Sr. Director, Global Medical Affairs Yescarta

Kite Pharma
Santa Monica, CA, United States
Nov 23, 2020
Required Education
Position Type
Full time
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Job Description

We are seeking a highly motivated individual to join us as a Sr. Director, Global Medical Affairs. Primarily, this position will be responsible for the strategic development and overall tactical execution of dedicated early and late stage pipeline launch indications, with a current focus on Yescarta. You will collaborate cross-functionally with Clinical Development, HEOR, Market Access, Government Affairs, Marketing and in-function across different regions etc., as well as collaborate with external KOLs and decision-makers. You will be focused on developing the launch strategy for Yescarta in FL, including developing a life cycle management data generation plan, defining communication and education areas of focus, driving certain data mining activities, help the regions/countries to develop their tactical plans, be the point of contact for scientific questions related to Yescarta in the respective indication and provide cross-functional support with scientific expertise and real world practice enhancing strategies to improve patients outcome. This role will be office-based in Santa Monica, CA

Specific responsibilities:
  • Provides vision and direction for the assigned disease area, drive the development and execution of the cross-functional product and disease strategy
  • Provide strategic direction, medical monitor responsibility and operational oversight on evidence generation activities under the medical affairs function in close collaboration with cross functional team
  • Provide strategic input and excellence in execution on launch plans for the disease area
  • Capture insights on the assigned therapy area systematically, both internal and external, and be able to translate these insights into actionable activities for the therapy area
  • Provides clear strategic guidance for the development and execution of the disease strategy, the medical Plans of Action (POAs) and cross-functional projects
  • Ensures continuous development and training of the medical affairs team with regards for disease area expertise
  • Plans and monitors the disease area budget
  • Participates in the exchange with the medical community and maintains a thought leader network
  • Contributes to the development and execution of the global Market Access strategy and support individual country initiatives when global strategic decision is needed.
  • Contributes to the development of Regional and countries medical affairs POAs
  • Collaborates effectively and in a compliant manner with colleagues in other functional areas, e.g. Clinical Research, Sales and Marketing, Market Access, PVE

Has additional internal and external leadership roles:
  • Stays up to date with Medical Affairs management approaches in the industry and applies them to the Kite team where appropriate
  • Stays up to date with medical and scientific developments in the field and applies them internally
  • Provides local medical expert input into global product development
  • Leads and/or contributes to organizational projects at the national, international, and departmental level
  • Represents Global Medical Affairs to external and internal stakeholders, including groups of experts, medical professional groups, societies, regulatory groups and at national and international scientific meetings

Basic Qualifications:
  • Advanced degree (MD, PhD or PharmD) and 12+ years of Industry Medical Affairs and/or Clinical Research experience OR
  • Master's degree and 12+ years of Industry Medical Affairs and/or Clinical Research experience OR
  • Bachelor's degree and 14+ years of Industry Medical Affairs and/or Clinical Research experience OR
  • High School degree and years 18+ of Industry Medical Affairs and/or Clinical Research experience

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Strong clinical and/or scientific knowledge in Oncology/hematology
  • Significant leadership experience in the matrix
  • Ability to embrace Kite's patient-centric values, including highest ethical and compliance standards
  • Strategic mindset with a focus on collaboration and excellence
  • Excellent organizational skills including attention to detail and prioritization
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Works independently with minimal supervision
  • Experience of working in an international environment
  • Approximately 35% travel

Does this sound like you? If so, please apply today

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 Sign up to follow @KitePharma on Twitter at

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