Regional Lead - State Government Affairs, Northern New Jersey (283961)

Novo Nordisk

United States

Full time


Sep 15

About the Department                                                                                                                                                   

Novo Nordisk’s Market Access and Public Affairs team engages diverse stakeholders across political and healthcare landscapes to forge solutions that drive patient access to innovative products.  We strive to deliver the best possible outcomes for patients with diabetes, obesity, growth hormone deficiencies and rare bleeding disorders through mutual wins for both Novo Nordisk and our Market Access customers.  Our passion for helping people live better lives and our award-winning product pipeline can only be as effective as our ability to provide life-changing information to healthcare providers, key stakeholders and policymakers. Our Market Access and Public Affairs professionals ensure that the latest therapies and products reach the people who need them most, by creating an environment where innovation and chronic disease management drive optimal health outcomes. Are you ready to realize your potential?


The Position

The Regional Lead of State Government Affairs sits within the State Government Affairs Team. This individual is expected to participate comprehensively in Novo Nordisk's state policy agenda, particularly strategic goals, resource recommendations, leveraging of the Novo Nordisk Political Action Committee, and optimizing consultants. This position will focus on strategic planning, communicating, advocating, and executing a proactive state government affairs goals that advance Novo Nordisk's enterprise strategy as it relates to state legislation and policy. This position will also work strategically to defeat or mitigate actions by local state offices and organizations that could negatively affect our business or patients. The Regional Lead is accountable for relationships with state level appointees within an Administration and state legislative policymakers. This position will proactively collaborate with internal partners on all aspects of federal, alliance and policy goals. This position serves as one of the company's primary contacts/advocates responsible for developing strategic lobbying plans, as well as communicating and promoting the company's positions directly to state and local officials. Facilitates cross-functional internal stakeholder teams on SGA policy objectives. Responsible for the development, advocacy, communication and execution of key business and Triple Bottom Line priorities in approximately 4-5 states within a region of approximately 10 states. Collaborates, where appropriate, with Market Access Account Executives and Field Sales staff to implement state strategies that promote the Novo Nordisk brand and/or issues and/or relationships in the states within assigned region. Oversee activities of contract lobbyists in several states in the assigned region.




Essential Functions

  • Develops and manages proactive and reactive strategies to mitigate risks and identify opportunities for policy goals of importance to the Company to achieve the success of NNI business goals
  • Monitors state policy and business environment for emerging issues that affect NNI products or business operations
  • In consultation with the Team Lead, identifies and educates internal NNI stakeholders and, as necessary, creates NNI cross-functional working groups to keep all apprised of the status of the issues as they evolve, to assure that advocacy remains informed by current NNI business strategy
  • Advocates within assigned states with key government officials, legislative committees and other entities Novo Nordisk’s position on legislative or public policy initiatives of importance to the company and the patients who rely on NNI therapies
  • Defines contract lobbyist responsibilities and directs activities in order to execute action plans designed to maximize Novo Nordisk’s impact on policy makers and patients
  • Develops strategic plan for geographic region to provide advance insights into risks and opportunities to which NNI may need to respond and develops political intelligence to enable proactive strategic plans for response
  • Tracks state legislation and regulation on NNI’s businesses and coordinates with policy team to understand impacts and NNI’s position
  • Coordinates with Alliance Development team on cross-functional projects involving outside organizations
  • Ensures that state government officials, state legislative committees, and other relevant parties are educated on Novo Nordisk’s position on public affairs issues of importance to the Company
  • Proactively initiates and cultivates relationships with state policymakers and their staffs on behalf of Novo Nordisk
  • Participates in cross-functional work teams to stimulate effective collaboration and ensure progress toward Novo Nordisk legislative and regulatory objectives
  • Develops strategies and spearheads opportunities to help grow Novo Nordisk Political Action Committee (PAC) and assist in the growth of NNI grassroots activities
  • Builds organizational alignment on key issues by informing and educating management and employees about external developments
  • Strategically manage state government affairs consultants
  • Assures strict adherence to lobbying disclosure and other ethical requirements applicable to government relations activities within each state in which they engage
  • Maintains beneficial relationships with patient, health care professional, and health advocacy groups, key government officials, legislative committees and other entities that define or influence state policy decisions affecting Novo Nordisk or the patients who rely on our therapies, consistent with and in coordination with the Alliance Development team.
  • Provides input for memos, educational materials, and presentations, as necessary, for senior leadership
  • In collaboration with other necessary internal NNI stakeholders, plans and executes events for state and local officials designed to increase awareness of Novo Nordisk and policy issues


Physical Requirements



  • Advanced knowledge of state government affairs and public policy, including policy analysis and government relations
  • Demonstrated ability to proactively strategize on how best to advance policy priorities
  • Demonstrated track record of strong advocacy and communications skills
  • Demonstrated analytical skills to understand key components of legislation and policy
  • Work with external stakeholder groups or alliance development experience a plus
  • Experience within the health insurance space a strong plus
  • Proven track record of effective strategic planning, execution and follow up
  • Strong interpersonal and communications style with ability to convey passion about Novo Nordisk and our company's public policy goals; ability to generate excitement and enthusiasm among internal and external audiences



The base compensation range for this position is $148,290 to $259,510. Base compensation is determined based on a number of factors. In addition, this position is part of the Annual Performance Incentive Plan. The role may also be eligible for a long-term incentive bonus depending on level and other Company factors. The position is eligible for a company car through the Company’s FLEET program.


Employees are also eligible to participate in Company employee benefit programs including medical, dental and vision coverage; life insurance; disability insurance; 401(k) savings plan; flexible spending accounts; employee assistance program; tuition reimbursement program; and voluntary benefits such as group legal, critical illness, identity theft protection, pet insurance and auto/home insurance. The Company also offers time off pursuant to its uncapped sick time policy, flex-able vacation policy, and parental leave policy.



We commit to an inclusive recruitment process and equality of opportunity for all our job applicants.


At Novo Nordisk we recognize that it is no longer good enough to aspire to be the best company in the world. We need to aspire to be the best company for the world and we know that this is only possible with talented employees with diverse perspectives, backgrounds and cultures. We are therefore committed to creating an inclusive culture that celebrates the diversity of our employees, the patients we serve and communities we operate in. Together, we’re life changing.


Novo Nordisk is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by local, state or federal laws, rules or regulations.


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