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Sage Therapeutics Medical Director, Medical Science in Remote, United States

General Scope and Summary

SAGE Therapeutics is seeking an experienced Medical Director to play a key role in the Early Development team at Sage. Working with cross-functional teams and external collaborators, the Senior Medical Director will take a leadership role in the creation and execution of early clinical development plans and in the development of strategies that will ultimately lead to global approvals of Sage’s products. This high-visibility role relates to the leading program in Sage’s Early Development portfolio.

To be successful in this role, the individual will be a creative, resourceful, integrative thinker who is self-motivated, has a strong work ethic, and operates with a high degree of professional integrity. Additionally, the individual must be able to build relationships and influence decision-making while managing to pre-specified timelines. The candidate will be expected to thrive in the dynamic environment of a successful and growing company and to develop positive collaborations with contract research organizations, academic institutions, and nonprofit organizations.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • For assigned programs, represent Medical Science on the Program Team as the Program Medical Lead. Be accountable and responsible for the medical input to integrated development plans prepared by the Program Team and the clinical development plans that underpin them.

  • For assigned programs, lead the Clinical Sub Team of the Program Team. Be accountable and responsible for driving the execution of the clinical development plan.

  • For assigned programs, be accountable for the study design of clinical trials in Early Development, leading on the preparation of clinical study synopses and being a major contributor to the writing of protocols/major amendments, the design of data collection systems, interpretation of clinical data, and the preparation of final clinical study reports. Engage with external experts and organizations as needed to achieve these aims.

  • Serve as a key contributor to regulatory strategies and author and/or review appropriate regulatory documents.

  • Be accountable and responsible for the ongoing assessment of benefit/risk, including support of adverse event reporting and safety management, under the direction of the DSPV function.

Experience, Education and Specialized Knowledge and Skills

The successful candidate must thrive working in a fast-paced, innovative environment while remaining flexible, proactive, resourceful, and efficient in that setting. Must excel in a multidisciplinary environment as an integral leader and provide medical science leadership within assigned teams. The ability to analyze complex issues to develop relevant and realistic plans, programs, and recommendations is essential. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong problem-solving ability, and attention to detail and quality are critical to success.

Basic Qualifications

  • Medical degree (MD).

  • 5-10 years of bio/pharmaceutical industry experience in drug development.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of Neurology and/or Psychiatry required.

  • NDA and/or MAA experience strongly preferred.

  • Phase 1 through launch experience preferred.

  • Deep knowledge and understanding of the drug development process, including technical, business, and regulatory issues.

  • Diplomacy and professionalism, ‘clicking’ easily with the company and leadership, with the foresight and savvy to contribute to the corporate goal of becoming a leader in CNS disorders and bringing medicines to patients.

  • Highly motivated, decisive, and results-oriented individual with the flexibility and creativity to excel in and contribute to a rapidly growing company.

  • Able to command respect from peers and subordinates alike; capable of highly-independent work as well as being a team player and role model.

  • Able to effectively interface with Clinical Operations, Regulatory, and other disciplines.

  • Excellent verbal and written skills, allowing for open and effective dialogue throughout the Company.

  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects and proactively identify and resolve issues.

  • Ability to influence without authority, lead change, and manage resistance to change.

  • Must be able to solicit information, persuade others, and shape outcomes.

  • Must have the passion and ability to forge and nurture key partnerships and collaborations with the external scientific community, including academia, governmental organizations, nonprofit organizations, and CROs.

  • Excitement about the vision and mission of Sage.

Benefits and Compensation

The base salary hiring range for this position is $222,571 - $306,035.*

  • The actual salary offered within the range is dependent on a variety of factors including, but not limited to, relevant experience, qualifications, education, skills, and performance.

  • This position is eligible to participate in the Company’s annual bonus plan; the bonus varies based on performance and is subject to the standard terms and conditions of the incentive program.

  • To support your well-being, we offer a comprehensive benefits and wellness package, which includes medical, dental, and vision coverage upon hire. More information can be found in our Benefits Guide (https://careers.sagerx.com/media/ngth5cdv/sage-us-benefits-guide.pdf) .

*Base salary ranges are periodically reviewed and subject to change.


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