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Payer Partnerships & Policy Director

Location Gothenburg, Västra Götaland County, Sweden Cambridge, England, United Kingdom Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States Job ID R-054630 Date posted 06/28/2019

At AstraZeneca every one of our employees makes a difference to patient lives every day. Each and every one of us believes that science has the ability to change lives and that to deliver this takes many people with many skill sets. When we deliver a life-changing medicine, that success comes from the combined efforts of all of our people.

AstraZeneca recognizes that many health-care systems face challenges managing rapidly increasing healthcare costs while trying to improve patient outcomes. For this reason, AstraZeneca is strengthening capabilities and creating new roles within the organization that can work with external stakeholders to develop innovative access solutions which can move pharmaceutical pricing from volume-based to value-based. AstraZeneca is committed to develop Innovative Value Strategies (IVS) to provide more flexibility in reimbursement and funding decisions and ensuring access to our innovative treatments.

The Payer Partnerships & Policy Director is an integral member of the AstraZeneca Global Market Access and Pricing (GMAP) IVS team. In this role, you are primarily accountable for defining and advancing AstraZeneca’s global payer-focused policy positions on topics including, but not limited to IVS, brand- or disease-level (e.g. severe asthma) frameworks, and positions on payer-related topics such as health technology assessment evolution, tiered pricing and affordable access to medicines.

As the Payer Partnerships & Policy Director, you will be a key policy and content expert and internal advisor for payer related issues, with a particular focus on AstraZeneca’s priority disease areas as appropriate. Whilst a globally focused role, understanding payer-related policy initiatives at the regional (e.g. European) and national level will also be important. You will be responsible for mapping countries’ payer-facing capabilities include state of IVS readiness in EU and rest of world and keeping this knowledge base updated. Additionally, you will be expected to forecast payer specific policy evolution across markets to ensure AstraZeneca is positioned as a leader in payer policy interactions including IVS across our priority markets. Collaborating with AstraZeneca’s Government Affairs function, you will help support definition and development of advocacy strategy, particularly as it relates to the payer perspective.

This role will have high levels of internal and external visibility, with responsibility for engaging senior level AstraZeneca leaders in the definition of our policy positions; and interactions with external stakeholders such as industry organisations, academia, payers and other manufacturers to advance AstraZeneca’s policy positions. As such, you will develop close relationships across AstraZeneca to ensure clear engagement across markets, AZ regions and global teams on payer-focused policy topics. This will include effective collaboration with global and country level government affairs and corporate affairs leaders. Collaborating with the GMAP and the Oncology Market Access & Pricing teams will be key to ensure two-way insight flow in terms of sharing how the payer policy environment is evolving, and also learning from the practical execution of IVS at the brand level.

Additionally, you will be leading and executing global payer advisory boards in collaboration with Pricing & Market Access Directors in support of the BioPharmaceuticals Commercial strategy and objectives.

As the Payer Partnerships & Policy Director, you will have an in-depth, expert knowledge of the EU and ex-US policy environment, especially as it relates to access and funding of medicines. As such, you are expected to have the ability to work independently, understand and apply different strategic and analytical approaches, and have wide understanding of different health care systems, as well as experience in global pricing and market access.


  • Define and advance AstraZeneca’s policy position on key payer-focused topics, including global IVS policy, disease and brand level policy frameworks and above brand topics such as comparative effectiveness assessment and HTA evolution
  • Key internal advisor to Pricing and Market Access Directors and global brand teams on payer policy topics
  • Work collaboratively with stakeholders in GMAP, OMAP, Global IVS teams, and Corporate Affairs and Government Affairs at the global and marketing company levels to support evolution of AstraZeneca’s policy positions
  • Collaborate with Corporate Affairs on advocacy strategy particularly as it relates to access and funding of medicines,
  • Develop and maintain the cross-organisational mapping current and future state of IVS readiness in EU and other ex-US markets
  • Engaging key external bodies (EFPIA, academics, payer organisations, manufacturers) on prioritised policy topics
  • Developing clear engagement between AstraZeneca’s marketing company, regional and global team on payer policy matters
  • Lead global payer ad board development and execution in Biopharmaceuticals Business Unit with PMADs
  • Ensure payer-policy related insights are communicated rapidly to Global IVS teams and PMADs, with implications for AstraZeneca’s brands clearly outlined
  • Think more broadly than the brand/disease area to identify innovative solutions and share best practices with GMAP/OMAP colleagues
  • Ensure appropriate involvement of GMAP/OMAP plus other functions team members and leadership in development and delivery of policy positions
  • Communicate project issues and progress effectively and in a timely manner to all stakeholders 
  • As required by the business, ensure effective budget planning and secure resources to enable planned policy related projects to be conducted effectively
  • Comply with AZ policies, standards and procedures in every interaction
  • Support key markets in negotiations with reimbursement authorities

Minimum Requirements: Education & Experience

Academic/ professional/specialist training, qualifications and experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in biomedical science, business, quantitative disciplines or economics.
  • Strong experience in policy and government affairs from either public sector, industry or consulting
  • In-depth expert knowledge and technical capability in policy matters with a specific focus on access and funding of medicines


  • Experience delivering country-level or cross-country policy initiatives, with demonstrable examples of success
  • In-depth expert knowledge and technical capability in policy at a country and cross-country level
  • Relevant drug development and/or commercialization experience within the pharmaceutical/medical industry
  • Experience working with governments, payers, industry bodies and academia


  • Highly effective communicator, holding the ability to clearly communicate policy, pricing, evidence and therapeutic value messaging with a wide range of stakeholders
  • Ability to develop and evolve AstraZeneca’s narrative on IVS and other payer policy positions, considering external insights and AstraZeneca’s IVS strategy
  • Ability to engage and build relationships with key external partners, stakeholders and bodies such as national and regional payers, industry associations, and other manufacturers
  • Ability to define and advance policy positions, applying innovative approaches
  • Seeks to understand the external and changing payer environment, thinking globally and with a future focus
  • Deep health systems knowledge with the ability to anticipate external payer environment, thinking broadly across multiple geographies, and focus teams on key policy/payer shaping drivers
  • Strong payer focus with the ability to understand and uncover different stakeholder needs as well as the ability to mobilize influential stakeholders (internally/externally)

Next Steps – Apply today!

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AstraZeneca is an equal opportunity employer.  AstraZeneca will consider all qualified applicants for employment without discrimination on grounds of disability, sex or sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity leave status, race or national or ethnic origin, age, religion or belief, gender identity or re-assignment, marital or civil partnership status, protected veteran status (if applicable) or any other characteristic protected by law.

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