Head of Medical Affairs, Neuroscience

Cambridge, MA, United States
Sep 19, 2018
Required Education
Position Type
Full time
Head of Medical Affairs, Neuroscience

Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals Inc.

Job Description:

Position Summary

The Head of Medical Affairs, Neurosciences, will lead a dynamic US-based group supporting all the multiple functions and therapeutic indications for one approved product. As part of the responsibilities, this person will also oversee all life cycle management activities related to on-going Phase IV studies, as well as to closely interact with the R&D team and global medical teams to support registrational trials or global medical affairs sponsored trials. This individual will have a team of 5 reports (3 direct and 2 dotted reports) including a medical director, a publication specialist and HEOR Director, all based in Cambridge, MA, in addition to a medical operations manager and an MSL Lead for the Brand. The qualified individual will have specialty training and preferably a Ph.D. in Neurology or aboard certified preferably MD in Neurology or Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, preferably with expertise the use of neurotoxins in conditions such as Movement Disorders and Spasticity.

In addition, the successful candidate will possess a strong medical affairs background in the biopharmaceutical industry with demonstrated strong leadership, communication and scientific skills.

Essential Functions

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, the following:
Direct all the activities in US medical affairs, which include:
  • Coordination and development of appropriate medical plans in collaboration with global medical affairs and other relevant internal partners
  • Oversight of the Phase IIIb/IV US studies, Investigator Sponsored Studies and R& D studies with US involvement in close collaboration with the global R& D and medical affairs teams
  • Accountable for the development and communication of appropriate publication plans
  • Oversight of all publications including posters, abstracts, manuscripts both at the US and global level to ensure appropriate alignment between relevant teams
  • Development of appropriate HEOR plans, supervision of on-going data generation projects as well as responsible to provide guidance for new projects
  • Frequent communication with the MSL team via the US MSL Lead. Ensure appropriate and timely training on new data is provided to the team, support answering questions from the team
  • Act as liaison with the Global Medical Neuroscience team to ensure appropriate strategic alignment with the US strategic plan. Permanent member of the Global Neuroscience Medical team
  • Responsible of the grants and scientific review committees. Ensure timely reviews of proposals and make decisions based on scientific strategic imperatives
  • Develop and maintain excellent relationships, ensures accurate communication with appropriate external experts in the field of movement disorders, spasticity and neurotoxins in general
  • Support the evaluation of any business development opportunities related to the area of neuroscience
  • Ensure appropriate and timely communication, support and compliant collaborations with the commercial US and global teams
  • Budget Oversight
  • Complies with all laws, regulations and policies that govern the conduct of Ipsen U.S. staff


  • 10+ years pharmaceutical industry experience; at least 5 years in leadership role
  • Ph.D required or MD, with a specialty in Neurology or Physical Medicine Rehabilitation desirable

  • US Medical Affairs experience is required with supporting leading products in Neurology or Rehabilitation therapeutic areas.
  • Clinical Development with the oversight of clinical trials experience is preferred

Core Competencies (Specific knowledge, skills and abilities that enable an individual to effectively perform the job)
  • Appropriate skills and flexibility for leading teams in a very dynamic, cross-functional environment
  • Knowledge of Phase IV program development and specifically management of observational studies
  • Ability to develop and maintain credible relationships with top tier experts in Neurology and Physical Medicine and rehabilitation; existing network of such relationships preferred
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills and demonstrated people leadership in similar position(s)
  • Demonstrated awareness of regulations governing promotional activities; highly developed sense of ethics
  • Articulate in oral and written communication; skilled at communicating scientific information in simple format
  • Ability to travel - 35% is required
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills
  • Presentation, Facilitation and Instructional skills
  • Works independently and with cross functional teams
  • Prior Business development experience in evaluation of Neurology assets

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.