Government Affairs Partner

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Job Description

We are currently recruiting for a Government Affairs Partner on behalf of a large global pharmaceutical company. The Government Affairs Partner is a full time office based role. His/Her mission is to focus on shaping public policy to instigate system change in the Irish healthcare environment.

Key Tasks

Optimise system change through Public Policy

  • Develops a Company Ireland Public Policy strategy to shape and future proof the Irish Healthcare environment for innovative technologies.
  • Navigating political landscape and delivering projects with relevant stakeholders e.g.: Government, Political Parties, Industry Associations, Advocacy Groups, Journalists
  • Identifies opportunities to shape policy through:
  • participation in committees
  • education of legislators or appropriate lobbying mechanisms
  • patient advocacy in collaboration with the Patient Partnerships manager
  • Identifies opportunities to enhance company’s reputation and positioning as a preferred and impactful partner for sustainable healthcare.
  • Provides in-depth knowledge and insight on healthcare legalization, keeping relevant internal stakeholders up-to-date with any changes.
  • Liaises with Regional counterparts on Public Policy projects to ensure shared learning and efficient delivery of initiatives.
  • Collaborates closely with the Strategic Partnerships and External Communications managers to ensure alignment of objectives and coordination of activities.
  • Leads the production of high quality internal/external responses to relevant policies and discussion documents as required.
  • Provides support to Skill Centres and Squads on issues of a political or healthcare policy, to deliver on company mission to get better outcomes, for more patients, faster.


Corporate Communications

  • Contribute to the delivery of Policy inputs into an integrated communications plan aligned to companies key goals
  • Ensure an understanding of Healthcare environmental influences to direct the development of communications strategies aligned to healthcare policy opportunities.


Compliance / Monitoring

  • Agree KPIs in line with Policy Plan and monitor regularly to ensure appropriate action taken
  • Take personal responsibility for maintaining high ethical standards and operating in compliance with local and global policies.


Person/Skills Profile

  • Skilled Public Affairs practitioner with Graduate qualification at Bachelors level minimum, Master’s degree ideal 
  • 5 years’ experience working in Public Policy
  • A knowledge of Irish Healthcare and General Health policy and understanding of how this is shaped.
  • Strong networking and influencing skills to facilitate stakeholder engagement. 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills to facilitate communicating complex information clearly internally and Externally
  • Good Interpersonal Skills
  • A self-starter with demonstrable ability to plan both strategically and tactically and to effectively prioritise tasks.
  • Adept at project management to co-ordinate project delivery perhaps requiring managing of third party inputs to time and budget.
  • Ability to successfully navigate regulatory and legislative environment


Dublin Full time

For a full Job Spec and to apply for this role please call Linda on +353 1 2784671 or e-mail

Thornshaw Scientific Recruitment is a leading Irish provider of specialist Scientific Recruitment. Part of the CPL Group. Tel: +353 1 2784671

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Linda Dunne

Senior Recruitment Consultant
  • Salary:Negotiable
  • Location:Dublin South
  • Type:Permanent
  • Category:Science,Thornshaw