Valeant Pharmaceuticals

Director, Professional Strategy

Job ID
Marketing - Other
Pos. Type
Full Time


Salix is focused on constant innovation to improve patient’s lives and arming healthcare providers with life-changing solutions in gastroenterology.


Salix Pharmaceuticals is one of the largest specialty pharmaceutical companies in the world committed to the prevention and treatment of gastrointestinal (GI) diseases. We are focused on constantly innovating to improve patients’ lives. 

Reporting to the Vice President, Professional Strategy will build and maintain solid and credible relationships with Key Opinion Leaders (KOLs), educational institutions, and associations in order to drive professional outreach in the GI/Hepatology communities.


Reporting to the Vice President, Professional Strategy will build and maintain solid and credible relationships with Key Opinion Leaders (KOLs), educational institutions, and associations in order to drive professional outreach in the GI/Hepatology communities.


  • Key Opinion Leader Development
    • Identify, develop and maintain a wide network of strategic internal and external partners/Key Opinion Leaders (KOLs) to collaborate on projects, strategies and build confidence, trust and respect in order to increase Salix’s share of voice within Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Pain Management
    • Liaison with the cross functional leadership team to develop KOL strategy for all key therapeutic areas
    • Identify creative ways to ensure ongoing KOL two-way communication and engagement
    • Act as a conduit to ensure a unified front to our KOL provider base across the entire Salix organization
  • Formalize a platform that captures and centralizes all forms of engagement by KOL
  • Conduct external surveys with top KOLs across IBS, Liver Disease, IBD and Pain Management to get their view of the state of Salix as a division of Valeant, what they believe are the gaps as well as seek to understand how to close those gaps
  • Association Engagement
    • Act as the primary contact for key associations such as ACG, AASLD, CLDF, GiHealth Foundation to identify partnership opportunities which are aligned with key commercial strategies
    • Optimize relationships with patient advocacy organizations such as American Liver Foundation (ALF), Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA)
  • Speaker Bureau Oversight 
    • Collaborate with Sales and Marketing leaders to define and execute strategy for Speaker bureau
    • Responsibility and oversight for speaker bureau budget with keen focus on maximizing ROI
  • Engage with field sales organization to ensure all meetings are execute in accordance with the company policy
  • Marketing Support
    • Collaborates with cross functional team members to develop and implement strategies in support of marketed products, launches, and development projects
    • Successfully integrates and leverages an extensive knowledge of the company, market and industry practices and trends to guide business and marketing strategies and drive top line growth.
    • Anticipates key marketplace trends, opportunities and vulnerabilities to position to organization appropriately
  • SalesForce Liaison
    • Develop a platform to provide the sales leadership team with regular updates on KOL engagement
    • Provide salesforce with a quarterly update on KOL activities


  • Expertise in gastroenterology and inflammatory bowel disease is required * Minimum seven (7) years of industry experience preferred with at least five (5) years of KOL leadership experience. 
  • Highly motivated with demonstrated track record of high performance, project execution and producing outstanding results
  • Ability to lead strategy development and follow on execution
  • Significant, direct experience servicing customer needs, demonstrated ability to work with multiple clients and stakeholders.
  • Clear networking and alliance building capabilities with an ability to influence and develop others, and navigate the internal processes
  • An ability to be flexible and to be innovative Proven ability to facilitate open discussion and debate among key stakeholders and build internal and external relationships through partnering, anticipating needs, fulfilling expectations
  • 50% - 60% travel (US)

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. is a multinational, specialty pharmaceutical and medical device company anchored by a collection of world-class franchises and 22,000 employees worldwide who come to work each day with a common goal of improving people’s lives through Valeant’s healthcare products. Valeant develops, manufactures and markets a broad range of branded, generic and branded generic pharmaceuticals, over-the-counter (OTC) products and medical devices, which are marketed directly or indirectly in more than 100 countries. Along with its strong and durable businesses, Valeant is also focused on developing and introducing new treatments. Valeant believes innovation should be judged by the new products and innovation that a company brings to market. Valeant’s R&D outputs make it a leader in the industry.


Valeant’s corporate headquarters are in Laval, Quebec, with U.S. headquarters in Bridgewater, N.J. 







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