Assertio Therapeutics, Inc.

Associate Director, Field Medical Affairs

Northeast, MA, United States
Aug 28, 2018
Required Education
Position Type
Full time

As customer facing field-based medical experts, the Associate Director, Field Medical Affairs is a senior level medical science liaison, who functions as an extension of the Medical Affairs organization. As such, the Associate Director, FMA is responsible for developing and enhancing collaborative professional scientific and research relationships with external experts involved in various phases of product development, as well as key medical organizations including treatment centers of excellence and established societies and associations. Associate Director, FMA provides medical information through scientific exchange in a fair-balanced manner and provides clinical/scientific support that is aligned with Assertio's medical and clinical development strategies. This role is also a critical medical partner with decision makers in the areas of product reimbursement, health economics and disease and patient treatment pathways within healthcare reimbursement and delivery organizations. As an externally facing role, this person will serve as a key communicator of insights and strategic thinking to inform Assertio's strategic and business priorities. This position requires professionals with established personal and scientific creditability to interact with external experts and organizations of strategic importance to Assertio. Geography: Northeast (Boston, NY) or Chicago, Illinois

  • Maintain a deep medical and scientific knowledge of pharmacologic options utilized to manage CNS and other disease areas of priority for Assertio
  • Identify External experts (EEs) and support an EE panel of healthcare providers and other decision makers and maintain productive scientific relationships with these EEs
  • Act as a partner with investigators interested in developing and performing investigator initiated, collaborative, and/or corporate sponsored research. Build research collaborations of strategic importance to the company, to support Assertio's research priorities.
  • Serve as a critical partner in communication of science and in facilitating potential research initiatives with decision makers in reimbursement, managed care and other healthcare delivery organizations.
  • Act as an informed voice of the healthcare community and the patient by gathering and communicating strategically relevant insights and perspectives back into the organization to inform Assertio's strategic and business initiatives.

  • Collaborate with investigators to enhance patient enrollment in Assertio-sponsored clinical trials by identifying appropriate clinical trial sites.
  • Act as the scientific subject matter and research expert for decision makers in managed care, integrated delivery networks and other accountable care organizations.
  • Provide scientific support for government affairs and other externally facing functions.
  • Provide clinical presentations and information in response to unsolicited HCP questions
  • Serve as Assertio's scientific function at medical congresses, including Medical Information support, educational and advisory board execution and congress highlights. • Provide scientific support for appropriate educational initiatives
  • Assure compliance with all relevant corporate and regulatory guidelines
  • Develop partnerships with national and regional professional associations
  • Serve as a bridge and connector across teams, by communicating regularly and compliantly to meet Assertio's business objectives.
  • Assure field medical time and resources are appropriately focused on EEs interactions
  • Manage T&E for designated area.
  • Ensure compliance to all regulatory/compliance guidelines


  • Advance degree in clinical specialty (M.D., Ph.D., PharmD.) preferred with at least 5-7 years of experience in the pharmaceuticals industry and at least 3 - 5 years of experience as an MSL.
  • Experience working clinically in therapeutic area of CNS is preferred; experience in Pulmonary Medicine or Nephrology will also be considered.
  • Clinical trials experience, particularly in the designated therapeutic area(s), is a plus.
  • Experience in working with managed care and other reimbursement decision makers, and ability to convincingly communication information tailored to address this stakeholders unique informational needs.
  • Excellent written, oral, communication, leadership and organizational skills
  • Strong presentation and platform skills

  • Leadership
  • Therapeutic Area Knowledge
  • Managed care
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Networking
  • Relationship Building
  • Influence
  • Flexibility

  • Ability to communicate with individuals not only in face to face interactions, but also via telephone and computer
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work on a long-term basis
  • Ability to create materials such as reports, presentations for inside and outside the organization, and present/speak to groups
  • Ability to operate a company car • Sitting 60+%
  • Travel approximately 70% and attend customer and leader meetings



Assertio Therapeutics is a leading specialty pharmaceutical company committed to putting the Patient First in everything we do; with a focus on enhancing the lives of patients, families, physicians, providers and in payors through commercialization of products in the areas of neurology, specialty and orphan drugs in areas of unmet medical needs.

Assertio currently markets three medicines focused on neurology and migraine through its Neurology Business and has an emerging Specialty Business focused on orphan drug indications and areas of unmet medical need.

Assertio has a clear THREE PILLAR strategy for growth:

MAINTAIN a strong/profitable NUCYNTA franchise through a commercialization agreement with Collegium, GROW the Neurology Business and BUILD a new Specialty Business through a recent Cosyntropin transaction. The company's strategy is to continue to identify, license and develop new products-that offer enhanced therapeutic options to patient populations that may be underserved by existing therapies.

Assertio is an AA/EEO/Veterans/Disabled employer.