Senior Medical Director, Early Program Global Medical Affairs

Working from home
Jul 18, 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 Senior Medical Director, Early Program Global Medical Affairs is responsible for developing the Global Early Program Global Medical Affairs strategy, in alignment with key cross-functional partners.

  • Develops Medical objectives across early programs supported by GMA.
  • Serves as the GMA lead on the Global Program Teams and the Market Development sub-team after TED program approval, and provides critical input on stakeholder engagement plans, protocol development, and other key areas.
  • Forms the Global Medical Affairs GPT sub-team with key cross-functional medical partners at the appropriate time after first in human studies, and provides overall leadership for all GMA early program sub-teams.
  • Co-leads the development of early program Medical Scientific Communication Platforms in partnership with Global Scientific Communications.
  • In partnership with Global Scientific Communications, Global Publications, Translational Medicine, and R&D, develop publications and data dissemination plan for early programs.
  • Partners with New Product Planning on market shaping activities, to be timed with FIH studies.
  • Establish and lead appropriate medical team(s) that co-develop tactics aligned with medical objectives while ensuring excellence in execution.
  • Establishes a cross-functional early program insights team, and leads the development of the process for collecting external intelligence across all sources (e.g. NPP, Advocacy, TM), and synthesis into actionable insights in areas identified by the cross-functional insights team.
  • Develops global engagement plans with Key Opinion Leaders (KOLs) and other key external stakeholders in alignment with key cross-functional partners.
  • Maintains in-depth understanding of the disease state, product, competitors, marketplace, related medical areas, and regulatory guidelines.
  • Acts as the highest internal/external scientific expert in GMA for early programs.
  • Co-leads the development of Global early program congress strategy with Scientific Communications and Publications, and leads the development of the congress stakeholder engagement strategy for early programs.
  • Other related job duties as assigned.

  • Advanced degree in health or life science related discipline (e.g., PhD, PharmD, MD) and 10 years in-depth knowledge in medical affairs, preferably in field medical.
  • Possesses Scientific/Medical knowledge and technical skills involved in executing core field medical activities.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication, project management skills, strong personal integrity, teamwork abilities, and customer focus are necessary.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage complex projects.
  • Ability to work effectively cross-functionally with internal stakeholder leaders.
  • Must be able to organize, prioritize, and work effectively in a constantly changing environment.
  • Advanced competency with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
  • Comfort with navigating and pulling data extracts from systems and platforms.
  • Self-motivated, action oriented, and results focused.
  • Clear understanding of compliance requirements and governing bodies for field medical programs.
  • Capable of working independently on multiple projects with the ability to prioritize tasks and meet strict deadlines with good judgement.
  • Pleasant and confident demeanor when dealing with colleagues and clients.
  • Build effective relationships to influence without authority.
  • Field or Bannockburn-based role with ability to travel (US and International) up to 50%.

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

Novartis Gene Therapies Benefit Summary:

Annual bonus, long term incentive, health insurance, paid vacation/holidays, potential flexible working arrangements (based on role) and an employee recognition program are available for this position, among many other benefits provided to employees of Novartis Gene Therapies.

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.