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Director of Patient Advocacy, Rare Disease Global Product Development

Collegeville, Pennsylvania
Job Type
10 Jun 2022


Engagement of patients, and patient advocacy groups, is a critical success factor for clinical development programs in Rare Diseases. Direct patient interaction is required throughout development to gain insights into the individual disease burden in order to inform trial design, to inform recruitment plans for clinical trials, and to develop partnerships necessary to support the commercialization phase.

The Director of Patient Advocacy will partner closely with the Rare Disease GPD, Research Unit, Medical Affairs, Commercial Development, Regulatory, Policy, Corporate Affairs, Communication, Global Patient Advocacy Group, to develop and implement patient advocacy strategies, research projects, educational projects, help shape external and internal policy around patient engagement, identify opportunities where patient advocacy relationships are mutually beneficial, and provide transparent communications to advocacy groups for Pfizer Rare Disease clinical programs.


  • Apply appropriate frameworks, process and procedures to ensure patient insights are gathered and applied to design and execution of a subset of clinical trial programs in the Rare Disease Category.
  • Partner with Medicine Team Leads, Global Clinical Leads, Development Operations, and Patient recruitment specialists, to identify key milestones and metrics for application of patient insights into the development strategy, program design and operational execution.
  • Partner with the RU, as well as the Clinical Trial Experience team, to ensure advanced technology and tools are available to, and utilized by, all RD clinical programs.
  • Pfizer primary point of contact for GPD RD for a subset of disease specific Patient Advocacy Organizations in order to foster partnerships around clinical development with such key organizations to further Pfizer's interests within the Rare Disease Category.
  • Represent Pfizer interests, along with other key functions, at key internal and external initiatives to define regional and country specific Rare Disease drug development.
  • Work with relevant colleagues to develop patient advocacy communications strategies and messages; Ensure appropriate, transparent, and timely communications with advocacy organizations relevant to a subset of Pfizer Rare disease clinical programs.
  • Serves as an internal consultant to relevant clinical teams by providing technical advice on the inclusion of patient insights into clinical trial design and execution.
  • Facilitates sharing of information and best practices of patient and patient advocacy engagement to relevant development asset teams across RD.


  • Required: RN, PharmD, PhD or Equivalent with late phase development knowledge in rare disease or similar therapeutic area
  • Direct involvement in programs including both Phase 2b/3 and Phase 3b/4 studies, and regulatory submissions.
  • Strong patient advocacy experience, either in industry or in patient advocacy organization
  • 10+ years of industry experience in late phase clinical setting
  • Demonstrated understanding of scientific/mechanistic aspects of drug development as well as strategic, regulatory or commercial aspects related specifically to the Rare Disease Category
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Pharma / Patient interface and methods for incorporating patient feedback in development planning
  • Demonstrated ability to partner well across multi-disciplinary teams to develop critical insight and strategies, and facilitate decision making
  • Confidence and organizational skills to independently work on multiple tasks, and effectively prioritize to meet personal and team goals
  • Able to anticipate issues related to the delivery of project goals and manage risks.
  • Skilled at establishing clear directions; sets objectives; distributes the workload appropriately; brings out the best in people
  • Able to work across many interfaces within a complex matrix organization, and to help others to do so
  • Able to work with (understand needs and concerns of) R&D leaders, commercial divisions, senior management, regulatory agencies and other stakeholders to balance conflicting priorities among these diverse parts of the organization, and line them up behind the most appropriate development and/or lifecycle plan for medicines
  • Able to present complex, technical ideas and concepts, both verbally and in writing, in such a way that they are understood by colleagues and stakeholders at all levels and/or from other disciplines.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Collaborative problem solving (handles conflict constructively)
  • Creativity and/or ability to put innovative approaches into practice in clinical development
  • Able to embody Pfizer leader behaviors and Pfizer Purpose Blueprint

Candidate demonstrates a breadth of diverse leadership experiences and capabilities including: the ability to influence and collaborate with peers, develop and coach others, oversee and guide the work of other colleagues to achieve meaningful outcomes and create business impact.


Must be able to travel up to 50% of the time (including overnight and international

Last Date to Apply for Job: June 21st, 2022

Eligible for Employee Referral Bonus: YES

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  • Job Reference: 620977122-2
  • Date Posted: 10 June 2022
  • Recruiter: pfizer
  • Location: Collegeville, Pennsylvania
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Executive Positions
  • Job Type: Permanent