Senior Manager, Patient Engagement and Policy Strategy

Job Description


Reporting to Director, Government Affairs and Public Policy, the Senior Manager, Patient Engagement and Policy Strategy will build and improve national access and policy strategies and support regional strategies designed to positively position the company as a collaborator of choice for a wide range of prospective partners – with a particular focus on health charities, patient groups and community organizations working across the broader health system.


  • Act as a key account manager for national partners to present a single point of contact and coordination to external partners

  • Build and implement targeted engagement plans within key therapeutic areas aligning partnership and policy outcomes with key business objectives

  • Support regional planning processes by working in close consultation with AstraZeneca’s Government Affairs, Payer Relations, commercial and medical teams to ensure consistency and alignment between regional and national planning initiatives

  • Collaborate with internal colleagues (i.e Market Access, Government Affairs, Marketing, Sales, Scientific Affairs, Global Patient Affairs and Global Therapeutic Area Policy) to foster optimal partnerships and highlight relationships with key influencers to achieve business priorities

  • Work with partners to share new insights, define and communicate harmonies and shared value and communicate knowledge of patient advocacy perspectives to the broader company

  • Monitor, analyze, provide insight, and make strategic recommendations on engagement priorities to all appropriate internal colleagues. You act a senior counsel to the Director and other AstraZeneca senior leaders (including President and Executive Team) on patient advocacy and therapeutic area/cross therapeutic area/above brand policy issues

  • Respect and adhere to AstraZeneca’s Code of Conduct and other corporate policies


  • Deep knowledge of the Canadian healthcare system and public health environment including the interrelationship between patient advocacy organizations, pharmaceutical companies, healthcare practitioners and governments/payers

  • University degree in public health (health promotion/health education), political science or business

  • Proven experience in external, stakeholder-facing roles within the pharmaceutical industry, not-for-profit sector or agency, or health policy

  • Deep understanding of how to create, broker, and strengthen partnerships

  • Positively impact and influence others and quickly establish credibility while building strong business relationships; able tp uncover myriad needs that align with strategic direction, as well as engage and mobilize diverse partner groups to collaborate on matters of shared interest

  • Critical analyzer and seek opportunities and challenges that intersect at the individual, business and society (externally) and within and between AstraZeneca’s core therapeutic areas (internally)

  • Experience working in the respiratory, vaccine or oncology therapeutic areas is an asset

  • Understand program measurement and evaluation (asset)

  • Strong communication and presentation skills allow you to share complex information in dynamic environments

  • Able to travel across Canada (~20%) (post pandemic)

About AstraZeneca Canada:

Our purpose is bold and so is our approach. Becoming a more agile and innovative company means creating a vibrant, dynamic culture where we celebrate entrepreneurial thinking and act quickly to inspire change. We are courageous, taking smart risks and learning from both success and failure. We are curious, creative, and open to new insights and ways of working. Above all, we are passionate about science and driven to always put patients first. Join us at our great place to work; an environment that energizes and empowers each of us to achieve our goal to develop and deliver medicines.

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