Senior Director Commercial Effectiveness and Training

Posted on 5/30/2024

Acadia Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Acadia Pharmaceuticals Inc.

501-1,000 employees

Develops therapies for neurological disorders



San Diego, CA, USA

Required Skills
  • Bachelor’s degree (science or business preferred) or equivalent combination of relevant education and applicable job experience
  • MBA preferred
  • Minimum of 15 years progressively responsible experience in pharmaceutical or medical sales and training
  • Minimum of 6 years in a training or sales leadership role
  • Focus on neuroscience preferred
  • Prior pharmaceutical sales experience
  • First-line pharmaceutical/biotech sales management experience
  • Vendor and contract management experience
  • Experience with product launches
  • Long-Term Care and Account Management experience highly desired
  • Demonstrated leadership and teaching/facilitation ability
  • Proven ability in creating effective sales training materials
  • Proven application of adult learning principles
  • Experience in launching a product (Sales, Managed Markets and/or Sales Training) desirable
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to complete verbal and written evaluations of others
  • Organization, initiative, and self-motivation
  • Project and vendor management experience
  • Professionalism, integrity, and ability to comply with strict policy
  • Skilled at negotiating with business partners or management
  • Influencing senior level leaders
  • Proficient at creating and communicating a clear vision
  • Ability to travel up to 30% overnight
  • Developing and maintaining commercial training curriculum and on-boarding processes
  • Overseeing the development, updating, and use of training modules
  • Creating training materials to enhance the learning process
  • Leading the training of field commercial employees
  • Gathering and analyzing data to identify training gaps
  • Managing the training of field staff on sales-related tools
  • Planning sales meetings and developing necessary workshops
  • Facilitating management-level 'train-the-trainer' sessions
  • Owning the ACADIA Selling Model
  • Serving as interim sales or account management as needed
  • Assisting with field coaching, recruiting, and interviewing
  • Partnering in building a career development infrastructure
  • Managing the Learning Management System and vendors
  • Ensuring field commercial employees are trained on policies and procedures
  • Developing and executing the Field colleague Emerging Leaders Program
  • Working with Commercial Leadership on training initiatives

Acadia Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Acadia Pharmaceuticals Inc.


Acadia Pharmaceuticals Inc. stands out as a leader in the niche field of neurological and mental health therapy development, particularly focusing on conditions like schizophrenia, Parkinson's disease psychosis, and Rett syndrome. This specialization not only brings significant advancement in targeted therapies but also enhances the quality of life for individuals enduring these challenging conditions. Working at this company offers the chance to be part of a dedicated team that positively impacts patient lives through groundbreaking work in a highly specialized area of medicine.

Company Stage


Total Funding



San Diego, California



Growth & Insights

6 month growth


1 year growth


2 year growth