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Head, Neurology & Immunology, US Medical Affairs

Your Role:

As the Head, Neurology & Immunology (N&I), US Medical Affairs you will:

  • Build, direct and manage the Medical Affairs team for N&I
  • Work within approved Corporate business strategies to develop and implement overall medical affairs plans for the products in development and marketed products in collaboration with Global Medical Affairs
  • Participate in WMSG groups for the immunology and neurology therapeutic areas providing the medical expertise for building business strategies, and develops proactive franchise plans emphasizing medical content
  • Provide ongoing information and strategic analysis on customer and market conditions, leads evaluation and approval of IST/IMG proposals, treatment protocol trends, and medical and technology developments
  • Oversee the creation of programs, phase IIIb-IV clinical trials, scientific advisory boards and speakers programs to support the Immunology and Neurology products
  • Interacts closely with Medical Operations for the execution of such programs and clinical trials as well as Phase II and III clinical studies interacting with Clinical Development
  • Generate US publication plans supporting marketed and future products in line with the medical affairs plan for the therapeutic area
  • Manage all US Medical Affairs N&I programs and activities within corporate and FDA regulatory guidelines and approved budgets
  • Serve as a key member of N&I US management team in regards to strategic planning and interacts closely with regulatory affairs, medical information, product surveillance and clinical development
  • Have extensive interaction with internal senior management, outside experts, corporate partners, key immunology and neurology thought leaders, and the FDA
  • Oversee the work of direct reports for the Promotional & Scientific Materials Review (PSMR) Committee for the evaluation of educational material and scientific publications for dissemination by MO
  • Be responsible for the generation of the medical educational content to be delivered to KAMs and MSL/MOSLs for the N&I TA
  • Work very closely with Managed Markets for the medical support of our products through presentations and interaction with Health Care providers through P&T Committee presentations
  • Serve as member of the North American Medical management team
  • Additionally, the candidate and his/her direct reports will work closely with the clinical, commercial, business development organizations, and the global development teams to develop, implement, and deliver the designated product lifecycle plans
  • Provide inspirational leadership and focus to Medical Affairs team to assure delivery of key medical affairs objectives as related to Immunology and Neurology US Medical Affairs Balanced Score Card (BSC) and corporate objectives, and in a highly dynamic environment
  • Responsible for the management of the departmental budget under the Head of North American Medical’s oversight
  • Own and drive the Medical Affairs programs and related processes within the department interacting actively with Medical Operations
  • Integrate and influence N&I marketing & sales strategies, tactics and programs to accomplish medical affairs objectives
  • Personally develop and maintain key opinion leader relationships.  Implement measurable policies regarding customer and product medical education within the team to assure a high level of customer satisfaction and compliance
  • Apply situational leadership styles to provide appropriate direction and support to direct reports, the unit and cross functional members that focuses efforts on achieving customer loyalty and EMD Serono results
  • Collaborate with other therapeutic areas to leverage medical affairs expertise and programs as appropriate
  • Directs the development, communication, and implementation of medical affairs programs, policies and procedures
  • Actively participates within cross-therapeutic area/ intra-company task forces
  • Ensure and lead close collaboration between the Medical Affairs departments and all other functions within the Global Medical Organization
  • Assess human and capital resources of the Medical Affairs team continuously.  Lead and conduct the performance management & merit process throughout the year for the medical affairs team; responsible for assuring medical affairs personnel are properly supervised, qualified, and trained to perform their jobs effectively
  • Coach, manage and provide individual job enrichment developmental opportunities to direct reports
  • Conduct field visits as appropriate
  • Responsible for direct leadership and management of all direct reports, indirect leadership and direction to MLs/MSLs under Medical Operations
  • Key member of Immunology and Neurology and the North American Medical management team in regards to strategic planning and overall management of the therapeutic areas
  • Optimize the utilization of the available resources
  • Apply and direct project management techniques and teamwork approach
  • Expertise and strategic leadership in support of EMD Serono US goals and objectives
  • Expertise and strategic leadership in support of N&I goals and objectives
  • Develop and recommend strategies, develop and provide input for business plans
  • Identify market’s medical issues impacting the results of the TA and direct and coach staff on resolution of such issues
  • Initiate and lead, as appropriate, activities to address cross functional issues within the N&I TA


Who You Are:


  • An MD, DO, PhD or equivalent degree
  • 12+ years medical affairs or clinical experience in the pharmaceutical/healthcare industry with demonstration of successful results
  • 6+ years managing, leading and developing people required
  • Experience bringing multiple products to market in the Immunology and Neurology space
  • Solid understanding of clinical trial design, clinical trial execution, regulatory requirements in N&I, and data analysis
  • Expert knowledge of guidelines under which pharmaceutical companies operate (FDA, PhRMA, OIG, etc)
  • Proven ability to act as a medical spokesperson for external audiences is required
  • Experience in developing and leading a clinical or medical affairs team in changing competitive environment, changing product technology, and changing customer needs
  • Experience in working in an environment which successfully integrates all business unit functions
  • Demonstrated success in developing and managing strategic relationships with medical N&I experts and key thought leaders
  • Knowledge and application of data sources, reports and tools for the creation of solid plans for which performance can be measured and evaluated
  • Knowledge and application of business planning & leadership principles, such as data analysis, goal setting, action plans, monitoring tools, directive and supportive techniques to develop and implement action plans
  • Possess strong business and financial skills. P&L experience or at least budget responsibility
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and influence teams.  Must be able to manage a diverse work group, motivate them, and maximize productivity
  • Expert level of understanding in medical affairs, clinical development, sales, marketing, regulatory, and medical and sales operations, and project based organization and SOPs
  • Expert level of understanding in product launches
  • Excellent analytical, communication and presentation skills and solid experience in translating medical/ clinical information into medical affairs strategies
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally up to 40% of the time


  • Board certification/eligibility in Medical Immunology and/or Neurology


Job Requisition ID:  205091
Location:  Rockland
Career Level:  E - Professional (10+ years)
Working time model:  full-time

US Disclosure
The Company is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. No employee or applicant for employment will be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military or veteran status, genetic information, gender identity, transgender status, marital status, or any other classification protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.  This policy of Equal Employment Opportunity applies to all policies and programs relating to recruitment and hiring, promotion, compensation, benefits, discipline, termination, and all other terms and conditions of employment. Any applicant or employee who believes they have been discriminated against by the Company or anyone acting on behalf of the Company must report any concerns to their Human Resources Business Partner, Legal, or Compliance immediately. The Company will not retaliate against any individual because they made a good faith report of discrimination.

North America Disclosure
The Company is committed to accessibility in its workplaces, including during the job application process. Applicants who may require accommodation during the application process should speak with our HR Services team at 855 444 5678 from 8:00am to 5:30pm ET Monday through Friday.

Nearest Major Market: Boston

Job Segment: Medical, Medical Technologist, Neurology, Immunology, Pharmaceutical Sales, Healthcare, Sales

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