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Deputy Vice President – Science and Regulatory Advocacy

Deputy Vice President – Science and Regulatory Advocacy

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) is seeking an experienced leader in international regulatory policy for its Science and Regulatory Advocacy (SRA) team. The Deputy Vice President is responsible for providing strategic direction and ensuring the successful execution of PhRMA’s global regulatory priorities and will foster relationships with key stakeholders in industry and the US/international regulatory community.

This position will report into the Executive Vice President of the department and be a member of the SRA leadership team. They will also work closely with colleagues in PhRMA’s International, Public Affairs, Policy & Research, and Law departments.


The Deputy Vice President (DVP)’s specific responsibilities include:

  • Advance PhRMA’s international regulatory policy strategies for emerging markets in China, APEC, and the America’s.
  • Develop relationships with regulatory bodies in emerging markets to drive global industry priorities and increase regulatory capacity
  • Partner closely with PhRMA International Advocacy staff to ensure alignment and optimize resources/relationships in emerging markets.
  • Liaise with various regulatory agencies and other organizations e.g. EFPIA, IFPIA, and JPMA
  • Provide oversight and mentor SRA staff lead on the International Conference on Harmonization (ICH) which includes but is not limited to:
    • Providing strategic thought partnership to ICH lead
    • Supporting the coordination of the bi-annual convening of management committee members and;
    • Assisting with the execution of the ICH priorities and initiatives.

Key Success Factors

The ideal candidate for this role will think strategically, demonstrate a long-term policy vision and execute/implement projects. Critical to the success of this role is the ability to engage executive level constituents, manage multiple projects across a wide range of internal and third party stakeholder groups, demonstrate strong relationship building and analytical skills and possess highly developed presentation, as well as verbal and written communication skills.


  • Master’s degree in life sciences, biomedical/ biopharmaceutical sciences, health policy/ public health or similar discipline;
  • 7-10 years of directly-related work experience in international regulatory policy, particularly with China; must be seen as a trusted partner with Chinese regulatory authorities;
  • International Conference on Harmonization (ICH) experience
  • Ability to develop strong relationships with PhRMA member companies, and align numerous stakeholders;
  • Mentorship and management skills;
  • Strong relationship building skills, professional presence and diplomacy;
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills;
  • Excellent analytical strategic thinking skills.
  • Strong Emotional Intelligence;
  • Ability to travel 20% of the time.

Preferred Experience/Skills/Attributes

Pharmaceutical industry and/or experience in a regulatory agency;
Experience in the Americas helpful;
PhD or other advanced degree (PharmD, JD)

Who we are

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) represents the country’s leading innovative biopharmaceutical research companies, which are devoted to discovering and developing medicines that enable patients to live longer, healthier, and more productive lives. Since 2000, PhRMA member companies have invested more than $600 billion in the search for new treatments and cures, including an estimated $71.4 billion in 2017 alone.

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What we offer

In addition to a highly competitive salary, generous 401(k) employer contribution and a platform of extensive benefits, PhRMA is committed to the development and overall wellbeing of our team members. We offer traditional (medical, dental, vision, flexible spending, life, AD&D, LTD, STD, LTC) and enhanced benefits such as parental leave, health advocate service, back-up childcare, commuting and financial & estate planning benefits.

Certified as a CEO Cancer Gold Standard employer by the CEO Roundtable and having been named one of Washington’s Healthiest Employers, PhRMA provides a fitness subsidy, on-site fitness facility and fitness classes, an annual health fair and extensive employee wellness seminars, events and challenges.

We are committed to the growth and development of our team members and offer many learning opportunities such as tuition reimbursement at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, industry on-site and off-site training, and other management/professional development programs. Corporatesocial responsibility is also important to us at PhRMA. Our team members participate in organization-wide community service activities and charitable athletic events.

We are committed to supporting our family of professionals at PhRMA and strive to create programs that help our team members manage the challenges of balancing a fast-paced career with their own personal goals.

Equal Opportunity Employer

PhRMA provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, genetic information, disability, matriculation, political affiliation or veteran status in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment.

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