Manager, Provincial Affairs, Quebec & Atlantic provinces @ AbbVie

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Job Description:

Key responsibilities:
  • Gain and maintain market access for all of AbbVie products with provincial payers in Quebec and Atlantic.
  • Negotiate and manage provincial payer product listing agreements (PLA) terms and conditions to secure reimbursement for our oncology assets and in market therapies.
  • May support pan-Canadian Pharmaceutical Alliance (pCPA) product negotiations (if the province is the lead/co-lead on the pCPA negotiations).
  • Oversee the Quebec and Atlantic government payer and policy-maker interactions related to oncology: to develop and execute AbbVie’s health policy strategy and tactical plans.
  • Support the MA & GA team’s development and implementation of the annual Quebec and Atlantic customer plans. Track the execution and impact of MA & GA lobbying policy-making activities.
  • Identify health policy barriers and ensure optimal policy conditions and reimbursement for current and future AbbVie oncology products.
  • Play an active role with therapeutic area in field teams and identify opportunities to work collaboratively with cross-functional colleagues to deliver on brand objectives.
  • Work closely with the Community Relations team, as needed, to encourage advocacy including provincial patient evidence submissions.
  • Play an active role with provincial regional biopharmaceutical industry association committees (Innovative Medicines Canada, BIOTECanada; Provincial Life Sciences Organizations).
  • Identify and shape multi-stakeholder projects that are of interest to policy makers / public payers and that position AbbVie as a trusted and expert stakeholder.
  • Liaise with Market Access & HEOR team to support Quebec and Atlantic in providing policy makers/drug plan managers with customized relevant clinical and health economic information.
  • Work closely with the Lead, GA & Policy to execute external affairs plans and ensure needs are reflected in planning.
  • Responsible for developing the GA strategy and tactical plan in collaboration with the Lead GA and the Lead MA.
  • Manage the Quebec and Atlantic regional brands and corporate budgets.
  • Influence the development of provincial legislation and policy, leveraging customized value propositions in Quebec and Atlantic policymakers, where appropriate.
  • Work closely with the Lead MA to support financial cycle and ensure the tactical plan is aligned with the MA strategy.


Education/Experience Required: 
  • Bachelor’s degree in Commerce or Science.
  • At least eight years of experience in a similar role or in a role that would provide the skill requirements in oncology considered a strong asset.
  • MA and GA experience (either provincial or federal), with previous involvement and success in influencing the development of legislation and policy.
  • Policy analysis experience and ability to support position papers and expeditiously respond in writing to proposed legislation and new health policies.
  • In-depth knowledge of Canadian health care system, more specifically in oncology: including roles of Institut national d’excellence en santé et services sociaux (INESSS), Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies I Health (CADTH), private and provincial governments drug approval processes
  • High-level public/stakeholder relationship experience with Quebec and Atlantic payers.
  • Knowledge of the healthcare landscape, including local /provincial payer and private healthcare environment and funding budget flows.
  • Strong knowledge of Pharmaco-economic, outcome research and real-word evidence principles.
Essential skills & abilities:
  • Build strong relationships with high-level government (including ministers, deputy ministers, Premier’s offices); public health care policymakers, influencers; provincial and private payers.
  • Translate brand strategies into actionable and realistic GA & MA engagement plans to ensure a supportive regional policy environment for AbbVie oncology products.
  • Collect and share insights with MA team to support the development of value propositions addressing the policymakers and public health care stakeholders’ needs.
  • Ability to take key actions and demonstrate behaviors that support AbbVie’s core and leadership and brand teams behavior
  • Strong communication, presentation, and strategy development skills. Proficiency in writing is necessary.
  • Travel within Canada is approximately 25 % of the time. International travel is approximately 5% of the time. Valid driver’s license and passport are required.
  • Familiar with Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.).
  • Capability with video conferencing tools including Microsoft Teams and Zoom.
AbbVie strives to provide a French working environment for its employees in Quebec. Although as part of its francization program has taken all reasonable steps to avoid imposing the following requirement, advanced amount of knowledge of English / Fluency in English is an essential requirement for the position of Manager, provincial affairs including, but not limited to, for the following reasons:
  1. English speaking employees outside the province of Quebec.
  2. English speaking clients outside the province of Quebec.
  3. Anglophone region outside the province of Quebec.

Experience Level: Senior
Work From: Onsite

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