Director, US Medical Affairs & Medical Communication

Bannockburn, IL, US
Oct 16, 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 Director, US Medical Affairs & Medical Communication, supports the development and execution of a consolidated US Medical Affairs strategy and a strong medical/scientific communication plan.

  • Ensures that medical and scientific results from studies are communicated in an accurate, timely, compliant manner.
  • Supports the Vice President, US Medical Affairs in identifying data gaps and a data development plan.
  • With the Executive Medical Director, Medical Affairs, works closely with the field teams and other medical functions on identifying data gap, data generation and implementation of Medical Affairs activities, including but not limited to publications and presentations.
  • Develops and implements the strategic US medical communication and publication plan.
  • Strategic and impactful medical communications plan through consolidation of input from appropriate stakeholders.
  • Leads the development and implementation of a US scientific communication platform, in collaboration with the global medical affairs team, the publication lead, and other cross-functional stakeholders.
  • Maintains in-depth understanding of the disease state, product, competitors, marketplace, related medical areas, and regulatory guidelines.
  • Supports the development of publications, abstracts, medical materials and resources.
  • Acts as a scientific subject matter expert for the US external and internal stakeholders.
  • Captures and provides timely insights on emerging clinical / scientific trends
  • With the Executive Medical Director, Medical Affairs as the US Medical Affairs lead for congress strategy, planning and execution in the development of medical education content
  • Leads the collection and dissemination of key insights and competitive intelligence related congresses, symposia, advisory boards and other scientific meetings.
  • Performs critical analysis and synthesis of internal/external scientific data.
  • Ensure alignment with the cross-functional teams on the scientific communication platform/strategy.
  • Interface and effectively collaborate with external stakeholders and internal cross-functional teams
  • Represent medical affairs in relevant cross-functional teams and task forces.
  • Ensures that scientific publication activities are within industry-standard guidelines for authorship and good publication practices (e.g. GPPE, ISMPP).
  • Other related duties as assigned.

  • Advanced degree, (MD, PhD, or PharmD) with 5 years relevant medical Affairs within bio-pharmaceutical industry.
  • Experience in planning a medical communications tactics.
  • Deep understanding of the strategic role medical education and communication
  • Proven strategic thinking and the ability to assimilate and interpret scientific content and translate information for appropriate audience.
  • Knowledgeable of US and international regulations, requirements, and guidance associated with scientific publications, including GPPE, ICMJE recommendations, and the development and documentation of compliant material with understanding of Datavision.
  • Impeccable attention to detail and ability to complete writing assignments in a timely manner with minimal oversight.
  • Must be proficient with Microsoft Windows, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

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.