RETAINED SEARCH Associate Director, Health Economics & Outcomes Research – Pharma in Boston Metro Area

Cornerstone Search Group Published: January 26, 2017
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RETAINED SEARCH - Associate Director, Health Economics & Outcomes Research – Pharma in Boston Metro Area

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Associate Director, Global HEOR – Boston-Area Pharma – RETAINED SEARCH


A fast-growing, Boston-area global pharmaceutical company has retained Cornerstone Search Group’s HEOR / Market Access Practice for an Associate Director position. This is a highly attractive opportunity due to the quality of the team (we helped them hire over 15 top people) and the high regard with which the team is held for its role in this company’s success. Our client is highly competitive when it comes to compensation, sign-on bonuses to cover loss of bonus and unvested stock and options, and it has one of the industry’s best relocation plans, featuring a strong “loss on sale” protection (i.e. when the sale price of your home in today’s market would be less than what you paid for it plus what you invested in it).

Other Attractive Features About This Opportunity Include:

Reporting Structure: This department reports into the Head of Clinical Development and Medical Affairs, and handles both US and Global HEOR. Top Notch Team: We’ve helped our client hire the VP who heads this department and 15 others. We know first-hand the quality of these people and how well they interact with each other.

Reason for Interest:

The Boston-metro area is the fastest growing pharmaceutical and biotech hub in the nation, which is great for you professionally as HEOR opportunities will continue to grow and you would not need to move from the area. The Boston metro area is coveted due to its strong public school systems, its highly educated populace (it has the highest percentage of college graduates of any metropolitan area), and its cultural attractions that owe much to the fact that it has the highest concentration of top academic institutions (medical schools and undergrad schools) in the world. Sign-On Bonus To Cover Loss of Bonus and Unvested Stock: Our client is aware that for many people their 2016 bonuses will pay out in early 2017, and they may have stock vesting soon as well, and they will definitely take these into consideration when formulating an offer.

Responsibilities in a Nutshell:

In a nutshell, you will be responsible for the development of HEOR (health economic and outcomes research) strategies and the tactical execution thereof for this company’s main therapeutic area. Manage HEOR projects from inception to completion for all phases of research. Your role will encompass research design, project management, analysis, interpretation and dissemination of HEOR evidence, and the communication of appropriate HEOR key value messages. You will collaborate cross-functionally with Clinical Research, Medical Affairs, Product Development, Brand Marketing, Managed Care Marketing, New Product Planning, etc., as well as collaborate with external KOLs and decision-makers. Incorporate HE and PRO components into clinical studies. Develop strategies to obtain regulatory approval of PRO quality of life claims; research and select PRO/HRQOL measures for use in clinical trials. Create study concept documents, protocols, analysis plans, and final study reports, as well as draft manuscripts for studies which include HE and PRO components. Develop health economic analyses and/or economic models to assess cost-effectiveness, clinical practice, and/or burden of illness within company’s clinical trial design and study results, or external databases, or from scientific literature. Work with Medical Affairs to help influence Phase IV clinical trial design, inclusion of appropriate value endpoints/metrics, data analysis and publications, as appropriate. Manage external HEOR consulting companies.

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Our client will consider a PhD in an outcomes-related field (e.g., Public Health, Epidemiology, Health Economics, and Pharmacy Administration), an MD who has post-graduate fellowship or MS in an outcomes-related field, a PharmD with HEOR-related education and/or Fellowship experience, or an MPH/MS who has strong relevant experience.
  • Ideally 2+ years of HEOR experience, either in a pharma / biotech company or with an HEOR consulting company.
  • PRO experience is a plus, but not required.
  • Strong written and oral communication and presentation skills, with the capability to educate and influence teams and driving decisions.
  • Strong business sense.

Contact either of our HEOR/Market Access Practice Co-Leads:

Rita Boyle | Senior Executive Search Consultant


Corey S. Ackerman, JD | Senior Partner


Life Sciences Executive Search

6 Campus Drive | Parsippany, NJ 07054

P 973.656.0220

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