Manager, New Product Planning, Neurology & Immunology

Posted 11 Mar 2020

Rockland, Massachusetts - United States

Req Id 204190


A career with EMD Serono is an ongoing journey of discovery: our 56,000 people are shaping how the world lives, works and plays through next generation advancements in healthcare, life science and performance materials. For more than 350 years and across the world we have passionately pursued our curiosity to find novel and vibrant ways of enhancing the lives of others. EMD Serono is a business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.

Your role:
The role involves working closely with Directors and Senior Directors with the New Product Planning group to support pipeline decision making for the Neurology & Immunology franchise. Ensure Leadership for asset/portfolio strategies:

  • In collaboration with R&D, lead and drive the development of clear, aligned strategies consistent with the N&I GBF (Global Business Franchise) Strategy for all early-to-later stage assets in preparation for go/no-go decisions by Senior Leadership and provide for every decision-making committee meeting a Commercial Assessment and/or Commercial Viewpoint Summary to help guide Senior Leadership decisions
  • Lead initiatives to continually assess the commercial values, competitive landscapes and market differentiations (incorporating KOL advice) of the early assets and develop and communicate Commercial’s priorities for resource allocation and decision making
  • Pro-actively identify potential BD opportunities, LCM options and risks in order to maximize the value of the early asset portfolio
  • Drive the partnerships and processes with key stakeholders to define, develop, execute and communicate business-critical early asset strategic initiatives as identified by the N&I GBF
  • In collaboration with cross-functional N&I teams develop early asset strategies and ensure alignment on visions, objectives and strategies across Brand and Pipeline programs
  • Build strong relationships and collaborations with R&D, Medical Affairs, Portfolio Management, Clinical, Regulatory, Finance and other key functions and teams
  • Be the subject matter expert in one disease area and create a holistic view of our pipeline, decision trees, inter-dependence and link to marketed portfolio (as applicable)
  • Ensure Strategic and Tactical Involvement in Pipeline Development
  • Travel 20%


Decisions and Program Support:

  • Establish the early asset team as a partner with R&D and Clinical in designing pre-clinical and clinical studies and trials and in making differentiation-impacting decisions including determining clinical hurdles, go/no go criteria, endpoints, clinically meaningful comparators, labeling and launch timings
  • Develop strategic and tactical templates/playbooks that describes progression of activities including early positioning, segmentation, KOL mapping, external communication strategy, INNs and brand naming (if and when applicable)
  • Drive Fit for Purpose Commercial input for portfolio reviews and Commercial Assessments
  • Provide strategic framing to other functions in the CSMO organization and leverage functional expertise of teams to deliver on tactical deliverables; Examples - Leverage GSI for CI, Market Research and Forecasting, leverage GMAP for pricing and access inputs
  • Ensure that up-to-date, aligned and approved TPPs (Target Product Profiles) and Commercial Assessments are maintained
  • Develop and maintain early asset dashboards for communications to Senior Leadership on visions, strategies, opportunities, challenges, risks and tactical activities for the early asset programs


Who you are:
Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in life sciences or related discipline
  • 2+ years of professional experience within the pharmaceutical industry and/or consulting companies working in the healthcare industry
  • 1+ years of experience and a strong understanding of drug development as this role is a key strategic link between scientists and business leaders
  • Proficient with Microsoft office skills including strong PowerPoint and Excel


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in life sciences or related discipline
  • Sound awareness of pharmaceutical R&D including early clinical development, regulatory and late stage clinical development
  • Outstanding relationship-building and partnering skills and the ability to lead multidisciplinary teams to drive business strategy input on development programs
  • Able to work effectively in a highly complex matrix environment, with a proven ability to influence without formal authority and achieve results through people
  • Agile learner, perceptive about cross-functional needs



What we offer: With us, there are always opportunities to break new ground. We empower you to fulfil your ambitions, and our diverse businesses offer various career moves to seek new horizons. We trust you with responsibility early on and support you to draw your own career map that is responsive to your aspirations and priorities in life. Join us and bring your curiosity to life!

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