Executive Director, Global Marketing Cell Therapy Franchise

Kite Pharma
Santa Monica, CA, United States
Jul 02, 2019
Biotech Beach
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
We have the following exciting opportunity in our Santa Monica, CA location:

About Kite Pharma

Kite Pharma, a subsidiary of Gilead Sciences, is the leading global cell therapy company, developing cancer immunotherapy products with a primary focus on genetically engineered autologous T cell therapy with chimeric antigen receptors. With its initial commercial cell therapy product, Yescarta, Kite Pharma has provided more patients with long term remission, rapidly establishing commercial leadership in CAR T cell therapy. The company is focused, with an industry leading pipeline, on the clinical and commercial development of innovative cancer immunotherapies to bring patients closer to cure.

As a part of Kite's commitment to patients globally, Kite is currently establishing a global marketing cell therapy group that will focus on ensuring the optimal global commercialization of all of Kite's current and future therapies.

Senior/ Executive Director, Global Marketing Cell Therapy Franchise

The Senior/ Executive Director, Global Marketing Franchise will play a key role on the global marketing cell therapy team. This role will have primary responsibilities for enhancing Kite's position as the leader in cell therapy globally. This role will work in close collaboration with the global marketing cell therapy brand leads and global cross functional and project teams to develop and globally support the implementation of a cell therapy franchise position and innovation projects. In addition this role will lead the global cell therapy commercial policy efforts to ensure world market preparation for successful transition/launch of clinical assets into global brands to reach their fullest potential.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead a global cross brand and cross functional team with representation from core launch countries (U.S, Region EU), to ensure optimal commercialization of Kite global brands from pre-launch preparation (T- 30/36 months) through LOE
  • Develop the global cell therapy franchise strategic plan (including individual brand strategies, customer experience and cell therapy environment and policy) with franchise positioning, messaging and core creative in alignment with Kite leadership positioning.
  • Work in partnership with the global cell therapy brand and customer experience leads to ensure optimal development of integrated Kite cell therapy operating model with integrated strategic plans
  • Develop Kite position on cell therapy environment and policy issues and work in cross functional collaboration to provide communication toolkits for local utilization
  • Collaborate with CAR T stakeholders and cross functional partners to identify the optimal programs, services and innovation projects to continue to enhance Kite leadership in cell therapy
  • Identify, assess and develop implementation plans for key projects to ensure that the cell therapy landscape is optimally prepared for ongoing global launches
  • Work in close partnership with cross functional leads to ensure global launch sequence standards for country inclusion in launch sequence
  • Act as the global marketing team lead for our key strategic alliances and partnerships
  • Work in partnership with Gilead colleagues to ensure strong global marketing alignment


The ideal candidate will have 10+ years of experience leading teams of marketing professionals at specialty-focused pharmaceutical or biotechnology companies, with significant experience in Hematology. Prior experience in cell therapy is a plus.

The ideal candidate will possess experience working at both a global and affiliate/ local marketing level, achieving success with both long term strategic development and short term tactical implementation.

The ideal candidate will also have experience developing policy principles and action plans to support optimal global policy development.

Candidates must have an undergraduate degree in marketing or related fields with a post-graduate degree preferred.

Additional qualifications include:
  • A motivational leadership style with strong business and commercial acumen that has demonstrated success in managing and growing a business
  • Comfort with uncertainty and developing innovative new pathways with rapid timelines and high expectations
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and independently determine appropriate action where precedent may not exist
  • Strong leadership skills within a large matrix organization ; ability to navigate complex business structures
  • An approachable and credible communication style, both verbally and written, to keep all levels of the organization informed and engaged
  • Ability to work collaboratively with cross-functional teams, synthesizing diverse perspectives into cohesive, aligned recommendation/deliverables, managing dissension along the way and championing team recommendations
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and align and engage both internal and external stakeholders to drive performance
  • Experience in delivering complex messages to various internal and external customers with a track record of effective and influential presentations
  • Ability to understand the science and data; be effective at leveraging analytics and leading within a science-driven commercial model
  • An established role model of Gilead/Kite core values and ways of working that inspire high performance culture and engagement


Results orientation. The ideal candidate will thrive in a fast-paced, high-growth environment. He/She will have a strong drive to meet and exceed goals, even under adverse circumstances, and is willing to take ownership of problems and make decisions in order to move forward. The candidate will be adept at clearly defining objectives and priorities and establishing appropriate milestones through a strong understanding of the market and innovative approaches. He/She will assign accountability and incorporate disciplined processes to ensure success and nimbly handle 'derailments' with contingency plans and coordination.

Team leadership. The successful candidate will have demonstrated the ability to build, develop, and motivate a team as evidenced by effective hiring, coaching, and mentoring of direct reports. Additionally, this individual will have a track record of successfully leveraging diversity of thought to achieve the highest level of results. The ideal candidate will develop an inclusive culture comfortable with challenging current market paradigms to achieve and exceed goals. He/She will also have constructed an appropriate succession plan and process.

Strategic Orientation. The successful candidate will be able to articulate evolving priorities for the business, identify market opportunities and adapt short-term plans. This includes the ability to strategically assess customer needs and build/execute specific, segmented strategies to win business across a diverse set of customers. The successful candidate will have passion for, and success in, developing commercial strategies that have measurable business impact.

Collaboration and Influence. The qualified candidate must be able to influence without ownership, which they will do by demonstrating competence and confidence, being personally accessible and likable, being a good listener, use fact-based persuasion, passion, and persistence as appropriate to the audience and issue at stake. Gaining the support and involvement of key internal constituencies will be critical to success, as will influencing those important constituencies external to the company. The successful candidate must therefore have excellent skills at influencing outcomes, and shaping and catalyzing dialogue across and outside the organization. Credibility and integrity are critical attributes to effectively command the respect and trust of key individuals.

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Kite is a biopharmaceutical company engaged in the development of innovative cancer immunotherapies with a goal of providing rapid, long-term durable response and eliminating the burden of chronic care. The company is focused on chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) and T cell receptor (TCR) engineered cell therapies designed to empower the immune system's ability to recognize and kill tumors. Kite is based in Santa Monica, CA. For more information on Kite, please visit www.kitepharma.com. Sign up to follow @KitePharma on Twitter at www.twitter.com/kitepharma.

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