Director, Marketing

Company Information

Imagine your child scratching herself so unstoppably through the night that she wakes with blood-stained sheets. Nothing soothes her. You haven’t slept through the night in years. At school, unable to focus, she takes off her shoes and socks to scratch her feet on the carpet. The itch is inescapable. She has a life-threatening liver disease, and it’s getting worse.

Now imagine that you work for a company with a chance to help this child and her family.

This is Albireo. We are relentlessly focused on liver disease with the belief that bile acid modulation offers an innovative way to treat numerous rare and more common diseases affecting people worldwide. We are building a collaborative, committed, employee-friendly company, as we work to make this vision a reality.

Albireo is a public clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and potential commercialization of novel bile acid modulators to treat rare childhood liver disease and other liver or gastrointestinal diseases and disorders. Albireo has deep expertise in bile acid biology and a clinical pipeline of three mid to late-stage product candidates designed to act locally to restore normal bile acid levels and treat diseases associated with irregularities in bile acid biology.

Albireo’s lead program is developing a therapy to treat patients with Progressive Familial Intrahepatic Cholestasis (PFIC). The Company initiated its global phase 3 study of A4250 in patients with PFIC in 2018 and expects topline results in mid-2020, with a projected potential first regulatory approval and launch in 2021.

Albireo was spun out from AstraZeneca in 2008 and is led by Ron Cooper, Albireo’s first President & CEO. Ron Cooper is a global P&L leader who joined Albireo after a distinguished career at Bristol Myers Squibb, including serving as BMS’s President of Europe, where he was responsible for 30 countries and sales exceeding $4.5B.

Albireo is located in Boston, Massachusetts (Financial District), and its key operating subsidiary, Albireo AB, is located in Gothenburg, Sweden.

We have a unique opportunity for a high-performing marketing professional to lead our first commercial launch. As Albireo’s Director of Marketing, you will have broad leadership responsibility across marketing in the U.S. and EU. This role will report to the Vice President of Marketing, Advocacy and Patient Support, and is based in Boston, MA.

Job Description

Job Title:          Director of Marketing

Reports To:       Vice President of Marketing, Advocacy and Patient Support

Location:            Boston, MA

What makes this role special:

  • Seek to have a profound impact on young children and their families.
  • Contribute to shaping a new treatment model.
  • Lead the first launch of a medicine for a rare pediatric liver disease.
  • Be part of a unique, integrated marketing, patient advocacy and patient support team. 
  • Drive global and U.S. marketing strategy and tactics.
  • Work on a portfolio of multiple potential therapies.
  • Collaborate with a small, collegial team of good people.
  • Learn from leadership with deep experience and a history of success.
  • Enjoy great work/life balance. 

Primary responsibilities (may vary):

  • Lead global brand strategy and tactical plan, assimilating input from across functions and regions.
  • Execute account mapping.
  • Develop promotional platform, including brand messaging and creative campaign.
  • Plan and implement, with marketing teammates and external partners, a full range of marketing programs and materials that drive the brand strategy in the U.S. and EU.
  • Collaborate with Medical Affairs and external partner to lead and execute physician engagement plan, including KOL database, Global Steering Committee and speaker training.
  • Collaborate with Medical Affairs to plan and execute Albireo’s presence at key medical congresses.
  • Design and implement patient identification activities.
  • Lead collaboration with external partners.
  • Build and track marketing budget.
  • Ensure adherence to all legal and regulatory requirements in our marketing practices. 


  • Minimum 7 years of biopharma marketing experience
  • Product launch experience
  • Strong strategic thinking, including the ability to identify key market insights, establish a clear strategic framework and orchestrate brand planning
  • Wide-ranging tactical experience and demonstrated ability to reach target audiences with impact
  • Physician and patient marketing experience
  • U.S. and global marketing experience
  • Excellent project management ability
  • High attention to detail, diligence and reliability
  • High empathy and strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to simplify issues and reconcile different points of view
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with a diverse team
  • Partner management experience
  • Ability to work quickly and flexibly with resource constraints
  • High integrity and commitment to working within full legal/regulatory compliance
  • Strong writing and editing ability
  • High level of ability in Word, PowerPoint and Excel
  • Ability to travel in the U.S. and globally (up to about 25% travel)
  • Desire to be part of a small, dynamic, mission-driven company
  • Bachelor’s degree 


  • Sales experience
  • Rare disease experience
  • Hepatology or gastroenterology experience
  • Experience in a small, pre-launch company
  • Experience building and managing CRM systems
  • Experience conducting market research and competitive intelligence
  • Advanced degree in a relevant discipline


Equal Opportunity Employer

Albireo Pharma, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any applicant because of race, creed, color, age, national origin, ancestry, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, genetic information, veteran status, military status, application for military service or any other class protected by state or federal law.

All applicants should be legally entitled to work for any employer in the U.S.

Note to employment agencies: Please do not forward any agency resumes.  Albireo is not responsible for any fees related to resumes that are unsolicited.