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Kite, a Gilead Company, is a biopharmaceutical company engaged in the development of innovative cancer immunotherapies with a goal of providing rapid, long-term durable response and eliminating the burden of chronic care. The company is focused on chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) and T cell receptor (TCR) engineered cell therapies designed to empower the immune system's ability to recognize and kill tumors. Kite Europe is headquartered in Stockley Park, UK and is currently adding additional talent as it focuses on developing the European Region in support of providing maximum access to patients with unmet needs
This role will report into the Head of Europe for Kite. The Business Unit Lead primary accountability is continuing to expand access of Kite Cell Therapy in Italy. This role will be responsible and accountable for the strategy, planning and implementation of all commercial activities in Italy, with ‘success’ defined by accelerating broad access to patients for Kite Pharma’s innovation, starting with axicabtagene ciloleucel (axi-cel). The Business Unit Lead will manage a team of Marketing and Sales professionals and lead a cross functional team to drive operational excellence. The Business Unit Lead will be a member of Gilead Italian leadership team and will have a dotted reporting line into the GM of Gilead Italy. This is a unique opportunity to play a key role, as part of the broader Italian and EU Leadership, in the launch of a truly innovative therapy.
- Maximize the commercial potential of Kite Pharma’s assets through the development and implementation of strategic/operational plans in collaboration with regional marketing and medical affairs teams
- Build and execute a highly successful launch of axi-cel plan for KTE-C19 in Italy
- Lead the cross-functional team providing vision, motivation, and support and coaching infrastructure to drive the business and achieve portfolio objectives
- Partner with market access to identify, develop, propose and execute local reimbursement plans, including alignment with appropriate adaptation of European pricing, reimbursement and access strategies
- Recruit, hire and ensure training for country -specific staff who will successfully execute the cross functional company plan in Italy
- Take responsibility and accountability to deliver against the agreed commercial and strategic objectives, as well as Quality, compliance and risk management in UK.
- Contribute to the execution of a flawless supply chain process – customer service par excellence – supporting the administration of Kite Pharma’s technology to patients throughout Italy
- Establish strong, effective and optimal working relationships with external bodies (incl. Payers, Patient Associations, and Thought Leaders)
- Foster an environment of strong collaboration across the local, regional and global organisation, balancing the needs of Kite Pharma in Italy with those of the broader corporate objectives
- Ensure that all business activities are in line with company policies, procedures and local guidelines.
- Facilitate market learning and knowledge sharing to accelerate the commercialization of
KTE-C19 throughout the European organization
Knowledge, Experience & Skills
The successful candidate will be a recognized leader with excellent communication skills. The role requires being comfortable at working in a high-growth environment where influencing and negotiating across an organization are a prerequisite.
You will need to demonstrate the ability to manage complexity, ambiguity and paradoxes through thinking outside of the box with a collaborative, constructive and solution-oriented approach.
- Demonstrable commercial leadership experience in the biopharmaceutical industry such as a highly successful Business Unit Lead and a strong sales & marketing leader within the specialty therapeutics arena
- Must have recent experience in oncology specifically in Hematology/oncology or orphan/rare diseases.
- Must have a track record of successful budget management with an understanding of revenue forecasting and expense budget planning and tracking
- Must demonstrated excellence in project management and effectively managing multiple projects/priorities
- Undergraduate degree is required, MBA and/or post graduate preferred or advanced life science degree (MD, Pharm D, PhD)
- Preferably, previous experience in negotiating with key pricing and reimbursement agencies, and involvement in successful access and reimbursement strategies and their execution
- Strong understanding of the complexity of transplant arena is highly advantageous
- Must be good at building new relationships rapidly with KOLs and other stakeholders such as industry associations. A strong already established network is preferable.
- Knowledgeable in technical development of commercially successful biopharmaceutical, cell therapy or gene therapy products is preferred
- Must have the ability to build and drive a business, whilst possessing innate ‘market-making’ capabilities with natural self-starter, hands-on, entrepreneurial and innovative attitude.
- Strong leadership qualities such as having the ability to attract, motive and retain talent and drive a culture of collaboration, engagement and motivation.
- Strong learning agility and willingness to take on increasing responsibility as Kite Pharma grows
- Excellent command of written and spoken English
- Ability to provide strategic input at an EU level
- International experience, either working in a Global or Regional role or in the context of above country project teams is desirable
- Openness to travel approximately is required- 60% domestically and some internationally.
Kite is a biopharmaceutical company engaged in the development of innovative cancer immunotherapies with a goal of providing rapid, long-term durable response and eliminating the burden of chronic care. The company is focused on chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) and T cell receptor (TCR) engineered cell therapies designed to empower the immune system's ability to recognize and kill tumors. Kite is based in Santa Monica, CA. For more information on Kite, please visit www.kitepharma.com. Sign up to follow @KitePharma on Twitter at www.twitter.com/kitepharma.
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