Associate Director, Patient Marketing, Sickle Cell Disease

Cambridge, MA, US
Sep 05, 2019
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is a serious and progressive genetic disease that affects approximately 100,000 people in the United States alone.  The single genetic mutation in the beta-globin gene leads to a range of debilitating SCD complications which can lead to increased morbidity and healthcare utilization, poor Quality of Life (QoL), and early mortality. ​ The need for a transformative treatment is urgent and critical.  At bluebird bio, we believe gene therapy holds promise to make hope a reality for patients and families affected by Sickle Cell Disease.

To achieve our goals for the successful launch of our investigational gene therapy for SCD, we are building the US Commercial organization with the creation of a new position: Associate Director, US Marketing, with a focus on Patient and Caregiver engagement and education.  The position - located in Cambridge, MA - will report to the Senior Director, US Marketing Lead, Sickle Cell Disease, and will drive the US Brand & Launch Readiness activities focused on patients and caregivers.

This role will partner with the US & Global Commercialization teams (Global, EU, Commercial Operations & Strategy Insights and Analytics, Medical Affairs,  and Program Management in developing, evolving and operationalizing both the strategic and tactical elements of the US Brand Plan and Launch Readiness to ensure that they are aligned to and supportive of the bluebird’s overall Disease & Commercialization Strategies 

Summary of the Key Responsibilities

  • Expert understanding of the evolving disease, product and competitive landscape including market insights and emerging clinical data to inform and shape the overall asset commercialization strategy
  • Develop core marketing strategies to maximize patient awareness, engagement, and education while differentiating our investigational gene therapy based on insights from patients, caregivers, and physicians. Contribute to overall brand planning process to ensure patient strategies are represented and integrated within critical success factors and key imperatives to support successful launch of the brand across key customers.
  • Develop and manage relationships with patient opinion leaders, advocates, and advocacy groups in Sickle Cell Disease to gain greater knowledge and understanding of the needs of the SCD community.
  • Work with internal and external analytical partners to ensure pull-through of customer insights and market research findings to patient strategy, messaging, and resources
  • Collaborate with Commercial operations and other teams to develop and evolve a ‘go to market’ strategy – including both traditional means and emerging technologies – aimed at creating a robust ‘brand experience’ for bluebird’s gene therapy products
  • Manage agency partners and champion promotional materials through the medical, regulatory, legal review process and integrate feedback accordingly to ensure compliant execution
  • Manage timelines, budgets, and resources

Consider joining us in this role if you are…

  • Committed to commercializing innovative treatments to help patients
  • Passionate about figuring out what needs to get done and getting it done well 
  • Courageous in taking risks while building contingency plans to mitigate those risks
  • Comfortable not knowing the answer and relentlessly working to figure it out 
  • Humble enough to recognize the value of others expertise and actively seek to partner with other subject matter experts to solve complex problems
  • Naturally curious and enjoy synthesizing diverse sets of data to form insights
  • Ready to adapt the plan as meaningful insights emerge
  • Excited for the potential that cell and gene therapies to transform the lives of people who live with seriously debilitating diseases
  • Committed to finding a way for new, disruptive therapies to reach the people who they were designed to help
  • Excited to be a part of scaling and building the infrastructure, systems and people power to ensure we can make hope a reality for many patients in the years to come


  • Bachelor’s degree in a life science; MBA, or advanced degree, preferred
  • 7 years in the pharmaceutical field (can include market insights, sales, marketing, etc) with 4-5 years’ experience in a bio-tech marketing role, preferably in rare disease
  • At least 3 years of patient marketing experience
  • Experience in high science, competitive market required.
  • Product launch experience preferred
  • Strong organizational and project management skills, demonstrated ability to successfully drive a project to completion
  • Enthusiasm for working closely with medical affairs members in a high-science environment
  • Solutions-oriented, strong analytical and presentation skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Travel as required by business (10-20%), including occasional weekends for Medical Congresses, Advisory Boards, etc.