Vice President, US Medical Affairs

Bannockburn, IL, US
Oct 08, 2020
Required Education
Position Type
Full time

Ready to join a team committed to developing and commercializing gene therapies for patients and families devastated by rare neurological genetic diseases? Since 2013, Novartis Gene Therapies (formerly AveXis) has had one focus: bringing change to those devastated by genetic diseases.

The Novartis Gene Therapies culture embraces this mission. As a compassionate and dedicated team, we are enthusiastic about the science behind our work and finding answers to difficult questions. We are dedicated to communities affected by rare diseases, and these patients and families are the motivation for everything we do.

We have built a team with exceptional depth of experience, unified by a common vision; to develop gene therapies with the potential to positively impact the lives of the patients and families devastated by rare and life-threatening neurological genetic diseases. Though we are proud of what we have achieved to date, we remain relentlessly focused on making that vision a reality.

The Vice President, US Medical Affairs will set the vision and direction of the US Medical Affairs organization, leading the US team across multiple asset programs. Recognized as an influential leader within and outside of the organization, the VP's significant experience in a global pharmaceutical company will enable providing direction to senior leaders cross-functionally and within US Medical Affairs. Key attributes for the role include an excellent knowledge of neurology and rare disease space; direct experience with the launch experience in global markets; outstanding leadership capabilities and departmental management expertise.

  • Leadership of the US Medical Affairs strategy and plans to support execution of product and pipeline Medical Affairs strategies.
  • Partners closely with US Development and Commercial and Novartis teams ensuring that strategic alignment and input is embedded in key milestones and proactively updated depending on external and internal events.
  • Leadership of US Field Medical Teams, US Medical Information, US publications, grants, IITs and medical oversight of registries.
  • Provides scientific support and partnership to US Market Access and HEOR activities.
  • Builds and maintains relationships with Key Opinion Leaders (KOLs) and stakeholder groups to educate and enhance understanding of medical programs and scientific and outcomes research supporting advances in technology and treatment across multiple disease areas.
  • Establishes data insights, leveraging input from local and global teams to support development of the US Medical Affairs strategy, key development milestones and to support commercialization activities.
  • Leads the US Medical Affairs team across multiple asset programs to ensure that a comprehensive scientific/medical affairs strategy and plan for each brand within Franchises and along the life cycle is put in place to clearly differentiate the value for the brands based on best outcomes for target patient segments.
  • Represents US Medical Affairs on the MA Leadership team to ensure all strategic and operational US Medical Affairs decisions are accurately and optimally considered.
  • Represents US Medical Affairs on the US Leadership Team that has oversight of integrated brand strategy and plans.
  • Provides strategic guidance to ensure that Medical Affairs resources and activities are appropriately focused to deliver on strategic plans in the US.
  • Builds collaborative relationships across the organization and US Novartis teams fostering innovation and enhancing people and team dynamics in a matrixed environment.
  • Creates a highly influential medical and scientifically based platform, building US Medical Expert relationships.
  • Leads a growing US team of direct and indirect reports.

  • Pharm D or M.D. with a minimum of 15 years' experience in Medical Affairs; relevant medical/scientific background (e.g., neurology or genetic rare disease space).
  • Direct clinical and medical affairs experience in neurology or genetic rare disease space.
  • Proven experience in managing key functions within medical affairs (e.g., medical strategy, MSL team, publications, medical information, grants).
  • A significant record of accomplishment launching products and leading teams responsible for both drug development and commercialization support.
  • Highly developed ethics and integrity, with demonstrated ethical medical decision-making skills.
  • Successful development and implementation of innovative programs and processes.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills within Drug Development with a record of accomplishment of successful management of costs and resources.
  • Leadership experience managing multi-functional/multi-country complexity - ideally having held a significant Medical Affairs position.
  • Exceptional communication skills in all modalities.
  • Strong people leadership capabilities in building cross-functional bridges, establishing and growing a (corporate) reputation with key stakeholders and in the wider industry setting.
  • Highly developed and proven leadership, networking, and communication and influencing skills to work effectively in a complex matrix environment.
  • Outstanding strategic and visionary capabilities; proven ability to work with the senior leadership of the company on broader corporate initiatives.
  • A collaborative and pragmatic approach with the ability to inspire and motivate the organization at all levels.
  • An agile mind, keen and eager to learn, partner and improve.
  • Fluency in English; other relevant languages are an advantage.

The level of this position will be based on the final candidate's qualifications.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Novartis Gene Therapies is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, national origin, genetics, disability, age, sexual orientation or veteran status.