Job Posting / News - September 26, 2022

Job Opening: Sr. Manager/Director – Government Affairs & Public Policy

We are looking to recruit an experienced Sr. Manager/Director of Government Affairs & Public Policy to lead, design and develop positions as well as advocacy strategies for EUCOPE’s engagement with EU and international institutions and other stakeholders on key issues such as general pharmaceutical legislation, orphan medicinal products (OMPs) and cell and gene therapies.


You have at least five (5) years of experience in public affairs in the life science sector and a deep understanding of the biopharmaceutical business model. Holding a university degree in political science, economics, law or life sciences, you have a proven ability to lead working groups, design and implement advocacy strategies.


Keep pace with the European political environment and EU policies affecting the biopharmaceutical industry and EUCOPE members

  • Identify and analyse key EU political issues, new policy trends, risks and opportunities that are likely to impact EUCOPE’s members and provide tailored information to the EUCOPE board and relevant working groups.
  • Develop EU policy shaping strategies and advocacy campaigns to support EUCOPE’s priorities both at EU and country level.
  • Develop and implement advocacy campaigns regarding EU legislation and policies.
  • Develop position papers and policy materials to support external advocacy campaigns.
  • Work with a multitude of groups and members (e.g. general pharmaceutical legislation, orphan medicinal products, pricing & market access, legal, regulatory affairs, etc.) to identify and address issues at EU and Member States level.
  • Manage relationships with relevant public affairs agencies to enhance EUCOPE’s work.

Build and maintain the reputation of EUCOPE, its members and the wider industry in Brussels and EU capitals

  • Build and maintain EUCOPE’s relations with key decision makers related to areas of interest, by organising regular contact programs with external stakeholders, and developing contact programs for EUCOPE’s leadership.
  • Ensure regular exchanges and alignment with other Brussels-based trade associations.
  • Develop briefings for high-profile external stakeholders (e.g. politicians, patient associations) that influence decision-making.
  • Organize events in Brussels or elsewhere in Europe in support of EUCOPE’s policy objectives.
  • Develop and maintain own network of stakeholders with representatives from the European Parliament, European Commission and Council (e.g. Perm Reps) and patient organisations.

Develop EUCOPE’s thought leadership and positioning on key policy issues of relevance to its membership, in particular on the revision of the EU pharma legislation

  • Manage the agenda, organisation and preparations of the activities of several groups dedicated to this topic in partnership with member organisations.
  • Drive the development and approval of EUCOPE’s policy positions in coordination with colleagues and the membership.
  • Ensure proper representation of EUCOPE at key events organised in Brussels, and in European and international conferences and congresses, including through the identification of speaking opportunities.


  • At least five (5) years of experience in public affairs in the life sciences sector.
  • Deep understanding of the biopharmaceutical industry business model including the role of intellectual property, pricing & reimbursement processes and drug development
  • Good business acumen and proven experience of in-country work, or country support.
  • Excellent knowledge of EU institutions and EU policy making.
  • Ability to handle a broad range of complex issues/multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Demonstrated capacity to work effectively with various levels of the organisation and of external stakeholders.
  • Team player with ability to influence both internal and external environment.
  • University degree (minimum Bachelor) in political science, economics, law or life sciences preferred.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English (knowledge of several EU languages desirable).
  • Excellent organisational skills and consistent attention to detail.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.


This is a full-time position, to start as soon as possible. The officer will be based in Brussels with the opportunity for part-time remote working. Competitive remuneration package and benefits.


Please send your application (Cover Letter & CV) by 10 October to Dr. Oliver Sude (


Since 2008, the European Confederation of Pharmaceutical Entrepreneurs (EUCOPE) has been the voice of small to mid-sized health technology companies in Europe. Representing 2600+ innovative biopharmaceutical companies directly or through national associations, EUCOPE advocates for sound public policy that supports innovation, while fostering a community built on a shared purpose: improving and saving the lives of European patients through ground-breaking therapies and medical technology. Learn more at