External Affairs Manager
**New Zealand, Wellington Region, Wellington**
Requisition # 1906742
AbbVie (NYSE:ABBV) is a global, research-based biopharmaceutical company formed in 2013 following separation from Abbott. The company’s mission is to use its expertise, dedicated people and unique approach to innovation to develop and market advanced therapies that address some of the world’s most complex and serious diseases. AbbVie employs approximately 25,000 people worldwide and markets medicines in more than 170 countries.
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Summary of Job Description:
To support the AbbVie NZ External Affairs objectives in building AbbVie’s political reputation, build and further develop relationships with political stakeholders to deliver a favourable policy and political environment to advance AbbVie’s ability to bring innovative therapies to patients.
+ Maintain a deep understanding of current and anticipated future political and policy trends and ensure translation into AbbVie strategy, through the mapping and monitoring of the external political environment.
+ Develop and maintain relationships with key influencers within Government, public services, industry associations, professional bodies and other relevant bodies.
+ Identify opportunities within the political environment to drive dissemination and incorporation of AbbVie and Medicines NZ policy positions.
+ Drive delivery of specific TA specific external affairs activities
+ Participate in relevant Medicines NZ and multi-company task force initiatives where relevant. **Internal:**
+ Provide internal support and advice on political stakeholder engagement, and development of policy positions.
+ Act as brand team member for key products, leading development and implementation of brand specific advocacy strategies when required.
+ **Post** Graduate qualification in Health Policy/Government Relations or equivalent.
+ Knowledge of New Zealand political environment
+ Understanding of PHARMAC
+ Pharmaceutical industry experience
+ Understanding of Medicines New Zealand Code of Practice
**Essential Skills & Abilities:**
+ Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
+ Strong teamwork/collaboration skills
+ Diplomacy and discretion
+ Superior writing and presentation skills to craft and deliver clear, effective messages.
+ Ability to identify and develop strategic policy positions **Desirable:**
+ Existing relationships with Ministry of Health and politicians
+ Previous Government role
+ Previous experience within a health-related patient group or corporate environment
+ Policy development (Government/Allied Health Organisations) **Quality, Safety & Environmental Responsibilities:**
+ Attend regular departmental meetings with manager/supervisor to build in continuous feedback mechanisms.
+ Meet the requirements of ISO and Class A by complying with all relevant Quality policies and procedures to ensure the Quality objectives of the business are met.
+ Comply with all relevant company Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental policies, procedures and work practices with the intent of preventing or minimising accidental exposures to self, colleagues and/or the environment.Leadership Attributes:All for One AbbVieClear and CourageousDecide Smart and SureAgile and AccountableMake Possibilities Real
+ **Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time**
+ **Job Type: Experienced**
+ **Schedule: Part-time**
**Equal Employment Opportunity Employer**
At AbbVie, we value bringing together individuals from diverse backgrounds to develop new and innovative solutions for patients. As an equal opportunity employer we do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy), physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic.