US Executive Medical Director, Medical Affairs

Working from home
Jun 01, 2021
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

Imagine\u2026 2 weeks after the birth of your child you realize they aren't meeting critical developmental milestones and after months of doctor's appointments you are told your baby has a rare neurological disease that would impact how they would live their lives.

This is the reality of parents whose children have Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) and it's the reason why we at Novartis Gene Therapy are laser focused on bringing hope and possibility to those devastated by rare genetic diseases.

We use cutting-edge technology to turn promising gene therapies into proven treatments beginning with SMA but also focusing on Rett Syndrome and Friedreich's Ataxia.

Imagine the lives you could transform by joining the Novartis Gene Therapy team.

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.