Policy, Market and Patient Access Leader

Job description

Pleased to meet you, we are Galapagos, a dynamic fast growing Biotech company with offices in Europe in Belgium (Mechelen), France (Romainville), the Netherlands (Leiden) and in The USA, Boston.


We’re in the business of changing lives.  In our quest to discover and develop life-improving medicines we go where no one has ever gone before. In every challenge we face, we see new opportunities.  We want to challenge the impossible.  We need thought leaders and rapid thinkers, entrepreneurs in spirit and status quo-fighters.  Collaborative innovators and perseverant idealists. We need the best-in-class.  In other words, we need you: The ‘make-it-happeners’. 


We are looking for a Policy, Market & Patient Access Leader


Scope of the job


The Policy, Market & Patient Access Leader function at Galapagos is responsible for payer and disease policy and engagement level, with focus on external engagement and local activities that build strong relationships and opportunities for patient access for Galapagos.


Your role


The Policy, Market & Patient Access Leader will work cross-functionally with colleagues to develop strategic policy plans, to advance policy issues and engage health authorities. We are looking for someone who provide leadership to our executive team and commercial, medical and market access teams on policy issues including: establishing priorities, and developing and executing policy plans, mapping of stakeholder and influence networks, and crafting the engagement plan to activate these stakeholders. Finally, this person will work with local market teams to continue to drive change and to improve access to innovative pipeline agents developed by Galapagos. This person will be essential in shaping the market for the future of Galapagos and our products.   


We are interested in hiring someone who is able to work collaboratively, strategically and to provide leadership across Galapagos functions, regions, affiliates and externally with key partners to provide solutions. This person will also develop issue briefs and background materials reflecting Galapagos positions and analyses with internal and external stakeholders.




Who are you?


You are a professional preferably with an MBA or other graduate degrees. You have at least 6 years public policy/relations, payer, market access or other related experience in the consulting, government relations, trade, and international biopharmaceutical industry. You are someone who has a deep understanding of global systems-level and product-level market access systems and barriers to broader use of medications. You have excellent project management skills in a fast-paced environment, with the ability to identify challenges and problems and to take initiative to find solutions in a tangible and ethical manner. In doing so you must be confident in your ability to thrive in ambiguity and to communicate effectively with external stakeholders in a way that upholds the values and ambitions of our company. Last but not least, you have the ability to work in a multi-disciplinary setting, acting as a creator and facilitator to drive fulfilment of strategic goals.


What’s in it for you?


You will be part of a fast growing and amazing company.  As ‘make-it-happener’ you will get all the support you need to make your job successful.  At Galapagos we aim to recruit the best people, who stand out among their peers, with integrity and excellent interpersonal and presentation skills. Our employees are the strength behind Galapagos, a highly motivated team, eager to maintain Galapagos’ leading position and achieve breakthroughs in biopharmaceutical research. Galapagos offers a competitive remuneration package and a dynamic work environment.


We are Galapagos: together we can make it happen…!