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Policy Lead


Anderlecht, Brussels, Belgium

Job Function:  Market Access & Pricing
Job ID:  69148

Help us transform patients' lives.

At UCB, we put our heart, soul, and skills into making a difference for people living with severe disease. Working together to push the boundaries, we blend the best of our talents to unlock innovation.  Will you join us in our pioneering adventure?

Policy Lead for UCB's Rare Diseases Mission


Major accountabilities:

UCB is developing an innovative new approach to treating IgG and complement C5 mediated diseases. Our goal is to be leaders in the rare diseases that can best be served by this new treatment. Fundamental to our aspiration will be a strategic approach to engaging with the external environment designed to build our credibility in the market, shape the market in ways that create increased value for patients, and most importantly, create authentic and impactful relationships with the various policy and advocacy leaders globally that guide the care of patients living with auto-immune related diseases.

Reporting into the RoZi Mission’s Head of Portfolio Strategy, the Policy Lead will create and operate the global strategy that will drive our effort including securing and prioritizing resources, selecting class-leading partners and collaborating with a broad matrix of colleagues to ensure impact. Delivery will include:

  • Building and operating the policy long-term strategy, centred around  value creation for patients and stakeholders, in association with adjacent functions (e.g. Market Access, Medical Affairs, Patient Engagement and Advocacy). This strategy will ensure full alignment of our Government Affairs, Advocacy and Public Policy agenda with short and long-term business goals.
  • Driving and supporting strong regional/local execution by affiliates.
  • Driving and monitoring execution of the policy strategy, and communicating its results to the Rozimab leadership team and other relevant colleagues.
  • Cultivating external stakeholder relationships and partnership opportunities that focus on (a) improving patients’ access to potentially life transforming therapies and (b) advancing national/local policies to support programs that improve treatment and care for patients;
  • Defining the best way to operate, using existing UCB network involved in external-oriented functions.
  • Delivering coherent and sophisticated environmental analysis and policy insight the Mission, including identification of changes needed in health systems to optimize patient access to treatment.
  • Enhancing the Rozimab Mission’s expertise related to policy through development initiatives, training and support when needed.
  • Collaborating with other Missions to ensure alignment across UCB’s Rare Disease and broader corporate efforts.
  • Develop and track KPI’s to ensure uptake and impact of programs.


The Policy Lead will:

  • Deliver on-time and on-budget ambitious global policy strategy designed to differentiate UCB as patient-value driven leaders;
  • Work closely with the Mission LT colleagues to ensure the impact and health of the Mission;
  • Guide collaborative efforts, with multiple Missions, to define and build UCB’s image in Rare Disease: Lead cross-functional and matrixed colleagues in building solutions for patients;
  • Foster an agile team environment where the right experts flow to the work and patient value guides resource/effort prioritization.

Your Profile:


  • Prior experience (at least 10 years) in government affairs/public affairs is preferred. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate a track record of achievements in the field of policy/advocacy/government affairs.
  • University degree in public health, public policy, international affairs, political science, business administration and/or law are preferred.



  • Understanding the external environment and political decision-making process.
  • Skilled judgement on positioning and tone of sensitive and complex issues is essential.
  • In-depth knowledge of rare disease industry, including successful global rare launches preferred.


Required Skills - General

  • Effective, flexible approach to team working. Strong management, leadership, coaching and motivation skills that build high performing individuals and teams. Ability to work across cultures and lead teams of geographically dispersed people.
  • Proven ability to lead and influence others at both peer and senior level.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and previous evidence of networking to a high level. Strong communication, networking, collaboration and interpersonal skills - ability to build relationships of trust with a wide range of individuals and organizations.
  • Strategic and flexible thinking - ability to multi-task, effectively manage projects, handle complex issues, and translate insights into sound analysis and advice to the business.
  • Understands the impact of own actions on other areas of the business and looks for synergies inside and outside the organization.
  • Strong conflict management and negotiation skills.
  • Curious and generous.
  • Proactive & results driven.
  • Entrepreneurial, positive, can-do attitude.
  • Collaborative and balanced with a bias for fast decision making.
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English.


Specific Skills / Behaviors

  • Ability to grasp complex technical information and "translate" it for non-expert audiences.
  • Ability to lead cross-functional meetings and projects across matrix and geographies.
  • Strong understanding of principles of good policy, scientific and commercial communication. and clear messaging to enable ease of understanding by target audiences.
  • Strong understanding of global market access challenges for branded medicines.   
  • Impeccable ethics and integrity.
  • Business travel is required for regular internal and external business meetings.



About us.

UCB- Inspired by Patients. Driven by Science. Everything we do starts with a simple question: “How will this create value for people living with severe diseases?” By putting patients at the heart of what we do, our approach – from discovery to development to delivery – is continuously transformed and designed around patient needs and their journey.

With a team of approximately 7,500 employees and operations in more than 40 countries, we are a global biopharmaceutical company investing more than a quarter of our revenue in cutting-edge scientific research. We are focused on addressing chronic, neurological, immunological, and bone diseases.

Curious to know more? Please visit our website www.ucb.com.

UCB and its subsidiaries encourage diversity and inclusion in the workplace; we are an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

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