International Policy Manager (Trade)
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Role summary

The International Policy Manager (trade) will lead in the development and implementation of the ABPI’s trade policy agenda. This includes shaping industry’s priorities for the UK’s relationship with the European Union (EU), bi-lateral trade agreements between the UK and non-EU trade partners and trade-related discussion at multi-lateral organisations/forums such as the World Trade Organisation, G7 and G20.

The nature of this role will require the successful candidate to work with policy experts from the ABPI’s domestic policy teams, international sister associations and to develop an understanding of a broad range of policy issues that feature in the industry’s trade priorities including regulation, supply chain, customs and market access.

Reporting to the Executive Director of International Policy, this position will also work closely with ABPI’s Corporate Affairs function to help shape the ABPI’s engagement with government stakeholders shaping the UK’s position in trade negotiations and on international issues related to trade and trade liberalisation to support global supply.

Primary responsibilities include;

Leading the development of industry priorities with members on topic related to the ABPI’s international trade agenda.

  • Lead cross-functional input (e.g. medicine regulation, market access, intellectual property) on trade policy issues, working effectively with relevant teams across ABPI, sister associations in trade partner countries and members.
  • Provide secretariat for the ABPI International working group and ensure workstream and sub-team activities are well coordinated, prioritised and delivered on time.
  • Create key ABPI policy and position papers, submissions and correspondence in area(s) of responsibility.
  • Help establish a close working relationship via the network of company trade experts to establish positions on the range of technical topics (such as regulation, market access, customs, intellectual property etc.)
  • Attend and present at internal/external meetings.

Support the ABPI’s external outreach and communications on key international issues impacting the UK pharmaceutical market.

  • Working with colleagues in ABPI’s communication and government affairs functions, proactively influence and shape the UK’s trade policy agenda
  • Identify and build relationship with key industry and non-industry stakeholders who will influence the UK’s positioning on issues related to life sciences trade internationally
  • Develop messaging, liaising with other international associations to increase the voice of the UK in international debates on trade issues at the World Trade Organisation, G7 and G20.

Supporting with the internal coordination of the ABPI’s international activities and provide support to the ABPI leadership team with international trade engagement.

  • Develop excellent relationships across all ABPI departments, working collaboratively across functions, with a comprehensive understanding of how the trade agenda contributes to overall ABPI objectives.
  • Lead briefings for the ABPI’s Chief Executive ahead of key international trade meetings, in particular the Department of International Trade’s Life Science Trade Advisory Group.
  • Support the Executive Director, International policy on planning input for discussions on trade with the ABPI Board, taking feedback to and from trade policy working group.

Qualifications, skills and experience

  • Educated to degree level, or equivalent, with proven experience gained within the pharmaceutical sector.
  • A thorough understanding of ABPI Code of Practice, and of the code related interaction between industry and the NHS.
  • A thorough understanding of the pharmaceutical industry and/or international trade policy.
  • A broad understanding of the UK’s trade policy strategy and landscape.
  • Experience gained in an environment-shaping role in the pharmaceutical industry, or a related stakeholder organisation.
  • Experience working internationally on issues impacting the pharmaceutical industry, in particular international trade. Familiarity of willingness to develop expertise in areas such as international medicine regulatory policy and/or topics related to global medicine supply such as customs and tariffs.
  • Ability to bring together and influence multiple stakeholders to achieve results through cross-functional collaboration and project management.
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills
  • Facilitation skills, able to communicate clearly in presentations and in writing to a range of audiences at different levels, including Government and external stakeholders
  • Successful experience of working on a range of simultaneous responsibilities, meet deadlines and prioritise in a multi-functional environment.

To apply

For a full job description and salary and benefits information or to apply for this opportunity please send your CV with a covering letter to the HR Manager at