Head, Evidence for Access, Health Policy & Systems Research, USMA

South San Francisco, California
United States

Job ID: 3424860509

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The Position

This position is a newly created role within the Evidence for Access (E4A) Medical Unit in US Medical Affairs.  E4A’s aim has been and remains to support GNE’s portfolio of products and document their impacts on patients, family members/care givers, and constituents in the health care system (i.e., hospitals, payers, providers, integrated networks, accountable care organizations, etc.) via robust Health Economic & Outcomes Research (HEOR) and Health Services Research programs and agendas.  


As market forces continue to modify access to and the delivery of health care in the US, E4A must also continue to invest and transform as a high performing research organization that is uniquely poised to address the evolving health care landscape.  It is necessary, therefore, that the E4A Medical Unit now possess the necessary and specialized skillsets to support the mission of also conducting research “above” the GNE molecule and/or disease state; such research efforts will address questions related to overall effectiveness of patient care, identification of improvements needed in the health care system, and the impact of various policies on aspects of the health care system. 


Key to achieving this mission is the establishment of a Health Policy and Systems Research function in E4A that will have a clear focus on leveraging policy- and health services-research techniques and methodologies.  Specifically, the E4A Health Policy and Systems Research function’s remit is to execute scientific inquiries designed to inform and improve overall population health, health care delivery, and access to health care.  Such research will evaluate implemented health care policies, and, as appropriate, will be utilized to further inform the US health policy debate.  The E4A Health Policy and Systems Research function is responsible for executing research strategies that reinforce the following:  (1) the role of GNE therapies in the health care system; (2) GNE’s leadership and participation in the creation of health care system solutions with stakeholders; (3) GNE’s credibility in policy-related discussions; (4) GNE’s contributions in providing the scientific evidence that can be translated into improved clinical practice.  

  • Reports directly to the Vice President (VP), Evidence (E4A) for Access Medical Unit of US Medical Affairs (USMA).
  • Leads a team in the conduct of research related to health care policies, policy, health care services, and health care quality impacting access, delivery and outcomes associated with the US health care system. And, when appropriate, investigates potential impact(s) of GNE’s portfolio on such aspects of the health care system.
  • Leads E4A single points of contact (SPOCs) in the areas of Value Frameworks (VF) and Quality Measures; provides strategic oversight regarding engagement, communication/dialogue, and involvement with VF and Quality Measure bodies. Develops and executes policy- and health services-specific research priorities, strategies, and tactics.
  • As required, collaborates with therapeutic area (TA) E4A leadership and to inform and execute against policy and health systems research strategies.
  • Works the with E4A Medical Unit VP to propose and establish cross-therapeutic area strategies, objectives, priorities, processes, budgets, metrics, and other resources needed to foster innovative, effective, and efficient execution and dissemination (e.g., peer reviewed publication) of policy and health systems research activities.
  • Works closely with external stakeholders (e.g., industry organizations, Value Frameworks entities, professional societies, patient advocacy organizations, health care agencies, etc.) to conduct policy research that can inform the US access environment on behalf of GNE.
  • Develops internal processes and establishes mechanisms to evaluate and respond to external policies, frameworks, and/or guidelines related to value, quality, and/or access (e.g., FDA Guidance on Health Care Economic Information & Payer Communications).
  • Provides insights to E4A MU, VP E4A, USMA LT and, as appropriate, US LT regarding US policy and health systems research findings to understand implications for GNE and further inform GNE policy-related positions and business decisions.
  • Monitors adherence to company policies and guidelines, and acts according to established procedures to ensure all issues are addressed and resolved as required. 

Key Position Responsibilities: 


  • Develop robust policy and health services research agendas.
  • Execute policy research strategies and projects that include, but are not limited to, the following topic areas: access to health care (e.g., value frameworks, evidence-based pathways and guidelines, barriers to access, reimbursement and coverage policy), economics of health care (e.g., cost of care, financing of care, MACRA, relationship between experience, outcomes, and costs), demand for health care (e.g., aging of America, health care workforce and capacity, and population health), and the role of pharmaceuticals/biotechnologies in health care (e.g., value and indication-based pricing, pharmaceutical pricing, value-based contracting). 
  • Execute heath services-oriented research strategies and tactics that focus on, but are not limited to, the following topic areas: delivery of health care (e.g., patient journey, information flow and exchange), efficiency of health care (e.g., care coordination, variations in care), quality and effectiveness of health care (e.g., care models, use of quality measures), and patient-centered health care (e.g., patient experience, quality of life, patient preference, patient satisfaction).
  • Ensure that all research activities are strategically aligned with other functions within E4A, including E4A Molecule Research/TA research activities, and additional GNE stakeholders (e.g., Government Affairs, MCCO, etc.) as appropriate. 


  • Lead a team of researchers in the following areas: (1) policy research and (2) health services research. Guide efforts to deliver impactful research results that can be applied and utilized by GNE.
  • Lead E4A SPOCs in the areas of VFs and Quality Measures; guide interactions and engagement to ensure that GNE’s perspective on pertinent VF and Quality Measure topics is sought, considered and, as appropriate, adopted.
  • Work with internal stakeholders from across Genentech to conduct research in support of positions on various external policies and frameworks (e.g., Value Frameworks, Pathways & Guidelines).
  • Develop internal processes/guidance to ensure appropriate interpretation and implementation of key policies related to E4A (e.g., VF interaction/response standards, FDA Guidance on Health Care Economics Information Payer Communications).
  • Assume responsibility for developing E4A positions and commentary to external organizations and agencies regarding research topics in access, health care services, and health care policies.
  • Share information on best health services and policy research practices across the organization. 


  • Develop relationships and collaborate with critical Thought Leaders in the transformative science and health care system and policy research arenas.
  • Lead USMA relationships with entities, external organizations, and industry forums to shape and inform research methods and policies related to transformative science, health care services research, and health care policy topic areas. 
  • Leverage key external partnerships as appropriate to facilitate execution and publication of transformative science and access.
  • Routinely disseminate and communicate E4A-related policy and health services research findings externally (e.g., publications, white papers, presentations, research reports) and to Genentech senior leadership (e.g., through presentations and newsletters).
  • Collaborate with internal and external policy stakeholders to ensure alignment with Genentech policy positions; maintain internal relationships with policy-related functions across Genentech. 


  • Act, and be accountable for others in his/her team acting, in complete & total compliance with all laws, regulations and policies.
  • Establish annual and longer-range plans, goals and objectives, and effectively align these with Genentech and Roche cross-functional Research, Development and Commercial strategies and objectives.
  • Develop and track metrics related to deliverables and impact of policy research programs.
  • Assume leadership role in the E4A MU driving and executing select initiatives and serves as a member of the E4A MU Leadership Team.

Who You Are

  • Masters or Doctoral level degree, in a relevant discipline (MD, PharmD, health economics, public health, public policy, health services research disciplines are preferred).
  • 12+ years relevant healthcare industry experience that includes working successfully within a highly matrixed environment.
  • 12+ years of experience in assessment of the clinical and economic value of healthcare interventions and/or systems and/or programs.
  • Extensive knowledge of health economics, public health, value assessment, drug information, clinical research and development methods, decision-analytical modeling, marketing, payers, formulary processes/practices, and health services research.
  • In-depth understanding of the U.S. health care system and marketplace.
  • Strong, established relationships with health service researchers/thought leaders Strong leadership skills and prior experience (10+ years) leading teams of researchers with/without direct authority.
  • Previous experience in other functions within the pharmaceutical, biotechnology or related industry is a plus, e.g., research, development, medical affairs, marketing, market research, managed care, strategic planning, finance, health care consulting, etc.
  • Proven track record for consistently meeting or exceeding financial and/or other quantitative targets, as well as qualitative goals, for larger-scale organizations in the pharmaceutical/biotechnology/or related industry.
  • Previous experience leading larger-scale business planning processes, to include development & implementation of such plans, goals and metrics.
  • Demonstrated strategic thinking skills and ability to identify and drive creative approaches to tackle large issues and opportunities.
  • Comfort and skill in working in undefined, ambiguous environments. 
  • Demonstrated analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Demonstrated skill in planning and execution.
  • Demonstrated strong communication skills (writing, conversation, facilitation, presentation) and excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Track record of high performance and results.
  • Business travel, by air or car, is required for regular internal and external business meetings.

Who We Are

A member of the Roche Group, Genentech has been at the forefront of the biotechnology industry for more than 40 years, using human genetic information to develop novel medicines for serious and life-threatening diseases. Genentech has multiple therapies on the market for cancer & other serious illnesses. Please take this opportunity to learn about Genentech where we believe that our employees are our most important asset & are dedicated to remaining a great place to work.

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