Public Affairs Graduate

30 Nov 2018
01 Feb 2019
Clinical Research
Roche UK is looking for a positive and enthusiastic Graduate who is keen to gain exposure within a commercial business environment. The successful applicant will support the  Public Affairs team within the Communications, Policy & Access Directorate for 9 months.

The Public Affairs team plays a pivotal role in seeking to shape the political and public policy health environment to support our mission that every eligible patient should have access to the most clinically appropriate treatment. This is an exciting role for a skilled communicator in a fast moving policy environment. As a Public Affairs Graduate you will support the team in addressing some of the big issues affecting the NHS today, such as sustainable access to medicines, patient safety and data transparency.  

The Position

Based in Welwyn Garden City with a starting date in February 2019, this opportunity will allow you to build your skills and knowledge within the pharmaceutical sector, exposing you to Roche's public affairs strategy, were you will contribute towards the implementation of numerous tactical programmes across our diverse portfolio. 


Education and Experience
  • Social Sciences degree
  • Desire to work in public affairs / communications in future

Key Responsibilities
  • Reporting to one of the Public Affairs Managers within the Public Affairs team.
  • Working alongside all three Public Affairs Managers and the Head of Public Affairs to help champion the work of the team - both product specific and in relation to our work to shape the UK healthcare environment.
  • Developing a deeper understanding of the UK healthcare system, specifically medicines policy as well as a good understanding of the wider Roche business.
  • Supporting the implementation of the public affairs political engagement and stakeholder plan. This will include stakeholder correspondence, management of the stakeholder database, providing briefings and attending meetings as appropriate.
  • Coordinating public affairs political monitoring, ensuring that key updates on external events and policy are disseminated to the right people across the UK business in a timely manner.
  • Reviewing and recommending enhancements to policy documents, consultation responses and other key public affairs collateral.
  • Providing logistical support at key public affairs led events including parliamentary meetings.
  • Identifying opportunities to communicate the work of the public affairs team to internal audiences.
  • Helping to ensure good cross functional working across the Communications, Policy and Access Directorate, as well as the wider business.
  • Assisting the team with our internal compliance procedures.

Key Capabilities/Skills

To be successful in this role you will be a Graduate who is interested in public affairs / public policy, ideally within a healthcare environment although this is not a prerequisite.  
  • Have strong written and oral communication skills. Capable of communicating complex information clearly across various levels both inside and outside of our organisation.
  • Be highly organised and able to support the delivery of multi-channel communication programmes across different disease areas, working closely with other internal functional teams.
  • You must have good networking and influencing skills to ensure the successful implementation of public affairs plans.
  • You will be able to demonstrate a proactive approach to your work, conducted with enthusiasm and drive.
  • The successful candidate will be able to operate successfully within a compliance-led regulatory environment.

Supporting Documents

Please ensure you include a cover letter with your application (you can do this after you've uploaded a CV, at the summary stage). As part of your cover letter, Roche is keen to understand your motivation in applying for this position.  You should, therefore, provide responses to the following questions:
  • What is your key motivation for applying for this placement?
  • What skills and experience will you bring to the role?
  • What personal qualities will you bring to the role?
  • What skills or abilities do you expect to develop through this role?
  • What interests and activities do you have outside work and study?

Your cover letter should not exceed one page.


We offer a competitive salary plus the excellent benefits you would expect from a blue-chip organisation, including a genuine interest in your development and progression. 

Roche is an equal opportunity employer.
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