Oncology & Rare Disease Head, US Medical Affairs

Cambridge, MA, United States
Sep 21, 2018
Required Education
Position Type
Full time
Oncology & Rare Disease Head, US Medical Affairs

Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals Inc.

Job Description:


The US Medical Affairs Head for Oncology & Rare Disease will lead the US medical strategy and oversee all US medical affairs functional representatives (medical director, HEOR, Pub specialist, Clinical Operation managers, MSL therapeutic leads) and their respective activities related to these therapeutic areas, which include but not limited to neuroendocrine tumors, pancreatic cancer and endocrinology rare disease. The Team Lead for Rare Disease and the team is a direct report into the Head. Overall, the Head of Oncology & Rare Disease is responsible for developing and delivering the medical strategies and overall US Medical Affairs plan, including, the design and medical monitoring of US-based clinical studies, MSL materials, medical information responses, the scientific communications including poster presentations and publication plans, and the review and approval of various educational grants. The Head works 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) content strategy for broader training which is under the execution of the MSL trainer in the Training Dept. and preparing/supervising responses to Medical Information requests so that requesting stakeholders can be informed about the Oncology products and therapeutic areas for Ipsen products. Additional key internal partners include the Global Medical Affairs Therapeutic Leads and Organization, the Medical Operations team running the ISS and sponsored Oncology studies, the Oncology commercial team, and global Oncology franchise.


The US Head for Oncology & Rare Disease will be responsible for the oversight and directing the activities of the US Medical Affairs team for oncology and rare disease, and for the coordination of activities with the Global Medical Affairs group based in Paris and Cambridge, MA. He/She will oversee all US-based activities including but not limited to oversight of various functional leads responsible for the clinical program including Ph IV studies, externally sponsored research studies and the clinical operations supporting them, all related publications and plans for data presentations at various congresses, health-economic and real-world data evidence projects, medical information on all therapeutic products, US Disease Area Expert management, communications, advisory boards, and review and selection of educational and scientific/clinical grants.

  • Oversight and management of all U.S. Medical Affairs Oncology and Rare Disease team members
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams within Ipsen to provide medical/scientific expertise and disease landscape background
  • Provide medical guidance and strategic plans to the HEOR representative with RWE projects that fulfill health-economic research gaps
  • Drive the scientific publication plan in US and design and conduct clinical studies in conjunction with Medical Affairs Operations group
  • Ensure appropriate scientific, disease and Ipsen product training for the MSL team and other internal partners
  • Oversight of medical directors for review and approval of promotional material
  • With the assistance of the Medical Information team and the support of the MSL team, assure proper oversight and medical accuracy of the dissemination of response documents pertaining to stakeholder product information requests
  • Offer medical input and manage budgets for all functional aspects of the team
  • Manage Travel and Expense budget in keeping with Ipsen guidelines


  • MD with minimum 4-6 years in pharmaceutical industry

  • Prior experience in developing medical plan strategies
  • Ability and ease in cross-functional alignment with global medical, Research & Development, Commercial and Regulatory teams
  • Proven effective managerial oversight of a medical affairs team representing different functions
  • Extensive knowledge and experience in Oncology and/or endocrinology
  • Knowledge and expertise in HEOR, scientific publications, Clinical Operations and MSL role remit
  • Board eligible or certified Oncologist preferred
  • Experience and excellent presentation skills and publishing/review of scientific information a must
  • Knowledge of clinical trial design, execution, and biostatistics

Core Competencies:
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision as well as in a team environment
  • Strongorganizational and presentation skills
  • Strong relationship, teambuilding, customer-focused orientation coupled with the ability to deliver results and meet or exceed agreed-upon objectives and timeframes:
  • Personal flexibility and a proactive orientation;
  • Ability to multitask and handle multiple priorities.
  • Ability to work under time and resource constraints.
  • Commitment to excellence and high standards.

Communication & Interpersonal Skills

Written & Verbal
  • Experience in preparation of materials for use by Medical Affairs
  • Skill level with relevant PC and software programs including Microsoft Word and Power Point
  • Effective and convincing ability to communicate scientific and clinical information clearly and credibly

Interpersonal Skills:
  • Ability to interact easily with all levels within the organization; tactful; mature; flexible; must have strong managerial skill sets, ethics and integrity
  • High level of collaboration and influencing skills
  • Ability to work independently and within cross-functional teams
  • Excellent people leadership and organizational skills

  • Ability to travel 25%

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.