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Medical Science Liaison Oncology

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The company is pushing the boundaries of science to deliver live-saving breakthrough medicines that will improve patients’ lives. In that endeavour, Medical Affairs is a key strategic partner in shaping the optimal performance of the company’s brands. The Medical Science Liaison is responsible for building scientific partnerships with Key External Experts (KEE) and other healthcare professionals through providing high quality up-to-date scientific and medical information to customers. The function is 80% based in the field. (The role will work in strong collaboration with the medical affairs manager (line-manager) of the therapeutic area (TA) who is office-based. 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.


Conduct scientific exchange and collect customer insights:

The MSL role typically interacts with a target list of expert customers of between 40-50 people in which the role will develop strong strategic partnerships driven by the science and the TA strategy. During these interactions that are non-promotional in nature and driven by a clear (customer) objective, a lot of customer insights are gained that need to flow back to the brand teams.

Within this broad task, the MSL will:

  • Stay up-to-date in TA knowledge through active monitoring of the scientific literature, congress attendance and frequent interactions with Key External Experts (KEE)
  • Discuss key data sets with experts in F2F contacts or group meetings to identify patient pathways, treatment realities in areas of medical need as guided by the TA strategy
  • Build relationships with experts for advocacy development guided by the TA strategy
  • Brief speakers for scientific events
  • Document customer and visit information in a customer relationship management tool
  • Continuously improve or optimize impactful communication skills through received coaching by line-manager or other coaches in joint visits
  • Interact with other MSLs from other countries or other TAs to exchange best practice and further shape the role
  • Attend international and national scientific and medical congresses in the TA
  • Respond to unsolicited Medical Information (MI) requests about approved or unapproved company products, or about unapproved uses of approved company 

Cross-functional scientific exchange and communication with internal stakeholders

The MSL role is also very active in enabling other functions through internal education and support based on their knowledge from the customers and the TA.

  • Share customer insights with internal stakeholders (brand team, sales reps)
  • Gain profound territory knowledge (eg. by getting input from the sales representatives).
  • Educate sales representatives by providing in-depth information on disease and therapies when required
  • Support Clinical operations in site selection
  • Work together with External Service Provider for MI to meet the requirements set in the local MI procedure.

Gain input from and co-create projects with KEE

The MSL role typically organizes and leads meetings with KEE to gain their input on well-defined data sets or projects to advance the TA strategy. They will recruit participants to these meetings from their target list.  Within this broad task, the MSL will:

  • Develop relationships with KEE and know their interests (customer profiling)
  • Conduct and moderate the meetings
  • Have a sound knowledge of the TA strategy (business acumen)
  • Liaise with the brand team to prepare and report back

Manage scientific partnerships with KEE

  • Manage Externally Sponsored Research
  • Follow-up of grants/chairs/scientific sponsoring with Key External Experts

Be compliant

  • Successfully complete all training requirements
  • Comply with all external regulations & internal policies

Full understanding of AZ MSL guide, external interactions policy standards, (including, but not limited to publications policy, congress policy, …)


  • Exemplify the Company Values and behaviours (see annexe)
  • Demonstrate the MSL Core Capabilities (see annexe)
  • Excellent relational and communication skills.
  • Takes initiative and proactive were needed while conscious of compliance and process rules in the company.
  • Presentation skills
  • Ability to work effectively in cross-functional teams
  • Business Acumen
  • Project management skills


Executive search


Minimum 3 years


Higher Education


Dutch, English, French


Pharmaceutical industry



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