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This position is based in Washington, DC. Remote work from certain states may be permitted in accordance with Astellas’ Responsible Flexibility Guidelines. Candidates interested in remote work are encouraged to apply.

Purpose and Scope:

The VP Government Affairs & Policy leads the government advocacy effort for the US at the national and state levels on behalf of US Commercial and other functional units. This leadership role is expected to provide influence on the external policy environment so that the value of Astellas’ pipeline, portfolio, operations and P&L is preserved and advanced.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Leads all of Astellas’ government strategy/policy development and government advocacy activities to increase the federal and state government’s awareness of Astellas’ work and position the organization as a premier voice on healthcare policy to federal and state policymakers and other external stakeholders

  • Spearheads development and implementation of proactive policy strategies that align with and advance Astellas business goals and success, and that provide direction and prioritization for Astellas’ government and external affairs activities

  • Leads development of Astellas’ position on major public policy issues being considered by government policymakers and in global and national trade associations (PhRMA, BIO, IFPMA, etc.)

  • Designs and leads implementation of strategic plans to address threats and opportunities; identify healthcare trends, state and federal legislation and regulation impacting all aspects of Astellas. Collaborates with Corporate Planning to provide input of key government issues and trends into Astellas’ annual Mid-Term Plan (MTP)

  • Builds, develops, leads and motivates a team of high caliber senior government strategy/policy and advocacy professionals in Washington DC, Northbrook, and across the country (field-based) responsible for policy development and government advocacy

  • Develops and implements strategy to serve as “Center of Excellence” within Astellas Americas and globally to educate key internal stakeholders on key government policy strategy and trends

  • Identifies, develops and spearheads cross-functional implementation of new and/or improved strategic initiatives and processes that maximize Astellas’ ability to comprehend and respond to relevant policy trends in the dynamic external environment.

  • Oversees the development and implementation of Astellas employee engagement, grassroots activation and PAC programs.

  • Manages and controls department budget to ensure achievement of financial targets and alignment with broader corporate priorities.

Quantitative Dimensions:

  • Lead a team of 17 senior professionals with specific expertise in policy development and federal and states lobbying and advocacy development. Responsible for managing annual budget of approximately $15 million.

  • Responsible for the development and execution of Astellas’ government strategy and government advocacy across all of its current and future therapeutic area franchises

  • Accountable for ensuring effective government affairs strategies at all levels of the U.S. government (federal, state (50)) and for ensuring alignment with external affairs activities across the US and globally as appropriate.

  • Accountable for ensuring that government strategy/policy and external affairs expertise is available to numerous regional and global functions.

Organizational Context:

This position reports to the US Commercial President and manages a team of senior government strategy/policy and advocacy professionals. Collaborates extensively at senior leadership level across all Astellas Americas and Global functions. High visibility with external stakeholders, the position serves as Astellas’ primary government affairs representative and represents the company as its government affairs thought leader.



  • 15 years of government affairs experience in the healthcare industry

  • Minimum of 8 years’ experience managing a government policy/strategy or advocacy function

  • Expertise in federal and state government political, legislative and regulatory operations

  • Proven expertise in leading and managing teams with track record of success

  • Demonstrated effective leadership and strategic thinking skills

  • Exceptional interpersonal, oral, written, and presentation skills

  • Strong negotiation skills, business acumen and analytical prowess

  • Demonstrated ability to successfully lead and manage multiple projects

  • Strong budget planning and management capabilities

  • Ability to travel 50%


  • Experience in pharmaceutical industry

  • Graduate degree in Policy, Law, or Business or equivalent work experience

  • Expertise in areas of healthcare government affairs that are relevant to Astellas business


  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance

  • Generous Paid Time Off options, including Vacation, Sick time, plus national holidays including Heritage Days, and Summer and Winter Breaks

  • 401(k) match and annual company contribution

  • Company paid life insurance

  • Annual Corporate Bonus and Quarterly Sales Incentive for eligible positions

  • Long Term Incentive Plan for eligible positions

  • Referral bonus program


Category Government Affairs & Policy

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