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Director, New Product Planning

Cambridge, MA 02139

Posted: 10/16/2018 Job Category: Clinical: R&D Program Management Job Number: 2149

Our client is seeking a highly-motivated and entrepreneurial individual to lead new product planning (NPP) efforts for their programs. The Director of New Product Planning will assume a highly visible role to provide market insights for preclinical and early clinical programs. This position offers the candidate the opportunity to significantly contribute to the long-term commercial success of the portfolio through close collaboration with R&D, business development, key opinion leaders and patient care/advocacy organizations.

  • Key roles for the NPP lead include:
    • Serve as the NPP lead for a program which is advancing towards Phase 1 clinical development
    • Serve as the NPP representative for programs to guide development of target product profiles and to support key program decisions
    • Liaise with BD team to align R&D pipeline opportunities with BD priorities
  • Provide strategic leadership to program core teams to maximize program value; ensure integration of commercial and cross-function perspectives into research, clinical and commercial plans
  • Conduct market assessments to support key program decisions, which may include disease etiology, epidemiology, segmentation, current and future unmet needs, competitive intelligence, market forecasts and other clinical and commercial considerations
  • Work closely with internal and external experts to translate key market and scientific insights into clear, actionable strategies for the franchise or programs
  • Liaise closely with patient advocacy lead to establish patient networks and to design/execute/analyze patient registry or natural history study
  • Track and understand oncology and RGD market trends from a commercial, managed markets, clinical, and scientific perspective and stay up to date with market developments and changes in competitive landscape
  • Develop revenue and unit forecasts to support portfolio planning initiatives and production plans
  • Drive specific oncology and RGD TA or franchise assessments to inform BD investment decisions
  • Participate in key scientific and patient conferences related to company programs
  • Develop and update competitive intelligence tools for business insights
  • Prepare and present product planning plan and assessments to senior management
  • Contribute to the long-term commercial strategy and ensure early R&D activities are in line with global franchise strategies

  • 10+ years of relevant business experience in pharmaceutical/biotech
  • Advanced degree (MBA, PhD, MD) is preferred
  • Oncology or Rare Disease experience strongly preferred
  • Knowledge, experience and proven track record of gaining deep scientific, patient and market understanding to deliver concise insight to R&D decisions
  • Must have great enthusiasm for collaborating closely with R&D members in a high-science environment and contributing to seamless integration of NPP, R&D, BD, commercial and all key functions
  • Strong qualitative and quantitative analytical skills
  • Strong organizational skills to multi-task in an extremely fast-paced environment with changing priorities
  • Excellent verbal/written communication and leadership skills to influence across multiple functions

Tracey Goldthwaite
Senior Vice President

Tracey has more than 20 years experience in the staffing and recruiting industry. She spearheads The Steely Group's Client Services efforts, ensuring superior customer service, communication, and ongoing support to clients and candidates alike. Additional areas of expertise include client relationship management and team building.
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