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Director – Research Unit

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) is seeking a Director for its Policy and Research team to conduct analysis and oversee a portfolio of internal and external research related to the market for prescription medicines, with a focus on the supply chain and the economic impact of public policy.

The individual will report to the Deputy Vice President, Policy and Research and will play a lead role in driving development of PhRMA policy positions and strategy related to the supply chain. This highly visible role requires extensive collaboration across PhRMA and with member companies.


The Director will:

  • Create and oversee development of a broad range of policy and advocacy materials on the distribution system for prescription medicines, drug pricing, and coverage and reimbursement across federal and private health care programs, ensuring all advocacy materials reflect the strongest evidence and analysis;
  • Advise and collaborate with the communications team on development of PhRMA press materials and background information on policy impacts;
  • Lead efforts to monitor, analyze and distill academic literature, government data, and other publicly available information on coverage and spending trends for prescription medicines, working in coordination with the Policy team;
  • Conduct data analysis and produce economic estimates of the impacts of policy proposals on prescription drug spending.
  • Commission and manage external research projects aimed at better understanding the implications of policy proposals on access to care, utilization, reimbursement and spending.Lead rapid response efforts to requests for information about policy impacts from member companies, PhRMA leadership and colleagues, under tight timelines;
    Develop strong relationships with member companies, consultants and colleagues PhRMA-wide to understand advocacy goals/objectives and manage issues proactively.

Key Success Factors

PhRMA seeks a collaborative, proactive self-starter who is passionate about access to medicines and contributing to the healthcare challenges we face today. Key success factors for this role include a strong understanding of the dynamics of the prescription drug market, strong interpersonal skills and team focus paired with the ability to work independently and under short timelines. The preferred candidate will bring expertise in healthcare and/or pharmaceutical industry research, familiarity with analyzing economic and quantitative data, and be focused, organized, detail oriented, responsive and diplomatic. The successful candidate should be adaptable, able to reprioritize and shift gears quickly and be comfortable in a high-pressure, fast-paced environment.

Professional Experience / Requirements

  • Master’s degree in Economics, Finance, Statistics, Epidemiology, Public Policy, Health Policy or related field strongly preferred;
  • 5+ years of experience in healthcare research and policy analysis;
  • Experience managing third party research efforts;
  • Excellent writing and editing skills;
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Excellent quantitative analysis skills and experience with statistical software, such as SAS;
  • Experience working with healthcare survey or claims data;
  • Microsoft Office Excel and PowerPoint

Preferred Experience

  • Understanding of HHS, Congress and federal health policy process;
  • Experience in federal government or related advocacy environment;
  • Experience at a health plan, pharmacy benefit manager, pharmaceutical wholesaler, or another related pharmaceutical industry environment

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 well-being 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. Corporate social 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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