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Associate Director, Market Access – Remote / Field Based – Permanent

Nicholas Howard Limited are delighted to be recruiting for a new and exciting role as an Associate Director, Market Access.

Working remotely, the successful candidate will develop, define and implement the local market access strategy to create a positive local environment for the Neurosciences portfolio. This will include obtaining, maintaining and improving market access and leading on local service redesign projects.

As a key part of the customer facing team, the Associate Director, Market Access will also assist in achieving the overall UK and Ireland financial results in collaboration with the cross-functional customer facing teams, by creating an environment to optimally enable the prescribing of products in the context of the service.

Job Responsibilities:

Manage local market access processes for the future portfolio:

  • Deliver Advanced Budgetary Notification for any new medicines where deemed appropriate.
  • Influence and secure attractive tariffs / service fee payments / local commissioning arrangements to support appropriate market access for new medicines within the Neurosciences portfolio.
  • Ensure timely and appropriate implementation of national HTA recommendations to secure local funding.
  • In the absence of national HTA recommendations, secure inclusion on CCG formularies.
  • Ensure local commissioning arrangements support appropriate market access.

Provide internal local market access leadership:

  • Lead and implement the development of the market access plans as part of the overall cross-functional integrated territory / account plan. Through delivery of this, support the achievement of financial results for the assigned territory.
  • Provide insight into the brand strategy and planning.
  • Proactively anticipate trends influencing the local territory market access environment and provide input into the account level plans to either leverage the opportunity or minimize the risk.
  • Participate in the development of materials for use in this role. Work with the Market Access Director for the UK to highlight requirements and provide feedback for materials.
  • Collaborate with national, EU and global colleagues as appropriate to ensure optimal market access for products in the UK and Ireland.
  • Be an active and contributory member of the Market Access Team – sharing learnings and collaborating on market access excellence with colleagues from across affiliates and regions.
  • Contributes to the development of functional and / or broader department strategy.
  • Solves unique and complex problems that have a broad impact on the function and / or broader department.

Service redesign:

  • Engage with appropriate stakeholders across healthcare settings to highlight current service inefficiencies and share best practice of other models of care, helping to improve / redesign services to the benefit of patients, the NHS and Neuroscience’s medicines.
  • Propose innovative service models and support interested local health economies to drive changes to reduce waiting times, improve the efficiency of patient:carer interactions and improve outcomes.
  • In response to customer requests, support the creation of business cases in local health economies with relevant clinical, demographic & health outcomes data to implement appropriate service models to support the uptake of Neuroscience’s medicines.
  • Proactively identify service barriers that hinder the prescribing of Neuroscience’s medicines and propose service solutions to overcome these. Support localities with the implementation of these solutions.
  • Highlight financial savings / investments and have complex conversations around the health economics and budget impact with relevant stakeholders across healthcare settings.
  • Support the expansion of local services in order to broaden access to Neuroscience’s medicines.

Relationship development:

  • Identify and develop trust-based working relationships with relevant key stakeholders, including CCGs, Service managers, regional policy makers.
  • Develop payer KOLs for wider use in the business and on other geographies.
  • Manage the agreed budget, highlighting any significant variation.


  • Documented track record in developing, delivering and implementing local reimbursement, service redesign and patient access strategies.
  • Deep understanding of UK / Ireland healthcare environment and context with demonstrated understanding of strategic priorities, national health policy and direction of travel.
  • Tangible examples of shaping a healthcare environment through service redesign in a previous role.
  • Proven and demonstrable project management skills.
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills, both written and oral; gravitas and credibility are a must.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit, with examples of innovation and creativity.
  • Strong leadership and stakeholder management skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and influencing skills.
  • The ability to work in a fast, dynamic, matrix structure.
  • Comfortable with ambiguity; self-starter with a strong sense of personal accountability.
  • Financial awareness and excellent business acumen.
  • Strong personal management skills including time management, workload prioritisation, responsiveness, multi-tasking and flexibility.
  • Willingness to travel extensively, mainly within UK and Ireland.
  • Ability to work in a cross-functional team.
  • ABPI qualified.
  • Full driving license.

To be considered for this position please apply below.