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Job Advert Title
HEOR Director
Function/Business Area
Medical & Clinical
Health Economics & Outcomes Research
Employment Class


HEOR Director  

About Astellas:

At Astellas we can offer an inspiring place to work and a chance to make your mark in doing good for others. 

Our expertise, science and technology make us a pharma company. Our open and progressive culture is what makes us Astellas. It’s a culture of doing good for others and contributing to a sustainable society.  

Delivering meaningful differences for patients is our driving force. We all have a significant opportunity to make that difference, working locally in the areas we know best, whilst drawing inspiration from the different insights and expertise we have access to globally and from our innovative, external partners.  

Our global vision for Patient Centricity is to support the development of innovative health solutions through a deep understanding of the patient experience. At Astellas, Patient Centricity isn’t a buzzword - it’s a guiding principle for action. We believe all staff have a role to play in creating a patient-centric culture and integrating an awareness of the patient into our everyday working practices, regardless of our role, team or division. 

Our ethos is underpinned by the Astellas Way, comprising five core values: patient focus; ownership; results; openness and integrity. 

We are proud to offer an inclusive and respectful working environment that fosters collaboration and ownership. 

Our aspiration is to bring the best brains together, to provide them with world-leading tools and resources and a unique structure that fosters real agility and entrepreneurial spirit.

About This Job:

Responsible for co-leading the Global Value Team and is responsible for pro-actively formulating, consolidating, and implementing Astellas HEOR strategies and ensuring that global and regional HEOR perspectives and strategies are integrated within the MA core medical plans, brand plans, and relevant development plans for assigned products. He/she is responsible for development, management and delivery of health economic, comparative effectiveness, real world evidence, patient reported outcomes, and epidemiologic data and economic and cost effectiveness modeling and health technology assessment including early scientific advice and assessments post-approval for assigned in-line and  early and late stage development compounds that are medically relevant and scientifically valid and address business needs and support patient access and HTA/reimbursement requirements.

This position requires excellent interpersonal and matrix leadership skills to support effective partnerships with key internal and external stakeholders including global, regional and local HEOR leaders, Department Heads, TA Heads, CMT Leads, Development, Regulatory Affairs, and Market Access,

Essential Knowledge & Experience:

Medical Affairs Leadership:

  • Responsible for development of HEOR strategies and tactics that are evidence based, scientifically valid, and medically relevant; of clinical, humanistic, and economical importance; patient focused; and integrated in the Core Medical Plans and address the needs of global regulators, HTA, patients, health care providers, payers, and policy makers
  • Responsible for successful execution of global HEOR activities and deliverables and support of execution of regional HEOR activities across assigned products and to ensure these are delivered with high quality and within timelines and budget
  • Responsible for the development and maintenance of core value dossiers and core economic models that provide the foundation for region and country HEOR professionals to create local value dossiers and local economic models to fulfill local HTA/reimbursement needs across assigned products
  • Support regional / local adaptation of core value dossiers and core economic models to local HTA requirements and oversee alignment with the global value messages

Matrix Leadership:

  • Actively promote strategic collaborations with other Astellas HEOR colleagues across the globe to share and replicate best practices and advance HEOR initiatives to support the Astellas product portfolio and patient access
  • Serve on and/or lead organizational initiatives and taskforces as appropriate to shape the strategic
  • direction of the global HEOR function
  • Maintains an integrated partnership within global, regional and local Medical Affairs and cross-functional colleagues including  global Market Access to identify collaborative opportunities, ensure optimal alignment, leverage resources, and support business priorities
  • Lead global value team and core health economics team and represent HEOR function in global product strategy team 

Scientific / HEOR technical Expertise:

  • Maintains working knowledge of Astellas products/disease states across assigned products
  • Lead and support preparation and coordination for HTA/payer advice, mock preparations, submissions, face to face meetings and objection handling
  • Actively monitor the changing healthcare landscape to identify emerging global clinical and health economic trends 
  • Maintain in depth knowledge about patient access and HTA/reimbursement requirements, processes and best practices to inform HEOR strategies
  • Represent Astellas on HEOR issues at global forums, conferences and professional associations; including monitoring ad communicating activities by such forums to executive leadership

Medical Governance:

  • Provide scientific input for HEOR projects, data interpretation, protocol development, regulatory documents, scientific publications, and independent research proposals for assigned products
  • Responsible for the organized and timely completion of assigned HEOR projects that include appropriate outcome assessments, analysis plans and final reports with expectations for peer-reviewed publications relevant to HEOR evidence generation strategies
  • Ensures all HEOR activities support Astellas’ commitment to integrity and delivery of the highest standard of quality and in compliance with all applicable regulations, external policies and ethical standards
  • Ensures training compliance to ensure integrity and performance, efficiency and quality

Preferred Educations/Qualifications:

  • Advanced Degree (PharmD, PhD, MD) with consideration for MPH or other advanced degree in Life Sciences, HE or Epidemiology with relevant advanced industry experience

Minimum Experience:
  • 3-5 years relevant experience in at least one of the following fields: Outcomes Research, HE, Clinical Research, Epidemiology, Health Policy.
  • Demonstrated strategic thinking, problem solving and decision making skills.
  • Expertise in understanding interface between clinical practice and outcomes research.
  • Expertise in leveraging outcomes data in the appropriate clinical context.
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal relationship and collaboration skills working within cross-functional teams.
  • Thorough understanding of global  guidelines as they relate to HEOR and Medical Affairs
  • Expertise in global  HTA/payer reimbursement and market access requirements
  • A collaborative style of working and a strong sense of ethics, compliance and integrity
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills.
  • Expertise in HEOR including principles, pharmaceutical research design and methods as well as excellent project and vendor management skills.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.