Amgen Director of Government Affairs & Policy in Toronto, Ontario

Title: Director of Government Affairs & Policy

Reports to: Executive Director of Value, Access & Policy

Location: Canada (Field/ Toronto or Ottawa)


The Director of Government Affairs and Policy's main responsibility will be to shape Canada's healthcare policy landscape, specifically on drug pricing, health economics reforms, value-based healthcare, research and development and economic development. This will be accomplished by interacting with policy makers and stakeholders to ensure that the legislation and or regulations that are adopted by governments enable Amgen to operate in a business environment that is competitive, supportive of research and development and open to the adoption of innovation. The Director of Government Affairs and Policy will be responsible for the development of an annual strategic plan for Canada and required to worked cross functionally with internal and external partners in the deployment and implementation of that plan. He or she will also be responsible for building relationships with healthcare professional associations, life sciences organizations, think tanks and advocacy groups and be highly engaged with our trade associations.

By the nature of this role, this director will have a longer-term focus, aimed at putting Amgen on the leading edge in terms of anticipating and proactively managing emerging issues and cultivating opportunities to influence the development and implementation of policy by elected, public service and regulatory decision makers.

Leading a team of 3 direct reports (Advocacy, Biosimilar Policy & Quebec GR/ Policy) and working closely with the regional government affairs senior managers, having strong managerial skills are required.

The successful candidate will bring an established reputation as a professional and ethical government relations professional, an extended network of relationships with the health policy community and a proven track record of cultivating and maintaining constructive relationships on multiple levels of government. In addition, he/she must be comfortable working collaboratively in a highly matrixed, cross functional work environment engaging with colleagues responsible for drug approval, market access, regulatory affairs and corporate communications.

Given the national nature of this position, bilingualism (fluency in both French and English) is strongly preferred.

Specific responsibilities include the following:

  • Monitor and maintain a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the current federal and high level provincial policy environment critical to Amgen and our industry

  • Work with management and cross functional partners to proactively identify and prioritize the key policy risks and opportunities on which to focus effort

  • Engage with management and cross functional partners to develop detailed plans, including short and long- term objectives, strategies, tactics and metrics to address priority risks and opportunities

  • Provide regular updates to management and cross functional partners on progress to plan

  • Proactively identify new and emerging policy issues and opportunities and work with management and XF partners to adapt current objectives, strategy etc

  • Cultivate and maintain a network of relationships with key policy stakeholders and influencers, in areas of healthcare, research and development and economic development policies

  • Liaise regularly with key stakeholders, key opinion leaders, senior bureaucrats and politicians in order to inform and influence the opinions and actions of key decision-makers

  • Establish one's self as an effective ambassador for Amgen nationally through proactive engagement and consistent demonstration of the Amgen Values

  • Build strong cross functional relationships with key internal partners and stakeholders through consistent demonstration of the Amgen Values and Leadership Attributes

  • Continue expanding Amgen's presence in the broadly defined industry community by participating in externally facing events

  • Engage with appropriate trade and industry associations to drive Amgen's business and influence decisions impacting the business and patient access to our products

Basic Qualifications

Bachelors or Master's degree

Preferred Qualifications

  • 10+ years of experience in government affairs and public policy. A working knowledge of drug reimbursement and access

  • Language requirements: Fluency in English and French

  • Thorough understanding of the current the Canadian pharmaceutical/biotechnology reimbursement and policy landscape and bring an established network of relationships with key external decision makers and stakeholders

  • The successful candidate should have strong entrepreneurial skills, be independent and self-motivated

  • Superior knowledge of federal and provincial regulatory and legislative processes

  • Solid strategic capabilities that enable the individual to prospectively identify critical threats, opportunities and trends, to formulate insightful and effective action plans, and to make the appropriate trade-offs to balance short and long-term considerations

  • Ability to drive change and translate environmental changes into actionable plans

  • Superior verbal and written communications skills in order to effectively convey complex concepts and issues at the highest levels of stakeholder groups and industry

  • Superior influence and persuasion skills necessary to build stakeholder coalitions in advancing and defending Amgen's commercial and policy agenda through stakeholders in the complex multi-stakeholder healthcare environment

  • Strong interpersonal skills, negotiation skills, active listening, and relationship management skills

  • The individual must work well in cross-functional teams

Amgen endeavors to make its recruitment process accessible to any and all users. Reasonable accommodations will be provided, upon request, to applicants with disabilities in order to facilitate equal opportunity throughout the recruitment and selection process. Please contact to make a request and ensure you include the requisition number.

Reasonable accommodations are available, upon request, to facilitate the equal participation of candidates with disabilities, should you be selected for an interview .