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VP, Government Affairs

Depomed, Inc.

Newark, CA
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Position Type:
Full time
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Required Education:
Bachelors Degree
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Job Description

City Newark
State California [CA]
Title VP, Government Affairs
Job ID 875XX
Date Added 2/2/2017
Department Legal


The Vice President, Government Affairs will have primary responsibility for developing and executing comprehensive government affairs strategies before federal, state and local governments (including related governmental branches and agencies). The Vice President will represent Depomed in connection with the formulation of policies and advocacy strategies that reflect Depomed’s interests in legislative and related public policy issues facing Depomed. This position requires a dynamic, self-motivated individual with exceptional interpersonal skills and significant subject matter experience and expertise, as well as proven communication, management and leadership skills.

•Lead and oversee the identification and prioritization of issues and development of proactive plans and objectives, policies and strategies on issues of importance to Depomed before federal, state and local governments. In this regard, particular emphasis will be placed on issues affecting Depomed’s commercialization of Schedule II opiate medicines with unique pharmacology.
•Represent the company's position on legislative, policy and regulatory affairs to elected officials and their staffs, and to government officials and staffs in regulatory and other agencies, and crafting and translating Depomed’s profile in the public healthcare policy arena.
•Build solid relationships with important governmental authorities, regulatory agency heads and key policymakers, and enhance Depomed’s reputation and image among authorities.
•Anticipate changes in the legislative, policy, regulatory and political landscape and advise senior leadership to inform business strategy and planning. Evaluate pending legislation, regulation, and policy for risk and opportunity and business impact on Depomed. Monitor and analyze associated impacts on the company, and recommend strategies and tactics to support short and long term business planning.
•Play a company leadership role in relationships with trade and business associations and issue coalitions.
•Regularly update and advise senior management on political issues and trends affecting Depomed.
•Collaborate closely with Investor Relations and Human Resources to ensure alignment with external and internal employee communications.
•Actively collaborate with other company departments with regard to new product launches in order to timely identify and address government-related risks and opportunities, and ensure as favorable an environment as possible.


•Bachelor’s degree in field such as health care administration, political science, public administration, public policy, or related field required. Advance degree preferred.
•15+ years of progressive leadership experience.
•Must be a self-starting, self-motivated, conscientious, competent individual with relevant, recent experience and expertise capable of designing and building Depomed’s government affairs function.
•Must have working knowledge of the Opioid market space.
•Must possess significant experience and knowledge of government relations and a demonstrated understanding of how governmental entities make decisions and the types of input that can help shape those decisions.
•Must possess a proven track record of strategy development, execution and achievement of results in creating a favorable environment through positively impacting public policy, legislation and regulations.
•Relevant experience in healthcare with a particular focus on pharmaceuticals and understanding of the US reimbursement system.
•Strong analytical, critical thinking and interpersonal skills, the ability to speak and write persuasively and with clarity, strong organizational skills, flexibility and adaptability to changing requirements, resourcefulness and creativity, and an ability to work collaboratively in a fluid organizational environment.
•Must be an individual who works well in a team environment and enjoys working in a collegial, yet highly demanding culture. Must be able to work collaboratively with business leaders and other internal stakeholders.

•Decisions & Judgment
•Ownership & Initiative
•Adaptability & Change Readiness
•Teamwork & Collaboration

Physical & Mental Requirements
•Ability to travel via airplane
•Sitting 80%; walking / standing 20%
•Physically transporting items weighing less than 15 pounds from one location to another
•Able to see and read PC screens; detect color coding, read fine print, and/or normal type size print
•Ability to understand opposing points of view on highly complex issues and to negotiate and integrate different viewpoints
•Ability to make decisions which have significant impact on the organization’s credibility, operations, and services
•Ability to compose materials such as detailed reports, work-related manuals, publications of significant scope and impact and to make presentations to senior management, the Board of Directors and to outside groups and organizations.
•Ability to compute, analyze, and interpret numerical data for reporting purposes
•Ability to understand, remember and apply oral and written instructions
•Ability to organize and prioritize own work schedule
•Ability to apply common sense in performing job
•Ability to understand and follow instructions

About Us

Depomed, Inc. is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing products to treat pain and other central nervous system conditions. Founded in 1995, Depomed has successfully executed on strategy of acquiring, integrating and growing differentiated therapeutic products and building each into a strong market presence. The result is a broad portfolio of pain and neurology specialty pharmaceuticals currently comprised of five FDA-approved products. These include Gralise® for the management of Postherpetic Neuralgia (PHN), Cambia® for the acute treatment of migraine attacks, Zipsor® for the relief of mild to moderate acute pain, Lazanda® for the management of breakthrough pain in cancer patients and our most recent addition, the company’s flagship asset, the NUCYNTA® franchise.

Acquired in April 2015 and re-launched in June 2015, the NUCYNTA franchise includes NUCYNTA® ER for the extended management of pain, including neuropathic pain associated with diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) and NUCYNTA® for immediate management of moderate to severe acute pain in adults.

Depomed also has successfully developed and licensed its unique drug-delivery technology, Acuform®. This patented oral-delivery technology allows for the targeted, extended release of pharmaceutical compounds into the upper gastrointestinal tract. The company’s Acuform technology is currently being used in four marketed drugs, including Gralise.

Depomed’s successful execution on strategy and has resulted in solid product revenue growth over the past three years. Located in Newark, California in the East Bay of San Francisco, Depomed is listed on the NASDAQ market under the ticker DEPO and employs approximately 500 people, of which approximately 350 are part of the Commercial organization.

Depomed is an AA/EEO/Veterans/Disabled employer.
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