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Alexion Pharmaceuticals Head of New Product Strategy, Global Marketing and Commercial Strategy, VISion in Boston, Massachusetts

Some opportunities happen only once in a lifetime - like a job where you have the chance to change lives. At Alexion, people living with rare and devastating diseases are our Guiding Star. We are driven to continuously innovate and create meaningful value in all we do to help patients and families fully live their best lives. We value the uniqueness and diversity of our employees and recognize that nurturing the diverse perspectives and strengths of our people translates into innovative breakthroughs for patients.

This is what you will do:

At Alexion, AstraZeneca Rare Disease, we are innovators, leaders, and collaborators. At the heart of everything we do is an intense desire to pursue the toughest challenges and truly change the world for people living with rare and devastating diseases.

Alexion’s Global Marketing and Commercial Strategy team (called VISion, or Value, Insights, and Strategy at Alexion) is seeking a qualified candidate to join a dynamic team which aligns global commercial strategy, commercial excellence, and new product planning to drive all commercial recommendations in partnership with R&D throughout the development process.

The Head of New Product Strategy leads the commercial development of Alexion’s early product candidates and conducts commercial assessments for business development opportunities. The successful candidate will help drive the company’s commercial strategy for future growth of Alexion’s pipeline in rare diseases in collaboration with R&D and Business Development colleagues. These responsibilities will include providing strategic guidance and commercial assessments for new products from the preclinical to proof-of-concept stages of development and evaluating business development opportunities. Success will require the individual to develop strong cross functional relationships in a multicultural environment to lead the organization through accomplishing stretch objectives in a high paced environment that is focused on the patient.

You will be responsible for:

  • Leading a team which provides commercial input and strategic guidance to Alexion’s early R&D portfolio including, Discovery, Preclinical and Phase 1/2 clinical development programs and Business Development opportunities

  • Leading all aspects of commercial decisions and input for new products including development of global market assessments, commercial input to disease/indication selection, commercial strategies, commercial implications of scientific/clinical data, disease and diagnostic market development, target product profiles, product positioning, pricing and reimbursement, forecasting, early-stage market planning, customer and patient segmentation, and other activities related to strategic market development.

  • Assess rare disease and new target/platform landscape

  • Understanding gaps and building a roadmap of a go-to-market framework in gene therapy commercialization

  • Delivering recommendations to executive leadership for prospective Business Development transactions based on independently developed commercial assessments, including revenue assumptions prepared through proactively connecting with commercial leadership.

  • Connecting with commercial leadership team to solicit deal specific insights to inform commercial assessments

  • Developing knowledge of the competitive intelligence landscape for rare disease biotech companies in those area of interest to Alexion

  • Develop and maintain strong and collaborative relationships with cross functional colleagues (i.e., Research, Medical, Market Research, Clinical, Discovery, Global Value Access and Policy, Business Development, Regulatory, Legal, Finance, Sales, etc.).

    This person is an integral member of the VISion Leadership Team (VLT) and will be passionate about developing and delivering life-transforming therapies for patients with severe and life-threatening rare diseases.

    You will need to have:

  • Master’s degree in life sciences and/or business / marketing

  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in the biopharma /pharmaceutical industry.

  • Highly skilled in leading teams in cross-functional matrix environments including interfacing with key internal and external groups in different regions and with scientific and commercial groups in different countries.

  • Strong understanding of scientific data and issues as they impact product development and commercialization with a thorough understanding of the drug development process from preclinical through launch.

  • Specific experience in developing high level and in-depth commercial assessments leading to important business development and clinical development decisions

  • Experience in new product planning, in-line marketing, or new product marketing

  • Proven leadership capabilities

  • High level of interpersonal skills and highly adept in both verbal & written communication

  • Demonstrated commercial analytical capabilities

  • The duties of this role are generally conducted in an office environment. As is typical of an office-based role, employees must be able, with or without an accommodation to: use a computer; engage in communications via phone, video, and electronic messaging; engage in problem solving and non-linear thought, analysis, and dialogue; collaborate with others; maintain general availability during standard business hours.

    We would prefer for you to have:

  • Country and Global marketing experience

  • Prior experience in Orphan and/or Rare Disease Drug markets

  • Device product experience

  • Gene therapy and emerging technology experience


    Alexion is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on serving patients and families affected by rare diseases and devastating conditions through the discovery, development and commercialization of life-changing medicines. Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, Alexion has offices around the globe and serves patients in more than 50 countries. Further information about Alexion can be found at: .

    Alexion is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We are committed to fostering a culture of belonging where every single person can belong because of their uniqueness. The Company will not make decisions about employment, training, compensation, promotion, and other terms and conditions of employment based on race, color, religion, creed or lack thereof, sex, sexual orientation, age, ancestry, national origin, ethnicity, citizenship status, marital status, pregnancy, (including childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions), parental status (including adoption or surrogacy), military status, protected veteran status, disability, medical condition, gender identity or expression, genetic information, mental illness or other characteristics protected by law. Alexion has taken critical steps to protect colleagues, loved ones, and patients from COVID-19 and its variants. All US-based employees must comply with Alexion's COVID-19 vaccination mandate. Alexion provides exceptions based on applicable state law as well as reasonable accommodations to meet the needs of candidates and employees. To begin an interactive dialogue with Alexion regarding a legally required exemption or accommodation, please contact Alexion participates in E-Verify.

    As a leading employer in our industry, Alexion offers a highly competitive package of base and incentive compensation as well as a comprehensive benefits program designed to support the health, wellness and financial security of our employees and their families. Benefits include group medical, vision and dental coverage, group and supplemental life insurance, 401(k) with company match, tuition reimbursement, and much more.

    AstraZeneca completed its acquisition of Alexion, marking the creation of Alexion, AstraZeneca Rare Disease. If you're interested in career opportunities with AstraZeneca, click here ( .