Manager Public Policy Healthcare

Contract Type: 

Full-time

Location: 

Brussels

Department: 

Public Policy

Reports to: 

Director Public Policy, Healthcare

Post date: 

14 September 2020

Position Summary: 

GS1 Healthcare is a global, voluntary user community bringing together all healthcare supply chain stakeholders, including manufacturers, distributors, healthcare providers, solution providers, regulatory bodies and industry associations.  Our role is to facilitate a neutral and open environment to lead the successful development and implementation of global GS1 standards enhancing patient safety, operational and supply chain efficiencies.

As such, GS1 Healthcare envisions a future in which the healthcare sector achieves harmonised implementation of global standards in business and clinical processes enabling interoperability, optimal quality and efficiency of healthcare delivery to benefit patients.

The Manager Public Policy Healthcare will work on programs and initiatives to achieve societal, regulatory and business environments in which GS1 standards will thrive. To support the use of GS1 standards in healthcare regulations and the drive for global harmonisation, the Manager will be responsible for tracking and analyzing relevant requirements worldwide. The Manager will also be responsible for managing the Global GS1 Healthcare Public Policy Community and relevant tools.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work with GS1 Member Organisations from across the world, but also with global healthcare stakeholders. The ability to build, maintain and drive relationships with key healthcare inter-governmental and regulatory authorities is very important as these are key for shaping the strategic activities of GS1 Healthcare. In this role she/he will ensure that the benefits of global standards are well explained to and understood by regulators and relevant stakeholders across the world. The Healthcare sector is one the highest regulated sectors, with different objectives from fight against counterfeit medicines to improvement of pharmacovigilance. As such, this role requires passion, a deep understanding of the way to interact with regulators and decision-makers, and ultimately the commitment to make a difference for patient safety. This role will play an important part in aligning policy work across the Global GS1 Healthcare Public Policy Community and therefore must have strong collaborative skills, willingness to proactively involve colleagues from all countries and support multicultural working groups.

The position is based in Brussels and requires approximately 10% international travel.

Responsibilities: 

  • Oversee and drive implementation of the global strategy related to Public Policy for GS1 Healthcare, in particular pharmaceuticals traceability and identification of medical devices.
  • Drive harmonised implementation of the GS1 standards to implement Healthcare related regulatory and procurement requirements worldwide, supporting GS1 Member Organisations in their work and advising global GS1 Healthcare users as requested and appropriate.
  • Maintain the relationships with relevant organisations and regulators and establish new relationships where relevant.
  • Administrate the Healthcare Public Policy Work Group by managing membership, meetings and tools.
  • Support Public Policy sub-work groups and draft position papers/comments on draft regulations or on topics to be clarified.
  • Provide support for the UDI Yammer Group and monthly calls with Member Organisations.
  • Represent GS1 Healthcare at relevant conferences, meetings, forums, mainly related to healthcare regulatory activities as requested by industry and MO’s.
  • Collaborate with other business areas and functions of the global organisation.
  • Have deep knowledge, subject matter expertise, and can bring and share best practices and ideas.

Education/Experience: 

  • Education and significant experience in Public Policy/Regulatory Affairs in Europe and/or internationally (min. 6 years) with the ability to connect and engage with regulatory authorities and communicate with them in the appropriate way
  • Experience in working on Global Health related topics would be an advantage
  • Track record of dealing effectively with senior government officials, staff members, regulators, trade associations etc.
  • Project leadership and project management experience
  • Work experience in a multi-cultural environment
  • Experience in roles where influence is more important than control

Skills required: 

  • Strong attention to details and analytics skills
  • Ability to create and maintain strong relationships
  • A team player, but also with the ability to work well on their own initiative
  • Responsible and accountable 
  • Dynamic and flexible
  • Interest and flexibility for work in a global environment with many different cultures
  • Well-developed organisational, interpersonal and communications skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Very good verbal and written command of the English language
  • Microsoft Office suite skills: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

How to apply: 

Send your application with CV to:

  • Blue Tower, Avenue Louise 326, bte 10
  • B-1050 Brussels, Belgium 
  • Tel: + 32 2 788 78 00 
  • E-mail: jobs@gs1.org 

Responses will be treated quickly and with strict confidentiality.

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