Senior Scientific Director, Medical Affairs Global Subject Matter Expert

Bannockburn, IL, US
Jul 20, 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 Scientific Director, Medical Affairs Global Subject Matter Expert supports regions/counties in executing the consolidated regional Medical Affairs strategy, ensure accurate, robust and appropriate medical/scientific exchange of knowledge and clinical expertise with regional/country stakeholders including support in Market Access discussions for a rare disease and partner with internal stakeholders in driving success.

  • Works closely with the Field Teams, Medical Communications, Medical Information, and HEOR functions in data generation activities, publications, and presentations (whether targeted to specific individuals, institutions, or at congresses) to (1.) ensure the proper capture, interpretation, and analysis of external insights, and (2.) address any scientific decision support needs from inquiries coming into the organization through all of the above functions and channels.
  • Provides input into regional engagement plans with Key Opinion Leaders (KOLs) and other key external stakeholders aligned with the regional and country Medical Affairs plan.
  • Maintains in-depth understanding of the disease state, product, competitors, marketplace, related medical areas, and regulatory guidelines.
  • Acts as the primary resource to external stakeholders (e.g. caregivers, patients, healthcare professionals) but also internal personnel who request information on company products, ensuring accurate and appropriate responses.
  • Captures and provides timely insights on emerging clinical and scientific trends back to the organization.
  • Delivers timely, fair balanced, objective, scientific and economic information and education to health care customers, managed markets/healthcare/payer systems.
  • Actively contributes to the execution of the company's strategy at scientific meetings in support of Regional Medical Director meeting/booth coverage and KOL meetings.
  • Provides medical input into Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR), disease models, epidemiological studies, market research, and real-world study proposals.
  • Travel as needed to the stakeholder groups throughout the regions and countries to proactively execute the above responsibilities and effect the desired outcomes.
  • Other related duties as assigned.

  • Advanced Scientific degree (PharmD, PhD, MD) with 8 years of direct experience in Medical Affairs.
  • Specific spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) clinical experience, in either an industry, clinical, or laboratory setting.
  • Neurology, Neurodegenerative disease and/or pediatric specialty experience, in either an industry, clinical, or laboratory setting.
  • Experience with data analysis, synthesis and presentations.
  • Experience interacting with other providers (HCPs), opinion leaders (KOLs), and researchers (PIs).
  • Experience with Payer organizations preferred.
  • Overall strong ability to understand the disease state, mechanism of action, value proposition - both from an absolute and relative/competitive standpoint - combined with speaking and presentations skills (i.e. gravitas) to ensure trustful and authoritative interactions with all stakeholder sets (KOLs, payers, patients, patient advocacy groups, etc.).
  • 50% - 70% international travel.

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

Why Novartis?

769 million lives were touched by Novartis medicines in 2020, and while we're proud of this, we know there is so much more we could do to help improve and extend people's lives. We believe new insights, perspectives and ground-breaking solutions can be found at the intersection of medical science and digital innovation. That a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment inspires new ways of working.

We believe our potential can thrive and grow in an unbossed culture underpinned by integrity, curiosity and flexibility. And we can reinvent what's possible, when we collaborate with courage to aggressively and ambitiously tackle the world's toughest medical challenges. Because the greatest risk in life, is the risk of never trying! Imagine what you could do here at Novartis!

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.