Associate Director, New Product Planning- CNS

Alkermes Waltham , MA 02154

Posted 4 months ago

Alkermes plc is a leader in developing innovative medicines that address the unmet needs and challenges of people living with debilitating diseases. As a fully integrated global biopharmaceutical company, Alkermes applies scientific expertise, proprietary technologies, and global resources to develop products that are designed to make a meaningful difference in the way patients manage their disease. The company has a diversified commercial product portfolio and an exciting clinical pipeline of product candidates for chronic diseases that include schizophrenia, depression, addiction, pain, immunotherapies and other pre-proof of concept areas. Headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, Alkermes plc has an R&D center in Waltham, Massachusetts; a research and manufacturing facility in Athlone, Ireland; and a manufacturing facility in Wilmington, Ohio. For more information, please visit Alkermes' website at

Alkermes is in an exciting phase of growth with a diversified portfolio of commercial products and an exciting pipeline of products across the clinical stages. To achieve our goals for continued growth we are expanding our New Product Planning Team with the addition of a new position: Associate Director CNS. The NPP team is responsible for providing commercial guidance and insights in the early development of assets, and responsible for representing the commercial perspective at key drug-development decision-making points.

The Associate Director CNS will report into the Director of New Product Planning. This position offers a candidate the opportunity to significantly contribute to the long-term commercial success of the portfolio, and is responsible for providing commercial assessments of key early stage product planning opportunities, market research activities, competitive positioning and preferred product presentation.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Support and participate in the development of forward-looking strategies, market positioning and product profiles for CNS pipeline products by synthesizing primary and secondary inputs that will inform the lifecycle plan

  • Drive completion of market research initiatives and work closely with the NPP team to track key milestone progress across pipeline programs

  • Serve as a member of product teams in the early stage development of the CNS portfolio ensuring strategic commercial insight with internal business partners (medical, clinical, CMC, etc) to optimize the market value of assets

  • Manage external consulting partners (e.g., strategy consultants, market research), to update commercial assessment tool(s) as needed and proactively seek out ways to improve assessments

  • Track and understand the therapeutic market trends from a commercial, managed markets, clinical, and scientific perspective and stay up to date in market developments and changes in competitive landscape for key therapeutic areas/markets

  • Provide early market assessments and develop value proposition, business cases and early forecasts to prioritize commercial indications for products in key therapeutic areas

  • Manage assigned budget

Minimum Education & Experience

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent, advanced degree (MBA) a plus

  • Background or degree in science a plus

  • Minimum of 5+ years' experience with specialty pharmaceutical marketing, market research, and/or marketing analytics - experience in CNS and an understanding of therapeutic areas are strongly preferred

  • Previous experience in a commercial assessment role that required comprehensive understanding of therapeutic markets from multiple customer perspectives (e.g., HCP, Payers, Patients) and/or different business perspectives (e.g., clinical, R&D, marketing)

Skills and Knowledge Requirements:

  • Significant analytic skills, able to clearly interpret and distill scientific, clinical and commercial information

  • Basic understanding of key marketing and market research principles

  • Familiarity with secondary research and databases

  • Ability to effectively plan, prioritize, execute, follow up and anticipate challenges

  • Ability to work, influence, and gain consensus across multiple functions (sales, finance, product development, public affairs, medical affairs)

  • Excellent organization, communication (written and oral) and facilitation skills

  • Self-motivated, builds trust easily and operates with integrity and ethics

  • Demonstrated learning agility

  • Strong history of delivering high quality, sustainable results using skills and capabilities

Travel Requirements:

  • Overnight travel ~10-15%

Alkermes, Inc. is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any applicant because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression and identity, national origin, ancestry, age, mental and physical disability, genetic information, any veteran status, military status or application for military service, or membership in any other category protected under applicable law.


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