External Affairs Manager

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**About AbbVie**

AbbVie (NYSE:ABBV) is a global, research-driven biopharmaceutical company committed to developing innovative advanced therapies for some of the world’s most complex and critical conditions. The company’s mission is to use its expertise, dedicated people and unique approach to innovation to markedly improve treatments across four primary therapeutic areas: immunology, oncology, virology and neuroscience. In more than 75 countries, AbbVie employees are working every day to advance health solutions for people around the world. For more information about AbbVie, please visit us at www.abbvie.com . Follow @abbvie at https://twitter.com/abbvie on Twitter, Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AbbVieCareers/ or LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/abbvie/jobs .​

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.

Summary of Job Description:

To support the AbbVie AU External Affairs objectives in building AbbVie’s political reputation, build and further develop relationships with political stakeholders to deliver a favorable policy and political environment to advance AbbVie’s ability to bring innovative therapies to patients.

Major Responsibilities:


+ 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 Federal and State

+ Governments, the Public Services, industry associations, health consumer, professional bodies and other relevant bodies.

+ Identify opportunities within the political environment to drive dissemination and incorporation of Abbvie and MA policy positions.

+ Drive delivery of specific TA specific? external affairs activities

+ Lead Medicines Australia co-ordination for Abbvie AU. Lead/participate in relevant Med AU and multi-company task force initiatives where relevant.


+ 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.

+ Support successful and timely PBS listing of specific products through engagement with political stakeholders to ensure alignment and support for AbbVie PBAC submissions.


Education/Experience Required:


+ Post Graduate qualification in Health Policy/Government Relations or equivalent.

+ Knowledge of Australian politics

+ Understanding of PBS operation

+ Pharmaceutical industry experience

+ Understanding of Medicines Australia code of conduct

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


+ Existing relationships with department of health and politicians

+ Previous government role

+ Previous experience in a lobbying role within a health related patient group or corporate environment

+ Policy development (Government/Allied Health Organisation)

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 AbbVie

Clear and Courageous

Decide Smart and Sure

Agile and Accountable

Make Possibilities Real


Yes, 20 % of the Time

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**Equal Employment Opportunity**

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.