Health Economics & Payer Evidence Director

Astrazeneca Gaithersburg , MD 20877

Posted 3 months ago

Position: Health Economics & Payer Evidence Director

Location: Gaithersburg, USA or Cambridge, UK

Salary: Competitive with excellent benefits.

At AstraZeneca every one of our employees makes a difference to patient lives every day. Each and every one of us believes that science has the ability to change lives and that to deliver this takes many people with many skill sets. When we deliver a life-changing medicine, that success comes from the combined efforts of all of our people.

We're currently looking for a Health Economics & Payer Evidence Director (HEPED) to be based in either Cambridge (UK) or Gaithersburg (USA) to join our Oncology Payer Evidence and Pricing (OPEP) team, supporting our growing oncology pipeline.

The global OPEP team are an experienced team of specialists with many different skills, aligned to a common vision we shape the payer environment; create and deliver highly valued market access solutions to unlock the potential of our life changing medicines for patients.

This is accomplished by working with R&D, Global Commercial, local markets, payers of health care, and external partners and experts to ensure that credible and timely evidence and insights are available at every stage of the development and commercialisation process.

The job holder will demonstrate scientific leadership, including development of payer evidence strategies, applied payer methods and approaches, engagement with experts, and disseminate the work with external presence. You will have an in-depth knowledge of global payer requirements, health economics and payer evidence (including techniques and tools such as input into clinical trial design and analyses, systematic literature reviews, comparative effectiveness/indirect comparisons and economic modelling), and its strategic application to pharmaceutical development, subsequent market access and pricing. In addition to having global launch experience, you will also be a highly effective communicator and influencer, as well as showing business acumen and effective prioritisation and focus.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • As required by the business, serve as the GPEP/OPEP representative on the Global Product team (GPT), promoting payer requirements and incorporating evidence needs within product development strategies

  • Ensure effective budget planning and secure resources to deliver payer evidence plan

  • Ensure that the payer evidence plan is developed and/or validated at each investment decision with key internal and external stakeholders, they meet the needs of key markets and respective payer archetypes, they are aligned with the clinical, medical and brand strategies, and they are endorsed by all relevant governance bodies

  • Secure cross-functional input to the payer evidence plan, including real world evidence (RWE) and patient reported outcomes (PROs) for payer needs

  • Provide payer relevant evidence requirements into the compound development plan, including Phase 3, non-RCT studies, and post-launch data planning (anticipating key payer requirements) ensuring its implementation/delivery and communication

  • Deliver clear, customer-focused and robust Global Reimbursement Dossiers (GRDs)

  • Detail evidence which requires marketing company/local affiliate adaptation and ensure a simple and time-efficient study/activity approval service is delivered to MCs

  • Support the key markets in their payer submissions, responses and any additional evidence required

  • Represent the payer perspective on the labelling and regulatory activities team

  • Promote and lead the development of health economic models and payer evidence materials to support brand strategy as well as participate in the cross-functional Payer Team

  • Detailed strategic and tactical planning of payer evidence (e.g., clinical trial design and analysis, economic modelling, evidence synthesis including indirect treatment comparisons) to support market access and reimbursement for assigned projects.

  • Drive the publication policy to support payer needs, generate peer reviewed scientific publications, as well as effective communication of complex ideas for use with both payers and other stakeholders.

  • Prepare proposal requests for outsourced health economics / payer evidence projects and manage the vendor selection process.

  • Deliver assigned projects to time, budget, and quality, including the management of vendors as required.

  • Participate in external health economics and payer evidence departmental activities via technical presentations, committee membership, publication reviews, and other similar activities

  • Actively monitor and apply new analytical techniques and payer evidence trends

  • Interact with health technology appraisal authorities and advisors/key external experts in preparing materials for scientific advice and reimbursement submissions

  • Mentor and develop colleagues including, as required by the business, indirect line management

Essential requirements

  • Graduate / College degree in biomedical science, business, quantitative disciplines or economics.

  • Formal post graduate degree in health economics or a related quantitative discipline, and substantial work experience in the discipline.

  • Global launch experience and several years of experience in a pharmaceutical company (or equivalent).

  • Strong communication and influencing skills to different audiences, including both scientific and commercial, and senior management.

  • Ability to work both collaboratively and independently, understand and apply different technical approaches, and have wide understanding of different health care systems and implications on reimbursement and pricing.

Desirable attributes:

  • Substantial therapy area experience for the role.

  • Can demonstrate an in depth and practical understanding of innovative study methodologies, including analyses, that incorporates clinical, medical, regulatory, commercial, payer and health technology assessment needs.

AstraZeneca is an equal opportunity employer. AstraZeneca will consider all qualified applicants for employment without discrimination on grounds of disability, sex or sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity leave status, race or national or ethnic origin, age, religion or belief, gender identity or re-assignment, marital or civil partnership status, protected veteran status (if applicable) or any other characteristic protected by law.

Applications Open: 26th July 2018

Applications Close: 26th August 2018


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