Executive Director, Japan Office
13, JP
1 日前


Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America’s (PhRMA’s) International Department seeks a strong and influential team player with excellent relationship building, management, and communication skills to run its Tokyo, Japan office.

Responsibilities / Qualifications

The Executive Director, Japan Office, leads government, policy and public affairs for PhRMA in Japan. Japan is a dynamic region for the biopharmaceutical industry, and is the second largest market for sales of patented medicines.

The Executive Director serves as the key government affairs and policy representative for PhRMA in the market and coordinates with other local associations.

The Executive Director will oversee all management and administrative matters related to PhRMA’s Japan Office, including budget and staff.

The position will help set and execute the industry’s government and public affairs strategies for the market, recognizing emerging threats and identifying opportunities to shape policies aligned with industry’s core policy objectives.

In this capacity, the position has a strong external, customer-focused component, as the Executive Director will represent industry in meetings with key government officials, media, and stakeholders.

In support of these efforts, the Executive Director will manage interactions with PhRMA’s Japan-Based Executive Committee (JBEC) a group comprised of member company senior executives and Presidents responsible for the market.

Ultimately, the position serves as the single point of accountability for government and public affairs in Japan for PhRMA.

Critical responsibilities include, but are not limited to :

  • Manage PhRMA and the local industry policy activities in Japan, including leading advocacy coordination (e.g., conducting regular teleconferences, meetings, etc) and administering the local budget.
  • Coordinate and manage regular meetings with PhRMA’s Japan-Based Executive Committee and teleconferences with PhRMA’s US-based Japan Working Group.
  • Work with local company senior leadership, local associations, and above-country company staff to identify key industry-level issues that impact the biopharmaceutical’s business model.
  • Develop action plans to address such issues. Coordinate with PhRMA member company presidents and senior staff as well as country staff and experts to ensure implementation of plans.
  • Prioritize issues and resources based on needs of the industry and lead development of integrated, strategic government and public affairs campaigns to support policy priorities.
  • Develop and coordinate implementation of public affairs initiatives with policymakers, stakeholders.
  • Serve as lead PhRMA advocate in Japan with US and foreign government officials.
  • Build the government advocacy, policy creation and public affairs activities by leveraging existing materials and global best practices.
  • Key Success Factors :

    The successful candidate will be a highly accomplished individual with expertise in global government affairs and specific experience within the Japanese market.

    S / he must be a highly effective strategic thinker and tactical implementer with a history of delivering results. In coordination with the JBEC, s / he must be able to develop PhRMA’s policy priorities, ensure analytical support for those positions, and then work with the PhRMA team and various member company committees to craft an advocacy strategy that addresses address complex international public policy issues.

    The Executive Director will be highly skilled at anticipating, identifying, and addressing emerging international public policy issues and related risks that could affect a highly complex industry.

    In light of the quickly evolving nature of the relevant business, governmental oversight, and economic issues, the successful candidate will be substantive, possess strong cultural acumen, and be adept in a multitude of environments with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders and constituencies.

    The new Executive Director must possess business acumen and an ability to connect key business issues and drivers to public policy matters to obtain value for the membership.

    In addition to demonstrated success in the Japanese market, it would be highly desired for the successful candidate to possess a broad understanding of international government affairs, and the potential to position Japan as a voice before bodies including the WTO and OECD.

    Professional Experience / Requirements :

  • The successful candidate will understand how to develop policy positions and background support in a manner that is persuasive to multiple audiences.
  • S / he must be a skilled advocate, able to help the advocacy team and regional member leaders articulate PhRMA’s positions to key policy makers.
  • S / he must have the ability to build relationships and use influence effectively in a variety of settings within the association, with member companies, with other external constituencies, including policy makers and influencers in international venues.
  • The candidate must possess outstanding communications skills, both written and verbal, and be able to translate complex issues in an understandable and compelling manner.

  • Because PhRMA represents a competitive and fast-paced industry, the new Executive Director must have the personal qualities and characteristics that will enable him / her to be a success in this environment, internally and externally.
  • The successful candidate will be results-oriented, able to quantify results in measurable terms, and have outstanding judgment to make decisions that are good for the overall industry.
  • S / he must have the organizational acumen necessary to thrive in a cross-functional role in a highly matrixed organization.
  • The new Executive Director must be a true team player and coordinator / collaborator, able to partner effectively with a broad spectrum of people within PhRMA, with the member companies, and with other international associations.
  • S / he must have the service-mentality and consensus-building skills necessary to work in an association environment with member companies who may have different perspectives and needs.
  • The individual must be a diplomat who is a good listener.
  • S / he must be able to synthesize different perspectives and develop positions that will be supported by multiple stakeholders.
  • The new Executive Director must possess integrity, be committed to doing the right thing by others, have the courage of his / her own convictions, and adhering to core principles and values.
  • Preferred Experience :

  • While not required, some knowledge of the language is highly preferred.
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