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VP, Global Patient Advocacy

Company: Jazz Pharmaceuticals
Location: Palo Alto
Posted on: January 16, 2022

Job Description:

Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc (NASDAQ: JAZZ) is a global biopharmaceutical company whose purpose is to innovate to transform the lives of patients and their families. We are dedicated to developing life-changing medicines for people with serious diseases - often with limited or no therapeutic options. We have a diverse portfolio of marketed medicines and novel product candidates, from early- to late-stage development, in neuroscience and oncology. We actively explore new options for patients including novel compounds, small molecules and biologics, and through cannabinoid science and innovative delivery technologies. Jazz is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland and has employees around the globe, serving patients in nearly 75 countries. For more information, please visit and follow @JazzPharma on Twitter. Vice President (VP) for Global Patient Advocacy October 2021 Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc (NASDAQ: JAZZ) is a global biopharmaceutical company whose purpose is to innovate to transform the lives of patients and their families. We are focused on developing life-changing medicines for people with serious diseases - often with limited or no options - so they can live their lives more fully. By transforming biopharmaceutical discoveries into novel medicines, we are working to give people around the world the opportunity to redefine what's possible - to make the "small wins" big again. We are a fully integrated, growing biopharmaceutical company with a diverse portfolio of marketed medicines and novel product candidates in two key therapeutic areas: neuroscience and oncology. We are an industry leader in sleep disorders and epilepsy and are growing our presence in oncology including hematologic malignancies and solid tumors. Across our commercial franchises and development programs, we focus on innovative therapies and support for children and adults living with these conditions. We actively explore new options for patients including novel compounds, small molecules and biologics, and through cannabinoid science and innovative delivery technologies. SUMMARY DESCRIPTION The VP for Global Patient Advocacy will take on a newly created leadership role and is responsible for designing and setting up a bold strategy as well as providing leadership across our company in support of the Jazz business objectives, commitment to patients and our purpose - innovate to transform the lives of patients and their families. The role reports to the Chief Legal Officer and SVP for Corporate Affairs. He/she is responsible for developing and implementing the company's overarching global patient advocacy strategy for Jazz and enabling and embedding that strategy within the organization. This role will lead a global team supporting our disease areas and geographies globally, who work across the Jazz organization and with the patient community, caregivers, patient advocacy groups, professional organizations, and other partners to gather insights and advance a shared agenda to improve patient outcomes and the patient experience. This person will be an experienced leader on global patient-centric approaches, best practices, and emerging trends that ensures that the patient voice is seamlessly incorporated into all key company decisions to support our drug development and commercialization activities across our portfolio. This person will leverage his/her leadership and expertise to work directly with executive management and advance shared accountability for the patient agenda throughout our company in a seamless, integrated and strategic fashion. This role requires building strong relationships, collaborations and alignment with diverse internal cross functional partnerships within R&D, Global Medical Affairs, Corporate Communications, North American and EU/Intl regional business teams, Regulatory, Global Product Strategy, Corporate Sustainability and Social Impact, Government Affairs and Public Policy and other key partners to effectively execute on strategic, evidence-based programs. KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Build, operationalize and integrate a systems-level patient-centered function within the company.
  • Engage with key internal partners and lead the development and execution of the company's overarching patient strategy including defining, standardizing, and implementing standard methodologies for patient engagement, and embedding patient insights across the continuum of drug discovery and commercialization including as part of:
    • Strategic program planning including development of target product profiles
    • Patient focused execution of clinical programs, including protocol and endpoint development, patient enrollment strategy, development of patient materials, trial result transparency
    • Regulatory submissions and health authority engagement strategy
    • Market access and reimbursement submissions and ensuring access to treatment -
    • HEOR/RWE and patient reported outcome data generation
    • Patient journey mapping for the generation of impactful patient support programs
    • Foster culture of decentralized interactions with the patient community including, key advocacy groups, to ensure enduring partnerships based on shared objectives to improve patient outcomes and experiences. Ensure interactions with patient communities are integrated and seamless across the enterprise while ensuring differentiated regional and market specific strategies where appropriate.
    • Serve as our company's primary voice and subject matter expert on patient-centric practices and counsel senior leadership and cross-functional partners on programs including patient level evidence generation (e.g. RWE). Update and inform senior leaders and other cross-functional partners on key industry trends, therapeutic area landscape and patient priorities to aid strategic decision-making.
    • Elevate best practices for identifying opportunities to build metric-driven programs that help patients, and their caregivers navigate their conditions, increase disease awareness, accelerate time to accurate diagnosis and increase access to therapy.
    • Collaborate with the Government Affairs and Public Policy team to advocate for and educate on key issues impacting patient focused care.
    • Collaborate with Corporate Communications and Corporate Sustainability and Social Impact functions to ensure Jazz's mission and values are clearly communicated to advocacy organizations and the communities they serve.
    • Help develop strategic charitable programs and activities that support patient engagement and disease state education aligned with assigned therapeutic areas.
    • Drive the development and deployment of advocacy campaigns, such as patient advisory boards, to integrate the patient voice across the business continuum.
    • Work with Compliance and internal partners to develop policies, position statements, SOPs, etc. on patient engagement as appropriate and necessary.
    • Identify key thought leadership opportunities to represent Jazz patient advocacy in senior-level governance forums, working groups and publications. EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE Requirements
      • BA/BS in health, life sciences, or business, advanced degree preferred; experience in lieu of education accepted.
      • 12+ year of related pharmaceutical, biotechnology, or health-care related industry experience.
      • 5+ years of related experience in patient advocacy and alliance development (may include relevant Patient Organization experience)
      • Expertise in national quality of care guidelines and government programs impacting patients such as, Medicare/Medicaid policy and Part D benefit design is a plus.
      • Understanding of the complexities associated with the changing health care environment (i.e., ACA, quality, care pathways and clinical guidelines, patient focused drug development) is required.
      • Background and understanding of public payor policy.
      • Global experience preferred with an ability to work globally whilst ensuring tailored regional and local execution.
      • Some travel may be required. (20%) Leadership Abilities
        • Track record of people management and development (5 or more years)
        • Demonstrated success in building cohesive and integrated teams that apply their diverse skills and perspectives to achieve common goals.
        • Experience in translating long-term objectives into actionable, operational goals.
        • Experience collaborating with key stakeholders, influencing decisions, and managing work to achieve strategic goals and shared objectives.
        • Executive-level business acumen in the areas of business operations, industry practices and emerging trends.
        • Strong organizational and project management skills. Ability to multi-task, be flexible and quickly pivot in a fast moving/changing environment.
        • Strategic, innovative, and independent thinker who is action-oriented and a driver of change, with strong leadership and communication skills and strong interpersonal skills.
        • Ability to look ahead to future possibilities and translate them into breakthrough strategies.
        • Drive engagement by creating an environment where people are motivated to do their best to help the organization achieve its objectives.
        • Drive vision and purpose by painting a compelling picture of the vision and strategy that motivates others to action.
        • Embody the Jazz core values and provide leadership in demonstrating these values through everyday actions and behaviors. Other Competencies
          • Ability to analyze issues, identify problem areas and provide the leadership necessary to effect change.
          • Experience operating in complex and/or matrixed cross functional environments.
          • Strong customer focus, building strong customer relationships and delivering customer-centric solutions.
          • Ability to make good and timely decisions that keep the organization moving forward.
          • Cultivate innovation by creating new and better ways for the organization to be successful.
          • A strong ethical and compliance mindset given the special nature of patient engagement with a focus on delivering positive patient outcomes and experiences.
          • Strong and effective communication skills, developing and delivering multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences. Strong ability to communicate effectively and get along well with different personality types across all levels of the Company.
          • A "can do"/results orientation, in a collaborative and team-oriented setting.
          • Ensure accountability by holding self and others accountable to meet commitments.
          • Instill trust by gaining the confidence and trust of others through honesty, integrity, and authenticity. Jazz Pharmaceuticals is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.

Keywords: Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Palo Alto , VP, Global Patient Advocacy, Executive , Palo Alto, California

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