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Head of Medical Affairs- IBD - United Kingdom  

Takeda (company)

Posted on : 19 September 2017

Project Description


Medical/Scientific Affairs:

  • The TA head oversees the development and execution of local strategic medical plans in line with product Life Cycle Management plans (including the production of local publications, planning and conduct of local Advisory Board meetings etc.). 
  • The TA head ensures Medical / scientific support and expertise is provided – internal (coordination across functions) and external product expert (key research networks / institutions )
  • Present, as appropriate, the clinical evidence to internal and external stakeholders in a non-promotional way, e.g. reimbursement bodies 
  • Assess scientific accuracy and validity of promotional and non-promotion material and its compliance with Takeda standards, SOPs and the ABPI Code of Practice
  • Act as final ABPI signatory for materials pertaining to the therapy area
  • Communicate and align with Regional and Global Medical Affairs functions 
  • Establish and maintain strong relationships with Key Opinion Leaders (KOLs) and patient associations; ensure medical TA team are similarly engaged 
  • Ensure extensive, clear and structured briefings to external presenters/speakers at Takeda sponsored medical events are in place e.g. Advisory Boards.
  • Provide medical expertise to LOC Market Access, e.g. Pricing & Reimbursement dossier creation / NICE submissions
  • Provide medical expertise to LOC Regulatory Affairs/LOC Pharmacovigilance/LOC Quality Assurance
  • Evaluate and support local investigator initiated research proposals in alignment with global strategy and Takeda standards and SOPs
  • Budget responsibility for medical affairs activities related to TA/product 
  • Ensure medical training for allocated therapeutic area, e.g. training of MSLs and overall product team (Medical Affairs, Commercial, Market Access and Sales)
  • Provide scientific input into Marketing strategy and tactics
  • Provide medical input for development of promotion material
  • Provide environmental and competitive intelligence (Coordination of input from MSLs and MAs)
  • Evaluate new compounds and pipeline projects (together with Med. Adv. and Med. Dir. and MA)
  • Identify gaps in the local clinical study program which are a hurdle for successful regulatory and/or clinical acceptance of the product and propose studies to address these issue
  • Ensure a local publication plan is created and executed, if relevant, in accordance to the LCM of the asset(s) in alignment with Global and Regional Medical and Local Market Access functions.
  • Other medical and scientific support duties as assigned


  • TA leadership. The TA head will line manage an MSL Team Leader, who in turn line manages 3 MSLs, and will also line manage an in-house Medical Manager
  • Supervision of team processes and metrics (KPIs) to ensure consistency across TA. 
  • Lead local processes to hire new MSLs
  • Leverage of strong leadership culture in order to develop and bind highly qualified employees to the company and to offer stimuli for reaching ambitious objectives
  • Support on-boarding, training and knowledge transfer together with Regional Medical Affairs (RMA) within the medical department 

Cross-functional Collaboration:

  • Ensure awareness and communication of medical activities to other departments within the Local organization
  • Participate in local product committees and brand planning cycles; owner of medical part of brand plan
  • Work closely with internal stakeholders including Marketing, Market Access, Regulatory and Compliance  

Clinical Development:

  • Coordinate local trial design - study outline and protocol for local post-authorization (phase 4) and other RWE studies sponsored by Takeda; coordinate/oversee study conduct, data analysis and disclosure, reporting/publication
  • Ensure CROs and other vendors for Takeda sponsored global studies are engaged as appropriate; be able to do supervision to fulfil with regulations regarding local studies.
  • Collaborate with Global Development Operations functions (e.g. LOC Support

GMC registered doctor with  Diploma of Pharmaceutical Medicine and enrolment into Pharmaceutical Medicine Specialty Training (PMST)


  • At least 4 years post-registration clinical experience.
  • Substantial experience in  a pharmaceutical company
  • Detailed understanding of the ABPI Code of Practice with at least 2 year experience as final medical signatory
  • In depth understanding of the NHS 
  • Experience of a number of facets of Medical Affairs, eg evidence generation (phase IV interventional and observational studies, investigator sponsored studies), developing external expert networks, flexing between therapy areas, involvement in regulatory activities, co-creating NICE submissions, delivering internal training, initiating / defending PMCPA complaints, representing the company in external fora and developing / delivering a Medical strategy)
  • Working closely with colleagues as a member of a cross-functional team
  • Playing a leadership role in a significant ‘change’ project


  • Can do attitude with the ability to inspire confidence and enthusiasm in others
  • Professional presence with high level of credibility
  • Ability to operate as a flexible team player as well as ability to use own initiative
  • Ability to manage time effectively and prioritise a number of ongoing activities at once

  • Strong leadership skills
  • Effective project management skills
  • Highly effective communicator both in writing and verbally
  • Ability to rapidly assimilate knowledge regarding new therapy areas
  • Ability to critically appraise and extract the key messages from complex clinical trials
  • Strong influencing and interpersonal skills
  • Good planning/organising skills
  • Computer literacy – basic MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint