The primary responsibility of the Associate Director, Medical Affairs, Rare Disease and Neuroscience is to lead, supervise and guide/coach the performance of a team of Medical Science Liaisons (MSLs) and Medical Advisor(s) and their activities within the field and in head office, including face-to-face field visits/meetings when needed, review of field activity tracking and appropriate expense reporting, and all activities to engage, reward, review performance and develop the talent in the MSL and Medical Advisor roles. S/he will also participate in/lead special projects of importance to the business.
This position is a “Player/Coach” role. In addition to managing the team, as an individual contributor, the Associate Director, Medical Affairs develops and maintains professional relationships with internal and external customers [e.g., Thought Leaders (TLs), Healthcare Professionals, and Formulary Decision Makers] to provide comprehensive medical and scientific support to Medical Affairs, Clinical Development and Ipsen strategic initiatives. This position facilitates information, learning activities and research activities for physicians and ancillary healthcare professionals regarding current and future therapies in development or commercialized by Ipsen.
In addition, the Associate Director, Medical Affairs will be the medical advisor (i.e., country medical lead) for the assigned therapeutic area(s) (Rare Diseases) and will be responsible for the development and implementation of the annual national medical affairs strategy. This includes coordinating an annual and longer term medical strategic planning exercise with MSLs for synchronized development of the National Medical Plan with the MSL territory Medical Plans. The individual also represents the medical therapeutic expertise/resource within the company for the assigned therapeutic area; providing, and building, medical insights that will be used to support cross-functional groups. The Associate Director, Medical Affairs will be the lead medical representative on brand teams.
The primary responsibilities of the role include:
Oversight, management, development and mentorship of a team of MSLs and Medical Advisors.
Identifying and developing relationships with national, regional, local and emerging medical and scientific Thought Leaders (TLs), academic centers and researchers consistent with the strategy and objectives of Medical Affairs, Clinical Development and the Neurosciences and Rare Diseases area.
Identifying therapeutically focused medical or scientific concepts that can be leveraged into product differentiation and incorporated in the strategic planning
Maintaining relationships with global medical teams
As appropriate, leading and planning all medical launch activities (from pre-launch to post launch) and all life cycle management medical activities in the assigned therapeutic areas
Providing appropriate scientific, clinical, and educational support for internal and external customers
Providing Ipsen’s Medical representation and oversight of clinical programs including Ph IV studies, externally sponsored research studies, posters and publications, medical information, Canadian Disease Area Expert management, product defense and communications in alignment of corporate or North American Communication Teams, advisory boards, scientific exchange meeting, consultant engagement, educational events and review and selection of educational and scientific/clinical grants.
Representing Ipsen at applicable conventions and conferences.
Aligning with Medical Information and Pharmacovigilance teams to ensure accurate delivery of medical and scientific messages, as needed.
Engaging in scientific exchange and education about current and emerging therapies with TLs.
Developing and maintaining scientific, clinical and therapeutic expertise in the assigned therapeutic area(s).
Collaborating with commercial operations by participating in TL Speaker Training and Internal Stakeholder Training (e.g., field sales).
Working with TLs and assist as needed in supporting investigator-initiated clinical trials
Ensure Canadian participation in global company sponsored trials in assigned therapeutic area(s)
Leading/participating on special project teams as necessary.
Education / Certifications:
PhD, PharmD, MD, or other recognized doctorate level education with supporting applicable health science background is required. MSc will be considered if the experience and knowledge level in the assigned therapeutic areas are substantial.
MSL experience and/or MSL management strongly preferred
Expertise in Neurosciences and/or Rare Diseases will be a strong asset.
Minimum 4 years post professional degree practice or relevant transferrable experience (e.g., clinical practice, academic research, regulatory/scientific, Medical Advisor).
Prior people management experience is preferred and will be a strong asset.
Clinical trials/research experience an asset.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Knowledge of customer segments and market dynamics within Neurosciences and/or rare diseases.
Knowledge of the Canadian regulations and Health Care system
Scientific and pharmaceutical knowledge within the assigned areas and/or experience.
Highly developed interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively and collaboratively with cross-functional teams and to manage, engage and develop a diverse and talented team of MSLs and Medical Advisors.
Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain credible and scientific relationships with key customers in assigned therapeutic area.
Must be a strategic thinker who can look ahead and clearly anticipate future needs, consequences, and trends.
Ability to develop and maintain strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
Strong team, leadership, planning and written/verbal communication skills.
Strong presentation and teaching skills.
Strong interpersonal skills.
Strong organizational skills.
Ability to learn and convey clinical and non-clinical information effectively.
Ability to work independently and with cross functional teams.
Ability to lead and influence key decision makers.
Travel will be approximately 30% of the time (at minimum)
French an asset
Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals Canada Inc. welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.
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