Executive Director, Medical Value & Access

Thousand Oaks, CA
May 24, 2019
Required Education
Position Type
Full time
Amgen is committed to unlocking the potential of biology for patients suffering from serious illnesses by discovering, developing, manufacturing and delivering innovative human therapeutics. This approach begins by using tools like advanced human genetics to unravel the complexities of disease and understand the fundamentals of human biology. Amgen focuses on areas of high unmet medical need and leverages its expertise to strive for solutions that improve health outcomes and dramatically improve people's lives. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen has grown to be one of the world's leading independent biotechnology companies, has reached millions of patients around the world and is developing a pipeline of medicines with breakaway potential.

The Executive Director, US Medical Value and Access (V&A) Head is the single point of Medical accountability for the development and execution of Medical V&A strategies to communicate health outcomes and pharmacoeconomic value in partnership with all key internal stakeholders to meet differentiated needs of external stakeholders.

The V&A Head is accountable for:
  • Provides leadership and oversight for the HOPE (Healthcare Outcomes Pharmacoeconomics) Specialists Team and Medical Communications (MedCom) V&A with responsibilities for the creation and exchange of clinical and outcomes evidence with payers and other policy healthcare decision makers
  • Develops national HOPE Specialist Scientific Engagement Plan (SEP) in collaboration with US Medical Teams (USMT), US V&A, Global Health Economics (GHE)/Health Technology Assessments (HTA) COE and other key stakeholders to meet payer needs
  • Development and implementation of annual external engagement strategy and plan for medical value and access
  • US aligned, medical focused V&A Stakeholder map (external and internal points of contact)
  • External stakeholder (payer) satisfaction survey and results (qualitative, quantitative)
  • Annual Payer US Core Content strategic plan that meets HOPE Specialist's needs and is aligned with US V&A objectives.

Key Activities:
  • Collaborate with TA (Therapeutic Area) Heads, VP Medical Affairs, US V&A leadership, GHE, CfOR (Center for Observational Research), and other stakeholders to develop aligned Medical strategies and business priorities annually
  • Translate medical strategies into actionable Scientific Communication plans for payer/managed market audiences
  • Ensure execution of strategies across US Medical, including by leading Medical V&A communications team and HOPE specialists
  • Contribute to US product strategy through delivery of clinical and pharmacoeconomic insights from interactions with payors, IDNs and ACOs as well as the execution of US HTA strategy
  • Understanding of external (reimbursement/access, stakeholders) and internal (e.g., V&A evidence generation plan, stakeholders) environment
  • Communicate and implement the vision and value proposition for the HOPE Specialist team while ensuring full compliance with current regulations and business practices
  • Establish and routinely track adherence and performance standards and metrics for the HOPE Specialist team
  • Work with relevant GHE/CfOR Leads to determine HOPE Specialist involvement with payor relevant claims analysis and economic models
  • Develop and implement high-quality programs that support payer strategies across multiple products
  • Oversight of scientific communications with payers and formulary decision-makers via the Medical Information process (Oversight of compendia submissions related processes)
  • Creation of clinical and economic value and quality resources and relevant materials for use by the HOPE Specialists and TA RMLS (Regional Medical Liaisons), particularly in the area of managed care and payer support
  • Ensure best practices, metrics consistency in collaboration with Global Medical V&A
  • Recruitment, retention, coaching, mentoring and developing a team
  • Accountable for ensuring appropriate medical support/adherence to compliance
  • Responsible for program area spend

Basic Qualifications:
  • Doctorate degree & 6 years of Medical Affairs or Clinical Development experience OR
  • Master's degree & 10 years of Medical Affairs or Clinical Development experience OR
  • Bachelor's degree & 12 years of Medical Affairs or Clinical Development experience AND 6 years of managerial experience directly managing people and/or leadership experience leading teams, projects, programs or directing the allocation of resources

Preferred Qualifications:
  • MD plus accredited fellowship in specialty, board certified or board eligible
  • Clinical research/medical affairs experience in the biopharmaceutical industry (biotech, pharmaceutical or CRO) that includes collaborations with integrated delivery networks, accountable care organizations, and/or payers
  • Experience with clinical study management and conduct
  • Familiarity with US health care compliance considerations
  • Experience with opinion leader interactions
  • Experience with integrated delivery networks, accountable care organizations, and payers
  • Large team management experience

Additional Competencies:
  • Pharmaceutical product development, product lifecycle and commercialization process knowledge with advanced understanding of other functions; including, but not limited to Clinical Operations, Commercial, Regulatory, and Medical Affairs
  • Broad therapeutic area knowledge
  • Network of customer contacts in a variety of therapeutic areas
  • Knowledge of local pharmaceutical industry and legal/health system environment
  • Finance/budgeting and resource management experience