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Head of Medical Affairs Global Franchise Strategy

United States - California - Santa MonicaMedical AffairsRegular

Job Description

The Head of Medical Affairs Global Franchise Strategy will have overall responsibility for globally developing and executing the strategies and tactics for marketed products and the pipeline within Kite Medical Affairs as well as expanded access and compassionate use programs and opinion leaders engagement strategy.  You will be a member of the Medical Affairs Leadership Team and will partner closely with other medical affairs department heads and cross functional leaders to develop our Franchise strategy. This role will report to the Head of Global Medical Affairs.


  • Develops and leads the execution of Medical Affairs Franchise Strategy and collaborates with the cross-functional Cell Therapy Team in Santa Monica, CA
  • Responsible for Cell Therapy Franchise Plan of Action (POA) and tracking the execution of tactical plan
  • Chairs Investigator Sponsored Research Review Committee and evaluates non-registration clinical research globally, including Investigator sponsored research [ISRs] and collaborative research
  • Responsible for the plan of dissemination of innovative clinical information to thought leaders and fostering medical and scientific information exchange with Oncology Scientific and clinical community
  • Develops and maintains positive professional relationships with thought-leaders based on mutual respect and reciprocal scientific information exchange related to medical therapies. This includes obtaining feedback from the independent community of relevant healthcare professionals regarding disease areas of focus and relevant studies
  • Leads programs that ensure the delivery of timely, accurate and succinct communication of fair-balanced clinical and scientific presentations to healthcare professionals, both proactively and in response to requests for information, consistent with promotional compliance and regulatory requirements
  • Oversees Expanded Access and Compassionate Use Programs
  • Provides timely coaching and constructive feedback within the matrix organization, for Medical Affairs and to other key functional stakeholders.
  • Acts as a patient advocate to ensure the successful delivery of therapy
  • Supports robust scientific internal and external training activities and medical communication
  • Oversees the OL engagement strategy and partners with cross functional department heads on strategic projects and Franchise initiatives as appropriate. 
  • Team size 12 (6 direct reports)

Basic Qualifications

  • MD, DO, PharmD, or PhD with 14 years of medical affairs or clinical experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Clinical experience in hematology
  • Excellent strategic thinking skills, with demonstrated ability to successfully lead the ideation, development of a plan and move to action
  • Proven successful track record of building and leading high-performance teams
  • Possess a willingness and ability to work hands-on and with a sense of urgency, in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment
  • Solid understanding of the global health care and regulatory environment
  • Experience of efficiently working in a matrix environment
  • Experience working in global and/or regional medical affairs roles
  • Existing contacts with hematology institutions and/or hospitals
  • Solid working knowledge of regulatory and compliance environment
  • Exceptional organizational and time management skills
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills with the ability to effectively present to and engage with a wide range of audiences
  • Computer proficiency in Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Adobe®
  • Ability to travel frequently (+/- 50%)


Results orientation. The ideal candidate will thrive in a fast-paced, high-growth environment. The individual will have a strong drive to meet and exceed goals, even under adverse circumstances, and is willing to take ownership of problems and make decisions in order to move forward. The candidate will be adept at clearly defining objectives and priorities and establishing appropriate milestones through a strong understanding of the market and innovative approaches. The candidate will assign accountability and incorporate disciplined processes to ensure success and nimbly handle ‘derailments’ with contingency plans and coordination.

Team leadership. The successful candidate will have demonstrated the ability to build, develop, and motivate a team as evidenced by effective hiring, coaching, and mentoring of direct reports. Additionally, this individual will have a track record of successfully leveraging diversity of thought to achieve the highest level of results. The ideal candidate will develop an inclusive culture enabling the team to function comfortably within the current challenging medical landscape to achieve and exceed goals. The candidate will also have constructed an appropriate succession plan and process.

Strategic Orientation. The successful candidate will be able to articulate evolving priorities for the business, identify opportunities and adapt short-term plans. This includes the ability to strategically assess customer needs and build/execute specific, segmented strategies to educate and inform a diverse set of customers. The successful candidate will have passion for, and success in, developing medical affairs strategies that have measurable educational impact.

Collaboration and Influence. The qualified candidate will be able to influence at multiple levels within a matrix team, which they will do by demonstrating competence and confidence, being personally accessible and a good listener, use fact-based persuasion, passion, and persistence as appropriate to the audience and issue at stake. Gaining the support and involvement of key internal constituencies will be critical to success, as will influencing those important constituencies external to the company. The successful candidate will therefore have excellent skills at influencing outcomes and shaping and catalyzing dialogue across and outside the organization. Credibility and integrity are critical attributes to effectively command the respect and trust of key individuals.