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Associate Director Compliance Business Partner Pain & Medical Affairs (Hybrid)

Semma Therapeutics

Semma Therapeutics

Boston, MA, USA
Posted on Thursday, May 9, 2024

Job Description

Why Join Us?

Vertex is a transformative biotechnology company that creates new possibilities in medicine to transform diseases and improve people’s lives. The company currently has approved drugs on the market that treat the underlying cause of cystic fibrosis and a gene therapy for sickle cell disease and transfusion dependent beta thalassemia. It has also developed a deep R&D pipeline, including candidates for pain and Type 1 diabetes.

Vertex is seeking an experienced Compliance professional to join its Office of Business Integrity & Ethics (OBIE) as a Compliance Business Partner supporting its Global and North America Pain and Medical Affairs teams. OBIE is responsible for the development, implementation, oversight, and continuous improvement of Vertex’s Compliance program. This includes defining standards via policies and procedures, creating, and implementing training and communications, conducting auditing and monitoring and other assurance activities, facilitating internal reporting, discretely and professionally conducting compliance-related investigations, and keeping the CEO, the Executive Committee, and the Board of Directors informed on compliance matters. OBIE serves as the go-to experts for Vertex employees and external stakeholders on issues relating to Vertex’s Compliance program and Code of Conduct globally.

The Business Partner will provide dedicated support to Pain Business Unit and Global and North America Medical Affairs colleagues and support key OBIE departmental initiatives, projects, and needs. This will involve serving as the Compliance representative on cross-functional teams and leading project-based activities. The Business Partner will also collaborate with the Training and Communications team on regular communications as well as substantive trainings on Compliance policies and procedures and will support auditing and monitoring activities by the OBIE Assurance team.

This role supports and reports to the Executive Director, Senior OBIE Business Partner Global/North America and works closely with OBIE Global, North America, and International colleagues to implement and continuously improve our Compliance program. The Business Partner must have strong, demonstrated knowledge of pharmaceutical industry laws and regulations, including the Anti-Kickback Statute, False Claims Act, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and experience with biotechnology/pharmaceutical companies on these issues. Additionally, the Business Partner will work collaboratively with colleagues in OBIE, Legal, and the business to drive a culture of ethics and integrity across Vertex’s global organization.

If you thrive in a dynamic, fast-paced, hands-on, and team-oriented environment where you can have a big impact on patients in need, their communities, and our organization, we’d love to speak with you!

Job Summary

  • Based in the US, serve as the point of contact for Global and North America business colleagues in the Pain Business Unit and Medical Affairs.
  • Provide timely, practical, and effective Compliance oversight, guidance, and direction for business colleagues and identify areas where compliance input and attention are required.
  • Maintain a high level of knowledge of current and emerging laws, regulations, codes, and recent enforcement actions to inform and educate business colleagues with tailored communications and trainings.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to drive fact- and risk-based decision making.
  • Help to establish standards and implement procedures to ensure the Compliance program is effective and efficient.
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships and collaborate frequently with Legal, Human Resources, Internal Audit, and colleagues in other functional areas globally.
  • Support continuous improvement of the Global Compliance program.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Consummate team player with excellent judgment and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to communicate, present, and train effectively with all levels of management and employees.
  • Demonstrated experience taking ownership of issues and providing timely, practical, and actionable guidance.
  • Strong oral and written communication and influencing skills and the ability to collaborate cross-functionally proactively and pragmatically.
  • Strong analytical, organizational, and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent project management skills with the ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously.
  • Self-starter with demonstrated leadership skills and ability to meet goals; able to exercise sound judgment in balancing risks in ambiguous and complex situations and escalating matters appropriately.
  • Demonstrated superior ability to identify areas for improvement in controls, systems, and processes and implement effective solutions.
  • Ability to work with large amounts of data to analyze information while still seeing the “big picture.”
  • Confidence and professionalism to handle difficult conversations and discretion on sensitive matters.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelors or Advanced degree required
  • 5-7 years of experience in healthcare compliance in the global biotechnology/pharmaceutical industry.
  • Strong knowledge of laws, regulations, and codes relating to healthcare fraud and abuse and regulated pharmaceutical products, specifically anti-bribery/anti-corruption laws and pharmaceutical regulations and guidance.
  • Demonstrated commitment to compliance, ethics, and accountability.
  • Flexibility to work in a fast paced and dynamic work environment with a strong work ethic and positive attitude.
  • Proficiency in MS Office (especially PowerPoint, Word, and Excel).



Company Information

Vertex is a global biotechnology company that invests in scientific innovation.

Vertex is committed to equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to a person's race, color, sex, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, marital status, or any characteristic protected under applicable law. Vertex is an E-Verify Employer in the United States. Vertex will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law.

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