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CHC Public Affairs Italy Lead

Milan, Italy Permanent Date posted 06/06/2024
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Job title:CHC Public Affairs Italy Lead

  • Job type: Permanent, Full Time
  • Location: Milan, Italy

About the job

At Sanofi Consumer Healthcare, we have one shared mission – we work passionately, every day, to ‘serve healthier, fuller lives’ now and for the generations to come.

In order to do so, we strive to act as a force for good by integrating sustainability along our business and employees’ mission and operate responsibly from both a social and environmental point of view.

Everything we do is centered around people’s interests – our consumers, our customers, healthcare professionals, and our employees – across the world.

We are building loved brands that serve 1bn consumers worldwide, through our key platforms: Allergy, Physical & Mental Wellness, Pain, Digestive Wellness and Cough, Cold & Flu.

We aspire to become the best Fast Moving Consumer Health (FMCH) company In & For the world and we aim to build a work environment where people can thrive, grow, enjoy and be at their best.

Your role:

As the CHC Public Affairs Zone Lead for Italy, your role will be pivotal in shaping the external public policy and healthcare landscape, in support of CHC’s purpose, ambition, business and sustainability strategy. You will spearhead engagement with external stakeholders to bolster self-care, strengthen CHC’s reputation, and establish it as a thought leader. Reporting directly to the CHC Italy General Manager, your duties will include crafting and executing public affairs, policy, and advocacy strategies. These efforts will be targeted towards key priority markets in Italy, with the aim of shaping the external operating environment to support self-care and accelerate CHC's growth. This position demands keen business acumen, strong leadership, strategic agility, and excellent advocacy and communication skills. Moreover, it necessitates demonstrated proficiency in navigating complex policy, regulatory, and access landscapes. The ability to provide clear guidance and strategic counsel to the Zone General Manager, while securing buy-in from crucial internal stakeholders, will be instrumental in achieving success.

Main responsibilities and key results:

The primary objective of this role is to establish and execute a robust public affairs, policy and advocacy strategy and action plan in support of business priorities in CHC Italy and in close collaboration with key internal stakeholders and functions to drive CHC’s external agenda: Corporate Communications, Growth Hub, Science Hub, and People & Culture

  • Identify key policy priorities aligned with CHC Italy General Manager's business growth goals.
  • Conduct thorough analysis of external landscape to ensure strategic alignment with functional partners.
  • Anticipate and respond to public affairs & policy trends and competitive dynamics.
  • Monitor external developments and communicate potential threats or opportunities to relevant stakeholders.
  • Propose CHC positions on key issues, develop advocacy materials, and ensure internal alignment.
  • Strengthen engagement with key stakeholders and represent CHC in industry associations.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to mitigate risks and seize opportunities.
  • Develop scenarios and risk mitigation plans based on policy understanding.
  • Stay updated on industry changes and identify new business opportunities.
  • Drive Ethics & Business Integrity activities within Public Affairs to ensure compliant engagement.

About you:

  • Senior professional with 10+ years' experience in public affairs, policy, and market access & development, ideally with pharmaceutical and consumer healthcare industry knowledge.
  • Strong network within Italian healthcare ecosystem, adept at effectively engaging with government ministries, diplomatic corps, trade associations, and civil society organizations.
  • Proven track record of success in public affairs & policy advocacy, market access & development, driving thought leadership and effective stakeholder engagement.
  • Familiarity with regulatory environments and experience working with healthcare authorities and professional organizations.
  • Entrepreneurial mindset, adept at identifying and capitalizing on new business opportunities.
  • Results-driven with a compliance-first approach and ability to collaborate cross-functionally.
  • Adaptable to fast-paced, matrix environments with strong organizational and analytical skills.
  • Exercises independent judgment in complex situations and fosters creativity and diversity.
  • Advanced degree in social sciences and behavioural sciences preferred.
  • Excellent written and spoken Italian and English; proficiency in other additional languages an asset.

Why choose us?

1. Purpose-driven mission:

 - Sanofi's mission statement, "Empower Life," highlights the company's commitment to improving healthcare and having a positive impact on society

2. Global impact:

 - Sanofi's commitment to public health has helped protect hundreds of millions of people from influenza and pushed polio to the brink of eradication

3. Diverse and talented workforce:

 - Sanofi values ​​cultural differences and relies on the diversity and talents of its employees to promote innovation, effectiveness and competitiveness

4. Cutting-edge science and innovation:

 - Sanofi is at the forefront of transformative science, transforming the practice of medicine and positively impacting the communities in which it operates.

Pursue progress, discover extraordinary

Better is out there. Better medications, better outcomes, better science. But progress doesn’t happen without people – people from different backgrounds, in different locations, doing different roles, all united by one thing: a desire to make miracles happen. So, let’s be those people.

At Sanofi, we provide equal opportunities to all regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, or gender identity.

Watch our ALL IN video and check out our Diversity Equity and Inclusion actions at!

All applications will be considered without any discrimination of any kind.
In the spirit of maximum inclusivity and merit equality, the announcement is open to applications from protected or disadvantaged categories (Law 68/99).

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