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Associate Director Medical Affairs

Reference:KS/ARFG-635030 Location: Dublin
Qualification:DoctorateExperience:7-9 Years
Job Type:PermanentSalary: Not Disclosed

Our client is a global leader in the Biopharmaceutical Sector. They currently seek an Associate Director of Medical Affairs to join their team in Ireland. This person shall support the Country Medical Director with development and implementation of Global Medical Plans & focus disease areas at a country level. Expertise in the areas of Immunology & Haematology are preferred.

• Manage the disease area Medical Science Liaison team.
• Lead the design and implementation of best-in-class scientific programs with external KOLs, investigators and Global Medical Affairs and Global Clinical partners
• Lead specific projects
• Oversee and directly participate in responding effectively to requests for scientific exchange
• As delegated by the Country Medical Director, serve as the Medical representative on cross-functional local and Global teams
• Support local team disease area and product knowledge through scientific training
• Maintain personal and medical team expertise in relevant disease areas and Medical best practices
• Develop and implement Global Medical Plans in focus disease areas at the country level
• Collaborate with Country Medical Director and Global Medical Team to provide country input into Global Medical Plans and translate Global Medical Strategy to in-year Country activity plans
• Define specific medical programs and activities (e.g. medical meetings, disease state education, advisory boards) and associated resource requirements and budgets
• Define key performance indicators and metrics to track progress against the activity plan
• Lead identification of the scientific exchange needs of KOLs, investigators and other stakeholders in patient care, establish strong professional relationships, and provide credible scientific expertise
• Develop and maintain “peer-to-peer” scientific relationships with key thought leaders in healthcare, academia and government organizations per KOL plans and as requested by KOLs, including the management of strategic scientific partnerships and scientific exchange
• Serve as our clients presence at external meetings including scientific symposia and cooperative group meetings.
• Participate in country-level KOL planning
• Maintain KOL plans and timely, accurately and compliantly update medical customer relationship management system
• Leading the design and implementation of best-in-class scientific programs with external KOLs, investigators and Global Medical Affairs and Global Clinical partners
• Collaborate appropriately with KOLs and Investigators to identify areas of shared scientific interest and advance partnerships per the guidance of the Country Medical Director
• Support Country Medical Director in defining and leading local medical initiatives and KOL plans
• Provide medical support tour clients clinical research programs and registries
• Serve as a bridge between HCPs and our clients medical, clinical and external partners
• Maintain awareness of and access to internal and external information sources available to support best-in-class scientific exchange, and coordinate high-quality interactions between these resources and external customers
• Lead definition of and monitor execution against field medical activity plans aligned with the in-year medical plan
• Work with Country Medical Director to secure required tools and resources for MSL effectiveness
• Coach and mentor the MSL team, in coordination with the Country Medical Director and Shared Medical Services, ensure MSLs are trained and certified as required in terms of disease area, skills, and compliance expertise
• Under guidance of Country Medical Director and per GMA standards, evaluate MSL performance and provide constructive feedback
• Coordinate response within defined timeline and quality standards to unsolicited inquires from HCPs and other stakeholders received by Global Medical Affairs and referred to GMA by other functions within our clients organistaion
• Develop appropriate responses to unique inquiries as required, such as the presentation of scientific evidence and medical education
• Support local team disease area and product knowledge through scientific training
• Contribute to medical training of field-based commercial personnel as assigned
• Track and record training activities per established SOPs
• Maintain personal and medical team expertise in relevant disease areas and Medical Affairs and Medical Research best practices
• Maintain knowledge base and scientific expertise on all assigned disease areas and products
• In coordination with Country Medical Director and Global Medical Training, train medical science liaison team on fundament disease area knowledge and emerging evidence
• Develop and update knowledge of applicable pharmaceutical guidelines and regulations, including ICH, GCP, Rx&D Code of Ethical Practices and company policies
• Develop/increase personal and team knowledge of medical literature & critical appraisal of scientific publications
• Attend and report on relevant regional, national and international scientific and patient advocacy meetings as assigned

• A medical degree (MD) or a Phd in Pharmacy
• ABPI certified, IPHA certified is a benefit
• 5+ years (with MD) or 8+ years (without MD) experience in biopharmaceutical medicine in Medical Affairs or Clinical Research is required
• Experience designing and leading clinical or research studies is preferred
• Experience in medical affairs is preferred
• Experience in customer-facing roles is preferred
• Experience in the assigned disease areas is preferred (Immunology & Heamatology).
• Strong focus on personal accountability and ownership
• Able to identify and develop target competencies (integrity, openness, competence, consistency, loyalty) in one’s self and the team
• Good people management skills with demonstrated ability to set goals and objectives, and establish and recalibrate priorities
• Establishes highly credible relationships and has personal impact through engaging respectfully and professionally
• Able to expertly exchange scientific ideas and information openly and effectively with key opinion leaders and with colleagues
• Able to expertly manage challenging conversations & handle objections
• Strongly focused on customer & patient needs
• Able to effectively lead and participate in multidisciplinary and virtual teams
• Strong ability to partner and collaborate appropriately with Commercial functions
• Internal Collaboration: Compliance, Legal, Country HR, Country Commercial, Global Medical, Global Clinical
• External Collaboaration: Key opinion leaders, investigators, HCPs, patient advocacy groups, regional policy makers, etc.
• Potential travel to International HQ, local and international congresses and in-country meetings
• Frequent travel to HCP locations – approximately 60% of time in field, nights and weekends possible

If you would like further Information you can contact the recruiter directly:

Karen Shiel | Tel: +353 (0) 1 5079256