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Medical Affairs Lead

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We are looking for a Medical Affairs Lead for a globally known biopharmaceutical company. The Medical Affairs Lead has the full accountability of the delivery of the local medical affairs initiatives. These could include, but are not necessarily restricted to, scientific partnership building with key experts, medical evidence planning, scientific communications, competitor intelligence, patient engagement and ensuring alignment with commercial & market access initiatives. The Medical Affairs Lead is heading the team of Medical Affairs Managers and Medical Science Liaisons and will ensure that the team effectively implements and executes the local medical brand plan. These outputs are guaranteed through continuously building robust scientific and medical expertise on the therapeutic area, the company’s products and its competitors in combination with a business acumen attitude and strong communication skills.


  • Integrates, interprets, and disseminates scientific evidence and content on the company’s products and disease areas of focus to support the brand strategy and to support disease/product value messages to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Identifies, prioritizes and reviews opportunities to generate evidence to clinically differentiate the company’s products and better understand overall disease state management based on external stakeholder perspectives and the needs of the company’s regions and markets
  • Leads development of specific scientific communications activities e.g. conference symposia or specific scientific meetings sponsored by the company, such as external physician or patient expert meetings
  • Delivers the appropriate interpretation and preserves the integrity of medical evidence
  • Coach and develop MSLs to be best in class (scientific expertise, communication skills, business acumen) and ensure development and execution of the MSL Action Plans
  • Works in a strategic partnership with the Marketing and Market Access Department, providing key input in the local operational brand strategy by ensuring input of KEE, customer insights and competitive intelligence
  • Accountability for the Development and execution of the medical affairs plan according to budget and timelines
  • Acts as the patient insight expert in the assigned disease and therapeutic area team by deeply understanding the unique needs, experiences, patient journey and relevant outcomes for patients
  • Facilitates patient insight knowledge sharing by raising awareness about patient insight strategies and activities
  • Maintains a good working knowledge of company standards on medicines promotion and supports the
  • Nominated Signatories in ensuring compliance standards for external audiences
  • Sustains a “customer focus” in all design and interpretation activities (i.e. internal stakeholders, regulators, payers, prescribers, patients)
  • Keeps own knowledge of best practices and relevant developments up to date
  • Respond to unsolicited Medical Information (MI) requests about approved or unapproved products, or about unapproved uses of approved company’s products
  • Work together with External Service Provider for MI to meet the requirements set in the local MI procedure


  • Conduct activities and interactions consistent with Company values and in compliance with the Code of Conduct and supporting Policies and Standards relevant to your role. Complete all required training on the company’s Code of Conduct and supporting Policies and Standards on time. Report potential issues of non-compliance.
  • In addition, for Managers and Project Team Leaders:
  • Ensure and monitor compliance by team members and third parties by (a) positively reinforcing the Code of Conduct and all relevant Policies and Standards of the company, (b) ensuring completion of all required training, (c) fostering a culture of openness in which employees are comfortable raising questions or concerns, and (d) immediately addressing and reporting, as appropriate, instances of non-compliance.
  • Manager Accountabilities at the company’s include Ethical Conduct and Compliance, Team Management, Performance Management, Individual Development Planning, Talent Management, Recruitment, People information, SHE accountabilities, and Fiscal and Financial awareness.
  • Leaders with accountability for GXP areas are expected to understand the legal and regulatory requirements of their roles in providing appropriate resources (which could be human, financial, material, facilities, and equipment) to maintain the Quality system and continually improve its effectiveness.


  • Exemplify the company’s Values and behaviors
  • Excellent Communication Skills
  • Good Planning and Organisational Skills
  • Excellent Scientific knowledge
  • Ability to develop Strategic Partnerships
  • People Management
  • Ability to seek and critically assess a large amount of data, distil, and synthesize information, put it into context and evaluate its impact on the business
  • Business acumen and strategic insight
  • Cross-functional teamwork
  • Work autonomously and make the right priorities in a complex work environment with a high number and variety of requests
  • Be flexible, resilient and decision oriented
  • Influencing skills
  • Project management skills
  • Cross functional collaboration



  • Master’s degree in a scientific discipline
  • Experience in relationship and stakeholder
  • management (3P’S-Payer, Provider and Patients)
  • Project and relationship management experience
  • Experience with Evidence generation and clinical
  • trial methodology
  • People management experience
  • Business Acumen foundation knowledge
  • Financial Management foundation knowledge
  • Matrix team functionality specialist
  • Fluency in written and spoken English


  • Advanced scientific or medical degree
  • Greater than 5 years’ experience of Medical Affairs
  • within a pharmaceutical industry
  • Understanding of the latest technical, regulatory,
  • policy and real-world evidence generationdimensions
  • Budget management experience
  • Experience delivering country medical affairs plans



  • Management within Global Medical Affairs
  • Market Access, Heath Economics and Outcomes
  • Research (HEOR), PaCe and Compliance Teams
  • Regional and Country Medical Affairs teams
  • GPPS, Sales and Marketing functions


  • Service Providers
  • Scientific and Patient Experts
  • Regulatory bodies
  • Payer/Health Technology Assessment organisations
  • Patient Organisations
  • Local or regional stakeholders including
  • Policymakers, Healthcare professionals


Executive search


Minimum 5 years


Master's Degree




Pharmaceutical industry



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