Regional Director/Senior Director, Field Based Medicine (East or West)

Boston, MA, USA Req #274
Friday, May 17, 2024
Who We Are:  
Xenon Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:XENE) is a neuroscience-focused biopharmaceutical company committed to discovering, developing, and commercializing innovative therapeutics to improve the lives of people living with neurological and psychiatric disorders. We are looking for great people who thrive in a respectful, collaborative, inclusive, and productive culture to join the Xenon team. 
What We Do: 
We are advancing an exciting product pipeline to address indications with high unmet medical need, including epilepsy and depression. Our flagship azetukalner program represents the most advanced potassium channel modulator in clinical development for multiple indications. Building upon the positive results and compelling data from our Phase 2b “X-TOLE” study in adult patients with focal epilepsy, our Phase 3 epilepsy program includes multiple clinical trials evaluating azetukalner in patients with focal onset seizures and primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures. In 2024, we are planning to initiate a Phase 3 azetukalner program in major depressive disorder, based on topline data from our Phase 2 “X-NOVA” clinical trial. In addition, we are proud of the leading-edge science coming out of our discovery labs, including early-stage research programs that leverage our extensive ion channel expertise and drug discovery capabilities to identify validated drug targets and develop new product candidates. Backed by a strong balance sheet to support our growth plans, we continue to build a fully integrated, premier neuroscience company with strong discovery, clinical development, corporate, and commercial operations. 

About the Role:

We are seeking a Regional Director/Senior Director, Field Based Medicine, who will be part of building and leading a regional Field Based Medicine team in support of the overall Medical Affairs (MA) Strategy and business objectives. The Regional Director/Senior Director will help drive the development of core standards and resources for the Field Medical/Medical Science Liaison (MSL) team, who directly engage with medical and scientific stakeholders. The Regional Director/Senior Director ensures clarity and harmonization of roles and responsibilities of Field Medical functions across regions, as well as internal and external stakeholders, and is responsible for guiding execution of Field Medical activities to ensure compliance, manage risk, and promote efficiency through direction, standardization, and analytics. The Regional Director/Senior Director will provide thought leadership and senior subject matter expertise, bringing insights to Xenon to impact Medical Affairs performance. They will proactively identify best practices and data-sharing across geographies on Field Medical activities. As a key leader in a very collaborative Medical Affairs team, they will work with leadership and cross-functional partners to facilitate collaboration and ensure strategic alignment. This is a highly strategic and hands-on role, building and developing the Field Based Medicine team in accordance with business needs.

This position will report to the Executive Director, Field Based Medicine. Preferred candidates will be located in the following States: Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Florida, Illinois, Colorado, California, Washington, Oregon. We will consider other jurisdictions for an exceptional candidate.

•    Build, develop and lead a regional Field Based Medicine Team
•    Contribute to the development and implementation of Field Based Medicine operations, goals and objectives, and alignment with cross-functional stakeholders
•    Establish and maintain high-quality standards and ensure consistent, compliant implementation at the regional level
•    Drive excellence in Field Medical operations and activities, incorporating best practices into guidance and/or processes, systems, tools, and training
•    Implement a 1-3 year Field Based Medicine plan, with operational and strategic objectives, including team growth and deployment
•    Provide strong leadership to regional MSL team members, including overseeing onboarding, training, coaching, performance management, goal-setting, staffing & recruitment, and plan execution 
•    Provide strategic input and execute training curriculum for Field Based Medicine on role-specific skills and relevant systems for the Field Medical organization (ex. CRM, Veeva Vault) in conjunction with the buildout of the Medical Affairs training function and in partnership with Scientific Communications
•    Lead implementation of KOL/OL regional engagement planning, identification, and territory mapping
•    Implement best practices for collection, monitoring, and reporting of key performance metrics and insights for Field Based Medicine
•    Build and maintain effective strategic relationships and influence with regional cross-functional counterparts to effectively and compliantly collaborate on field communication and execution
•    Participate as subject matter expert in corporate cross-functional initiatives, addressing activities and resources relevant to Field Based Medicine
•    Remain current on industry trends, bringing forth external environmental insights to support Field Medical performance within and across regions
•    Ability to see and communicate the vision, understand the strategy, and align tactics to the strategy
•    Proven leadership ability in a fast-paced, multi-location environment
•    Exchange information with thought leaders and healthcare providers on scientific issues and trends related to patient care and unmet needs

•    PhD, Pharm, MD, or other recognized doctorate-level education with supporting applicable health science background
•    A minimum of 10 years of relevant work experience in the pharmaceutical or biotech industry, with a strong medical or scientific background. Experience in epilepsy, neurology, and psychiatry strongly preferred.
•    Previous management experience leading a field-based medical team at a national level required, with a minimum of 2 years managing direct reports. Senior Director candidates must have a minimum of 5 years of management experience.
•    Previous field-based medicine experience required, with a minimum of 4 years of Medical Science Liaison experience
•    Experience in planning and building a Field Based Medicine team strongly desired
•    Excellent leadership and interpersonal skills, ability to build credibility and trust inside and outside the Company
•    Previous product launch experience strongly preferred
•    Proven ability to build and develop high performing teams, excellent delegation, and conflict resolution skills
•    Be science- and data-driven while also demonstrating creativity and flexibility in strategic thinking and problem-solving 
•    Ability to travel up to 50%, both domestically and internationally

The base salary range for this role is $225,000 to $288,250 USD; we will consider above this range for exceptional candidates. Base salary is determined by a combination of factors including, but not limited to, education and other qualifications, years of relevant experience, and internal equity.

Our Total Rewards program includes base salary, target bonus, and stock options, as well as a full range of benefits including medical, dental, vision, short-& long-term disability, accidental death & dismemberment, and life insurance programs, Employee Assistance Program, travel insurance, and retirement savings programs with company matching contributions.

Xenon encourages time to rest and re-charge through vacation, personal days, sick days, and an end-of-year company shutdown. Xenon highly values employee development and has an expanding Training, Learning & Development program, including a Tuition Assistance program for advanced degrees.
US positions only: Xenon Pharmaceuticals USA Inc. participates in the E-Verify program in all states in which we hire. Learn more about the E-Verify program here 

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