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Synergie Medication Collective - VP Trade Relations

US IL Chicago E. Randolph
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Synergie Medication Collective is a new medication contracting organization founded by a group of Blue Cross and Blue Shield affiliated companies to serve both Blues and select independent health plans. Synergie is focused on improving affordability and access to costly medical benefit drugs - ones that are injected or infused by a health care professional in a clinical setting - for nearly 100 million Americans.

The Vice President, Trade Relations, of Synergie Medication Collective, in collaboration with the Head of Trade Relations and Chief Trade Relations Officer, will negotiate contracts and maintain relationships with pharmaceutical manufacturer for the GPO. The Vice President will have significant experience in negotiating contracts and relationship management with pharmaceutical manufacturers. The leader will work to leverage the assets that currently exist within the Blue System and through the leadership and management of a larger organization to maximize scale in support of driving better costs for members. This position will report to the Chief Trade Relations Officer and will be a critical member of the leadership team. This initiative is nothing less than transformative, with the goals of positioning the BCBS health plans to deliver on the quadruple aim in health care (service, access, quality, and affordability). We are looking for someone passionate about transforming health care, building and growing an organization and collaborating on future innovation.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • As a leader, partner with Synergie teams to develop, review, and align strategies and negotiate with pharmaceutical manufacturers; collaborate on rebate bid analysis and rebate agreement process to ensure alignment with corporate goals, performance standards and expected outcomes
  • Partner with the Head of Trade Relations and Chief Trade Relations Officer in the development and implementation of strategic initiatives and collaborate with key internal teams to create program/product value to clients, members, providers, and pharmaceutical manufacturers
  • Working closely with Synergie teams, related to medical policy and drug list development, pharmaceutical manufacturer programs and contracts, and ongoing evaluation of drug therapy classes for rebate and other financial opportunities; ensures effective communication and strategic collaboration within GPO
  • Represent Synergie's objectives and perspective to external partners (i.e., pharmaceutical manufacturers, clients, others) and communicate to ensure understanding of mutual objectives
  • Ensure manufacturers' products are brought forth internally to evaluate rebate and medical management opportunities for Synergie's business
  • Serve as a department resource for escalated client issues, contract analysis, and contract language needs in rebate contracting
  • Represent Trade Relations on committees to identify net-cost effective policy opportunities; support client alignment and adoption of strategies; assure communication with committee members
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Education, Certifications and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in business, healthcare management or other related field of study or equivalent combination of education and/or related work experience; HS diploma or GED is required
  • 10-15 years of related work experience in healthcare, pharmacy benefit management (PBM), pharmaceutical contracting, analytical contracting or business development;
  • Must be eligible to work in the United States without need for work visa or residency sponsorship.
  • Excellent verbal and written presentation skills
  • Ability to establish rapport and build relationships at all levels within an organization
  • Expert negotiation and influencing skills
  • Strong business and financial acumen, with advanced proficiency in Excel and PowerPoint

Preferred Qualifications:

  • MBA, other graduate work, or equivalent training and/or experience
  • Experience within the PBM industry, Medicaid, Medicare, and health plans
  • Experience with contract language and risk mitigation concepts

Minimum Physical Job Requirements:

  • Ability to travel up to 15% of the time
  • Constantly required to sit, use hands to handle or feel, talk and hear
  • Frequently required to reach with hands and arms
  • Occasionally required to stand, walk and stoop, kneel, and crouch
  • Occasionally required to lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus

Reporting Structure:

Reports to the Chief Trade Relations Officer

Make an impact on healthcare in America. A career with Blue Cross Blue Shield Association allows you to be part of the foundation that supports the 35 Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies nationwide, while protecting and strengthening the Blue Cross Blue Shield brand. Our work is helping provide greater access to cost-effective healthcare, improve the health of America and build stronger communities. With a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, we celebrate different cultures, languages, backgrounds and experiences while striving to advance health equity, and we want you to join Team BCBSA.

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