Abbott Senior Director, Federal Government Affairs in Washington, District Of Columbia

At Abbott, we're committed to helping people live their best possible life through the power of health. For more than 125 years, we've brought new products and technologies to the world -- in nutrition, diagnostics, medical devices and branded generic pharmaceuticals -- that create more possibilities for more people at all stages of life. Today, 99,000 of us are working to help people live not just longer, but better, in the more than 150 countries we serve.

To support and advance Abbott’s interests before U.S. Congress, federal agencies, policymakers, and trade/business associations. Represent Abbott’s interests through the proactive advocacy of Members of Congress, staff, and federal agency officials.

Responsible for public policy analysis and strategy formulation for all Abbott businesses, with an emphasis on healthcare and nutrition. Candidate will develop Abbott positions and lead Abbott’s efforts in influencing proposed policies, legislation, regulations, and programs.

A successful candidate will proactively assess trends, policies and emerging issues and can develop and implement strategies, and actions to effectively address issues that impact all Abbott business.


  • Assess impact of federal legislative, executive, and regulatory proposals and policies on Abbott.

  • Review and analyze legislative and executive branch/regulatory activities to assess the level of impact to the company.

  • Develop strategic plans and recommendations to influence legislative and agency actions, and proactively identify opportunities for Abbott in the policy-making arena.

  • Develop and successfully implement action plans by working with relevant stakeholders, including outside allies, coalitions and trade associations.

  • Advance and protect Abbott interests and reputation with key stakeholders, maintaining and developing relationships with those opinion leaders and policymakers.

  • Brief, and staff Abbott senior leadership during Washington D.C. policy-related meetings or visits by elected officials to Abbott facilities.


  • University or Bachelor’s degree.

  • Five or more years in positions of increasing responsibility and experience in government affairs or public policy.


  • Master’s degree in political science, public policy, public health, or MBA/JD is a plus.

  • Seven to ten year’s minimum in positions of increasing responsibility and experience in government affairs, or public policy in health care is strongly desired.

  • Involvement and success in influencing the development of policy, as well as knowledge of the political process, is required.

  • Knowledge of Medical device/diagnostic/nutrition areas of health care is a plus.


  • Proven ability to interface with key policy-makers, dignitaries, major association policy teams, think tank organizations/coalitions and executives.

  • Proven track record of policy development, negotiations, and professional writing, communication and project management skills with the ability to manage multiple projects under deadline pressure.

  • Proven ability to drive for results, motivate and positively influence individuals both inside and outside of the organization.

  • Recognized team player who seeks to become an integral part of an industry-leading government affairs group.

  • Demonstrated evidence of strong organizational skills, adept at managing complex array of projects/issues.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Abbot welcomes and encourages diversity in our workforce.

We provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities.

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