Director, Medical Affairs-Hemoglobinopathies (Global role based in Cambridge, MA)

Cambridge, MA, United States
Jul 25, 2018
Required Education
Position Type
Full time
Join bluebird bio's enthusiastic and collaborative team by contributing to the overall success of our novel gene therapy approach. As a key strategic member of the Medical Affairs organization, the Director/Senior Director, Medical Affairs will be responsible for driving the development and implementation of the medical affairs strategy for bluebird bio's gene therapy programs in hemoglobinopathies. This person will play a central role in medical contribution to brand planning.

About the role:
  • Lead the development and execution of the medical affairs plan for transfusion-dependent beta-thalassemia and sickle cell disease in collaboration with cross-functional partners, including, but not limited to, commercial, market access, and patient advocacy;
  • Partner with key medical affairs sub-functional leadership, including global and regional medical director partners, scientific communications, and real-world evidence leadership;
  • Interact and collaborate at multiple levels in the organization, including effective cross-functional interactions with R&D, commercial, program leadership, etc.;
  • Represent medical affairs at cross-functional meetings as needed;
  • Provide medical expertise to cross-functional teams; as a content expert, the candidate will review abstracts, publications, medical information letters, and other medical documents as needed;
  • Lead content development for advisory board meetings and other medical affairs initiatives;
  • Contribute to company success through both internal (e.g., clinical, commercial, market access, and patient advocacy) and external medical education and medical/scientific information exchange and support, as well as use their medical/scientific expertise to gather medical insights and to support research/data generation initiatives;
  • Build relationships with key external stakeholders including, but not limited to, healthcare professionals at key institutions, patient advocacy groups, and regulators by providing disease state education and communicating the clinical value of the bluebird bio therapeutic platform; provide high-quality medical expertise as a trusted medical/scientific partner;
  • Provide strategic input into lifecycle management and the development of Phase III b/IV trials, investigator-initiated trials, and/or sponsored research agreements in collaboration with other stakeholders;
  • Identify academic centers and investigators to initiate and/or participate in clinical trials and identify key areas of future research, and identifies and recruits qualified investigators to participate in company-sponsored activities (e.g., speaker, investigator, or consultant) as needed;
  • Represent bluebird bio externally as the key field technical and scientific contact for healthcare providers, professional societies, academic medical centers, integrated delivery networks, managed care organizations, etc.;
  • Drive a high-performance culture by fostering innovation, customer focus, personal accountability, and commitment for results.

About you:
  • Doctorate degree (PharmD, MD, DO, PhD) with at least 5 years of previous Pharmaceutical/Biotechnology/Medical Affairs/MSL experience required; experience in rare disease, particularly in hematology;
  • Product launch experience strongly desired;
  • Ability to understand and effectively communicate scientific and medical information to both internal and external customers;
  • Confidence and credibility to partner as peers with commercial counterparts;
  • Proven leadership skills and building effective teams;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills are imperative. Ability to anticipate and adapt to change; strong interpersonal skills commensurate with the need to work closely with partners, investigators, contractors, consultants, and team members across functions;
  • Ability to communicate well with health care professionals. Ability to establish strong relationships with peer groups, professional organizations, and other outside parties;
  • Ability to travel 30-40% of the time;
  • Be ready to embrace the principles of the bluebird bio culture: b colorful, b cooperative, and b yourself