Sr. Director, Commercial Development & Strategy Lead

Role Summary

"Pfizer Rare Disease has a robust pipeline with 4 potential launches within the next 3 years. This pipeline includes a new transformative and breakthrough Gene therapy for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) which is expected to be our 1st launch within this franchise as well as 3 transformative, breakthrough hemophilia agents - Hemophilia A Gene Therapy (GTx), Hemophilia B Gene Therapy, and a subcutaneously delivered monoclonal antibody to treat hemophilia A & B (marstacimab). All of these products represent significant therapeutic benefits to patients offering breakthrough innovations that address today's high burden of treatment. The hemophilia launches will continue to reinforce Pfizer's legacy and leadership in the hemophilia space while the DMD launch will potentially create the anchor brand for us in the Rare Neurology space. Beyond these launches, there are several programs in development including for Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) in the hematology space and ITP/CIDP in the neurology space.

Given the multiple gene therapy launches occurring with the same time frame as well as other products in development, there is a need to develop an integrated approach to launching these products as well as ensure that there is a robust future pipeline of products to complement the growth in these two franchises. The Commercial Development & Strategy Lead , is a unique role with an opportunity to both unlock new sources of value for the franchises while also delivering on key initiatives to maximize the upcoming launches.

The role will report to the Global Franchise Lead - Rare Hematology and Neurology and sit on the leadership team. She/he will be responsible for both a) strategic aspects driving commercial development and business development initiatives for the franchise and b) operational aspects supporting key pan-franchise deliverables.

The selected leader will have demonstrated not only success/thriving in ambiguous situations, but also a desire to lead in this emerging field for Pfizer and the Pfizer Rare Disease portfolio. This person will need to exercise both strategic and commercial development skills - e.g. define commercial opportunity for the development programs and what is required for a successful launch as well as operational skills in leading pan franchise initiatives such as integrated Operating plan etc. In addition, collaboration within the LT as well as in engagement with cross-functional partners will be another key attribute for this role.

It is expected that the person will spend approximately 50% of the time driving Comm Dev/BD activities with the other 50% towards franchise operational initiatives , but could change depending on progress of programs.

Roles and Responsibilities

Overall Franchise Strategy: Lead development of overall Rare Hematology and Neurology franchise strategy and prioritization
  • Develop and maintain an integrated franchise strategy for the heme and neurology portfolio including preparing and maintaining strategy walking decks for the team.
  • Monitor overall external landscape and partner with the Hematology and Neurology leads to maintain competitive overview of our programs.
  • Shape external narrative, in partnership with the LT and the corporate affairs function, around Rare Hem/Neuro franchise and Pfizer's growing footprint in this space.

Drive Operational excellence across Rare Heme/Neuro franchise
  • Lead the preparation and execution of the integrated Operating plan process for the Rare Hem/Neuro franchise including continuous improvements working with the OP captains.
  • Act as the point of contact with the Finance Lead to manage and lead the budgetary process through the year including LE submissions and buy-ups as needed.
  • Act as the primary interface for input on and maintaining progress against RD strategy initiatives, and earnings call coordination for the heme/neuro franchise.
  • Drive overall team culture in collaboration with the LT and also lead integrated approach for key initiatives (e.g. ways of working, townhalls/offsites etc. as needed).

Commercial Development and BD Interface:

Serve as Commercial Lead on Rare Neuro/Rare Heme Disease Area Working Group (DAWG)
  • Assess current Rare Hem/Neuro landscape for potential assets and/or in-license/partnership opportunities in support of expanding the portfolio.
  • Partner with Glocal Product Development, Global Clinical Development, Medical and Customer Analytics & Insights to develop product concepts to support the key disease state areas of interest
  • Serve as the Commercial voice for BDPC presentation of product concepts.

Serve as Commercial lead for the SCD and ITP programs for DP-3
  • Partner with the Early Commercial Development team (ECD) to prepare for assets prior to DP-3 to ensure seamless transition.
  • Lead DP-3 preparation including development of market understanding, align on key assumptions for forecast modeling on a global scale.

Collaborate with Chief Business Office on assessment of business development opportunities.
  • Accountable for implementation of identified business development opportunities, incl elements of commercial assessments, forecasts and research, evaluations, and selection of opportunities and investments that have the potential to deliver the greatest value to Pfizer.
  • Ensure valuations for medicine reflect emerging insights from development program, competitive programs, and emerging environment for pricing, reimbursement and access.

  • 15 years of pharmaceutical industry experience in marketing, strategy, new product launch, strategy consulting, business development in pharmaceutical or biotechnology companies.
  • BA/BS - degree required. Advance degree preferred
  • Candidate demonstrates a breadth of diverse leadership experiences and capabilities including: the ability to influence and collaborate with peers, develop and coach others, oversee and guide the work of other colleagues to achieve meaningful outcomes and create business impact.
  • The candidate must be a self-starter who is able to multitask in a fast-paced and dynamic environment.
  • He/ she must be have strong learning agility and a high degree of comfort with ambiguity.
  • Global commercial development experience or participating in pipeline/Global Medicine team helpful.
  • Ability to rapidly comprehend scientific and clinical data; connects understanding of relationship between scientific data and unmet needs in market; translates scientific value proposition into commercial opportunity with value to the business
  • Experience developing, representing and defending commercial opportunities, brand plans, and operating plans to senior leadership required
  • Experience building strategic narrative incorporating internal and external variables.
  • Financial and business planning acumen; strategic, analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Self-motivated colleague with the ability to work independently to drive change in a dynamic environment
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills including ability to distill messages and craft a persuasive story, communicate with clarity to partners and senior stakeholders.
  • Ability to challenge and force a level of rigor and robustness in analyses and decision making in a consistent and thorough manner

Other Job Details:
  • Last Date to Apply for Job: September 22, 2021

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