This position will serve a dual role in support of Horizon Medical Affairs activities. Overall time will be split between "external" liaison activities and "internal" project specific activities. The Senior Medical Affairs Manager will function as a scientific liaison to the medical/scientific community and will be responsible for establishing, developing and maintaining relationships with prominent experts and clinicians in the assigned geographic area. The SMAM will ensure the appropriate dissemination of clinical and scientific information regarding marketed and pipeline compounds in a timely, and ethical, and manner. The SMAM will help develop and implement clinical and educational strategies in collaboration with colleagues from Medical and Clinical Affairs to support Horizon-sponsored trials and educational initiatives, including investigator-initiated studies. The SMAM will also be responsible for achieving "internal" project deliverables to support Medical Affairs goals. Such activities may include development of educational slide decks, participation in publication activities, management of projects involving external advisors, providing educational lectures to support sales training, and support of internal scientific training needs. The SMAM will also work closely with commercial and marketing teams and stakeholders to provide scientific support to commercial objectives.
- Network and partner with important external stakeholders, including medical thought leaders, academic institutions, large group practices, medical directors, managed care decision makers, and pharmacy directors is required. Must prioritize and work effectively in a self-directed manner in a constantly changing environment. Must be able to gain, integrate, and communicate stakeholder feedback, both internal and external, so that effective solutions can be arrived at quickly.
- Pairing unmet needs with available internal resources will be a key success factor for this position. The SMAM must be a strong team player who can effectively interface cross-functionally within Horizon.
- Collaborate with Commercial team, both field-based and at the Home Office, to identify opportunities and needs that can be addressed via communication of scientific, medical, and health economic information.
- Support Horizon-sponsored external speaker programs via identification of new speakers and training on scientific content.
- Design, develop, and implement educational events to build product awareness and to support and facilitate medical communications and publications (e.g. abstracts, case studies/series, review articles, etc.).
- Participate at numerous international, national, and regional conferences, meetings, and other scientific venues.
- Working in conjunction with the Medical Affairs and Clinical Development teams, evaluate potential external clinical research collaboration opportunities and facilitate the conduct of all external clinical investigator-sponsored trials (ISTs) and phase 4 trials.
- Monitor the competitive environment for advances and trends in our therapeutic areas, including new treatment management and new therapies, as well as competitive products and features and provide feedback to the senior leadership team on specific initiatives of competitors.
Qualifications and Skills Required:
- Advanced scientific or clinical degree (MD, PhD, or Pharm D) required.
- Minimum of 5-7 years clinical experience with a strong current working knowledge of the pharmaceutical environment is required. Teaching experience as well as therapeutic area knowledge and experience preferred.
- In addition, 5 years of pharmaceutical industry experience as an MSL or other Medical/Clinical Affairs role is required.
- Knowledge of treatment guidelines, clinical research processes, FDA regulations, OIG guidelines and research or clinical experience in the management of pain and/or rheumatic disease is desired.
- Demonstrated ability, or potential, to excel in smaller entrepreneurial organizations.
- Exceptional oral and written communication and interpersonal skills (including strong demonstration of ability to network)
- Ability to understand, integrate and effectively communicate scientific/medical and commercial value of Horizon's products to the medical community and other key internal and external audiences.
- Knowledge and understanding of clinical and regulatory guidelines.
- Knowledge and understanding of compliance in commercial settings.
- Ability to travel up to 60%, attend regional and international conferences/workshops to obtain new competitive information, keep abreast of clinical trends, and support and maintain relationships with key investigators and scientific research.
- Ability to respond appropriately to needs of key stakeholders and manage expectations.
- Demonstrated excellent project management skills and follow through.
- Must have excellent PC skills and be familiar with current clinical software and database tools.
- Assure appropriate deployment of field resources and that they are compliant with Horizon legal and all applicable regulatory guidelines to ensure medical and scientific accuracy and fair balance.