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Director, Regulatory Affairs, Rare Disease

Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals, Inc.
Start date
May 31, 2024

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Regulatory, Regulatory Affairs, Science/R&D, Pathology
Required Education
Masters Degree/MBA
Position Type
Full time
Pharm Country

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Director, Regulatory Affairs, Rare Disease


Ipsen Bioscience, Inc.

Job Description:

Director, Regulatory Affairs, Rare Disease

Summary / purpose of the position

  • To be accountable for the strategy, tactics and implementation of all regulatory aspects of the assigned programs and all of its components for assigned region or worldwide.
  • To provide regulatory expertise to R&D, Franchise and Commercial Operations for assigned products/projects.
  • Act as the interface between the R&D/Franchise/Operations and GRA on all regulatory issues relevant to Development and Product Maintenance activities within the assigned product/project.
  • To ensure the development and flawless execution of regulatory strategies for the assigned products/projects and all of its components (both development and marketed products) for assigned region or worldwide.
  • Responsible for Regulatory Intelligence for relevant disease area and to identify and then communicate the implication of upcoming trends that may impact the business.
  • Responsible for having a broad perspective on external influencing issues as he/she may participate in external influencing activities with health authorities or trade associations, particularly those that would benefit from a broad perspective on Ipsen regulatory policy.
  • Lead operational excellence initiatives within GRA

Main responsibilities / job expectations

Overall Accountability

  • Accountable for the development, flawless execution and implementation of regulatory strategies activities for the assigned programs for assigned region or worldwide, working with R&D, Franchise, Operations and within the regulatory science community to bring innovative and compliant approaches to thedevelopment and maintenanceof those products.

Product/Project Leadership

  • Accountable for the development and continuous adaptation of the regulatory strategies for all assigned programs within the assigned portfolio, either directly or through the supervision of the Regulatory Team:
  • Provide regulatory input into target product profile (target indications, therapeutic positioning, and key differentiating characteristics).
  • Provide regulatory input into the Integrated Development Plan. In collaboration with other Research & Development departments, define the optimal plan to reach the target product profile, taking into consideration the most favorable timing for all key markets.
  • Continuously evaluate the global match between development objectives and current plan versus new key findings and regulatory requirements. In collaboration with R&D, Franchise, Operations and Project Teams, ensure plan adaptation when needed. Assess impact on timelines and/or label; proposes remediation where possible.
  • With R&D, Franchise, Operations and Project Teams, define appropriate strategy in terms of sequencing of indications, dosage forms and geographies. Establish optimal label with appropriate balance between commercial expectations, regulatory requirements, and development outcomes. Identify opportunities and limiting factors for optimal label and propose alternative solutions.
  • Incorporate commercialization challenges into regulatory strategy (not limited to trademarks, licensing agreements, product sourcing, legal status, distribution channels). Carry strategy beyond Marketing Authorization, to incorporate Pricing & Reimbursement considerations, in collaboration with Health Outcomes and Pharmacoeconomics.
  • With Franchise, contribute to the definition of the appropriate strategy for the assigned product.
  • Consider regulatory avenues to maximize intellectual property protection and data exclusivity.
  • In collaboration with other GMRS functions ensure the establishment of CCDS and required safety plans for the assigned product.
  • Ensure regional regulatory specificities and needs are incorporated into the global plans though collaboration with local and intercontinental RA where available.
  • Define and execute strategy for regulatory consultation (e.g. Scientific Advice, FDA planned meetings, regulatory boards).
  • Advocates to and seeks buy-in from senior leaders in Ipsen and Health Authorities to proposed strategies
  • Responsible for ensuring potential risks have been identified and mitigation options proactively proposed for project team and senior management decision making.

  • Accountable for the flawless execution and implementation of the related Global Regulatory plans and activities with internal or external resources as appropriate and by using Ipsen tools and processes.
  • Responsible for ensuring outsourced activities are delivered on time and on budget. Responsible for identifying and alerting management regarding any service issues.
  • Review and input to all key documentation relevant to Franchise plans as required.
  • Responsible for conducting regulatory due diligence assessment on external opportunities
  • Lead operational excellence initiatives within GRA

Regulatory Intelligence

  • Accountable for continuously monitoring the scientific evolution of the assigned diseases within the therapeutic area for its regulatory impact; incorporates external environment into plans.
  • Accountable for collecting, recording and sharing of competitive regulatory information for Ipsen competitor products for the assigned disease areas within the therapeutic area.
  • Responsible for monitoring the external environment to identify trends and assess potential impact on business and communicates this information to stakeholders in a timely and compelling way
  • Responsible for promoting activities and processes to reinforce "good external influencing behaviours" in the GRA organization

Building Relationships with Regulators

  • Build effective relationships with global regulators for professional communications on Ipsen strategy in relation to assigned products/disease areas.


  • Ensures timely and accurate information of regulatory developments to all stakeholders (Management, governance committees, development and commercialisation teams, Public Affairs, Legal,Investor Relations, etc.).


  • Contribute towards effective planning of the GRA budget.

Ethics and Compliance

  • Accountable for ensuring all activities are conducted in line with Ipsen’s ethics and compliance policies

Knowledge, abilities & experience

Education / Certifications:

  • Advanced degree (or equivalent) in scientific discipline (not limited to Pharmacy, Medicine, Chemistry, Biological Sciences).


  • Proven experience of drug development and managing complex worldwide products/projects within a relevant therapeutic area, in key geographies.
  • Significant experience in the pharmaceutical industry, including minimum 10 years in Regulatory Affairs.


  • Fluent English

Key Technical Competencies Required

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and delivers all communication with clarity and impact. Commands attention through a range of communication styles.
  • Ability to distil key information from complex and extensive sources and present the information in a constructive way.
  • Solid project management skills with proven ability to develop and implement longer term plans or delivery of large-scale projects.
  • Consistent ability to foster strong matrix working. Proven track record of facilitating groups of individuals to work together on innovative regulatory solutions.
  • Strong interpersonal and negotiation skills with a proven ability to build strong personal networks, both within and outside Ipsen and use them to secure appropriate support and outcome for a project. Proven capability to influence decision makers both internally and externally
  • Strategic thinking with a proven ability to derive creative solutions to regulatory problems, while balancing the expectations of Agencies and ensuring compliance with regulation in all regions.
  • Shows a constant focus on improving performance and excellence in all tasks. Challenges and questions ways of working to seek improved process. Capable of seeing opportunities and revising process or approach to reduce barriers for others to be able to deliver more. Proven ability to lead change and communicate difficult messages effectively.

The annual base salary range for this position is $177,000-$259,600.

This job is eligible to participate in our short-term incentives program as well as our long-term incentives program.

At Ipsen we are proud to offer a comprehensive employee benefits package, including 401(k) with company contributions, group medical, dental and vision coverage, life and disability insurance, short- and long-term disability insurance, as well as flexible spending accounts. Ipsen also provides parental leave, paid time off, a discretionary winter shutdown, well-being allowance, commuter benefits, and much more.

The pay range displayed above is the range of base pay compensation within which Ipsen expects to pay for this role at the time of this posting. Individual compensation within this range depends on a variety of factors, including, but not limited to, prior education and experience, job-related knowledge and demonstrated skills.

IPSEN is an equal opportunity employer that strictly prohibits unlawful discrimination. We recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote without regard to an individual’s race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin/ancestry, age, mental/physical disability, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Ipsen (Euronext: IPN; ADR: IPSEY) is a global, biopharmaceutical group focused on innovation and specialty care. The group develops and commercializes innovative medicines in three key therapeutic areas - Oncology, Neuroscience and Rare Diseases. At Ipsen, we focus our resources, investments and energy on discovering, developing and commercializing new therapeutic options to provide hope for patients whose lives are challenged by difficult-to-treat diseases. Ipsen's North American operations and headquarters are located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where our fully integrated biopharmaceutical team across External Innovation and Partnering, Research & Development (R&D), Manufacturing and Commercial collaborate. Cambridge is home to Ipsen's third global hub, in addition to R&D centers in Paris-Saclay in France and Oxford in the United Kingdom. With additional offices in Basking Ridge, N.J. and Mississauga, Ontario, Ipsen employs approximately 600 people in North America. For more information on Ipsen in North America, please visit or


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