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Director, Federal Government Affairs and Policy

Location: Washington, DC
Job Code: 1824
# of Openings: 1


Position Summary:

This position will be based in Washington, DC and will be responsible for identifying, analyzing and understanding federal policy risks and opportunities in relation to Horizon and its therapeutic areas; providing supportive analyses for legislative and regulatory issues; effectively communicating federal policies to internal stakeholder audiences; and supporting Horizon Pharma senior executives and the government affairs team in its interactions with key policymakers and trade associations.  This position will interact with internal stakeholders to develop policy positions regarding relevant federal legislation and regulation. 


The position reports to the Executive Director, Federal Government Affairs and Policy, within Horizon’s Government Affairs and Public Affairs Department, and interacts closely, shares goals, and partners with colleagues in Horizon Pharma Government Affairs, Legal, Corporate Communications, Managed Care, Patient Advocacy, Regulatory, Medical Affairs, and orphan, rheumatology, and primary care business units, among other departments.



  • Develop and maintain a strong understanding of Horizon Pharma’s product portfolio and corporate interests

  • Identify, analyze and understand federal policy developments and proposals and the corresponding risks to or opportunities for the company and its businesses

  • Contribute to the development of Horizon Pharma federal legislative, policy, and political strategy and plans with execution of key tactics to support business units

  • Work closely with the Director to manage federal policy consultants and best position corporate interests affected by federal legislative and regulatory policy, inclusive of federal health policy and reimbursement threats and opportunities, tax policy, and medical innovation

  • Draft regular analyses, summaries, and message points in collaboration with the Director and other functions, to prepare management and other internal units for decision-making, external communications, outside board/committee participation, and related activities

  • Prepare briefing documents, talking points and background materials for use of Horizon executives in advance of trade association or policy board meetings, public speaking engagements, internal meetings, and other events at which policy matters arise

  • Increase employee awareness of Government Affairs mission through creation of internal policy engagement materials to share and market the company’s policy perspectives with employees

  • Formulate and gain approval of policy positions representing the company’s viewpoints on key federal issues, working closely with internal subject matter experts

  • Review, interpret, and discuss in layperson terms legislative, regulatory, political, policy, and other government proposals

  • Represent the company in relevant trade association meetings and work groups

  • Travel 10-20% of the time


Qualifications and Skills Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree required

  • Graduate degree preferred with a focus in public policy or health policy or law

  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant policy experience

  • Experience in the pharmaceutical industry, professional medical society or organization, or related industries focused on healthcare

  • Experience dealing with federal and state healthcare legislative, regulatory, policy, and political issues

  • Attention to detail and an ability to recognize issues in the context of higher-level policies and regulations

  • Ability to develop strong working relationships and work collaboratively with colleagues and external stakeholders and trade associations

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Excellent planning and organizational skills

  • Strong interpersonal skills

  • Professional, proactive demeanor

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office


Essential Core Competencies:

  • Action Oriented

  • Problem Solving

  • Organization

  • Functional/Technical Skills

  • Priority Setting

  • Drive for Results

  • Strategic Agility

  • Intellectual Horsepower

  • Dealing with Ambiguity


Essential Behaviors:

  • Integrity and Trust

  • Composure

  • Standing Alone


Horizon Pharma plc does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.  It is our intention that all qualified applications are given equal opportunity and that selection decisions be based on job-related factors.  Any individual, who, because of a disability, needs accommodation or assistance in completing this application or at any time during the application process, should contact the Human Resources Department.

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