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Senior Director International Patient Engagement


We're looking for a candidate to fill this position in an exciting company.

  • Serve as Vertex contact for international, European and selected national patient organizations, together with the Senior Manager IPE;
  • Develop and leverage high-level relationships with patient organizations, and stakeholders in support of Vertex goals, supporting broader understanding of public policy and healthcare reform relevant to rare and severe diseases, and enhance the Company’s standing and reputation;
  • Maintain ongoing two-way dialogue with patient organizations to understand priorities and opportunities for collaboration and support, and share information on Vertex and its position on key issues;
  • Develop and implement specific plans that engage patient organizations in the company’s shared goal of enhancing patient access to Vertex’s transformative medicines, focusing on disease and treatment education, public health policy, and support for capacity building of patient organizations;
  • Drive, in alignment with other teams, patient related external communication projects and support internal communication about disease areas and Vertex patient engagement programs;
  • Act as a thought-leader within the business, and proactively represent the voice of the patient community in internal planning;
  • Lead the grants program together with the Senior Manager IPE, reviewing applications for funding against predetermined criteria, awarding grants, and monitoring and evaluating funded projects;
  • Together with Medical Affairs, engage patient organizations in advisory boards to gather patient insights to inform our decision-making;
  • Work with relevant functions to develop position papers and policy materials, integrating the patient’s perspective, to support external campaigns;
  • Assist in analyzing and developing recommendations and strategies regarding national policies, and issues impacting Vertex’s portfolio
  • Provide international input and support to the development and resource prioritization for the company’s global patient engagement strategy and plans;
  • Significant experience in Public Health & Pharmaceutical Policy, Healthcare, or Patient Advocacy;
  • A high level of energy and passion towards patients, innovative science and public health;
  • A desire to work in the corporate culture of a highly innovative company aimed at redefining health, and transforming lives of patients with new medicine;
  • Working knowledge and appreciation of the complexities of the drug development process and regulatory requirements;
  • Understanding of the patient and caregiver experience in CF / rare diseases to include, diagnosis, treatment, and treatment options preferred;
  • Knowledge of the patient advocacy community / individuals in rare diseases / CF preferred;
  • Knowledge of guidelines and policies affecting interactions with patient organizations;
  • Strong track record of experience in implementing projects with defined outcomes in a public affairs, advocacy or policy role;
  • Project management skills and recent engagement with pharmaceutical marketing and commercial teams preferred;
  • Excellent strategic thinker with ability to formulate, develop and execute on agreed strategies;
  • Knowledge of the healthcare system and key policies relevant for pharmaceutical market access for highly innovative medicines;
  • Successful working within cross-functional teams;
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communications skills;
  • Experience with budget management;
  • Ability and willingness to travel; and
  • Fluency in oral and written English, any other European language is an asset.

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London, England, London, W2, United Kingdom

  • Ad ID:  15362680
  • Ad Type:  Offered
  • Posted on:  21/08/2020, 02:47
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