The VP, Medical Affairs International and Japan (EMEAC, LATAM, APAC, Japan) will provide overall leadership and strategic planning for all Medical Affairs activities throughout the International and Japan region including disease area lead, scientific communications, operations and functional leadership of the relevant country-based Medical Directors.
This position will provide leadership in building and executing the appropriate Medical Affairs strategy for the Alexion portfolio in International and Japan.
The focus will be on setting the direction for the International and Japan Medical Affairs team in terms of Regional strategy, operations and processes and execution at the country level.
Key activities and responsibilities include :
Sets the overall vision for, and the leads the International and Japan Medical Affairs team, attracting, engaging and retaining key talent needed to accomplish objectives
Leads the development and implementation of the country Medical Affairs strategy and activities, in line with best clinical practices and overall corporate objectives
Provides strategic input and thought leadership into regional launch and lifecycle management plans, including leading the implementation of medical affairs practices to assess new indications, the treating community, patient pathways, identifying sites for clinical research and to develop a thorough understanding of the disease areas
Ensures all Medical Affairs activities comply with current pharmaceutical regulations, Alexion internal policies and procedures, Alexion Code of Conduct and follow state of the art governance, reporting systems and structures
Develops and continuously maintains the highest scientific and medical expertise of all Medical Affairs employees ensuring they are acknowledged internally and externally as experts
Systematically assesses medical education needs cross-functionally and implements appropriate medical education programs for commercial teams and other functions
Significant (10+ years) experience in a biotech or pharmaceutical company with increasing levels of leadership responsibility within R&D and / or Medical Affairs.
Prior launch experience would be an advantage.
Experience leading Medical Affairs in International and Japan countries and / or above-country experience with demonstrated track record of setting the medical strategies that align with commercial and medical needs is requires.
US experience would be an advantage.
Leadership experience in a global Medical Affairs organization
Deep knowledge of the International and Japan market, including its Regulatory and Compliance requirements
Clinical Operations experience (design and implementation of clinical trials) and proven ability to manage budget and resources
Experience working effectively in a matrix environment that includes interactions with multiple stakeholder groups (e.
g. commercial, regulatory, clinical operations, clinical development, etc.)
Experience developing and managing a large geographically disperse team, making optimal resource tradeoff decisions, and driving change to achieve desired outcomes.
Country leadership experience is an advantage
Demonstrated ability to successfully engage external stakeholder, including thought leaders and regulators
Has a strong track record of people management and leadership skills acquired in a multicultural environment
Exhibits composure and flexibility to face changing conditions and high pressure
Has excellent oral and written communication as well as presentation skills
Is fluent in both written and oral English; fluency in other languages is highly desirable
Is willing to undertake extensive international travel as required
Must have a PhD, Pharm D MD preferred