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Director, Oncology Diagnostic Strategy Lead

Cambridge, Massachusetts


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Director, Oncology Diagnostic Strategy Lead

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Job ID R0012971 Date posted 10/08/2019 Location Cambridge, Massachusetts

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Job Description

More specifically the Director will be accountable to:

  • Provide end- to- end diagnostic strategy for pipeline and branded products in support of the overall oncology portfolio and global oncology diagnostic strategy
  • Successfully implement engagement programs, advisory boards, congresses/symposia, etc to be developed in close collaboration with R&D, medical affairs, partner organizations and pipeline or branded product teams
  • Work with pipeline and branded product teams to develop business cases, strategic evaluations of diagnostic options and diagnostic market landscape assessments
  • Develop the companion diagnostic launch strategy for the product team together with the diagnostic partners and ensure successful execution
  • Ensure the diagnostic strategy incorporates global requirements for execution and success
  • Assist regions and key LOCs with diagnostic business strategies
  • Define and implement life cycle management strategies with pipeline and branded product teams to ensure continued innovation in diagnostics
  • Monitor diagnostic testing competitive environment and market trends
  • Cultivate and build relationships with internal and  external key stakeholders, customers, and professional organizations

The ideal candidate will be a strong leader who demonstrates:

  • A solid understanding of the role of biomarkers and diagnostics in personalized medicine as well as established connections and relationships in the diagnostic space
  • Has working knowledge of the clinical laboratory testing environments (including regulatory, reimbursement, and promotional guidelines) in key markets including U.S., Japan, EU, and Canada, and China.   
  • A results-oriented, highly collaborative, and dedicated focus on bringing innovative treatment options and diagnostics to patients
  • Has a track record of defining and executing diagnostic initiatives in collaboration with key global functions including Market Research, Competitive Intelligence, Market Access, Medical Affairs, Clinical Development, Regulatory, Legal, Supply Operations, and Communications. 
  • Has experience working in above-country and/or international (e.g. ex-US) roles


  • BA/BS required; although personal leadership characteristics and track record are the most critical components, a scientific or medical educational background and/or an MBA are a plus
  • 7-10 years pharma/biotech/life science industry commercial experience; of which  3-5 years oncology diagnostic marketing experience required; diagnostic business experience required
  • Demonstrated commercial leadership in diagnostic opportunity assessments and valuations
  • Previous oncology diagnostic launch experience is required
  • Understanding of clinical laboratory testing which includes test sample journey, diagnostic technologies and potential technical issues
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, lead cross-functional and cross-regional projects, and participate as a team member will be critical to success in the role.
  • Ability to make decisions in ambiguity
  • Anticipates obstacles and provides solutions to resolve in a timely manner
  • Ability to interpret complex scientific and medical data across multiple assets is essential
  • Experience of leading either matrix or functional teams would be an advantage
  • Ability to drive projects to deliver results
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills required
  • Ability to travel internationally
  • Knowledge, planning and organizing, building positive working relationships, cultural sensitivity within a global team, ability to make recommendations based on customer need, good negotiation skills and active listening

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