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- Manager, Government Affairs, Public Policy (GAPP) & Patient Engagement, UK

- Manager, Government Affairs, Public Policy (GAPP) & Patient Engagement, UK


Location: London, UK

Type: Full-Time

Job Description

Job Title: Manager/Senior Manager, Government Affairs, Public Policy (GAPP) & Patient Engagement, International 

Department: GAPP 

Location: IHQ, London (Paddington)

About the Company

Vertex is a global biotechnology company that invests in scientific innovation to create transformative medicines for people with serious and life-threatening diseases. We discovered and developed the first medicines to treat the underlying cause of cystic fibrosis (CF), a rare, life-threatening genetic disease. In addition to clinical development programs in CF, Vertex has more than a dozen ongoing research programs focused on the underlying mechanisms of other serious diseases. 

Founded in 1989 in Cambridge, Mass., Vertex today has research and development sites and offices around the world. For several consecutive years, Science magazine has named Vertex one of its Top Employers in the life sciences. For additional information and the latest updates from the Company, please visit 


 Job Summary

Reporting to the Director of International Patient Engagement (IPE), the Manager/Senior Manager GAPP & Patient Engagement will be responsible for developing and managing patient and stakeholder advocacy, and related policy initiatives. 

Part of the international corporate affairs team, the role will include supporting the Director IPE in establishing and executing the international Patient Engagement and related GAPP  strategies and plan in alignment with the Director IPE, across several functional areas, including research, clinical development, regulatory affairs, medical affairs, commercial, corporate affairs, and health outcomes/market access. It is the responsibility of the role to support developing plans that improve engagement with patient organizations on shared objectives in Vertex therapeutic areas. 

 The successful candidate will be based in London, within the International HQ, and will work closely with the Medical, Regulatory, and Market Access teams. She/he will be responsible for projecting the highest values and ethics consistent with Vertex corporate policies at all times.

Key Responsibilities: 

Serve as Vertex contact for international, European and selected national patient organizations together with - or in the absence of - the Director IPE;

Develop and leverage high-level relationships with patient organizations, and stakeholders in support of Vertex goals, supporting broader understanding of public policy and healthcare reform relevant to rare and severe diseases, and enhance the Company’s standing and reputation;

Maintain ongoing two-way dialogue with patient organizations to understand priorities and opportunities for collaboration and support, and share information on Vertex and its position on key issues;

Develop and implement specific plans that engage patient organizations in the company’s shared goal of enhancing patient access to Vertex’s transformative medicines, focusing on disease and treatment education, public health policy, and support for capacity building of patient organizations;

Drive, in alignment with other teams, patient related external communication projects and support internal communication about disease areas and Vertex patient engagement programs;

Together with – or in the absence of – the Director IPE, represent the voice of the patient community in internal planning;

Together with the Director IPE, manage the grants program reviewing applications for funding against predetermined criteria, awarding grants, and monitoring and evaluating funded projects;

Together with Medical Affairs, engage patient organizations in advisory boards to gather patient insights to inform our decision-making;

Work with the Director IPE and relevant functions to develop position papers and policy materials to support external campaigns;

Assist in analyzing and developing recommendations and strategies regarding national policies, and issues impacting Vertex’s portfolio

Provide international input and support to the development and resource prioritization for the company’s global patient engagement strategy and plans;

Preferred Qualifications: 

 Significant experience in Public Health & Pharmaceutical Policy, Healthcare, Communications, or Patient Advocacy;

A high level of energy and passion towards patients, innovative science and public health;

A desire to work in the corporate culture of a highly innovative company aimed at redefining health, and transforming lives of patients with new medicine;

Working knowledge and appreciation of the complexities of the drug development process and regulatory requirements;

Understanding of the patient and caregiver experience in Cystic Fibrosis/ rare diseases to include, diagnosis, treatment, and treatment options preferred;

Knowledge of the patient advocacy community / individuals in rare diseases / CF preferred;

Knowledge of guidelines and policies affecting interactions with patient organizations;

Strong track record of experience in implementing projects with defined outcomes in a public affairs, advocacy or policy role;

Project management skills and recent engagement with pharmaceutical marketing and commercial teams preferred;

Excellent strategic thinker with ability to formulate, develop and execute on agreed strategies;

Knowledge of the healthcare system and key policies relevant for pharmaceutical market access for highly innovative medicines;

Successful working within cross-functional teams;

Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communications skills;

Experience with budget management;

Ability and willingness to travel; and

Fluency in oral and written English, any other European language is an asset.


Vertex is committed to equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to a person's race, color, sex, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, marital status, or any characteristic protected under applicable law. Vertex is an E-Verify Employer in the United States. Vertex will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law. Any applicant requiring an accommodation in connection with the hiring process and/or to perform the essential functions of the position for which the applicant has applied should make a request to the recruiter or hiring manager, or contact Talent Acquisition at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Job Posted on 24 July 2017

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