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Varian seeks Government Affairs Manager Central Europe and CIS

Varian 3-5y Mid Level  Steinhausen, Zug, Schweiz 13 Apr 2018

Job Description

Govt Affairs Manager, Central Europe and CIS

About Varian

When you join Varian, you’re joining an organization with nearly $3 billion in annual revenue, and more than 6,500 team members across more than 30 countries. You’ll be backed by a culture that is centered on fostering your creative potential, and experience the full support of an organization and leadership committed to inspiring you to do your best work. Together, we can make an impact on our customers, each other, and millions of lives. At Varian, you’ll find yourself surrounded by some of the world’s best and most creative talent, working together with a singular goal – our mission to help save lives. Our technology helps clinicians fight cancer, and the work you will do can support this important goal. Whether your focus is Legal, Human Resources, Government Affairs, Finance or IT, joining our Corporate Services team means you’ll contribute to Varian’s success as a global cancer fighter around the globe.

Job Description

This position reports to the Senior Director, Government Affairs EMEIA. It will manage and lead the company’s EMEIA government relations and public policy function in specific countries of the region. This role will be responsible for leading the company’s government relations, public policy and advocacy strategies, as well as implementing the company’s EMEIA market development strategies in the countries covered by this role. This position will be involved in the company’s commercial business development, educational program development and regulatory strategies across Varian’s EMEIA region. The position will manage the regional Central Europe and CIS government affairs issues.

The individual will —

  • Advise and counsel the company’s executives on public policy and governmental matters, including pending legislation/regulations and policy initiatives and their potential implications to the company.
  • Develop, in partnership with company executives and business unit stakeholders, the company’s government relations and public policy strategy and agenda in the countries (s)he is responsible in EMEIA, and help prioritize actions and resources.
  • Oversee relationships with trade organizations and strategic industry groups to influence legislation, regulations and public policy that affect the industry and advance the company’s interests.
  • Develop relationships with key government officials and their staff and administrative agency persons and other international organizations as they relate to EMEIA on issues of importance to the company such as expanding access to radiotherapy, as well as reimbursement of radiotherapy equipment and treatments.
  • Assist in government business transactions with Ministries of Health, Finance and other relevant government agencies. Develop thought leadership and influence commercial strategies.
  • Work with leaders of government and industry to influence public policy, monitor government initiatives and advocate for specific plans to advance the company’s objectives.
  • Develop, in partnership with universities, government agencies, and radiotherapy thought leaders in the region, education programs and symposia to improve adoption of best clinical practices.
  • Manage and balance external and internal resources.

Job Requirements

  • Undergraduate degree and fluency in German and English is required. Additional language competencies are welcome, Russian in particular. We are seeking candidates with 5-10 years of legislative, governmental agency or industry association experience and experience within the private sector in increasingly responsible Government Relations/External Affairs roles which include:
  • Knowledge and ability to appropriately influence the political/policy process, including working with and managing consultants and lobbyists;
  • Experience in legislative and public policy making processes;
  • Experience in developing partnerships with trade associations, medical organizations, NGOs and other industry partners in order to push an agenda;
  • Formulating and implementing business development, government relations and external affairs policies in Germany, Switzerland, EU-level or the CIS countries;
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze key regulatory and policy issues in light of the company’s strategic goals and to focus on those issues that advance (or could potentially inhibit) the company’s competitive business interests.
  • Demonstrated ability to partner effectively with internal business stakeholders.
  • Record of achievement and accomplishment.
  • Experience working in the medical capital equipment, medical device or healthcare industry is highly desirable. Must be organized and a self-starter and be able to work within a matrix organisation.

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