Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Medical Scientific Director, Endocrinology

Here's another pharma job description for a medical director. Notice how it says, "Three or more years experience in an equivalent Field Medical Affairs role required strongly preferred." Not required, but preferred. Do you think you may have a chance at this opportunity even if you lack any industry experience?

Medical Scientific Director, Endocrinology
Within Medical & Scientific Affairs (MSA), a Medical Scientific Director, Endocrinology (MSD-ENDO) functions as highly trained medical expert for Novo Nordisk Incorporated (NNI) and key external customers to further scientific exchange on the Area level. S/he provides field-based clinical and scientific support to Medical, Sales, Marketing as well as Market Shaping teams consistent with Novo Nordisk strategies and therapeutic interests by using academic credentials, clinical expertise and scientific knowledge to communicate with the top Endocrinologists and relevant professional organizations on the Area level. The MSD-ENDO assists in coaching and developing other members of the MSA team as directed by MSA management and contributes the establishing the scientific/clinical leadership of MSA in the field.


This position reports to the Senior Director, MSA Endocrinology force. Additional key internal relationships are with the Regional MSA team, MSA leadership team, in-house Clinicians, Brand Marketing, Market Shaping, Managed Care & Government (MC&G), and Sales personnel. External relationships include Endocrinology Key Opinion Leaders (KOLs), researchers, academic institutions, physicians, nurse practitioners, diabetes educators, and pharmacists.


•Provides leadership on the Area level for scientific support activities and coordinates with other MSD-ENDOs and field leadership to ensure the most optimal coverage for the top endocrinologists in the Area
•Coordinate and partner with Regional MSA team to ensure integrated, aligned and comprehensive scientific support in the Area to all key customers
•Works with the Senior Director, Endocrinology Regional Business Director (e-RBD), Endo District Business Managers (e-DBMs), in-house Clinicians, Clinical Trial Operations and other stakeholders to identify educational needs and research opportunities within the Endocrine community and implements tactics to support scientific operations in respective geographies.
•Ensures highly specialized scientific support for NNI’s marketed products and development projects focusing on diabetes.
•Collaborate with field management to develop scientific strategies in support of NNI’s Market Shaping activities and programs in the medical community and provide expert support for advisory board activities and national speaker training programs.
•Establish and maintain effective working relationships with Clinical Research Associates (CRAs) within the designated geographies to provide further support to NNI’s research operations as appropriate.
•Identify and facilitate investigator-initiated studies in geography and refer requests to The Research Grants Committee.
•Develop and present product and scientific updates on topics relevant to NNI’s therapeutic interests upon request utilizing approved material.
•Support the Endocrinology Field Sales’ scientific needs.

•Identify, contact, develop and maintain relations with the top endocrinologists in the Area and appropriately respond to inquiries to establish and/or further the knowledge of NNI products and related topics.
•Develop annual strategic Area Endocrine MSA business plans in partnership with key internal stakeholders
•Maintain a thorough and detailed working knowledge of NNI’s structure, aspirations, therapeutic focus, marketed products, current research programs, publication plans and pipeline compounds.
•Participate in special Area and National projects e.g., team meetings, training, etc.
•Attend assigned medical and scientific meetings and symposia to: a) maintain awareness of current issues and new data pertaining to NNI products and relevant competitors’ products; b) develop and maintain relationships with key health care providers; c) support appropriate understanding of NNI products and greater utilization of NNI services and d) support representatives in answering physicians’ unsolicited questions.
•Identify academic and research centers collaborate with investigators to participate in NNI clinical trials, and assist in identifying key areas of future research relevant to NNI’s needs.

•Develop and deliver scientific/clinical presentations to individuals and groups of strategic importance to NNI as requested using approved material in coordination with the in-house MSA scientific support team.
•Advanced presentation and facilitation skills expected with a variety of audiences

•Assist with educating sales representatives on product knowledge and understanding of technical information within the therapeutic area as requested by Sales Training and in coordination with the Senior Director and the in-house MSA team.
• Assist Senior Director with planning and delivering presentations for POA meetings on the Area and National level as directed.
• Support scientific symposia and continuing education seminars for healthcare providers on subjects relevant to NNI’s products as appropriate and as requested.

•Record all activities within the EDGE system in accordance with MSA procedures and as directed by MSA management.
• Provide monthly highlight report on scientific support activities as requested by the Senior Director

•Secure effective administrative management of Area business and operational budgets.
•Maintain thorough understanding of all relevant NNI processes and procedures and assist other MSA members to further their familiarities with such processes as requested.


•M.D. or D.O. degree with completed residency program required.
•Extensive clinical diabetes experience required
•Completed Endocrinology Fellowship/specialization program strongly preferred
•At least five years experience in a health related system, pharmaceutical company, or managed care environment.
•Three or more years experience in an equivalent Field Medical Affairs role required strongly preferred.
Field Based - Across US
Doctorate Degree Required
40 - 50%

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