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Astellas Pharma Associate Director, Data Enablement in Northbrook, Illinois

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This position is based in Northbrook, Illinois, however remote work from certain states may be permitted in accordance with Astellas' Responsible Flexibility Guidelines. Candidates interested in remote work are encouraged to apply.

Purpose & Scope:

Ensure timely and accurate delivery of data for all therapeutic areas to all internal and external customers for sales reporting and compensation purposes. Strategically position the role Data Enablement plays in data quality, automation, creating guidelines on data access and utilization. Lead, develop and maintain process documentation. Lead a team of direct reports that serve as the primary point of contact for calling out and resolving all data issues. Oversee the assurance that Sales Reporting data is closely aligned with Incentive Compensation and Goal Setting, where possible. Oversee the strategy and rollout of a data governance framework, with a focus on improvement of data quality and the protection of sensitive data through modifications to organization behavior policies and standards, principles, governance metrics, processes, related tools and data architecture

This role includes 4-5 direct Astellas reports and vendor management leadership and oversight for various third party data suppliers and aggregator. Will need to have extensive product and data knowledge of all therapeutic areas and lead the oversight of all day-to-day operational processes to best serve commercial data consumers. This successful lead will be accountable for defining and maintaining policies, standards and processes to operationalize data enablement across the business. Will lead and oversee the team that develops and maintains the highest levels of data competency, accuracy standards and reporting capacity across the commercial organization. Responsibilities include training, performance measures and budget for vendors and people development for direct reports. This person will work closely with Sales, Marketing, CS&O, Legal, Compliance, and other functional areas to maintain and improve our current process and procedures, to provide support to our partners.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  1. Develop strategies that ensure accurate data capture from Specialty Pharmacies, Specialty Distributors and GPOs to data aggregator and from Data Aggregator to Astellas for appropriate markets.

  2. Develop Data Integrity Controls to ensure variances/exceptions are communicated to M&S leadership. Automate controls for all reporting data feeds, ensure all exceptions to the business rules are investigated and resolved prior to data reporting and reporting timeline is met.

  3. Document all recurring operational processes. Determine and maintain living document of validations. Assist in the maintenance and processing of non-retail , retail and oncology data.

  4. Responsible for Data Analysis, Exchange and Reporting for key therapeutic areas. Act as point of contact for third party vendors.

  5. Generate monthly scorecard for reporting and IC critical metrics. In turn produce a quarterly Powerpoint deck for executive Summary QBR.

  6. Take lead on identifying potential data redundancies and data flow issues; provide recommendations on potential solutions and implement when necessary in order to streamline Data Enablement Processes

  7. Subject Matter Expert for all therapeutic areas in regards to data. Strong understanding of pipeline

products in order to proactively understand future data needs.

  1. Conduct ongoing evaluation of available data sources for potential purchase and integration with

existing data, e.g., specialty distributors and pharmacies. Lead acquisition and contract negotiations for necessary data assets.

  1. Manage external relationships with vendors, consultants and commercial partners to achieve business

  2. Collaborate with other Data Enablement & IS leads to further explore QC validations and process/platform improvement to build the integrity of our data quality

Quantitative Dimensions:

  • Oversee the validation of data for Monthly IC crediting and quarterly goal setting files for all therapeutic markets. Deliver data feeds on or before scheduled date and error free.

  • Be responsible for the validation of data for weekly iFocus reports for all therapeutic markets. Deliver reports on or before scheduled date and error free.

  • Maintain current business rule applications, update when necessary and communicate to appropriate parties that apply the data.

  • Accuracy and timeliness of quarterly cycle operations process to each sales team

  • Quality of timeless of operations support for and sales teams

  • SLA achievement, monthly metrics

  • Ability to meet/exceed established key milestones related to assigned major projects.

  • Quality/timeliness of insight generation and development of concrete recommendations

Organizational Context:

Reports to Director, Data Enablement.

This position requires close collaboration with internal cross functional departments within Commercial Operations. Needs to be able to identify and fulfill data needs across the organization. 5 direct reports.



  • Extensive computer proficiency with desktop software in a Windows environment including Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Powerpoint and Qlikview & Qliksense.

  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to effectively interact with all levels of employees including senior management and use creativity and ingenuity to influence and motivate others to follow a plan of action.

  • Team oriented with the ability to work independently in a dynamic fast-paced environment with minimal supervision.

  • Proven track record of strong people development skills

  • Excellent organizational, planning, and project management skills with a strong attention to detail and ability to effectively manage cross-functional projects.

  • Minimum 5 years of analytical experience that includes data analysis and reporting within the pharmaceutical or healthcare related industry.

  • Strong working knowledge of data sources, e.g., IQVIA, Symphony Health, Definitive Health, Veeva Open Data, etc.

  • Minimum 10 years pharmaceutical or related business experience.

  • Working knowledge of various Business Intelligence and Data Visualization tools and their application.

  • Excellent skills in the following areas: organization, written and verbal communication, accuracy, multitasking, strategic orientation and personal initiative.

  • Bachelor's Degree in business related field

  • Prior management experience required


  • Experience with business analytics and insights tools and related database management solutions.

  • Extensive knowledge of sales data sources, e.g. Symphony Health IDV and IQVIA Xponent┬«, and a general understanding of health insurance claims data source.

Benefits :

  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance

  • Generous Paid Time Off options, including Vacation and Sick time, plus national holidays including year-end shut down

  • 401(k) match and annual company contribution

  • Company paid life insurance

  • Annual Corporate Bonus and Quarterly Sales Incentive for eligible positions

  • Long Term Incentive Plan for eligible positions

  • Referral bonus program


Category Commercial Strategy & Capabilities

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