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Alexion Pharmaceuticals Director, MSL Lead East in Boston, Massachusetts

Position Summary

The Director (SD), MSL is responsible for leading and establishing strategy and direction for Regional Therapeutic Team of MSL professionals, including accountability for attainment of US clinical and business objectives in the US Medical Affairs (USMA) Team. The position requires integration and cross- functional involvement within GMA, Commercial, R&D, Regulatory, and other lines of Alexion business for synergistic business opportunities and is responsible for quantifying and reporting MSL impact on organizational goals and business objectives.

In summary, the SD is responsible for leading and aligning the MSL team and their objectives to franchise strategic objectives and ensuring field medical operational excellence.

Principal Responsibilities

  • Lead and direct Medical Science Liaison (MSL) field team in support of Neurology therapeutic area

  • Establish vision, strategy, and goals for MSL team that are aligned nationally and globally with cross-functional strategies

  • Provide leadership, insight, and strategy to neurology, collaborating across functions to ensure the highest level of medical education for internal and external stakeholders that maximize patient outcomes

  • Appropriate allocation of MSL resources to delivers results on medical strategies

  • Financially accountable for operating expenses/budget and GMA resources specific to the MSL group.

  • Build organization that reflects a diverse workforce, establish a productive work environment, by creating trust and respect within the group, and establishes self as a business partner.

  • Maintains high visibility and open communication to entire field based MSL team, supporting retention of top talent for Alexion.

  • Quantify and report MSL value and impact on organizational goals and business objectives

  • Manages Performance Management process, development planning and succession planning for designated MSL team.

  • Always maintain regulatory and compliance expertise on internal and external regulatory practices.

  • Keeps all interactions and materials "audit ready" and conducts regular management audits of the team’s activities

  • Direct activities with potential high risk and accountable for compliance education and execution as well as documentation and audit readiness.

  • Works in partnership with all applicable cross- functional areas to meet relevant corporate business goals associated with global marketed products and the global pipeline.

  • Demonstrate the appropriate leadership, direction, and accountability for neurology field team:

  • Maintains proactive and responsible communication within the Neurology (TA), Clinical Development, Commercial, Business Development and other internal stakeholders, as it relates to MSL activities/ outcomes that support the achievement of business objectives.

  • Represents the designated therapeutic MSL team on the TA Franchise.

  • Clinical and business competency of MSLs in a designated therapeutic area; to include training and development. Ensures the competency of each MSL as it relates to regulations, guidelines, and clinical/scientific information.

  • Attends appropriate scientific meetings to maintain TA expertise. Ensures that all major medical congresses and scientific forums of interest are covered in entirety by MSLs and subsequent executive summaries and resources are shared globally throughout the organization.

  • Responsible oversight for the dissemination of scientific information within all corporate, regulatory and compliance guidelines. Recruitment and retention of key talent for Alexion.

  • Ongoing analysis of clinical and market trends to develop key supporting strategies to meet business objectives.

  • Proactively analyzes business needs working in conjunction with the clinical/commercial organizations to identify opportunities where MSL function enhances business results.

  • Responsible for competitive intelligence gathering and communicating summaries that can provide critical information that can affect the development programs, as well as marketed products.

  • Aligns opinion leader relationships with the needs of GMA/Commercial/R&D on an ongoing basis.

  • Interfaces with other MSL Senior Director across Alexion businesses to insure standardization and consistency of MSL role. Continue to identify opportunities to align MSL clinical resources globally, minimizing costs and increasing efficiencies.

    Qualifications

  • 10+ years of industry related experience with demonstrated leadership success in a pharmaceutical or Biotech Company required.

  • Minimum 6 years of management experience overseeing field resources

  • Demonstrated strong leadership skills

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Able to multitask and deliver quality results

  • Exceptional time management skills

  • Builds strong relationships with peers and cross functionally with partners outside of team to enable higher performance.

  • Learns fast, grasps the 'essence' and can change the course quickly where indicated.

  • Raises the bar and is never satisfied with the status quo

  • Creates a learning environment, open to suggestions and experimentation for improvement

  • Embraces the ideas of others, nurtures innovation and manages innovation to reality

    Education

  • MD, PharmD, or PhD in biological sciences

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Some opportunities happen only once in a lifetime - like a job where you have the extraordinary opportunity to change lives. At Alexion, such opportunities arise through our unwavering mission to serve patients and families affected by rare diseases. These patients are our guiding star, and we act with integrity, urgency, and discipline because we know their lives are at stake.

Alexion is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on serving patients and families affected by rare diseases and devastating conditions through the discovery, development and commercialization of life-changing medicines. As a leader in rare diseases for more than 25 years, Alexion has developed and commercializes two approved complement inhibitors to treat patients with paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) and atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS), as well as the first and only approved complement inhibitor to treat anti-acetylcholine receptor (AchR) antibody-positive generalized myasthenia gravis (gMG) and neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD). Alexion also has two highly innovative enzyme replacement therapies for patients with life-threatening and ultra-rare metabolic disorders, hypophosphatasia (HPP) and lysosomal acid lipase deficiency (LAL-D) as well as the first and only approved Factor Xa inhibitor reversal agent. In addition, the company is developing several mid-to-late-stage therapies, including a copper-binding agent for Wilson disease, an anti-neonatal Fc receptor (FcRn) antibody for rare Immunoglobulin G (IgG)-mediated diseases and an oral Factor D inhibitor as well as several early-stage therapies, including one for light chain (AL) amyloidosis, a second oral Factor D inhibitor and a third complement inhibitor. Alexion focuses its research efforts on novel molecules and targets in the complement cascade and its development efforts on the core therapeutic areas of hematology, nephrology, neurology, metabolic disorders and cardiology. Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, Alexion has offices around the globe and serves patients in more than 50 countries. Further information about Alexion can be found at: www.alexion.com.

As a leading employer in our industry, Alexion is proud to offer a highly competitive package of base and incentive compensation as well as a comprehensive benefits program designed to support the health, wellness and financial security of our employees and their families. Benefits include group medical, vision and dental coverage, group and supplemental life insurance, 401(k) with company match, tuition reimbursement, relocation assistance and much more.

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