(Associate) Director Government Affairs

Foster City, CA
Jun 26, 2022
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

(Associate) Director Government Affairs (m/f/d) The Netherlands

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Job Description
(Associate) Director Government Affairs (m/f/d) The Netherlands

Job Description

Gilead is a research-based biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes innovative medicines in areas of high unmet medical need. The company strives to transform and simplify care for people with life-threatening illnesses around the world. Founded in 1987, Gilead has approximately 11,000 employees and operations in more than 35 countries worldwide.

Gilead is known for its innovative medicines, start-up culture, lean teams and deep expertise of its people. Gilead has a heritage of being grounded in science.

The Government Affairs team at Gilead Netherlands aims at fostering an innovation friendly environment to enable patients to have access to our innovative portfolio. The global Gilead Government Affairs and Policy aims to act as a critical link, connecting governments with Gilead science and connecting Gilead with policymakers' needs and expectations. We strive to be a thought-leading function, valued for our analysis and insight and capability to inform policy change that enhances patients' access to Gilead's innovation. Our vision of success is to foster an environment where governments value, reward and support access to Gilead's innovation.

About Gilead in Netherlands

The Netherland is a high performing affiliate which is part of ACE MM countries ( like Belgium, Austria, Nordics and many others); The Gilead Government Affairs team is and will be involved in high profiles projects in order to achieve our long term strategy to become a partner of choice

The role

As the Director or Associate Director of Government Affairs for The Netherlands (we are open to a broad range of experience) you will be expected to perform the following tasks:


As a member of the Australia, Canada and Europe's (ACE) Midsize Market Government Affairs Team, you will provide thought leadership to the Dutch team and GM in terms of the evolving policy environment and potential impact on Gilead and contribute actively to the development and success of the organisation and the business
Manage Government Affairs' stakeholders (including government, parliament and regional stakeholders) and ensure they fully understand of Gilead's priorities
Shape relevant policy debates in areas of interest for Gilead
Core Tasks and Responsibilities

Develop, manage, and coordinate strategies, initiatives, operations, and activities related to national and regional health and pharmaceutical policy and legislation to support the objectives of the Dutch affiliate .
Partner with external stakeholders and create a positive reputation for Gilead Sciences among national and regional parliamentarians and members of the government, advisors and the political environment, for the purpose of facilitating and enhancing Gilead's mission
Work collaboratively and align with other members of government affairs department as well as other Gilead departments in The Netherlands and internationally. Ensure that government affairs initiatives and policy objectives are fully aligned with Gilead's business priorities , and help Gilead identify opportunities to work with policymakers to advance its mission
Develop and steer Gilead's local governmental affairs policy, strategy and agenda
Monitor the legislative/regulatory environment with the objective of providing Gilead's management with sophisticated information and options on dealing with developments so that the Gilead interests are achieved

Strong executive presence with ability to command respect through experience internally and externally
Excellent understanding of the political and business environment and implement an active contact programme with political stakeholders
Typically requires a BSc or BA degree and with significant prior experience in government, government affairs, public affairs or policy role. A MA or MSc degree or MBA and relevant experience is preferred
Track record of being a trusted team player with the local leadership team
Cross-functional collaboration and accountability are key to success in this position
Fluent in Dutch and English
In-depth knowledge of the Dutch healthcare system and key policies (HIV, hepatitis C and D, oncology and COVID-19-therapies) relevant for pharmaceutical market access for highly innovative medicines is essential
Exceptional level of influencing and managing relationships within and outside of Gilead to develop, implement and coordinate the Government Affairs strategy for the Dutch affiliate
Proven ability in delivering successful/favourable policy and advocacy results, requires a strong track record of experience in implementing projects with defined outcomes in government, a government affairs, public affairs or policy role
Extensive experience in the biotechnology or pharmaceutical industries preferred
Strong entrepreneurial skills and sound business judgment and analytical skills
Solid and trusted advisor, both internally and externally
Experience of budget and cost centre management

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)
It is the policy of Gilead Sciences, Inc. and its subsidiaries and affiliates (collectively "Gilead" or the "Company") to recruit select and employ the most qualified persons available for positions throughout the Company. Except if otherwise provided by applicable law, all employment actions relating to issues such as compensation, benefits, transfers, layoffs, returns from layoffs, company-sponsored training, education assistance, social and recreational programs are administered on a non-discriminatory basis (i.e. without regard to protected characteristics or prohibited grounds, which may include an individual's gender, race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, creed, physical or mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, medical condition, veteran status, and age, unless such protection is prohibited by federal, state, municipal, provincial, local or other applicable laws). Gilead also prohibits discrimination based on any other characteristics protected by applicable laws.

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