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Senior Medical Science Liaison, Great Lakes

Illinois - Virtual, Illinois
Start date
Mar 14, 2023

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Clinical, Medical Affairs
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Position Type
Full time

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Job Description

About the role:

As a member of Takeda Oncology, your work will contribute to our bold, inspiring vision: We aspire to cure cancer. Here, you'll build a career grounded in purpose and be empowered to deliver your best. As part of the Oncology Field Medical team, you will report to Medical Science Liaison Director, supporting Colorectal Cancer (CRC) franchise, and work with internal and external partners.

How you will contribute:
  • Responsible for establishing relationships and engaging in peer-to-peer level scientific discussions around emerging data, treatment guidelines, molecular pathways, mechanism of action Takeda Oncology products including clinical outcomes and research opportunities.

  • Formulate and keep updated a specific territory engagement plan which aligns to and supports the US Field Medical priorities and objectives that are aligned with the integrated medical strategy for assigned compounds/disease areas. Execute the scientific engagement plan according to MSL priorities.

  • Regularly collect medical insights and intelligence from scientific exchange with HCPs and medical community. Ensure timely entries of insights into insight tool to ensure relevant information is communicated to internal stakeholders.

  • Respond to unsolicited inquiries for consistent with the field medical SOP.

  • Support Takeda Oncology sponsored research and may assist in identifying, evaluating, and screening qualified research sites for company sponsored clinical investigation.

  • Actively participates in executing US Medical Affairs Oncology (USMAO) strategy at medical conferences.

  • Identifies potential qualified sites for future pipeline studies.

  • Presents accurate, fair balanced scientific information to external stakeholders in a variety of settings, including 1:1 interactions, and in medical meetings or Takeda sponsored engagements.

  • Completes all required training, activity documentation, expense reporting, and other administrative responsibilities.

  • Daily entry to hospitals and other medical facilities is required. Many facilities have instituted vendor credentialing policies which require vendors to meet defined training, background check, and proof of immunization requirements as a condition of entry. Takeda employees entering these facilities are required to abide by these credentialing requirements

  • Sr. level MSLs will continue to maintain already established relationships with HCPs across the assigned geography and continuously add new thought leaders

  • Applies advanced field-based medical experience, subject matter knowledge, and skills in supporting medical strategies for Takeda Oncology products and in addressing unsolicited requests for medical information from healthcare professionals, as well as managed care organizations, payers, and other formulary decision makers

  • Participates in and contributes to projects and initiatives within a matrix environment that increase the value and productivity of Medical Affairs (MA)

  • Provide and present relevant field observations and insights to internal stakeholders (as needed - if molecule or other lead MSL)

  • Actively participates in executing USMAO strategy at medical conferences by serving as congress lead. May include identifying relevant sessions, coordinating field coverage, and facilitating thought leader/HCP interactions at the congress.

  • Continue to develop and adapt regional territory plan that aligns to and supports defined Medical Affairs scientific imperatives and coaches MSLs as needed

  • Expands and leverages thought leader relationships by aligning thought leader expertise with Takeda needs. Successfully connects thought leaders internally to serve as advisors, expert guest speakers, investigators, and business development partners

  • Actively participates in and contributes to Medical Affairs and cross functional projects/initiatives.

  • Provides operational and scientific training within Field Medical Affairs as needed

  • Collaborates as needed with internal partners to provide field input as well as scientific expertise, and coordinates delivery of medical support to sales training and speaker training initiatives

  • Regularly collects and interprets medical insights and intelligence gathered from scientific exchange with thought leaders and payers. Communicates relevant information to internal stakeholders to define, update, and support medical strategies

  • Assumes responsibility for supporting If molecule lead, act as the single point of contact with internal teams on company-sponsored clinical trial enrollment, identifying leading and lagging indicators, and liaises with study teams to identify qualified sites for future pipeline studies

  • Mentors and coaches others within Field Medical Affairs as assigned

  • Experience supporting products that are distributed through a specialty pharmacy and requires extensive coordination with patient access services

Minimum Requirements/Qualifications:
  • Advanced scientific or healthcare degree required; doctoral degree preferred. (Health sciences advanced or doctoral degrees such as a PharmD, PhD, MD, RN, NP or DMP/ARNP, etc.).

  • Experience in Oncology is preferred.

  • 5+ years field medical experience required, oncology experience preferred, pharmaceutical industry experience required.

  • Thorough understanding of the FDA, OIG, HIPPA, PhRMA Code and other ethical guidelines relevant to the pharmaceutical industry, to ensure compliance with these external as well as internal guidelines and standard operating procedures.

  • Possesses superior communication skills, both oral and written, and able to engender trust and respect of peers, team members and supervisors.

  • Well-versed in technical and scientific practices to communicate with a variety of external stakeholders supporting clinical practice and research activities, internal Medical Affairs, Research and Development teams, Clinical Operations, and Payor groups.

  • Firm understanding of the processes, techniques, and analyses that are involved in both the pre-clinical and clinical aspects of drug development.

  • Proven track record of teamwork, leadership, timely decision making and results orientation to meet objectives.

  • Colorectal Cancer therapeutic area experience. - preferred

  • Clinical, research, or teaching experience. - preferred

Travel Requirements:
  • Ability to drive to or fly to various meetings/client sites.

  • Overnight travel (40-60%), including some weekend commitments.

  • Travel may vary depending on geography.

Territory: IN, KY, MI, IL

More about us:

At Takeda, we are transforming patient care through the development of novel specialty pharmaceuticals and best in class patient support programs. Takeda is a patient-focused company that will inspire and empower you to grow through life-changing work.

Certified as a Global Top Employer, Takeda offers stimulating careers, encourages innovation, and strives for excellence in everything we do. We foster an inclusive, collaborative workplace, in which our teams are united by an unwavering commitment to deliver Better Health and a Brighter Future to people around the world.

Absent an approved religious or medical reason, all US field-based employees must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, as a condition of employment.

In accordance with the CO Equal Pay Act, Colorado Applicants Are Not Permitted to Apply.

EEO Statement

Takeda is proud in its commitment to creating a diverse workforce and providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, parental status, national origin, age, disability, citizenship status, genetic information or characteristics, marital status, status as a Vietnam era veteran, special disabled veteran, or other protected veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws, and any other characteristic protected by law.


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Takeda is a global, values-based, R&D-driven biopharmaceutical leader headquartered in Japan, committed to discover and deliver life-transforming treatments, guided by our commitment to patients, our people and the planet. Takeda focuses its R&D efforts on four therapeutic areas: Oncology, Rare Genetics and Hematology, Neuroscience, and Gastroenterology (GI). We also make targeted R&D investments in Plasma-Derived Therapies and Vaccines. We are focusing on developing highly innovative medicines that contribute to making a difference in people’s lives by advancing the frontier of new treatment options and leveraging our enhanced collaborative R&D engine and capabilities to create a robust, modality-diverse pipeline. Our employees are committed to improving quality of life for patients and to working with our partners in health care in approximately 80 countries and regions.

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