Associate Director HEOR-Oncology
Gaithersburg , Maryland
September 23, 2017
At AstraZeneca we turn ideas into life changing medicines. Working here means being entrepreneurial, thinking big and working together to make the impossible a reality. We're focused on the potential of science to address the unmet needs of patients around the world. We commit to those areas where we think we can really change the course of medicine and bring big new ideas to life. As The Director, Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR), Gaithersburg, MD, you'll play a pivotal role in channeling our scientific capabilities to make a positive impact on changing patients' lives.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
The Associate Director Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR) role sits within the Evidence Generation function of the United States (US) Medical Affairs (USMA) organization and interacts with Payer and Commercial teams to design and implement observational research strategies in support of AZ products. Activities focus on the generation of evidence to assist payer and health care provider (HCP) decision-makers and include scientific evidence for reimbursement dossiers and market access in the US.  This role supports the internal and external communication of the clinical and economic value proposition and of scientific results to achieve maximal scientific impact and commercial success of AZ products throughout their life cycle.  This position requires an individual with expert scientific knowledge of HEOR and its application throughout development process, strong business acumen, and excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Support the development and execution of the evidence generation strategy to support articulation of product clinical and economic value.
  • Support US input to brand strategy and Medical Plan, payer-related evidence plan, and market access & pricing strategy.
  • Proactively and independently, contribute to research planning process and resolution of complex issues, especially if they affect market access decisions and evidence for product.  
  • Represent HEOR as member of the Core Medical Team (CMT).
  • Support CMT/CVT members to develop strategy and execute a response to value reviews of AZ products by external organizations, as appropriate and in alignment with current AZ approach.
  • Ensure US evidence strategy alignment with Global Medical Affairs, reimbursement, and regulatory strategies.
  • Serve as observational research expert within Therapeutic Area (TA).
  • Remain actively aware of the product environment by establishing, maintaining, and fostering internal (cross-functional, within the US and Global organizations) and external interactions with scientific experts.
  • Design, protocol development, championing through governance, execution, and communication of observational research and pharmacoeconomic analyses (e.g., retrospective database analyses, payer analytic tools, systematic reviews, network meta-analyses, budget impact models, cost effectiveness models).
  • Collaboration with Field Medical Affairs teams to compile evidence required to satisfy payer requirements, as necessary. 
  • Integration of the US payer viewpoint into Global development and reimbursement strategies.
  • Identification and effective use of internal and external data sources and/or research to support payer reimbursement dossiers and payer value propositions.
  • Input for the preparation of reimbursement/formulary documents.
  • Maintain current and in-depth understanding of HEOR analytical methodologies.
Minimum Qualification Requirements
Masters degree in relevant field (e.g., health economics, outcomes research, health services research, epidemiology, health economics, health policy or related fields)
Doctoral degree in relevant field preferred (e.g., Ph.D., Pharm.D., M.D.)
US Oncology experience
Five years of relevant experience (e.g., academia, consulting, and/or industry); a minimum of three years in the pharmaceutical/biotechnology/medical device industry
Desirable Skills
  • Experience in the Oncology Payer space would be of value
  • In-depth expert knowledge of Real World Evidence and HEOR and their application to pharmaceutical development within the US market.
  • Comprehensive understanding of the pharmaceutical industry and regulatory requirements. 
  • Knowledge of the US healthcare system and its changing needs for health economic and payer analytic information. 
  • Leadership skills and problem solving capability as demonstrated by ability to evaluate threats and opportunities for Health Economics strategy and modify as appropriate. 
  • Well-developed conceptual and integrative thinking with capability to access internal and external resources for advice.
  • Proactive application of therapeutic area and disease treatment knowledge
  • Able to implement projects, including engagement with key stakeholders, with high degree of autonomy
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
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