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Government Relations and Policy Lead - Pharmaceutical Industry

Our client is one of the world's largest pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, specializing in the development and manufacture of pharmaceuticals and diagnostics. More than 100,000 people across 100 countries are pushing back the frontiers of their industry. Working together, they've become a leading research-focused group. Their success is built on innovation, curiosity, and diversity.

The company is based in Citywest in Dublin 24, and deals with the commercial aspects of their Irish business, including sales and marketing, finance, regulatory, and medical affairs for the Pharmaceutical Division. They are now looking for a Government Relations and Policy Lead to build and strengthen relationships with government and public entities, through engagement with policymakers, analysing legislative developments (local and EU/global) and advocating to shape public policy to help the client deliver more patient benefit at less cost to society.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Engage with external stakeholders including government, political parties, industry associations, and journalists.

  • Collaborate with policy makers and stakeholders to drive improved healthcare outcomes.

  • Lead and coordinate participation in political and legislative policy initiatives, both locally and within the global policy network.

  • Provide expertise in connecting medical value, health, economic, and public policies to guide engagement with key stakeholders.

  • Identify opportunities to shape policy through various activities and advocacy efforts.

  • Monitor and analyse healthcare legislation, keeping internal stakeholders informed and adaptable.

  • Collaborate with regional and global counterparts on public policy projects.

  • Lead the development of internal and external responses to policies, position statements, and papers.

  • Work collaboratively within diverse teams.


  • Skilled Government Relations practitioner with a minimum of a bachelor's degree (master's degree preferred).

  • 5 years' experience in Public Policy.

  • Knowledge of Irish Healthcare and General Health policy.

  • Experience working with policy makers or government advisors is advantageous.

  • Strong networking and influencing skills for effective stakeholder engagement.

  • Ability to navigate regulatory and legislative environments successfully.

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