Job Description

[Position/ ポジション名]


Public Affairs Manager

[Responsibilities/ 職務内容]

Public Affairs Manager implements the business strategy, engagement, and activation of external stakeholders who drive or influence the policies that determine our ability to successfully secure patient’s access to medicines and/or vaccines. He/She is accountable for implementing the engagement plans with key external stakeholders, keeping in mind their objectives/priorities, key initiatives, health and policy positions, strengths and sources of leverage, capacity building needs, and opportunity areas for collaboration, through in-depth understanding of the country macro and public health policy contexts.

He/She analyzes political environment and healthcare policy trends, issues, and factors to anticipate opportunities and risks of importance to Sanofi business results. He/She develops and implements action plans and provide feedback to Head of Public Affairs and relevant internal stakeholders such as Business Unit Heads, Brand managers, Medical managers, Market Access managers, and others on those areas that need to be taken into account by the brand strategy.

Further, he/she shall map, build and manage close relationships and partnerships with the most critical external stakeholders to develop and execute local Public Affairs tactical plans to drive impact in country, in alignment with the global Public Affairs strategy and local market priorities.

External stakeholders include:

  • Government

  • Medical / Scientific Societies

  • Patient Groups

  • Industry and trade associations

  • NGOs

  • Think Tanks

  • Public Health foundations

  • MHLW Immunization Office

  • Any other relevant local stakeholder or influencer

Specific duties include:

  • Implement the Global Public Affairs strategy for the country level.

  • Coordinate internal and external voices in order to create a Unified Voice at market level to succeed in their business objectives

  • Shape the environment to create market readiness for medicines/vaccines in development

  • Engage & activate stakeholders to support access for our medicines/vaccines

  • Drive consistent engagement with Public Affairs stakeholders with compliance, transparency, and best practice stakeholder management principles. Through these efforts, enhance our company reputation and represent One Sanofi to our partners.

  • Closely collaborate with local brand teams and support functions to develop local Public Affairs strategies.

  • Adapt and translate the strategy based on market realities and priorities, to define high priority tactics and Public Affairs campaigns that impact the environment. This involves:

  • Identify the market access barriers at the time of launch and start working a few years before to define a public affairs strategy that will allow the right engagement with all key stakeholders to shape the environment in the best possible way to secure patient’s access to medicines/vaccines.

  • Work with the patient community to understand the challenges they have when living with that condition and their request for more impactful prevention and/or treatment.

  • Work with communication to start bringing the right messages into this process. Help raise awareness on the burden of disease and bring to the political agenda towards the unmet need that society still has in that particular disease.

  • Work with medical & scientific societies to understand the current standard of treatment and the needs of the medical community to bring a solution to patients.

  • Assist the monitoring and report metrics that assess the impact of the local plans.

  • Lead the working level discussion at trade associations to incorporate Sanofi’s business priority in policy shaping.

  • Drive and gain insights from key thought leaders to drive the agenda of trade associations.

[Requirements & Qualifications/ 応募要件・資格]


  • Bachelor’s Degree (accredited four-year college or university)

  • Post-graduate degree in public health or health care related field /Doctorate degree (e.g., M.D., PhD, PharmD, or equivalent) will be a plus

Years of experience: 10 years minimum experience needed in public affairs/government affairs and/or advocacy roles or any position involving engagement with external stakeholders (e.g. communication, market access, medical, etc.)

Languages: Business English and Fluent Japanese (oral & written)

Required skills and experiences:

  • Cooperate transversely, Teamwork, Strategic thinking, Respect, Interpersonal Communication.

  • Experience in public affairs and patient advocacy, market-shaping strategies, advocacy campaigns, or advanced responsibilities in a regulated industry public affairs role or Scientific Affairs role.

  • Knowledge of and existing relationships with key external PA stakeholders in Japan

  • Ability to influence in a proactive, objective and diplomatic manner

  • Ability to drive projects and initiatives and execute successfully in a complex environment, working with multiple internal and external stakeholders. Proven track record of successfully executing complex projects and initiatives, on time, within budget, with measurement of results

  • Good understanding of stakeholder engagement techniques, policy-making processes and stakeholders, (pharmaceutical and healthcare business as a plus), country-specific PA community and healthcare landscape

  • Ability to implement successful partnerships with local non-governmental influencers

  • Ability to drive local alignment, execution, buy-in across and within the country BU leadership teams though effective interpersonal relations and networking

  • Ability to be a good team player and engage with a wide variety of stakeholders from different functions

  • Ability to communicate effectively both internally and externally.