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Sr. Director of Medical Affairs

Joule NO POTOMAC Full-Time
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Job Title: Sr. Director of Medical Affairs 
Location: Gaithersburg, MD
Employment:  Direct/Fulltime competitive compensation + benefits

Joule is seeking a Sr. Director of Medical Affairs for a global pharmaceutical client located in the Gaithersburg area. For immediate consideration please email Recruiting Manager, Ivy Fairfax at Email blocked - click to apply.


  • Work closely with VP of Pharmaceutical Products in the development of big-picture product brand strategies meeting at least twice yearly to formalize strategic goal setting between the two departments
  • Develop a Medical Affairs specific yearly strategic plan incorporating and inclusive of input from members of the Department. Present plan yearly with updates as appropriate to CEO
  • Independently develop and implement the tactical plan that supports brand strategies including guiding the positioning of disease state and available treatments, publication planning, advisory boards, symposia, investigator initiated trials, training programs, and other specific projects involving key opinion leaders.
  • Lead or designate a lead for twice-yearly life cycle management retreat, held at Gaithersburg, of approved products. Inform other departments in advance to encourage collaborative development of strategic plans.
  • Work with the VP’s of Clinical Development, Scientific Affairs, Pharmaceutical Products, Finance and Supply Chain to provide scientific input for company projects.
  • Prepare and deliver updates as requested on all Med Affairs projects, especially IIT’s to senior staff and the Board.


  • Maintain a leading-edge knowledge base of company products, the evolving disease states, emerging treatment paradigms in the Rare Disease space, and other therapeutic areas relevant to the products approved and in the pipeline.
  • Supervise the members of Med Affairs to ensure regular delivery of recent and scientifically accurate medical on company products, alternative therapies, and disease states:
    • Internally to all relevant departments, including but not limited to leading the Knowledge Management program, and regular scientific training to Scientific Affairs, Sales, and other Commercial employees
    • To external audiences through MSLs, Medical Information Services, and Educational Grant programs, assuring scientific integrity and clinical relevance
  • Analyze and assimilate product usage, disease state, therapeutic area, and scientific information to provide accurate information on product differentiation (all products) and understand the differences in regulatory environments (US, Canada, EU).


  • Oversee, train or delegate and approve training plan, and manage a team of qualified Medical Science Liaisons and support staff.  Ensure the core job functions of the MSL group are executed as well as assess and meet developmental and professional needs of each.
  • Attend medical meetings/conferences and advisory board meetings:
    • Oversee Medical Affairs booth content and delegate staffing appropriately for proper communication of medical information
    • Supervise the Senior Coordinator to update all teams, including Commercial and Medical Affairs colleagues, of planned attendance/activities
  • Work closely with Chief Compliance Officer and Drug Safety department to ensure compliant activities at all levels. Lead or delegate lead as medical reviewer, including but not limited to: Medical Review Committee, Promotional Review Committee, Grants Review Committee, IIT Review Committee, Labeling Committee.


  • Must have an MD, with 5+ year’s relevant scientific and clinical experience including but not limited to Institutional Review Board leadership, Clinical trials experience, performance as a key opinion leader in rare disease. 
  • Demonstrated effectiveness operating in an entrepreneurial environment with complex regulatory requirements, and a proven ability to work with all levels of management and employees
  • Excellent written, oral and presentation skills, with the ability to prioritize issues and allocate resources while applying sound business judgment
  • Actively drives strong teamwork and collaboration with an enterprise-wide perspective. 
  • Demonstrated ability to solve problems with innovative solutions along with strong organizational skills.
  • Willingness to re-locate to the Gaithersburg, MD area preferred and/or ability to travel to Gaithersburg several times a month as needed and must live within driving distance of home office     

Skills required

Healthcare Effectiveness Data And Information Set
Managed Care
Primary Care
Fiscal Policies
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