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Associate Director, Health Economics and Outcomes Research

Santa Monica, CA, USA | Kite Pharma

  • Industry:
    Pharmaceutical / Biotech
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  • Experience:
    5-7 years
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Job Description

Kite, A Gilead Company, is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel cancer immunotherapy products designed to harness the power of a patient’s own immune system to selectively target and kill cancer cells. Our core technology involves the genetic engineering of T cells, or white blood cells, to express either chimeric antigen receptors (CARs) or T cell receptors (TCRs) for the treatment of advanced solid and hematological malignancies. We are on a rapid growth trajectory and have a highly energized and accomplished team.

We are seeking a highly motivated individual to join us as an Associate Director. Primarily, this position will be responsible for the development of Health Economic and Outcomes Research (HEOR) strategies and tactical execution of YESCARTA launch indications. 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 Development, Medical Affairs, Market Access, Government Affairs etc., as well as collaborate with external KOLs and decision-makers. Incorporate HEOR and PRO components into clinical studies and collect RWE. Create study concept documents, protocols, analysis plans, and final study reports, as well as draft manuscripts for studies which include HEOR/PRO components. Develop health economic analyses and/or economic models to assess cost-effectiveness, clinical practice, and/or burden of illness within Kite’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. Significant cross-functional responsibilities with U.S. Medical Affairs, Legal & Regulatory, U.S. Market Access, U.S. Government Affairs, U.S. Oncology-CART Commercial

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, the following:

Supports the development of evidence to establish the clinical, economic, and patient centered value propositions related to YESCARTA. 

Supports the development of systematic literature reviews, meta-analysis, indirect treatment comparisons, real-world outcomes studies including registries and claims data, patient-reported outcomes (PRO) studies, cost-effectiveness and budget impact models, and other studies to support evidence generation for value prop and core value dossier

Manages budgets and timelines for vendor activities in support of our evidence generation activities

Interfaces with cross-functional partners in Medical Affairs, Clinical Development, Regulatory, Legal/Compliance, and Commercial in the development of HEOR strategy and evidence generation

Represents Kite for HEOR-related activities at external professional, scientific meetings and forums

Collaborates with internal and external experts in the execution of studies and implementation of field-based, customer-focused initiatives (e.g., models, scientific communications, slide kits, formulary/regulatory dossiers)

Provides internal training on HEOR methodologies and data results to key internal colleagues

Works closely with scientific communications, publications and other home office and field colleagues to ensure scientific conference material is appropriate, relevant and accurate


Advanced degree in the life sciences (PharmD, PhD, MD) or dual degree in related scientific field; will also consider a MS in an outcomes-related field (e.g., Public Health, Epidemiology, Health Economics, and Pharmacy Administration), a PharmD with HEOR-related education and/or Fellowship experience, or an MPH/MS who has strong relevant experience

A minimum of 5+ years experience in the industry, specifically in health economics and outcomes research, with clinical background or research experience necessary to support U.S. Market Access

Strong technical reading, writing and communication skills

Presentation and strong research experience with Market Access customers

Prior corporate experience in hematology/oncology therapeutic area is highly preferred

Skills/Knowledge Required:

Strong research design, modeling, and analytic skills

Significant experience in analyzing claims databases and EMRs to assess the burden of disease

Experience with clinical/outcomes research applied to retrospective and prospective HEOR research

Superior written and verbal communication skills with proficiency in communicating clinical technical information to varied internal and customer audiences

Refined methodological, quantitative and analytical skills

Strong track record in HEOR study methodology, statistics, data reporting and resource development

Demonstrated ability to manage a large number of complex projects

High level strategic thinking, critical thinking, problem solving and decision making skills

Experienced in influencing strategy with internal and external customer audiences

Strong presentation and leadership skills

Significant knowledge of U.S. Market Access environment

Highly motivated to function proactively, operate with a sense of urgency, bring tasks to completion

Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and collaboratively as a key contributor to multi-departmental teams simultaneously

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