Director of Medical Affairs and Head of Rare Disease/ Endocrinology

Cambridge, MA, United States
Sep 19, 2018
Required Education
Position Type
Full time
Director of Medical Affairs and Head of Rare Disease/ Endocrinology

Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals Inc.

Job Description:

Position Summary

The Director, Medical Affairs, Head of Rare Disease will oversee all medical affairs activities of the Rare Disease/Endocrine therapeutic area, and report into the Head for Oncology/rare Diseases. The Director is responsible for the medical strategies, the input into medical information responses, the scientific communications including poster presentations and publications (in conjunction with the Global Publication team), the design and medical monitoring of US-based sponsored and investigator-initiated clinical studies, and the approval of educational grants. The Director works closely with the MSL team in developing and managing regional relationships with key opinion leaders (KOLs), working with KOLs on externally-sponsored study requests, providing internal (& relevant external) training, and preparing/supervising responses to Medical Information requests so that customers will be informed about the Rare Disease/Endocrinology products and therapeutic areas in which Ipsen markets. Key internal partners include the Medical Affairs and clinical operations group running the Rare Disease/Endocrinology studies, the Rare Disease/Endocrinology commercial team, and global Rare Disease/Endocrinology franchise medical personnel.

The Director will lead and supervise a team of professionals including a publication specialist, HEOR professional and medical oversight of MSL dedicated to the Rare Disease/Endocrinology area.

Essential Functions

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams within Ipsen to provide medical/scientific expertise and marketplace feedback
  • Drive the scientific publication plan in US and design and run clinical studies in conjunction with Medical Affairs Operations group
  • Ensure appropriate scientific, disease and Ipsen product training for MSL team and other internal partners
  • Develop and supervise the execution of the Rare Disease/Endocrinology KOL identification process
  • Through the Medical Affairs Information Dept and MSL team, create & disseminate medically sound information to support the safe & effective use of Ipsen Rare Disease/ Endocrinology products (adhering to Regulatory andIpsen guidelines)
  • Manage a team of professionals including a publication specialist, HEOR professional and MSL
  • Offer medical input and manage budgets for clinical grants and medical education support activities (through Grants manager)
  • Manage Travel and Expense budget in keeping with Ipsen guidelines
  • Complies with all laws, regulations and policies that govern the conduct of Ipsen U.S. staff


  • MD with experience in Endocrinology preferably in pituitary disorders such as acromegaly, pediatric endocrinology and growth disorders, or in rare diseases
  • Board eligible or certified Adult or Pediatric Endocrinologist strongly preferred

  • 5+ years pharmaceutical experience, or certified MD Endocrinologist in lieu of industry experience
  • Experience in Medical Affairs, with some clinical trials/research experience desired
  • Experience in presenting and publishing scientific information
  • Basic knowledge of clinical trial design, biostatistics

Core Competencies (Specific knowledge, skills and abilities that enable an individual to effectively perform the job)
  • Ability to work independently and within cross-functional teams
  • Excellent people leadership and organizational skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively with scientific professionals in a way that commands respect
  • Ability to make sound ethical and clinical judgments
  • Ability to interact easily with all levels within the organization; tactful; mature; flexible
  • High level of collaboration and influencing skills
  • Ability to lead, mentor and manage team members

The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the principles functions for this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required, and the scope of responsibility, but should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned, including work in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods or otherwise balance workload.

Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. We recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote without regard to race, religion, creed, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, sexual identity, marital status, military or veteran status, disability, genetic information, or any other category protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. conducts background screening, reference checks, and drug testing as part of its pre-employment screening process. This description is not intended to be constructed as an exhaustive list of duties, responsibilities, or requirements for the position. This position may change or assume additional duties at any time. The employee may be requested to perform different or additional duties as assigned.

All Employees are expected to adhere to all company policies and act as a role model for company values.

IPSEN is an equal opportunity employer that strictly prohibits unlawful discrimination. We recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote without regard to an individual's race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin/ancestry, age, mental/physical disability, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.