Associate Director, Marketing

Avanir Pharmaceuticals, Inc Aliso Viejo , CA 92698

Posted 2 months ago

This position reports to the Vice President of Marketing and is based in Aliso Viejo, CA. Working closely with other members of the NUEDEXTA and ONZETRA Brand Teams, Sales, Sales Training, Medical Affairs, Government and Corporate Affairs, this individual will lead all commercial key opinion leader and professional association strategy development and execution for both brands to augment the understanding of the disease states and the brands role in the treatment of these conditions.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Continual assessment of PBA and Migraine disease landscape including priority professional associations and key opinion leaders

  • Lead business planning responsibility for professional associations and key opinion leader engagement activities working closely with other functions as appropriate

  • Strategy development focused on identifying priority areas for engagement within the communities to drive increased awareness and understanding of the disease states and the brands value propositions

  • Create support for each brand among professional associations and key opinion leaders in appropriate specialties

  • Drive implementation of key initiatives and meet or exceed specified KPIs.

  • Effectively manage relevant vendor, agency and consultant resources and their work product to ensure impactful use of budget. Maintain in-depth knowledge of current and evolving Payer landscape; Develop strategies and resources to maximize patient access

  • Develop effective working relationships with key internal and external stakeholders.

  • Demonstrate the ability to take a leadership role in identifying issues, forming hypotheses, conducting research and analyses, creating business plans, and executing tactical action plans. Understand unique business and regulatory requirements of multiple sites of care including retail and long-term care settings

  • Collaborate with medical affairs and clinical in developing scientifically accurate and compelling content to support opinion leader programs

  • Exhibit knowledge of, and adhere to, all applicable healthcare laws and regulations, industry practices and Avanir company policies related to pharmaceutical marketing and promotion


  • Bachelor's degree required

  • 14+ years of related experience, including 6+ years of management experience

  • At least 5 years experience in the pharmaceutical / biotechnology industry with a combination of experience in marketing and sales leadership

  • Previous experience in KOL developments well as product launch experience

  • Neurology or related experience (e.g., psychiatry, geriatrics) highly preferred

  • Ability to understand and effectively communicate scientific / medical concepts of drug products to key external audiences in the medical community

  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills are required

  • Must have the experience and confidence necessary to work with senior executives, and the ability to build rapport with employees at all levels

  • Demonstrated ability to exercise sound judgment and independently determine appropriate action where precedent may not exist

  • Demonstrated record of cultivating collaboration of internal stakeholders

  • Strong team leadership and ability to influence across all levels of the organization

Physical Requirements:

This position primarily works in an office environment. It requires the ability to sit or stand for long periods of time and frequent walking. Daily use of a computer, phone, office equipment and other computing and digital devices is required. May be required to stand for extended periods when facilitating meetings or walking in the facilities. Some local travel may be necessary, so the ability to travel by plane, operate a motor vehicle and maintain a valid Driver's license and/or effectively navigate public transportation is required. While performing the responsibilities of the job, the employee must be able to read and respond to interoffice communications as well as effectively participate in meetings. The employee is often required to sit and use their hands and fingers, to lift up to 20 lbs., pull, push, carry, handle or feel. The employee is required to carry, handle items, reach with arms and hands, to stoop, kneel, or crouch; talk or hear. Mental demands may require prolonged concentration, reading comprehension, understanding and interpretation of concepts, ideas and philosophies. The physical demands of the position described herein are essential functions of the job and employees must be able to successfully perform these tasks for extended periods. Reasonable accommodations may be made for those individuals with real or perceived disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job described unless such accommodations would cause Avanir an undue burden.

Work Environment:

While performing the responsibilities of the job, these work environment characteristics are representative of the environment the job holder will encounter. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable people with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job unless such accommodations would cause Avanir an undue burden.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving carts, mechanical equipment (copiers, computers, coffee machines) and vehicles. May be subject to smells and odors. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate. The passage of employees through the work area is average and normal.

EEO Statement:

As an equal opportunity employer, Avanir Pharmaceuticals is committed to providing all applicants and employees with equal access to employment opportunities, regardless of sex, race, age, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, pregnancy, religion, genetic information, sexual orientation transgender status, gender identity, marital status, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. All Avanir Pharmaceuticals employees, officers, principles, agents, and representatives are expressly prohibited from engaging in unlawful discrimination. Consistent with federal, state, and local requirements, Avanir Pharmaceuticals will reasonably accommodate any qualified individual with a disability if such accommodation would allow the individual to perform the essential functions or the job, unless doing so would create an undue hardship.

Avanir Pharmaceuticals shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR-60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals on the basis of protected veteran status or disability, and require affirmative action by covered prime contractors and subcontractors to employ and advance in employment qualified protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

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Associate Director, Marketing

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