US Executive Medical Director, Medical Affairs

Working from home
Feb 03, 2021
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 Executive Medical Director, Medical Affairs leads the development and execution of a consolidated US Medical Affairs strategy; ensures accurate, robust and appropriate medical/scientific exchange with different US and Global, internal and external stakeholders; and partners cross functionally to drive success and patient best management.

  • Drive the US Medical strategy and tactical execution for our SMA therapeutic area.
  • Partner with the cross-functional product team, which develops integrated product strategy.
  • Co-develop and drive execution of strategically aligned data generation plans based on identified data gaps with Global Medical and HEOR/RWE.
  • Establish and lead appropriate medical team(s) that co-develop tactics aligned with product strategies while ensuring excellence in execution.
  • Works closely with other medical functions on implementation of Medical Affairs activities, including but not limited to:
    • Publications and presentations (whether targeted to specific individuals, institutions, or at congresses) to:
    • Ensure the proper capture, interpretation, and analysis of external insights
    • Address any scientific decision support needs from inquiries coming into Novartis Gene Therapies.
  • Provides input into National engagement plans with Key Opinion Leaders (KOLs) and other key external stakeholders in alignment with the US Medical Affairs plan.
  • Maintains in-depth understanding of the disease state, product, competitors, marketplace, related medical areas, and regulatory guidelines.
  • Acts as the highest scientific matter expert for the US external and internal stakeholders.
  • Captures and provides timely insights on emerging clinical / scientific trends back to the organization.
  • Actively contributes to the execution of the company's strategy at scientific meetings in support of RMD meeting/booth coverage and KOL meetings.
  • Provides medical/scientific input into Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR), disease models, epidemiological studies, market research, and real-world study proposals.
  • Other related job duties as assigned.

  • M.D. with minimum 8 years' industry experience, preferably in Medical Affairs.
  • Experience working in rare or orphan disease space is a plus.
  • Neurology, Neurodegenerative disease and/or pediatric specialty experience, preferred.
  • Experience with Payer organizations preferred.
  • Experience with data analysis, synthesis, presentations a must.
  • Experience interacting with other providers (HCPs), opinion leaders (KOLs), and researchers (PIs).
  • Overall strong ability to understand the disease state, mechanism of action, value proposition - both from an absolute and relative/competitive standpoint.
  • Strong speaking and presentations skills (i.e. gravitas) to ensure trustful and authoritative interactions with all stakeholders sets (KOLs, payers, patients, patient advocacy groups, etc.).
  • Clear understanding of the Pharma industry environment and ability to build and create a strong strategic plan in collaboration with the Global Medical team and other stakeholders.
  • Ability to work comfortably within a cross-functional and matrix environment.
  • Travel up to 30% required.

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.