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Senior Manager, Government & External Affairs

Req #: 17000030
Location: Mississauga, CA
Job Category: Government Affairs
Work Location: Celgene Canada Offsite
Organization: Celgene Inc.
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Employee Status: Regular
Job Type: Standard
Job Level: Manager
Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time


Celgene is a global biopharmaceutical company leading the way in medical innovation to help patients live longer, better lives. Our purpose as a company is to discover and develop therapies that will change the course of human health.  We value our passion for patients, quest for innovation, spirit of independence and love of challenge. With a presence in more than 70 countries - and growing - we look for talented people to grow our business, advance our science and contribute to our unique culture.


There is a requirement for a Senior Manager, Government & External Affairs, Western Canada. This role reports to the Director, Government & External Affairs. The role holds responsibility and accountability for developing and executing strategic plans to achieve market access goals designed to “gain, maintain and improve” reimbursement for Celgene brands. This is a field-based role, with a preference for candidates based in either Alberta or British Columbia.
The successful candidate will be knowledgeable in relevant areas of the western provinces payer reimbursement operations and decision making. The ability to leverage key stakeholder relationships and to communicate effectively both externally and internally will be required. The ideal candidate will thrive in a fast paced, action oriented, collaborative and collegial culture. He/she is a natural leader, a self-starter with a passion to make a difference. Demonstrated ability to work independently while also participating as a core team member will be critical to success in the role.
Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:
  • Collaborating on the development and implementation of strategies and tactical plans with Therapeutic Teams and internal colleagues.
  • Providing strategic insights and recommendations on drug reimbursement policy issues to all relevant internal colleagues/terms across the organization.
  • Identifying and engaging relevant stakeholders in support of developing government, academic, physician and patient advocates to support national and regional reimbursement initiatives, regional and national policies and regional patient support.
  • Effectively communicating product value and value proposition to key stakeholders.
  • Developing, recommending and negotiating win-win proposals with government payers and key influencers/stakeholders to gain product funding.
  • Working with the Western provinces to ensure submission requirements are met and earliest possible decisions are achieved.
  • Building strategic relationships with government officials and elected representatives that cultivate a favourable business environment, on both the reimbursement and public policy levels.
  • Promoting Celgene as a leader in the industry and a strong partner of government to positively shape our business environment, consistent with customer needs.
  • Identifying and coordinating regional initiatives and managing budget allocated to these regional activities.
  • Championing Celgene values.
  • Willingness to travel domestically and internationally (~30%+)

Knowledge & Skills Required:
  • BSc/BA required; science and/or political science degree helpful but not required
  • Minimum 5 years in the pharmaceutical / biotech industries with at least 3 years in a Government/External Affairs role
  • Strong knowledge of provincial and 3rd party payer systems
  • Pharmacare experience required
  • Demonstrated success in achieving optimal market access for complex multi-product portfolios
  • Bilingual (written and spoken) English and French is preferred




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