Head of External Relations, Europe

Location flexible in Europe, but likely to be close to one of the EU media hubs
Circa £80,000 plus car, bonus and other blue-chip company benefits
20 Dec 2013
20 Jan 2014
HeadExternal Relations Dec13
Full Time
Contract Type

Teva isn't the most famous name in medicines, but you've almost certainly depended on us to feel better. We're the biggest maker of 'generic' drugs in the world and in Europe, and a leader in innovation in some key areas of innovative medicine, and we're on an ambitious journey through change.

We're recruiting for a new role, that will use the media not just as an outlet but as a strategic partner, helping to get our message across. Health matters, and we supply medicines that improve the quality of life for millions of people. we have a lot to say, and we - more than anyone - supports the patient through their life and treatment journey.

The key audiences are many: key consumer media like the FT, Handelsblatt, Le Monde, CNN Europe; but also women's magazine health columns, specialist medical titles and bloggers. Part of the job will be to act as our key European media relations specialist handling crisis comms and journalist calls, of course, but also you'll be working proactively to spread the good news of how we help healthcare - and could help more.

And there's more: beyond your media relations role, you'll be the 'glue' that understands and co-ordinates our PR activity via agencies to promote our branded medicines portfolio. You'll work closely with the marketing teams to make sure their PR activities are joined-up and are helped to be effective. You'll be in charge of the grid at a European level, and you'll work closely with Teva's global Head of Corporate Reputation to make sure we're talking to our audiences consistently and effectively.

Where you live is less important than what you can do. You'll probably need to travel to meet contacts, and it might help if it's not too difficult to travel frequently to Teva's European headquarters in central Amsterdam. You'll be a self-starter, and able to assess a situation quickly.

If you know the pharmaceutical industry already, that's great. If not, don't let that put you off but we'll want you to demonstrate experience in situations where regulatory and compliance issues are a major business driver. You might be working in-house, or a journalist - the key is to understand how to reach our key media stakeholders and be an effective bridge, so that Teva gets its point across so that patients benefit.

Your written and verbal language and persuasion skills (in English) will be excellent, and you must be an accomplished spokesperson.

To apply or to find out more, write to jobs.europe@tevaeu.com.