Senior Director, Global Marketing Cell Therapy Franchise


: $133,863.33 - $111,950.00 /year *

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Executive Management

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Job Description

Kite, a Gilead Company, is a commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel cancer immunotherapy products designed to harness the power of a patient's own immune system to selectively target and kill cancer cells. The company is focused on chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) and T cell receptor (TCR) engineered cell therapies designed to empower the immune system's ability to recognize and kill tumors. Kite is based in Santa Monica, CA. For more information on Kite, please visit Sign up to follow @KitePharma on Twitter at

Do you want to make a real difference in the world? Come help us in our quest to cure cancer! Everyone at Kite is grounded by this common goal. Every single day, we seek to establish a direct line between that purpose and our day-to-day work. Join us in our mission!

We have the following exciting opportunity in our Santa Monica, CA location:

Senior Director, Global Marketing Cell Therapy Franchise

(Senior Director, Marketing)

The Senior Director, Global Marketing Franchise will play a key role on the global marketing cell therapy team. This role will have primary responsibilities for optimizing the global environment to ensure commercial success of all Kite assets. This role will work in close collaboration with the global marketing cell therapy brand leads and global cross functional and regional teams to develop and globally support the implementation of a Kite cell therapy franchise position, develop a global growth strategy for the CAR T class. In addition, this role will lead the global cell therapy commercial policy and publication efforts to optimize the global environment to support Kite brands to reach their fullest potential.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop the global cell therapy growth strategy for the CAR T class; working in close partnership with global brands leads to ensure alignment with individual brand strategies
  • Develop the global cell therapy franchise strategic plan with core franchise deliverables in alignment with Kite leadership positioning
  • Identify key areas of global commercial cell therapy policy (i.e. institutional capacity planning, ethical considerations in cell therapy commercialization, academic CAR T, etc) and work cross functionally to develop a strategic plan to enhance global awareness and/ or drive global policy change providing local communication toolkits
  • Work in close collaboration with international cell therapy opinion leaders to gain insight, understanding and alignment on key policy issues within cell therapy
  • Develop global congress strategy with cross functional and cross regional alignment
  • Work in close partnership with brand leads to assess local affiliate business cases and ensure global launch sequence standards
  • Develop and implement ongoing strategic planning training plan
  • Work in partnership with key organizations (ARM, EBMT, ASTCT. ASGCT) to identify strategic priorities and develop forward thinking global cell therapy policy
  • Develop global strategy to enhance commercial publications on key cell therapy policy issues
  • Develop global toolkits with commercial policy key message points and supporting insights that can be leveraged locally to drive Kite commercial policy positions with external audiences globally


The ideal candidate will have a minimum 5+ years of experience working cross functionally at specialty-focused pharmaceutical or biotechnology companies, with significant experience in Hematology. Prior experience in cell therapy is a plus.

The ideal candidate will possess experience working at both a global and affiliate/ local marketing level, achieving success with both long term strategic development and short term tactical implementation.

The ideal candidate will also have experience developing policy principles and action plans to support optimal global policy development.

Candidates must have an undergraduate degree in marketing or related fields with a post-graduate degree preferred with a minimum of 12+ years of overall experience within marketing in the pharmaceutical/biotechnology setting (14+ Years with BS/BA,12+ Years with MS/MA or MBA).

Additional qualifications include:
  • A motivational leadership style with strong business and commercial acumen that has demonstrated success in managing and growing a business
  • Comfort with uncertainty and developing innovative new pathways with rapid timelines and high expectations
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and independently determine appropriate action where precedent may not exist
  • Strong leadership skills within a large matrix organization ; ability to navigate complex business structures
  • An approachable and credible communication style, both verbally and written, to keep all levels of the organization informed and engaged
  • Ability to work collaboratively with cross-functional teams, synthesizing diverse perspectives into cohesive, aligned recommendation/deliverables, managing dissension along the way and championing team recommendations
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and align and engage both internal and external stakeholders to drive performance
  • Experience in delivering complex messages to various internal and external customers with a track record of effective and influential presentations
  • Ability to understand the science and data; be effective at leveraging analytics and leading within a science-driven commercial model
  • An established role model of Gilead/Kite core values and ways of working that inspire high performance culture and engagement


Results orientation. The ideal candidate will thrive in a fast-paced, high-growth environment. He/She will have a strong drive to meet and exceed goals, even under adverse circumstances, and is willing to take ownership of problems and make decisions in order to move forward. The candidate will be adept at clearly defining objectives and priorities and establishing appropriate milestones through a strong understanding of the market and innovative approaches. He/She will assign accountability and incorporate disciplined processes to ensure success and nimbly handle 'derailments' with contingency plans and coordination.

Team leadership. The successful candidate will have demonstrated the ability to build, develop, and motivate a team as evidenced by effective hiring, coaching, and mentoring of direct reports. Additionally, this individual will have a track record of successfully leveraging diversity of thought to achieve the highest level of results. The ideal candidate will develop an inclusive culture comfortable with challenging current market paradigms to achieve and exceed goals. He/She will also have constructed an appropriate succession plan and process.

Strategic Orientation. The successful candidate will be able to articulate evolving priorities for the business, identify market opportunities and adapt short-term plans. This includes the ability to strategically assess customer needs and build/execute specific, segmented strategies to win business across a diverse set of customers. The successful candidate will have passion for, and success in, developing commercial strategies that have measurable business impact.

Collaboration and Influence. The qualified candidate must be able to influence without ownership, which they will do by demonstrating competence and confidence, being personally accessible and likable, being a good listener, use fact-based persuasion, passion, and persistence as appropriate to the audience and issue at stake. Gaining the support and involvement of key internal constituencies will be critical to success, as will influencing those important constituencies external to the company. The successful candidate must therefore have excellent skills at influencing outcomes, and shaping and catalyzing dialogue across and outside the organization. Credibility and integrity are critical attributes to effectively command the respect and trust of key individuals.

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Kite is a biopharmaceutical company engaged in the development of innovative cancer immunotherapies with a goal of providing rapid, long-term durable response and eliminating the burden of chronic care. The company is focused on chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) and T cell receptor (TCR) engineered cell therapies designed to empower the immune system's ability to recognize and kill tumors. Kite is based in Santa Monica, CA. For more information on Kite, please visit Sign up to follow @KitePharma on Twitter at

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