Medical Director, Neuroscience

Medical Director, Neuroscience

Jazz Pharmaceuticals

Oxford, United Kingdom

Brief Description:

The Neuroscience Medical Director is responsible for leading the UK & Ireland Neuroscience medical affairs team. This includes leadership of the people, strategy and programs that support the successful development and delivery of medical projects and engagement activities for current and pipeline products in the Neuroscience portfolio. The Medical Director will be positioned as the Neuroscience medical expert lead for both external and internal stakeholders.

The incumbent is responsible for ensuring all activities are executed in accordance with regulatory and legal frameworks of the country (including ABPI and IPHA Codes) as well as Jazz Pharmaceuticals Policies and Healthcare compliance procedures.

The role will demand strong leadership qualities, high levels of cross functional collaboration and the ability to influence across all levels of the organisation. The incumbent will need to balance the requirement for strong strategic thinking with a need to execute in a fast-moving organisation.

Essential Functions:

Lead the UK & Ireland Neuroscience Medical Affairs Team:

  • Provide overall leadership to the Neuroscience medical team and wider medical affairs team in Jazz;
  • Be an active member of the UK&I Neuroscience cross-functional team and contribute fully to cross functional discussions and initiatives;
  • Maintains knowledge to act as therapy area subject matter expert and facilitate knowledge transfer to country medical teams;
  • Contribute to the development of and maintain awareness of the treatment landscape and communicate intelligence to the medical and marketing team as appropriate;
  • Support and lead on the development and execution of Neuroscience UK&I Strategy and Execution;
  • Work closely with the Country Medical Director to support the development and execution of the UK&I medical affairs strategy and launch readiness plans;
  • Actively seek to develop their business and line management skills to support team development in VUCA environment;
  • Lead, develop and build a high performing, fully integrated Medical Affairs Team;
  • Manage, coach and develop Medical Affairs personnel (direct and indirect reports, where relevant);
  • Role model and exemplify Jazz values.

Ensure systems, processes and ways of working are in place to facilitate:

  • Effective execution of the medical plan;
  • Development and maintenance of a high level of knowledge of the Neuroscience portfolio and development products and related clinical and scientific literature to position themselves and the team as experts in the field;
  • Key Account Excellence and medical planning;
  • Effective engagement planning of key external experts (KEE) and patient advocacy groups;
  • Data generation activities including real world evidence, clinical trials and support of Investigator Sponsored Trial requests;
  • Identification of clinical trial site selection and liaison with Clinical operations;
  • Review and approval of medical and marketing materials and activities in line with national regulations & Codes of Practice;
  • Pharmacovigilance obligations in medical projects and for reporting timelines are met;
  • Working with Medical Information to support quality delivery of information to internal and external requestors;
  • Build capabilities across the team to adapt to changing external environment, including but not limited to NHS structure knowledge, Clinical Trial capabilities, Hybrid working and technical/ digital tools.

Strategic and Tactical Planning:

  • Support the development and implementation of the UK&I and EUR/INT medical affairs strategy aligned to agreed growth drivers;
  • Support development of strategies and programs to ensure internal and external readiness for product launches;
  • Review and critically appraise scientific literature to identify key drivers that differentiate Jazz's Neuroscience medicines and provide support and advice to medical and marketing groups in developing strategy and tactical implementation plans;
  • Lead strategic medical input to key HTA submissions in the UK&I;
  • Be an active member of UK&I medical teams and ensure best practice and learnings are shared within the team and broader;
  • Set team SMART objectives and project tracking, measure and report progress of plans and budgets.

Data Generation and Publication Planning:

  • Support development of publication plans covering UK&I and EUR/INT data generation needs;
  • Facilitate and support publication of customer-initiated data or reviews in line with Jazz strategy;
  • Cross portfolio liaison with KEEs, investigators and scientists in-region who wish to conduct investigator sponsored or Jazz sponsored studies;
  • Support the approval and implementation of these projects in line with relevant pharmaceutical regulations and Jazz SOPs as appropriate;
  • Support the development and execution of study plans to provide post marketing data to support the portfolio of Jazz neuroscience products in phase IV, observational and pharmaco-economic studies.

External Relationships:

  • Develop meaningful relationships with National Key Opinion Leaders/External experts in the Therapy area;
  • Support development of Jazz as a scientific authority on neuroscience medicines and support national KEE education and advocacy through provision of scientific and clinical information via the MSL team;
  • Attend appropriate scientific/clinical congresses to stay abreast of developments and bring insights to shape strategy;
  • Strategic engagement planning to work in collaborative ways with patient advocacy groups to support their goals.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Experience of working in Medical Affairs in a leadership role;
  • People management experience;
  • Able to understand the detailed science and clinical aspects of the neuroscience portfolio, with a focus on epilepsy;
  • Strong communication skills to facilitate collaboration at all levels of the organisation as well as with external customers;
  • Experience or capability to manage real world evidence data generation projects and oversee UK Phase III/IV clinical trials, and IST’s;
  • Proven track record of launching new products in neuroscience medicine;
  • Deep understanding of the UK Healthcare system;
  • Experience in establishing strong partnerships with academic and patient advocacy organisations;
  • Develops people through example setting, teaching and coaching;
  • UK ABPI and IPHA Code expertise;
  • Experience as a Code Final medical Signatory;
  • Accountable and able to make decisions;
  • Flexible, independent, and proactive working style;
  • Excellent command of spoken and written English;
  • High technical competence across MS Office suite and collaboration tools;
  • Willingness to travel as needed by the business.

Required/Preferred Education and Licenses:

  • Strong preference for a medical doctor/pharmaceutical physician, ideally with experience in Neurology or Epilepsy related disorders;
  • PhD or higher science degree;
  • UK/I medical affairs experience.

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