Valneva is a specialty vaccine company focused on prevention against diseases with major unmet needs. Valneva’s portfolio includes two commercial vaccines for travelers and several vaccines in development, including unique vaccines against Lyme disease, chikungunya and COVID-19.

We are looking for a creative and results-driven Government and Public Affairs Manager to manage Valneva’s visibility among government decision makers, as well as the public at large and other stakeholders. Also to manage local and site events with the Site Executive/Management Team.

The Government and Public Relations Manager will be responsible for directing the Company’s policies and objectives regarding local, Scottish and UK government affairs. The incumbent will maintain relationships with government authorities and committees in order to protect and advance the Company’s interests, fielding all inquiries from government officials, including those related to the Company’s COVID-19 vaccine. The Government and Public Relations Manager will also establish corporate strategies, policies and plans that align with evolving laws, regulations and standards.

The Government and Public Relations Manager will also be responsible for overseeing the development and execution of various publicity campaigns, including on social media, ensuring that the Valneva brand is consistent and well received by a broad audience.

To be successful in this role, the Government and Public Relations Manager should be a highly articulate and excellent presenter with a deep understanding of digital media. The top candidate will be a strong communicator, capable of representing the Company effectively to both government and the public.

Responsibilities:

  • Plan and execute local publicity campaigns in collaboration with the Investor Relations and Corporate Communications team
  • Develop and maintain relationships with public institutions, media and influencers in the vaccine space
  • Continue to build the VLA brand on social media
  • Track campaign success and media coverage
  • Ensure brand consistency in all content
  • Address negative press or PR crises if they occur
  • Feed UK issues into global policy and messages

Requirements:

  • Advanced degree in Political Science, Communications, Marketing, Journalism or another relevant field
  • 10+ years’ experience in public and/or government relations
  • Expert knowledge of UK, Scottish and local government functions
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Established connections with media outlets
  • Expert knowledge of social media (ideally with an experience of building a brand)
  • Creative thinking with an affinity for innovation and problem-solving

To be successful in this role, the Government and Public Relations Manager should be a highly articulate and excellent presenter with a deep understanding of digital media. The top candidate will be a strong communicator, capable of representing the Company effectively to both government and the public.

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