Sr Director, Global Value, Access & Policy

Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Boston , MA 02298

Posted 7 months ago

About the Global Value, Access and Policy (GVAP) team

Alexion's GVAP team is responsible for ensuring patient access and achieving reimbursement for our products through demonstration of value to payers, physicians and healthcare systems. This is achieved through the development of strong product value propositions supported by robust clinical and economic evidence. In addition to product-specific differentiation, value demonstration and price setting, the GVAP team is also responsible for monitoring the evolving external market access landscape, for developing and advocating Alexion's position with respect to market access strategy and policy, and for contributing to the expansion of access for our products to patients in new and emerging markets.

Position Summary

Alexion's GVAP team is seeking a qualified Senior Director to help lead a dynamic and growing team with primary responsibility for developing and executing strategic market access policy initiatives and best practice, to optimize the commercial success of Alexion assets across the entire product portfolio and to advance Alexion's corporate policy objectives globally.

Specifically, the Senior Director will lead on international issues relating to R&D incentives and requirements, trade, intellectual property and tax, and issues affecting patient access and P&R in markets globally. The Senior Director will help lead the International Public Policy team that monitors, identifies, assesses, and communicates legislative and regulatory policy risks and opportunities, and that develops and implements comprehensive advocacy strategies and best practices in support of global and local objectives. The Senior Director will work directly with and report to the SVP and will not have direct reports. The Senior Director will interact with Alexion's regions and affiliates and partners working on local P&R negotiations, providing up-to-date knowledge of the external market access policy environment and translating relevant developments into meaningful guidance and strategic advice.

The Senior Director will be located in Alexion's Boston office. Some domestic and international travel required.

Principal Responsibilities

As a senior member of the GVAP team, the Senior Director role will need to demonstrate cross-functional engagement, collaborative and strategic mindset, business acumen and strong leadership skills.

Responsibilities will include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Represent the GVAP function and lead the Alexion policy community of practice;

  • Lead and manage efforts to monitor and analyze the public policy and market access environment globally to identify specific trends and policies impacting coverage and reimbursement for Alexion products;

  • Translate data into meaningful decision points, recommendations and public policy strategies and tactics designed to optimize patient access for Alexion products across business franchises, in coordination with commercial leaders and Government Affairs colleagues;

  • Develop market access policy tools and deliverables to support the business franchises (e.g. unbranded market shaping tools for payers and policy makers);

  • Create and manage effective relationships as a representative and advocate for Alexion with external partners (trade associations, academic institutions, patient advocacy organizations and other allied stakeholders) in order to further policy initiatives

  • Shape the operating environment by generating additional evidence, communicating in new ways and advancing public policies that recognize the value of and expand patient access to Alexion's current and future portfolio;

  • Manage internal website and resources summarizing external policies around the world with respect to HTA/P&R processes; serve as an internal resource to share information across franchises and between regions and countries;

  • Lead on the input of policy risks and opportunities to business development deals during planning processes;

  • Organize and manage multiple projects and regions, and prioritize tasks, while maintaining an understanding of national and global perspectives;

  • Communicate and partner directly with internal cross-functional teams, including legal, commercial and corporate communications

  • Coordinate and oversee projects with external consultants;

  • Demonstrate ability to take initiative and consistently deliver high-quality work products;

  • Communicate frequently and effectively with SVP, Alexion senior leadership and other identified stakeholders.


Qualified candidates should have a minimum of 15 years of related experience managing and advancing international legislative and regulatory issues within government, industry or related trade groups, including a proven ability to effectively manage complex international policy issues to positive outcomes. Candidates should have an advanced understanding of health care and international policy development and maintain high-level government contacts.

Experience should include several years leading and managing teams directly or indirectly and working closely with senior corporate leaders. Candidates should know how to effectively manage annual budgets and allocate resources accordingly. An in-depth understanding of the legal and regulatory environment of the pharmaceutical industry is essential, as are demonstrated integrity on work-related compliance considerations and solid ethics.

Qualified candidates should also possess the following core competencies:

  • Strategic thinking: Initiative, creativity, strategic mindset, and ability to work effectively and remain vision-focused in complex, rapidly changing environments.

  • Project Management: Strong planning and organization skills with the ability to set priorities, identify areas that need further research, multi-task and delegate effectively.

  • Research: Superior research skills (e.g. ability to conduct timely and thorough "desk research") and ability to work at peer-level with experience technical and commercial experts in other functions.

  • Problem Solving: Results-oriented; excellent analytic and influencing/negotiating skills when collaborating with and challenging cross-functional colleagues.

  • Writing: Ability to write and edit policy and business documents (e-mails, memos, and PowerPoint presentations) clearly, succinctly and in a timely manner.

  • Communication: Excellent verbal and interpersonal skills, comfort and ability to present complex or technical information to non-technical internal colleagues (including senior executives) and external audiences, in a clear, concise manner.

  • Disposition: Flexible team player with a can-do attitude, at home in a diverse, multi-lingual, multicultural organizational environment.


  • A University degree in public policy, economics or a related field is required. An advanced degree (in health policy or a related field) is preferred.
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Boston, MA, United States

Some opportunities happen only once in a lifetime - like a job where you have the extraordinary opportunity to change lives. At Alexion, such opportunities arise through our unwavering mission to serve patients and families affected by rare diseases. These patients are our guiding star, and we act with integrity, urgency, and discipline because we know their lives are at stake.

Alexion is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on serving patients and families affected by rare diseases through the discovery, development and commercialization of life-changing therapies. As the global leader in complement biology and inhibition for more than 20 years, Alexion has developed and commercializes the first and only approved complement inhibitor to treat patients with paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH), atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS), and anti-acetylcholine receptor (AchR) antibody-positive generalized myasthenia gravis (gMG). Alexion also has two highly innovative enzyme replacement therapies for patients with life-threatening and ultra-rare metabolic disorders, hypophosphatasia (HPP) and lysosomal acid lipase deficiency (LAL-D). In addition, the company is developing two late-stage therapies, a second complement inhibitor and a copper-binding agent for Wilson disease. Alexion focuses its research efforts on novel molecules and targets in the complement cascade and its development efforts on the core therapeutic areas of hematology, nephrology, neurology, and metabolic disorders. Alexion has been named to the Forbes list of the World's Most Innovative Companies seven years in a row and is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts' Innovation District. The company also has offices around the globe and serves patients in more than 50 countries.

Alexion's aspiration is to be the most rewarding place to work, where people are empowered to make a difference and where diversity of backgrounds and ideas is encouraged. We are looking for talented individuals who share our passion and commitment to change the lives of patients with rare diseases. We hope you will consider joining our team. Further information about Alexion can be found at:

As a leading employer in our industry, Alexion is proud to offer a highly competitive package of base and incentive compensation as well as a comprehensive benefits program designed to support the health, wellness and financial security of our employees and their families. Benefits include group medical, vision and dental coverage, group and supplemental life insurance, 401(k) with company match, tuition reimbursement, relocation assistance and much more.

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