Sr. Director, Patient Advocacy in Bernards, NJ at DSI

Date Posted: 6/23/2018

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About Daiichi Sankyo Cancer Enterprise

The vision of Daiichi Sankyo Cancer Enterprise is to leverage our world-class, innovative science and push beyond traditional thinking to create meaningful treatments for patients with cancer. We are dedicated to transforming science into value for patients, and this sense of obligation informs everything we do. Anchored by three pillars including our investigational Antibody Drug Conjugate Franchise, Acute Myeloid Leukemia Franchise and Breakthrough Science Franchise, we aim to deliver seven distinct new molecular entities over eight years during 2018 to 2025. Our powerful research engines include two laboratories for biologic/immuno-oncology and small molecules in Japan, and Plexxikon Inc., our small molecule structure-guided R&D center in Berkeley, CA.

Job Summary

The Sr. Director, Patient Advocacy will develop overarching patient engagement strategy and establish proper infrastructure and inter-relation across the Key stakeholders (GMA, Regions, CE), to support Daiichi’s commitment to build strong relationships with the patient community and enhance the patient-focused culture. Lead collaborations with patient advocacy groups worldwide, champion the patient perspective across internal functional groups and develop innovative solutions and programs to meet the dynamic needs of the patient community.


Develop and implement patient engagement strategy:

Develop cross-functional patient engagement strategy and plan across the Oncology portfolio, in working with key stakeholders internally and externally

Lead development of proactive approaches to managing and enhancing our relationships with patient communities.

Serve as the primary point of contact to build and maintain collaborative, compliant, and value adding long-term partnerships with key patient advocacy groups

Strategically manages and budgets the sponsorships and charitable donations to patient organizations

Create a message that reflects Daiichi’s commitment to patients, their caregivers, and advocacy groups. Collaboratively develop an effective communication plan

Remain abreast of new developments in regulatory, legal, policy and social media arenas that have an impact on the function

Establish infrastructure to embed patient centric focus across organization:

Develop short-and long-term innovative strategies and tactical plans that delineate advocacy opportunities for specific disease areas of interest. Prioritize areas of focus based on launch timelines. Ensure alignment with GMAT and integration into GMA Plans

Proactively advocate patient-specific priorities and objectives with senior leadership and program teams. Champion the patient perspective and provide strategic insights to internal teams to foster understanding

Acquire feedback and perspective from patients, families, medical professionals, policy makers, and others within the patient support community. Apply gained insights to business decisions related to addressing patient needs and providing impactful solutions and services that will support them.

Define and standardize best practices in advocacy relations. Serve as an internal resource and identify opportunities to maximize disease awareness, decrease lag time to diagnosis and access to therapy

Design and create processes, systems, solutions, and tools that will contribute to the effectiveness and success of the patient advocacy plans


The successful candidates will be able to meet the qualifications below with or without reasonable accommodation


Qualified candidates will have a Bachelor’s degree, from an accredited college or university, in science, social science or related field

• Prior experience either working with or working for patient advocacy organizations and related groups. Must have a broad network of established relationships with oncology advocacy groups

• 7-10 years of progressive, related experience in a healthcare or social services

• Demonstrated leadership and collaboration skills with a proven ability to build and maintain relationships with diverse groups of people and audiences

• Strong practical sense to gather needs from different stakeholders and able to translate these needs into concrete and meaningful initiatives to benefit patients in Oncology

• Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills including strong presentation skills; competent and confident in presenting to senior leadership.

• Ability to influence in a proactive, objective and diplomatic manner within all levels of the company and outside community leaders to assess solutions and provide proposals

• Works collaboratively as well as independently and with a sense of urgency. Able to prioritize areas of strategic importance to the company and to help articulate to senior management

• Demonstrated ability to work under pressure and manage multiple responsibilities

• Ability to use both strategic and tactical approaches to problem-solving and multi-tasking

• Expertise with online and offline strategies, tools, and techniques for research, engagement, collaboration, and feedback.

• Able to summarize complex medical and scientific concepts using layman's terms to successfully communicate to target patient/advocate audience

• Awareness of external trends and changes in regulation in order to proactively adjust internal processes

• Ability to facilitate and influence decision making to driver results

• Proven ability to drive pragmatic solutions to complex problems

Daiichi Sankyo, Inc. is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.