Director, Public Policy

  • Company: Merck
  • Location: Pennsylvania, United States
  • Posted: December 23, 2016
  • Reference ID: POL000244
Merck & Co., Inc. Kenilworth, N.J., U.S.A. known as Merck in the United States and Canada, is a global health care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines and animal health products. Today, we are building a new kind of healthcare company - one that is ready to help create a healthier future for all of us.

Our ability to excel depends on the integrity, knowledge, imagination, skill, diversity and teamwork of an individual like you. To this end, we strive to create an environment of mutual respect, encouragement and teamwork. As part of our global team, you'll have the opportunity to collaborate with talented and dedicated colleagues while developing and expanding your career.

Director, Public Policy

As a leader on the State Government Affairs & Policy Team (GA&P), you will be responsible for developing and implementing state legislative and regulatory policy strategy consistent with the company's business and public policy objectives.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Analyze state and federal policy issues affecting access to innovative medicines and the broader healthcare marketplace
  • Develop policy options and recommendations to address emerging policy issues
  • Draft policy position papers and coordinate internal and external input in support of Company positions
  • Work with business units and Government Affairs to implement policy positions as required
  • Provide strategic input to product teams and business units on impact of government policy and regulatory issues
  • Provide strategic guidance to support public sector product coverage
  • Work with Government Affairs, Customer Segments and business teams to develop policy in support of new product launches
  • Draft and provide input for senior leader briefings
  • Negotiate and manage contracts for legislative and regulatory tracking, as well as policy support on behalf of GA&P operations
  • Provide recommendations for action to the AVP State Government Affairs & Policy and communicate approved recommendations to team
  • Identify and facilitate necessary training for Government Affairs team on healthcare insurance/payer market reform impacting access to pharmaceuticals
  • Manage Merck's relationships with select national state government organizations and industry groups across the healthcare continuum

  • Education Minimum Requirement: BA/BS degree

  • At least 4 years of experience addressing state and federal policies impacting Medicaid, Medicare, and healthcare reform
  • Experience analyzing healthcare policy and regulatory environment impacting pharmaceuticals
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills
  • Proven ability to analyze state and federal legislation and develop public policy positions
  • Proven ability to work within and across teams

  • Graduate degree in public policy, public administration, public health, business, or law
  • Proven ability to build relationships with high-level executives in healthcare and/or in state government
  • Experience analyzing health insurance policy
  • Experience working with external stakeholders and partners

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