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Vice President, Medical Affairs

Medical Affairs | Mountain View, CA | Full Time

Job Description

Company Overview

ChemoCentryx is a biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing and commercializing novel therapeutics to treat autoimmune diseases, inflammatory disorders and cancer, primarily focused on orphan and rare diseases. ChemoCentryx balances a passion for science with the deep-seated belief that patients suffering from serious diseases deserve more than incremental improvements to the length and quality of their lives.

As a clinical-stage company with a broad portfolio in multiple therapeutic areas, ChemoCentryx pushes beyond “good enough” and strives for a totally new way of healing.


Position Overview

As VP, Medical Affairs, you will build and lead a headquarters and field-based medical team that will launch Avacopan, a truly innovative and disruptive product for AAV. You will lead development and execution of a medical launch plan that will shift the treatment paradigm for people living with AAV. Beyond launch, you will provide medical and scientific leadership to unleash the full potential of Avacopan and other CCXI drugs in development to make a difference for patients. Your leadership will be essential in making this vision for Avacopan into a new reality for the AAV community.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Recruit and lead top-tier medical affairs talent to serve as leaders and members of the Avacopan Brand Medical Affairs Team and Field Medical Affairs Team
  • Develop and execute a comprehensive Avacopan Medical Launch Plan that is aligned with the overarching brand plan
  • Build a high-impact medical and scientific platform, including: scientific exchange and partnership with KOLs, medical communication and publication plans, scientific congress activities, medical education programs, scientific advisory boards and a post-approval evidence generation plan (LCM)
  • Be a “medical voice” and “scientific mind” on the cross-functional brand team, in close partnership and collaboration with the brand champion
  • Ensure all activities are conducted with the highest levels of scientific rigor and in full compliance with applicable rules and regulations
  • Create an energetic, positive, performance-based culture with the Brand Medical Affairs Team and Field Medical Affairs Team that is aligned with the overall ChemoCentryx culture and supports the growth and professional development of every team member


  • Have a board-certified MD or PhD, with clinical trial experience; a graduate degree in business management, health policy or healthcare administration in addition to a medical degree is desirable
  • Have at least 10 years of medical affairs leadership experience in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology or medical device industry, preferable including headquarters and field experience
  • Have scientific knowledge and experience in the area of renal and/or autoimmune diseases. Alternatively, clearly demonstrated the ability to master a new therapeutic area deeply and quickly
  • Experience in the evolving healthcare system, with payers, IDNs or both
  • Successfully supported the launch of multiple transformative drugs or devices; preferably in the rare disease space
  • Strong and consistent track record of success, developing strategy and executing operational plans
  • Possess a strong understanding of medical management principals and experience with supporting data analytics focused on outcomes analysis and management
  • Preferably (not essential) have prior experience in a decision maker role in a startup life science company
  • Intimate understanding of the role of healthcare regulators and compliance
  • Have experience in handling media / PR issues
  • Have a strong network of influential relationships with key healthcare surgical stakeholders
  • Pragmatic business approach to problem solving
  • Be a confident and engaging presenter as part of the business team and to conference audiences
  • Understand the science and business of medicine, and can speak both languages
  • High level of emotional intelligence along with outstanding ability to lead and inspire others
  • Translate concepts and ideas into timely action and high-impact results; known for both innovation and execution
  • Uphold impeccable ethics and unquestionable integrity in all that you do
  • Known as both a strong team leader and cross-enterprise leader
  • Strong executive presence, able to communicate complex ideas with clarity and concision
  • High energy, collaborative spirit and an entrepreneurial mindset
  • Comfortable with ambiguity and uncertainty
  • Unwilling to settle for anything less than excellence in yourself and your team


The VP of Medical Affairs will possess the following competencies:

  • Business Acumen: Possess a thorough grasp of details and key business drivers in the health care industry and the organization where the most value can be obtained
  • Setting Strategy: An ability to develop and set the strategic vision using sound business judgment, independent thinking, while being able manage through ambiguity in this evolving health care delivery environment
  • Executing for Results: Accustomed to being accountable for driving results, committed to improving performance for the company and its clients, demonstrated tenacity and an ability to make timely decisions in difficult and ambiguous circumstances
  • Leading Teams: Experience recruiting high caliber individuals and teams and managing performance while leveraging diversity and strengths of individuals
  • Building Relationships and Using Influence: An ability to develop and leverage key relationships by building commitment, selling ideas and communicating clearly and persuasively
  • Motivation: VP of Medical Affairs will be competitive, entrepreneurial and achievement driven for the good of the organization and able to work well in collaboration with others