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Astellas Pharma Associate Director/Director, HEOR Oncology in Northbrook, Illinois

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Purpose & Scope:

  • The Director, Health Economics & Outcomes Research (HEOR) therapeutic Area (TA) is accountable for oversight and leadership surrounding the development and management of a portfolio of health economic, comparative efficiency, real world data, patient reported outcomes and epidemiologic initiatives that support the Medical Affairs -- Americas (MAA) regional strategy for in-line and development compounds.

The leader will be accountable for supporting each product team within the therapeutic area by providing expertise in the above-mentioned areas that generate clinical and economic data to support the medical value of Astellas products. This position requires proficiency in effective matrix leadership of cross-functional teams. Specifically, this individual will:

  • Ensure that health economic and outcomes projects are medically relevant, scientifically valid and appropriately planned, resourced, executed;

  • Establish effective communication with all internal partners to understand and support the HEOR needs of the business; and

  • Collaborate with external partners & HEOR professionals to ensure that Astellas sponsored HEOR initiatives are clinically relevant and support the needs of patients, health care providers and payers. 3-5 bullets

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Support the Senior Director, HEOR in developing and implementing MAA TA research strategy

  • Assist HEOR Senior Director mentor and develop a robust team through development of in-house talent

  • Provide oversight of HEOR expertise and input for projects/initiatives, protocol development, regulatory documents, scientific publications, and independent research proposals within therapeutic area for both in-line and development products

  • Be responsible for the assessment and interpretation of project data in a clinically relevant context to support data needs for the company's portfolio

  • Drive Medical Affairs/HEOR business planning process that is aligned with the therapeutic area/product strategy

  • Develop and communicate a robust understanding of products in development, the competitive landscape, US healthcare market, evolving medical practice standards and advances in HEOR assessments/data

  • Work with appropriate internal and external partners to develop clinically meaningful quality controls, performance metrics, outcome assessments, analysis plans and publications relevant to HEOR data generation activities; including serving on governance committees to review and approve HEOR projects in compliance with all applicable regulations

  • Represent Astellas on appropriate MAA/HEOR issues at regional and national forums, conferences, and professional associations; including supervising and communicating activities by such bodies to internal partners

  • Build strategic collaborations with Astellas regional HEOR/HEOR colleagues to advance HEOR initiatives globally as appropriate

  • Serve on or lead intercompany regional and global committees within Astellas as appropriate

  • May review new product licensing and acquisition opportunities for marketed and late-stage compounds as it relates to HEOR and Medical Affairs - Americas.

Quantitative Dimensions:

The Director, HEOR leads the development of a portfolio of economic, epidemiological and clinical outcomes research crafted to inform the medical value proposition for Astellas products throughout their life cycle. They are responsible for collaborating with internal and external partners across multiple products within a therapeutic area to provide HEOR expertise, assessment and management. The Director will be accountable for managing resources and priorities across assigned area of responsibility. This includes executing projects across multiple products within the therapeutic area. They will develop and implement objectives and strategies to support product plans and are responsible for managing the budget within their area of responsibility. The results produced by the Director must be scientifically sound and in compliance with applicable regulations.

The Director oversees this work with minimal direction.

Organizational Context:

The Director, HEOR reports to the Senior Director. He/She will have multiple cross-collaborative project teams and matrix responsibilities within the assigned ASMA therapeutic area. The Director will collaborate with the following colleagues:

  • MA-A: Executive Medical Directors; Medical Directors; Directors, HEOR

  • GMA: Global Medical Directors, Governance committees

  • Regions: Senior Directors, HEOR; Directors, HEOR

  • APGD: Senior Directors, HEOR; Directors, HEOR

  • Commercial/Health Systems: Senior Directors, Directors

  • Other: Senior Director, Government Affairs

  • External: Astellas partners, Vendors, Key External Experts

Qualifications: Required

  • Advanced degree (PharmD, PhD, MD, DO)

  • Minimum 5, years related experience in outcomes research, health economics, clinical research, epidemiology, and health policy

  • Proven effective leadership and managerial skills

  • Solid understanding of the interface between clinical practice and outcomes research

  • Expertise in using outcomes data in the appropriate clinical context

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Proven critical thinking, problem solving and decision-making skills

Approximately 20% travel required

Qualifications: Preferred

  • Preferred 7 years related experience in outcomes research, health economics, clinical research, epidemiology, and health policy

  • Extensive knowledge of US healthcare delivery systems (e.g. Accountable care, managed care, pharmacy benefit management, government [Medicare, Medicaid]) and understanding of policy issues

  • Demonstrated interpersonal relationship and collaboration skills working within cross-functional teams

  • Detailed understanding of FDA, PhRMA, OIG, and ACCME guidelines as they relate to HEOR and Medical Affairs


  • Medical, Dental and Vision insurance

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

  • 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

Astellas is committed to equality of opportunity in all aspects of employment. EOE including Disability/Protected Veterans


Category Medical Affairs

Astellas is committed to equality of opportunity in all aspects of employment. EOE including Disability/Protected Veterans