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Executive Director, Medical Affairs

Medical | Hybrid in Brisbane, CA | Full Time

Job Description

About Us:

Vera Therapeutics (Nasdaq: VERA), is a late-stage biotechnology company focused on developing treatments for serious immunological diseases. Vera’s mission is to advance treatments that target the source of immunologic diseases in order to change the standard of care for patients. Vera’s lead product candidate is atacicept, a fusion protein self-administered as a subcutaneous injection once weekly that blocks both B lymphocyte stimulator (BLyS) and a proliferation inducing ligand (APRIL), which stimulate B cells and plasma cells to produce autoantibodies contributing to certain autoimmune diseases, including IgA nephropathy (IgAN), also known as Berger’s disease and lupus nephritis. In addition, Vera is evaluating additional diseases where the reduction of autoantibodies by atacicept may prove medically useful. Vera is also developing MAU868, a monoclonal antibody designed to neutralize infection with BK Virus, a polyomavirus that can have devastating consequences in certain settings such as kidney transplant. For more information please visit: www.veratx.com.

Our values are the cornerstone of our culture. Our values inspire us every day and guide everything we do—from how we hire great people, to advancing our mission together, to achieving our ultimate goal to improve medical treatment for patients suffering from immunological diseases.

Position Summary:

We are seeking a highly motivated individual to join us as an Executive Director, Medical Affairs. Primarily, this position will be responsible for the strategic development and overall tactical execution of dedicated clinical stage pipeline launch indications, with a current focus on atacicept in IgA nephropathy and lupus nephritis. You will collaborate cross-functionally as well as develop and maintain key relationships with external KOLs and decision-makers.

You will be focused on developing the launch strategy for atacicept, including developing a life cycle management data generation plan, defining communication and education areas of focus, driving certain data mining activities, be the point of contact for scientific questions related to atacicept in the respective indication and provide cross-functional support with scientific expertise and real world practice enhancing strategies to improve patients outcome. This role can be remote, and will require travel to our headquarters in Brisbane, California, as well as travel for physician visits and conferences.

Responsibilities: 

  • Drive the development and execution of the cross-functional product and disease strategy
  • Provide strategic direction, medical monitor responsibility, and operational oversight on evidence generation activities under the medical affairs function in close collaboration with cross functional team
  • Provide strategic input and excellence in execution on launch plans for the disease area
  • Capture insights on the assigned therapy area systematically, both internal and external, and be able to translate these insights into actionable activities for the therapy area
  • Ensures continuous development and training of the medical affairs team with regards for disease area expertise
  • Plans and monitors the disease area budget
  • Participates in the exchange with the medical community and maintains a thought leader network
  • Contributes to the development and execution of the global Market Access strategy and support individual country initiatives when global strategic decision is needed.
  • Contributes to the development of Regional and countries medical affairs POAs
  • Collaborates effectively and in a compliant manner with colleagues in other functional areas, e.g. Clinical Research, Sales and Marketing, Market Access, PVE

Has additional internal and external leadership roles:

  • Stays up to date with Medical Affairs management approaches in the industry and applies them to the team where appropriate
  • Stays up to date with medical and scientific developments in the field and applies them internally
  • Provides local medical expert input into global product development
  • Leads and/or contributes to organizational projects at the national, international, and departmental level
  • Represents Global Medical Affairs to external and internal stakeholders, including groups of experts, medical professional groups, societies, regulatory groups and at national and international scientific meetings

Qualifications: 

  • Advanced clinical and/or scientific knowledge in nephrology
  • 6+ years of relevant experience with Advanced scientific degree (e.g. MD, PharmD, PhD)
  • Relevant pharmaceutical company experience within Medical Affairs
  • Significant leadership experience in the matrix is required
  • Ability to embrace company patient-centric values, including highest ethical and compliance standards
  • Strategic mindset with a focus on collaboration and excellence
  • Excellent organizational skills including attention to detail and prioritization
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Works independently with minimal supervision
  • Experience of working in an international environment
  • Approximately 35% travel
  • Ability to operate in alignment with Vera’s core values

Vera Therapeutics Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.