This is a biopharmaceutical company that focuses on therapies for individuals with high unmet needs.
Position Title: Associate Director, Medical Science Liaisons (MSLs) — JO#2209-5814
Territory: Based in Europe
Therapeutic Area: Cardiovascular
The Associate Director, MSLs will manage the field Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH) MSL team in the EU. S/he will oversee, lead, and evolve the MSL organization by providing leadership and strategic direction to ensure adaptation and execution of Medical Affairs and organizational plans. The Associate Director will also be an effective internal cross-functional partner. This role will work in parallel with the Associate Director, MSLs North America and report to the Global Medical Affairs lead.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Lead and manage Medical Science Liaisons.
- Work closely with the Global Medical Affairs lead to build a new organization.
- Navigate transitions within and across the team.
- Work in parallel with the Associate Director, MSLs/NA and the MSL Trainers on the training plan, training needs, materials development for field use, and field coaching needs within and across the overall MSL team.
- Limited territory responsibilities inclusive of all MSL activities with the number of sites and KOLs the individual is responsible for to be localized.
- Develop congress plans and KOL engagement plans; Assist in the development of strategic KOL plans to provide needs-based, value-added services In collaboration with other MSL managers and MSL trainers, develop and deliver MSL plan for inclusion in overall Global Medical Affairs Plans.
- Provide field insights to senior leadership; respond to specific requests from leadership; provide clear direction to MSL team; identify educational opportunities.
- Assist in the development of metrics of success for field team.
- Assist in collating information for the Medical Affairs Dashboard.
- Collaborate and align with Clinical Operations and Clinical Development to ensure consistent communication to the team.
- Work closely with the Clinical Development and Clinical Operations team to understand protocol nuances and triaging triggers and clarity on roles and responsibilities.
- Communicate insights regarding recruitment barriers or protocol queries to cross-functional Clinical Dev/Clinical Ops/Medical Affairs team.
- Assume limited territory responsibilities to develop, maintain, and manage collaborations with regional and national KOLs, investigators, study staff (site staff and CRO staff), nurses, pharmacists, and office managers.
- Continuously reassess and adjust resource needs.
- Lead and evolve, in response to company direction and growth, the field-based MSL organization, including establishing and iterating on standard operating procedures and best practices.
- Provide relevant medical and scientific information and literature, within corporate guidelines for healthcare provider education.
- Attend regional conferences to provide feedback on the current competitive landscape and continue the cultivation of relationships; educate the PAH community and create company awareness.
- Complete accurate and timely administrative reports, projects, and other required documentation; motivate team to ensure each MSL is contributing accordingly.
- Assist in the identification of resource needs and resource development for MSL use in the field.
- Ensure current knowledge of field compliance guidelines.
Qualifications (Education & Experience)
- Advanced scientific or clinical degree (e.g., PhD, PharmD, MD) strongly preferred; equivalent experience may be a consideration.
- 5 years or more of prior Medical Affairs experience preferred. Prior MSL experience preferred.
- 3-5 years of prior management experience; at least 1-2 years of MSL management preferred.
- Current or prior experience in the PAH field strongly preferred and/or demonstrated aptitude to develop technical expertise in new therapeutic area(s).
- Experience with relationship building and expanding a company’s reach.
- Working knowledge of the clinical trial process, including study start-up through communication of top-line results (e.g., IRBs, contracting, site feasibility, site initiation, etc.).
- Adaptability to changing landscape and ability to pivot quickly as new information becomes available.
- Demonstrated leadership and driving results in support of company objectives, in accord with the company’s culture and values.
- Strong leadership skills, demonstrated ability to lead and evolve field-based medical teams.
- Ability to cultivate and maintain relationships with thought leaders and to establish trust through the consistent demonstration of scientific and clinical expertise, and satisfactory follow-through on requests from thought leaders.
- Excellent communicator, skilled at diplomacy and capable of effectively combining science and relationship building.
- Experience with clinical research and early-stage products preferred.
- Ability to manage timelines and multiple priorities under time constraints.
- Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
- Ability to work effectively in a cross-functional environment.
- Field-based position with regular in-office cadence to be determined in collaboration with manager.
- Up to 60% travel required, including some weekends.
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