Associate Director, MLR Operations Excellence (Lead)

Working from Home
Nov 27, 2021
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

General Scope and Summary 

Sage Therapeutics is searching for a highly organized, process focused, strategic business partner to lead our internal review processes and serve as material review process business owner for our electronic review systems in lockstep with our IT partners.

Roles and Responsibilities (Essential Functions)

This role will acquire management and oversight of our MLR Review processes and systems from the Regulatory Advertising and Promotion function to build out capabilities, manage Material volume, support business priorities, leverage metrics and analytics capabilities, maintain the health of the MLR review environment, serve as a Senior member of the Supervisory MLR Committee, present to the Executive Review Committee as needed, and build out resources for the MLR Operations Team. Responsibilities include:

  • Lead the MLR Review Process operations function working in close collaboration with key internal stakeholders to deliver approved MLR Materials across the organization

  • Attend MLR meetings as Chair to facilitate the meeting, keep the team focused, resolve, or escalate disputes, move the meeting forward, set the pace, and establish meeting culture

  • Build a highly effective MLR operations team to support multiple investigational and marketed programs including partner collaboration reviews

  • Set vision and direction for MLR Review Process in partnership with Legal/Medical/Regulatory (MLR) and other Commercial business partners

  • As part of Sage’s collaboration with Biogen, collaborate to build and manage efficient joint MLR / PMRC process

  • Work with IT business partners on system maintenance, configuration updates, and enhancement prioritizations

  • In partnership with MLR Material contributor’s drive early planning and evolve current forecasting process (materials)

  • Collaborate with MLR Stakeholder teams to plan and prioritize material development and review

  • Inform stakeholders of activity relative to MLR, Print, and Fulfillment by providing quarterly utilization metrics and analysis that need to be built for Sage

  • Oversee the day-to-day operations of a the MLR operations coordinator, including but not limited to, Veeva submissions, QA of materials, and facilitating MLR meetings

  • Lead/participate in development, onboarding, and training of new hires of Commercial, Reviewer teams and 3rd party vendors

  • Work cross-functionally with MLR Sage Owners, Owners (3rd party vendors), and reviewers to escalate issues and expedite business critical items as needed

  • Strategic oversight and execution of key MLR operations tactics, which include: Strategic planning in collaboration with Sage MLR business contributors, MLR Reviewers, Supervisory MLR Committee, Executive Review Committee (ERC) as needed, vendor management, contracting, and tactical execution, tracking and reporting on all metrics

  • Effectively communicate and collaborate across internal cross-functional teams and with stakeholders to ensure successful execution and alignment on accountabilities

  • Strategic understanding of KPIs / metrics related to med comms / promomats

  • Identify the opportunities to improve business practices and processes to maximize resources and achieve operational excellence across MLR operations initiatives

Experience, Education and Specialized Knowledge and Skills

This section details the education level, experience, knowledge and skills needed to be successful in the role and is separated into Basic Qualifications (what is necessary) and Preferred Qualifications (what is ideal).

Must thrive working in a fast-paced, innovative environment while remaining flexible, proactive, resourceful, and efficient. Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to develop important relationships with key stakeholders, ability to identify issues and raise to key stakeholders to maintain key deadlines and deliverables for the organization

Basic Qualifications

  • BS Degree in a related field

  • 6+ years of experience leading multifaceted programs and initiatives

Preferred Qualifications

List any additional education, experience, competencies, certifications, etc. that would be deemed “nice to have” and may allow the incumbent to achieve a higher level of success in the role.

  • 8-10 years of experience leading multifaceted programs and initiatives

  • Knowledge of Veeva Vault or similar systems

  • Commercial and Medical Department/functional knowledge

  • Excellent interpersonal skills/highly collaborative

  • Ability to cultivate strong internal/external network

  • Strong operational skills; project/timeline management capabilities

  • Effective stakeholder management and problem-solving skills

  • Experience in cross functional review management for Promotional and/or Medical Materials

  • Experience working with all levels of management and consulting with key business stakeholders with an ability to influence for greater outcomes.

  • Strong team player that has a customer service approach and is solution oriented.

  • Attention to detail and the ability to work individually, within a multi-disciplinary team, as well as with external partners and vendors.

  • Possesses strong written and verbal communication skills.

  • Embrace our core values: Put People First, Do Big, Be Accountable, Grow through Learning and Change, and Work Fun.

  • Excitement about the vision and mission of Sage.

  • Experience with co-promote / commercial collaborations

This job description may not be inclusive of all assigned duties, responsibilities, or aspects of the job described. Other duties may be added, or this description amended at any time at the sole discretion of Sage.

Employment Type:Employee

Number of Openings:1

Job ID:R000934

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