Director - Global Medical Affairs - Oncology Drugs

Location: Cambridge, MA
Date Posted: 11-06-2018
This position is based in Cambridge, MA, the global headquarters for Oncology.  It is a highly visible role to all levels within the company due to the optimism for the therapy and the impact it will have on patients.  The role functions internally as a strategic expert to help lead the development and execution of the most efficient and integrated global medical/scientific strategy, including scientific evidence generation and scientific information exchange with all key stakeholders.  Essential to success is an outstanding partnership with Clinical Development and Commercial to maximize the value proposition.  Externally, the role assists health care professionals and payers to optimize patient care and treatment outcomes through evidence-based decisions.
A summary of responsibilities includes:
  • Driving Medical Affairs activities for Oncology Drugs
  • Developing and executing a highly efficient, integrated global medical affairs/scientific strategy, including scientific evidence generation and scientific information exchange with all key stakeholders
  • Providing relevant data evidence to ensure that the strategy is clearly defined and consistent with clinical development and commercial strategic objectives and activities for multiple myeloma products and initiatives
  • Reviewing and approving medical and scientific content of Regulatory, Safety, Scientific Affairs, Medical Affairs, and Commercial
  • Ensuring that all data generated by the company or investigator sponsored trials is publicly presented in an appropriate and timely fashion and in a fair and balanced manner
  • Working closely with and influencing clinical development on all aspects, including study design, initiation, and monitoring
  • Providing leadership and strategic direction to local Product Leaders in interactions and communications with external customers, key organizations, and institutions
  • Representing the Regions and bringing their perspectives to the appropriate issues at hand.
  • Pro-actively providing guidance to marketing and sales teams
  • Working with the health economic team to prevent and/or address opportunities
  • Informing all major stakeholders of unmet needs and facilitating appropriate approaches to address them
  • Identifying needs for post-marketing clinical trials and registries and overseeing their management and execution
  • Interacting with experts at medical meetings, advisory boards, and outreach meetings to represent company and strengthen its reputation in Hematology.  Also, maintaining external orientation by participating actively in external Oncology events and activities
The ideal candidate will have the following mix of professional and personable characteristics:
  • Multiple myeloma expertise
  • MD, Board Certification in Hematology and/or Oncology
  • Flexibility to re-locate to Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Industry experience in Medical Affairs is preferred
  • Sound scientific and clinical judgment, including in-depth understanding of the scientific method and clinical applications based on medical, scientific, and practical rationale
  • In-depth understanding of and proven success in how to conceptualize, design, and conduct complex, global clinical trials
  • Broad and formal leadership experience, including excellent “leadership presence” to represent Medical Affairs within the company, to other functions, and to leaders at every level 
  • Excellent skills working with experts from other functions and countries and influencing decision making without authority in a complex and matrix environment
  • High energy and an absolute commitment to a culture that operates with high ethical standards and strives to exceed all goals and objectives
  • Demonstrated ability to inspire confidence while working effectively in a matrix environment
  • Comfort operating in a consensus building role but also able to make specific recommendations and decisions and drive for implementation
  • Ability to inspire confidence – both internally and externally in Oncology - by leading by example, demonstrating multiple myeloma expertise, and demonstrating collaborative behavior
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and lead expert Clinical Research Advisory Panels
  • Ability to understand and effectively communicate scientific and medical data results and information to internal and external stakeholders
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to build solid working relationships with the commercial organization, as well as negotiate and influence across cultures
Personal Attributes:
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to influence others
  • Excellence in solving problems while exhibiting superior judgment and a balanced, realistic understanding of issues
  • A team player; able to collaborate successfully with both internal and external colleagues
  • Excellent communication skills both written and oral, including strong presentation skills
  • The highest personal integrity; committed to ethics and scientific standards
  • High energy and absolute commitment to culture
  • Strong analytical skills, comfort managing through ambiguity
  • Understanding and success in dealing with different cultures
  • Ability to manage competing priorities and projects, requiring an excellent ability to prioritize and manage expectations
  • A “lifelong” learner who consistently seeks opportunities to learn
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