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Vice President, Market Access

Company: Deciphera Pharmaceuticals
Location: Waltham
Posted on: September 12, 2020

Job Description:

Deciphera Pharmaceuticals is a commercial biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing and commercializing important new medicines to improve the lives of people with cancer. We are leveraging our proprietary switch-control kinase inhibitor platform and deep expertise in kinase biology to develop a broad portfolio of innovative medicines. In addition to advancing multiple product candidates in clinical studies, QINLOCK is Deciphera’s first FDA-approved drug, a switch-control kinase inhibitor for the treatment of fourth-line gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST). QINLOCK, an oral oncolytic, is also approved in Canada and Australia for the treatment of fourth-line GIST.

Deciphera (NASDAQ: DCPH) is a publicly traded company headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts. Our state-of-the-art research facility is located in Lawrence, Kansas.

We offer an outstanding culture and opportunity for personal and professional growth based on our “PATHS” Core Values:

- Patients – places the importance of improving the lives of patients and their caregivers at the forefront of every day’s work.

- Accountability – for our performance and the way we work with coworkers and other stakeholders.

- Transparency – in our intent and actions to both internal and external stakeholders.

- Honesty and Integrity – fosters trust and strives to deliver on our and the company’s promises.

- Stewardship – values and uses wisely the resources and investments provided to the company.

Our Science and Our Pipeline:

Deciphera is developing novel small molecule drug candidates to improve the lives of cancer patients by addressing key mechanisms of tumor and drug resistance that limit the effectiveness of many cancer therapies. Our pipeline of drug candidates is designed to stop cancers from growing and spreading by inhibiting mutant forms or over expression of a family of enzymes called kinase. Enabled by our proprietary kinase switch control inhibitor drug discovery platform, we have developed kinase switch control inhibitors that interact at a molecular level in a way that is distinct from other kinase inhibitors and are designed to generate higher and more durable rates of response.

We have developed a diverse pipeline of differentiated, wholly owned, orally administered, oncology drug candidates that includes, among others, our recently approved product, QINLOCK (ripretinib), a broad-spectrum KIT and PDGFRa kinase switch control inhibitor is approved for the treatment of fourth-line GIST. Our follow-on study of ripretinib, the INTRIGUE study, is a pivotal Phase 3 trial in second-line GIST. We also have two additional clinical-stage programs for drug candidates DCC-3014 and rebastinib, both immune-oncology (or immunokinase) inhibitors, targeting the kinases CSF1R and TIE2 respectively. Two research-stage programs are in the pipeline as well.

Position Summary:

Reports to: Chief Commercial Officer

Company is seeking a seasoned, dynamic commercial executive with extensive oncology experience to lead the company’s market access organization. Reporting to the Chief Commercial Officer, the VP of Market Access will lead Company’s market access strategy and execution for the company’s oncology portfolio. This is a critical senior leadership role that will be instrumental in Company’s continued success as a commercial-stage biopharma company.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities of the Position: As a member of the commercial leadership team, the VP of Market Access will play a critical role in building, maintaining, and enhancing the vision, structure, talent base, capabilities, and operating model of the cross-functional commercial organization

Responsible for all aspects of Market Access including market access strategy and marketing, field-based account management, patient access & reimbursement services, channel strategy and operations, and pricing and contracting operations.

Ensure Market Access team is working effectively with cross-functional commercial partners in Commercial Insights & Operations, Marketing, Commercial Training & Effectiveness, and Sales to maintain strategic alignment, produce high quality deliverables, and achieve performance objectives.

Must have a strong understanding of the oral oncology market and able to build a market access strategy to support both current and future products as the pipeline matures.

Lead, motivate, develop, and retain a team of highly skilled market access professionals.

Responsible for Deciphera’s strategic and tactical plans to ensure optimal patient access across all payer types including commercial payers, PBMs/OBMs, Medicaid, Medicare, and federal VA/DOD channels.

Partner with Sales leadership to understand customer needs, enhance the customer experience, and build partnerships with key customers while optimizing overall impact to the business

Partner with the Commercial Insights & Operations to envision, design, and implement the channel-based data flows (e.g., specialty pharmacy and specialty distributor data, patient support center data, 3PL data) necessary to understand the business, track key trends and performance metrics, and identify opportunities for continued improvement.

Partner with the Commercial Insights & Operations team to develop and maintain deep market access insights through analysis of key performance data, market research, and competitive intelligence.

Partner with commercial leadership team to develop and execute optimized pricing and contracting strategies, monitor impact, and recommend ways to continually improve over time.

Partner with Marketing & HEOR/Medical Affairs leadership to develop product value propositions, evidence generation plans, messaging, and supporting economic analyses/models.

Oversee a high-performing field-based account management team responsible for a broad spectrum of critical relationships including commercial and government payers, specialty pharmacies, GPOs, key provider accounts, etc. Partner with the Commercial Insights & Operations team to conduct field team sizing and structure analyses, develop IC plans, and design and implement field operations (CRM, reporting, etc.)

Develop a close, collaborative relationship with key cross-functional partners to ensure teams are working effectively and compliantly together both internally and in the field

Execute channel strategies to ensure effective and efficient delivery of product to end users. Maintain close oversight of all aspects of channel operations and performance management including inventory management.

Work closely with Finance, Legal and Commercial Insights & Operations teams to map data strategy and ensure key data contracts are in place with channel partners to enable sales tracking, revenue recognition, government price reporting, and rebate adjudication and payment

Oversee execution of key patient access & reimbursement programs to optimize patient access and affordability while optimizing commercial results

Establish relationships and facilitate activities across various industry segments (providers, patients, payers, specialty pharmacies, distributors, internal hub team) to ensure effective and efficient patient access, product delivery, and financial flows.

Keep company informed and ready for the rapidly changing market access environment (e.g., Medicare payment reforms, pricing policies) to inform corporate strategy, portfolio strategy, product forecasts, and long-term plans

Work closely with compliance to ensure adherence to relevant laws and regulations.

Work closely with Commercial Training & Effectiveness to ensure entire commercial organization is well trained on key market access topics and programs and highly effective at communicating and implementing them with customers.

Provide thought leadership to New Product Planning on access issues related to pipeline products

Be a thought partner with Global Marketing to provide Access and Reimbursement guidance for ex-US markets

Partner and ensure regular, effective communication with marketing and sales leadership to identify challenges and opportunities and deliver solutions as needed

Demonstrate market access thought leadership and represent Company at key meetings, functions, and conferences, etc., when appropriate.

Participate on product strategy teams to inform portfolio planning with critical global market access insights

Develop and deliver market access presentations to senior leadership

Role involves significant travel (approximately 30% of time) to customer visits, medical meetings, sales meetings, market research, etc.

Qualifications BS/BA degree in business or related discipline. Advanced degree preferred (e.g., MBA, MPH).

Fifteen (15) or more years of experience within the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industries including at least 5-7 years in market access senior leadership roles. Oncology launch experience is required; oral oncolytic experience strongly preferred.

Must be a true team player – authentic, humble, ethical, constructive, able to build a positive team spirit and lead through the highs and lows of drug development and commercialization, puts success of team above own interests and supports everyone’s efforts to succeed, grow, and develop. Is a role model in terms of cross-functional teamwork and collaboration and can deliver results in accordance with Company’s values.

Demonstrated success in talent management: building teams, recruiting, developing, motivating, and retaining employees is required.

Experience leading internal, remote and field based teams with a proven track record of successfully delivering results in a positive, collaborative and compliant way. Demonstrated ability to have the managerial courage to make and stand by difficult decisions.

Experience leading teams and self in high growth fast paced environments. Highly skilled in influencing cross-functional teams, including interfacing with key internal and external stakeholders and with scientific and commercial teams

Ability and willingness to work effectively and seamlessly at multiple “altitudes” within the organization. Is passionate and committed to both strategic planning and operational excellence. Maintains a “no job is too big or too small” attitude necessary to succeed in a startup environment.

Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, including ability to synthesize data and deliver a clear overview of commercial strategy, opportunity and risks for the Executive Team

Demonstrated ability to adapt to changes in the work environment. Manages competing demands. Changes approach or method to best fit the situation. Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events with maturity and professionalism.

Keywords: Deciphera Pharmaceuticals, Waltham , Vice President, Market Access, Other , Waltham, Massachusetts

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