Director Strategic Initiatives - Neurology

Deerfield, IL, United States
May 03, 2021
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

Do you want to join a team where the mission is meaningful, the challenges are complex, and you can directly see the results of your hard work? At Lundbeck, we are tirelessly dedicated to restoring brain health, so every person can be their best. Inspired and driven by our purpose, we are the only global biopharmaceutical company focused solely on brain diseases. We have a robust and innovative pipeline, bringing forward transformative therapies to address unmet needs in neurology and psychiatry. Join us on our journey of growth!


The Director of Strategic Initiatives is responsible for driving and shaping actionable strategic insights into strategic plans for current and future brands across the Neurology Business Unit. The 3 key areas are 1) Drive and support mid- to long-term strategy development for products within Neurology 2) Support Business development- and pipeline projects with commercial assessment and a feasible go to market strategy 3) Proactively search for new ways and commercialization trends to strengthen the neurology brands competitive advantage

S/he will work in close collaboration with the brand teams and the customer experience team and a wide variety of other cross-functional partners across Lundbeck. The incumbent is an expert in use of strategic models to support a structured process for strategy development and planning. S/he has strong analytical and strategic skills together with strong communication and collaboration skills. S/he has ability to influence, of curious nature and a drive to implement new ideas and initiatives.


Drive and support mid- to long-term strategy development for products within Neurology

  • Leads the development of actionable strategic insights to support customer experience and marketing through collaboration with business analytics, professional relations, medical affairs, marketing, customer experience and sales.
  • Drives the development of an actionable view, including potential gaps and solutions, of brand performance in the Neurology Business Unit
  • Supports customer experience and brand team in the development of strategic insights and strategic models and tools such as patient journey, buying process and strategic positioning maps
  • Secures actionable competitive intelligence insights


Support Business development- and pipeline projects with commercial assessment and a feasible go to market strategy evaluations



  • Provides commercial input on Business Development opportunities, evaluates and advises on strategic fit and related go to market strategies
  • Evaluates effective and creative go to market strategy for new indications and brands, specific to the eco system around the brand
  • Collaborates with professional relations, medical affairs and other key functions to develop plans for how the Neurology Business Unit can support Lundbeck's vision of becoming a leader in brain health through BD and own pipeline


Follow emerging commercialization trends and create plans to increase Lundbeck's competitive advantage




  • Develops short-, mid- and long-term plans for strategic initiatives aimed to increase current and future commercial competitive advantage for example channel strategy, effective digital promotion, usage of new techniques for more effective marketing and sales implementation
  • Monitors and gains insight into pharmaceutical commercialization trends and creates new initiatives to explore and implement
  • Develop capabilities within the organization on how to operate with agility to implement and learn from new projects and ideas






  • Possesses strong leadership in a matrix organization and ability to manage complex projects, lead meetings, prioritize and organize own tasks and responsibilities
  • Ensures effective budget planning and secure resources to enable planned projects can be conducted effectively.
  • Ensures that all actions, and those of the team both internally and through vendors who are working on our behalf are in compliance with all laws, regulations and policies and demonstrate Company beliefs


  • Creates an environment that inspires and enables team members to collaborate and move the organization forward in an agile way
  • Proactively considers/identifies and recommends new strategies and tactics to challenge current thinking and raise the level of performance, ultimately finding ways to be more effective or competitive





  • Accredited Bachelor's Degree
  • 10+ years of sales, marketing or other relevant commercial or analytical experience
  • 6+ years of pharmaceutical, biotech or medical device brand marketing or sales or other commercial strategic leadership experience
  • Demonstrated ability to influence others and build consensus
  • Experience in aligning cross-functional decisions from idea to completion for projects and plans
  • Demonstrated relationship development with the ability to work effectively both independently or within a team
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Products, namely Word, Excel, and PowerPoint






  • MBA or Master's Degree
  • Experience and knowledge of U.S. marketing and brand management
  • Injectable/infusion sales experience within Medical benefit environment or other comparable reimbursement experiences
  • Broad Neurology, including migraine experience preferred
  • New Product launch or expansion experience, particularly in a new therapeutic class
  • Experience managing performance of an in-market, promoted brand
  • Background in biosciences demonstrated on the job or through educational training






  • Willingness/ability to travel approximately 30% domestically; international travel may be required


Why Lundbeck

Lundbeck is unique from other biopharmaceutical companies in that we are 70 percent owned by a research-focused foundation. We have a deep heritage of discovery and have brought breakthrough therapies to millions of people across the globe. And we're just getting started! Our success is driven by our great people and inclusive culture, which is guided by our beliefs of being Patient-Driven, Courageous, Ambitious, Passionate & Responsible. Are you ready to make an impact, one patient at a time?

Lundbeck offers a robust and comprehensive benefits package to help employees live well and protect their health, family, and everyday life. Information regarding our benefit offering can be found on the U.S. career site .

Lundbeck is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to disabled veterans and other individuals with disabilities during our employment application process. If, because of a disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, please visit the U.S. career site .

Lundbeck is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by law, rule, or regulation. Lundbeck participates in E-Verify .

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Lundbeck is a global pharmaceutical company specialized in brain diseases. For more than 70 years, we have been at the forefront of neuroscience research. We are tirelessly dedicated to restoring brain health, so every person can be their best.

Millions of people worldwide live with brain diseases, and far too many suffer due to inadequate treatment, discrimination, a reduced number of working days, early retirement, and other unnecessary consequences. Every day, we strive for improved treatment and a better life for people living with brain diseases - we call this Progress in Mind.


Our approximately 5,800 employees in more than 50 countries are engaged in the entire value chain throughout research, development, production, marketing, and sales. Our pipeline consists of several R&D programs, and our products are available in more than 100 countries. We have research centers in Denmark and the US, and our production facilities are located in Denmark, France, and Italy. Lundbeck generated revenue of DKK 17 billion in 2019 (EUR 2.3 billion; USD 2.6 billion).

For additional information, we encourage you to visit our corporate site, and connect with us on Twitter at @Lundbeck and via LinkedIn.