About EFPIA:

The European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) represents the biopharmaceutical industry operating in Europe. Through its direct membership of 36 national associations, 39 leading pharmaceutical companies and a growing number of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), EFPIA’s mission is to create a collaborative environment that enables our members to innovate, discover, develop and deliver new therapies and vaccines for people across Europe, as well as contribute to the European economy.



The Director Public Affairs reports to the Executive Director, Public Affairs and will lead a number of priority dossiers in the organisation’s strategic advocacy and outreach activities related to legislation as well as for industry driven policy initiatives.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead on EU legislation and policy
    • Identify EU legislation and policy requiring EFPIA intervention.
    • Shape EU legislation and policy by applying expert knowledge of EU decision making process to leverage expertise of relevant EFPIA teams/functions; in particular Regulatory Affairs, Market Access, Trade, Legal and Science Policy
  • Manage relationships with key EU stakeholders
      • Primary responsibility to ensure EFPIA has strong and collaborative relationships with:
        • Members of the European Parliament and EP staff;
        • Relevant Attaches of Permanent Representations to the EU;
        • External stakeholders such as patient organisations, NGOs, other industry organisations etc.
  • Provide advocacy support to EFPIA policy teams: e.g. monitoring, developing or advising on advocacy strategy & preparing tailored advocacy material.
  • Coordinate external advocacy on specific policy files & legislative proposals – focusing on the European Parliament, Council, Commission and external stakeholders.
  • Organise external events relevant to advocacy strategies with the aim to educate and inform as well as foster existing relationships & to build new ones with key policy-makers and influencers.
  • Staff relevant EFPIA working groups with advocacy and external engagement functions


Minimum qualifications:

  • University degree required (Bachelor in Arts/Science/Business/law). A master’s in public health, public policy, international affairs, political science, and/or a Law degree or other advanced degree is desired.
  • Strong political grasp – graduate with 8+ years of direct experience in European policy and government affairs. Proven track record of effective leadership, including cross-functional leadership of government affairs strategies and projects to support organizational objectives.
  • Understanding the external environment, EU political and legislative decision-making processes. Skilled judgement on positioning and tone of sensitive and complex policy issues is essential.
  • Ability to grasp complex technical information and “translate” it for non-expert audiences.
  • Strong communication (written and oral), networking, collaboration and interpersonal skills – ability to build relationships of trust with a wide range of individuals and organizations.
  • Effective, flexible approach to team working.
  • Proven ability to influence others at both peer and senior level.
  • Strategic and flexible thinking – ability to multi-task, project management, handle complex issues, and translate insights into sound analysis and advice to the organisation.
  • High personal accountability and integrity.
  • Must have mother tongue level of English with excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills



  • Proven ability to build and maintain close relationships internally and externally.
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively, foster teamwork and drive performance.
  • Flexible team member with positive attitude, energy and ability to prioritise projects.
  • Excellent organisational skills and consistent attention to detail.



  • Experience working within pharmaceutical and/or healthcare industry.
  • Additional European languages
  • Public speaking

EFPIA offers a permanent contract to start as soon as possible.

Interested candidates are invited to apply as soon as possible as applications are considered on a rolling basis. Please ensure that your application includes the following;

  • An updated CV;
  • A letter of motivation describing what attracts you to this position and why you believe you would be the right person for this job; and
  • A 1-pager outlining the challenges for the pharmaceutical industry for the European Commission’s current mandate (2019-2024).


SectorHealthcare & Pharmaceuticals