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Director, Medical Affairs

Reference Number: 2912
Location: NJ

Our client is a major global healthcare company.  They have asked us to assist them in their search for a Director, Medical Affairs.

Major tasks and responsibilities will include:

  • Directs and participates in the planning and administration of activities concerned with the clinical evaluation of drugs in development for the purpose of obtaining an approved IND or NDA, post-marketing activities of currently approved and/or marketed products, and new clinical indications of existing drugs.
  • Provides advice within the field of medical expertise and specialization to cross-functional teams.
  • Actively manages the individual drug projects which are assigned.
  • Active participation and effective interaction with Global teams to ensure appropriate US direction of the company’s research and marketing efforts relative to the US environment as well as responsible for the design, planning and execution of an overall medical strategy including creating, organizing and leading Advisory Boards.
  • Provides support and medical expertise to US cross-functional teams within the Business Unit regarding development of educational materials, monitoring of published literature, addressing and resolving international, regional and local issues related to products under their responsibility and provide input to company documents to ensure scientific accuracy as well as implement the Medical Affairs Brand Plan, communication and publication programs with approved budgets.
  • Supports completion of annual NDA reports for respective brands through evaluation of clinical data and literature and provide USMA input in the preparation of key medical documents for INDs and NDAs.  This includes ensuring appropriate USMA input in interactions with the FDA and providing appropriate medical leadership for any interactions.
  • Chairs the scientific review meetings of investigator initiated and Phase IV studies and be answerable medically for the clinical studies under their direction as well as directing the design, conduct, analysis and reporting of Phase IV US clinical trials. This also includes providing key strategic US input for clinical development plans (Phase I – IV) and reviewing and co-approving clinical study protocols.
  • Participates in the Grant Review and Advisory Committees.
  • Explores and evaluates new product ideas to assist in identifying new marketing opportunities and performs medical evaluations and due diligence on pharmaceutical products for in-licensing in the US.
  • Interfaces with both internal and external (KOLs, advisors, consultants) experts and medical organizations in order to develop and maintain productive contacts.
  • Provides feedback with the respective line manager in the recruitment, development and performance management of appropriate team members (including cross-functional partners) as well as managing performance and development planning of all direct reports including adhesion to all training and compliance policies.

We seek candidates with the following qualifications:

  • MD Degree or equivalent, with US Board certification and licensure (active) highly preferred.  Specialty training in hematology is preferred.
  • 5+ years of clinically relevant or independent research experience or equivalent OR 5+ years of experience in the pharmaceutical or related industry or of extensive collaboration with the industry (e.g., lead PI and consultant, FDA employee or advisor).
  • Proven ability to identify and resolve complex problems.
  • A solid understanding of clinical study design, analysis and interpretation as well as the principles of observational studies and health economics.
  • Ability to collaborate with a variety of teams and personnel as well as a proven ability to interact effectively with key opinion leaders.
  • Highly developed ethics and integrity, with demonstrated ethical medical decision making skills.
  • Ability to work well on teams as well as ability to assume leadership of a team.
  • Strong negotiation and influencing skills.
  • Proven ability to implement successful clinical strategies and programs.
  • Effective communicator with strong oral and written communications skills.
  • Demonstrated success in leading both internal and cross functional project teams including contractors and consultants as well as performing successfully under stringent timelines and with competing priorities.
  • Proven ability to achieve timely approval of dossiers and regulatory submissions and to be able to develop highly successful clinical strategies and programs.


Do you have the skills and experience we seek and want to advance your career with one of the world’s leading companies? If so, please email your resume as a Word attachment to us, reference 2912. No calls or faxes, please. Include your daytime phone number and we will contact you confidentially or reply to your email.