The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) Director / Associate Director, External Affairs - USP China in Shanghai, China

Director / Associate Director, External Affairs - USP China

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Summary of the Position

The Director / Associate Director, External Affairs – China, will be responsible for working collaboratively across the USP China and USP Global External Affairs Division to build and execute an external affairs plan to advance USP’s mission and strategic plan in China. This role has responsibility over several external affairs functional areas including government affairs, regulatory affairs, stakeholder engagement and communications. In addition, this role will have responsibility for building and fortifying key relationships with priority stakeholders, seeking to develop and execute collaborative initiatives with them that advance medicine and food quality.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • External Affairs Strategic Planning – work with colleagues to build a comprehensive USP Strategic External Affairs plan to support USP’s mission, strategic plan and program unit objectives in China.

  • Government Affairs – provide organization with insight into government priorities related to medicine and food quality, build collaborative relationships with key agencies and seek partnership opportunities.

  • Regulatory Affairs – provide organization with insights into regulatory developments related to medicine and food quality from key China government agencies. Serve as a key USP relationship manager with the China Pharmacopeia, key industry associations and other related organizations by leveraging USP internal resources to advance collaboration opportunities.

  • Stakeholder Engagement – map and prioritize key stakeholders in China and build and execute engagement plans for top stakeholders.

  • Communications – working with the USP Global Communications team and USP China leadership, build a strategic communications plan.

  • Organizational Engagement Process – establish a USP China External Affairs Steering Team to inform and routinely engage the organization in external affairs developments and activities in China.

Required Experience

Basic Qualifications

  • Functional Experience – at least 7 years of significant experience working in at least two of the following external affairs areas: Government Affairs, Regulatory Affairs, Stakeholder Engagement, or Communications.

  • Professional Experience – at least 3 years professional experience working in China at a leadership level in an external affairs function in the bio-pharmaceutical industry or a large healthcare focused non-governmental organization or healthcare trade association. Experience working on medicine and/or food quality topics considered a plus.

  • Educational Requirements – a BA or equivalent in Politics, Communications, Public Health or other related field. Advanced degree preferred.

  • Language Requirements – Proficiency in Mandarin and English is required.

  • Individual must have a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively across a matrixed organization.

  • Impeccable ethical standards

Preferred Qualifications

  • Self-starter who is driven to build new capabilities and relationships

  • Strategic thinker who can link public and regulatory policy trends to organizational and business strategy.

  • Who can analyze and identify the specific policy and regulatory issues that impact USP’s work

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Experience working in a multi-cultural organization

  • Proven ability to prioritize and focus on key objectives

Job Location

Shanghai, China

Position Type


Job Category Global External Affairs