GlaxoSmithKline Plc Job for a Communications and Government Affairs Director

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), one of the world’s leading research based
pharmaceutical and healthcare companies, is committed to improving the
quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and
live longer. GSK employs over 97,000 employees in over 100 countries
worldwide.

GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Nigeria Plc is one of Africa’s largest consumer
healthcare companies, producing leading brands such as Lucozade,
Ribena and Panadol.

GlaxoSmithKline Plc is recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Communications and Government Affairs Director – Nigeria & West Africa
Requisition ID: WD92997
Location: Lagos, Nigeria-Lagos
Position: Full time
Functional area: Communications
Job Purpose

  • In line with our Africa 2020 vision, GSK seeks to tell its story
    and build trust with internal and external stakeholders on the
    continent.  These include employees, media, governments, industry
    bodies, regulators, HCPs, distributors etc.
  • Given the importance of Nigeria to the GSK business, a well
    functioning and effective Communications and Government Affairs (CGA)
    function will support the LOC Leadership team appraise and monitor the
    external environment and manage stakeholders; have a clear understanding
    of healthcare and political environment and its impact on GSK; develop
    policies, messaging and advocacy on key issues; support GM as local lead
    on engagement with trade associations, government officials, key media
    and external influencers; and take a ‘one GSK’ approach to government
    affairs and LOC communication activity across RX, Vaccines, R&D and
    ViiV operations represented in Nigeria.
  • This LOC combined Communications and Government Affairs role
    will work closely with functional Africa DC Communications RX,
    Government Affairs Rx leads to allow capability building and functional
    expertise.
  • As a shared services role, the job holder will provide similar business support to West Africa.

Key Responsibilities / Accountabilities
Communications (Internal and External):

  • Provide the GM Nigeria and GM West Africa with communications counsel and strategic advice.
  • Develop and implement internal and external communication
    strategies to enhance the reputation of GSK in Nigeria and West Africa
    and to drive business performance.
  • Support major change programmes and organizational changes organizational changes in Nigeria and West Africa.
  • Develop and deliver specific plans to build business leaders
    external relationships (media and other stakeholders) and company
    profile through targeted engagements on key strategic topics aligned to
    the GSK brand and business.
  • Lead and manage issues arising in Nigeria and West Africa,
    advising and involving Nigeria and West Africa Leadership Team members
    and above country teams as appropriate.
  • Represent GSK Nigeria and West Africa communications and GSK
    internally and externally at key meetings, industry engagements,
    community programs etc. to inspire people with the GSK brand and
    demonstrate our values.
  • Oversee effective and productive agency selection and the outsourcing of communications related work at country level.
  • Advise the business on effective message delivery and communications channels.
  • Understand, monitor and manage the external commentator
    environment proactively and reactively.  Build a radar mechanism to
    collect and effectively manage risks and opportunities. 
  • Ensure traditional and new media monitoring and reporting
    processes are in place to ensure the business has full understanding of
    media coverage and impact across the region.
  • Take a ‘hands on’ approach for key reputational corporate and brand reputation campaigns in Nigeria & West Africa.
  • Build strong personal and institutional network of key media commentators and PR agencies across the geography.
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Government Affairs:

  • Create a favorable external environment and protect and enhance
    the reputation of GSK and support business growth by developing direct
    and indirect advocacy programmes to address key issues.  
  • Support the GM Nigeria and West Africa with Government Affairs
    in their external engagement activities by providing counsel and
    strategic advice regarding the political, policy, economic and
    healthcare environment and GSK’s policy positions on these issues
  • Track local and regional policy trends; spot risks and opportunities.
  • Represent GSK externally in relevant trade association and external meetings and conferences.
  • Build partnerships with Nigeria and West Africa policy makers
    and influencers and bring the voice of government, the patient and
    consumer into GSK.  
  • Work with the Government Affairs Director, EMA & Africa DC
    to develop solutions-driven policy positions that address key issues
    impacting GSK’s reputation or business

Interactions:

  • Operationally, the CGA role reports to the General Manager – Nigeria and General Manager – West Africa.

The role holder will interact with varied stakeholders

  • Senior GSK leadership at LOC and Area level
  • Media (mainstream and digital)
  • NGO partners and community leaders
  • Industry (HCPs, Regulators etc.)
  • Employees within Rx / enterprise.
  • Government officials and other state actors e.g. policy makers, Ambassadors etc.

The role holder should embody ‘humble confidence’ in all interactions
with the above stakeholders. Good negotiating skills, ability to listen
and analyse and solution-focus is essential to creating win-win
partnerships.

Basic Qualifications

  • Degree / Post Degree Qualification in Communications, Public Affairs, Public Policy

Preferred Qualifications:

  • English language is essential
  • A business knowledge of French is desirable.
  • Excellent communication skills, both interpersonal and
    presentation; able to interact with and influence all levels of
    individuals across the organisation.
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Experience:

  • Rounded senior CGA leader with exceptional business partnering
    and stakeholder management abilities internally and externally. 
    Values-led leader at ease advising and delivering in role.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the external and public policy environment
  • Highly skilled in managing complex issues (external and
    internal), identifying areas of control, mobilizing internal response
    and resolving effectively.
  • Demonstrate ability to inspire employees, drive engagement and deliver business results.
  • Exquisite personal judgment, behavioral flexibility and experience of working across multiple and varied cultures.
  • Issues management capabilities to help steer business reputation in times of crisis.
  • Demonstrate ability to execute with discipline and finesse. 
    Showcase ability to deliver tangible, measurable and sustainable
    business results that earn the organization the social license to
    operate and grow.
  • A strong personal track record of building and managing
    excellent media relations, delivering on-message coverage in top tier
    local / regional titles.
  • A strong track record in building partnerships and relationship with government and other key external stakeholders

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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