FieldMedia / Advertising / Branding
Job Purpose

To support the Patient Access Head and Country President in delivering their responsibilities for government stakeholder engagement, leading and taking overall accountability for all public policy and government affairs strategies and operations that support achievement of Group, Pharma business objectives.
To anticipate and manage (in close collaboration with Country Communications Lead) public affairs related issues in order to protect and enhance Novartis business and reputation.
To contribute to the overall country organisation/Group success, coaching senior leaders on all aspects of political stakeholder engagements
To ensure alignment across Divisions and functions in the country organisation/Group
To serve as the lead spokesperson for Novartis to policy stakeholders
To develop and enhance Public Affairs capabilities, and build a best-in-class talent pipeline.
To assist the Country President and Senior Leadership on interactions/issues relating to the South African Industry Groups
Overview of the role

This is a business critical role, managing professional staff, devising and overseeing effective development and implementation of the Public Affairs Plan and Strategy across macro policy areas, as well as key disease areas, priority brands and strategic policy projects
In particular, this role is responsible for ensuring effective representation and engagement in key trade associations is achieved and maintained by Novartis
This is a highly visible role, working with senior leaders across the business and requires the ability to understand the commercial implications of public policy.
The ability to demonstrate experience of operating in a commercial environment and an appreciation of the positive impact that the business will have on patient care
The ability to navigate large, complex corporate organisations, championing the value of policy and government affairs, to work collaboratively with key functional (e.g. Communications, Patient Access and Finance) and commercial (i.e. Franchises) colleagues across the business
Work closely with the Strategic Public sector KAM to co-lead and co-own the public affairs strategy
Major Accountabilities

Devising and executing the Public Affairs strategy, plan and stakeholder mapping
Developing policy positions and government affairs programmes aimed at delivering a favourable business environment and maximising patient access to Novartis medicines
Engaging with government, bureaucracy, trade associations and other relevant stakeholders on policy issues
Managing political contributions policy, including internal and external disclosure responsibilities
Responding to government consultations on behalf of the business to articulate policy positions
Supporting and briefing senior leaders on external meetings
Overseeing Novartis engagement with trade associations (i.e. IPASA)
Leading and motivating a highly experienced team of Public Affairs professionals to deliver the above
Work closely with: Country Communications Lead, General Managers, Business Franchise Heads, Launch Excellence, Medical Directors and Market Access.
Collaborate with global and regional Public Affairs and commercial colleagues to ensure alignment with global strategy
Responsible for supervision of professional staff including full time permanent employees and contractors
Management of relationships with relevant external agencies and advisers
Negotiation and management of budget for Public Affairs
Stakeholder mapping and engagement with policy makers, influencers and political stakeholders
Oversee Public policy and government affairs strategies and operations
Compliance and Integrity

Works within the Novartis policies and ensures those around him/her do the same
Works to ensure a diverse and inclusive environment free from all forms of discrimination and harassment
Minimum Requirements

University degree in politics, science, communications and/or marketing
Track record of delivering successful development of policy and policy influencing programmes in the healthcare/pharmaceutical space
A solid grounding in South African political processes
Pharmaceutical experience preferred
Experience of leading and managing a team gained in: another South African healthcare company public affairs department and/or a South African public affairs agency, with a focus on healthcare and/or a third sector organisation with a healthcare focus (eg disease area charity, patient support organisation etc) and/or a healthcare industry association
Experience of translating ‘business’ needs into policy positions, negotiation with internal stakeholders in developing these
Experience of working collaboratively with other stakeholders to develop common policy positions, eg through industry association working groups and other third parties
Experience of developing and coordinating (responses to) Government consultation documents

Method of ApplicationInterested and qualified? Go to Novartis on to apply

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