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Medical Affairs Manager / MSL Oncology - Belgium - Belgium  

Takeda (company)

Posted on : 19 September 2017

Project Description

Medical Affairs Manager / Medical Science Liaison

Are you looking for a patient-focused, innovation-driven company that will inspire you and support your career? If so, be empowered to take charge of your future at Takeda. Join us on a combined Medical Affairs Manager / Medical Scientific Liaison role in our Belgian (Zaventem) office.

Takeda is a global pharmaceutical leader with more than 30,000 professionals working together across more than 70 countries. We have an unwavering dedication to put people first and we live our values of Takeda-ism: Integrity, Fairness, Honesty, and Perseverance. We are united by our more than 230-year legacy of research-based pharmaceuticals and our mission to strive toward Better Health and a Brighter Future for people worldwide through leading innovation in medicine. 

Operating across 32 countries, our Europe and Canada region is diverse, dynamic and at the forefront of supporting our mission of delivering better health for patients through leading innovations in gastroenterology, central nervous system, oncology, and vaccines.

Here, everyone matters and you will be a vital contributor to our inspiring, bold mission. At Takeda, you will make an impact on people’s lives – including your own. 

Role Objective 
• Provide medical expertise and country field-based support for Therapeutic Area(s) (TAs)/Takeda products with responsibility to Market Access, Brand Management / Marketing & KAMs and other internal stakeholders
• Support the Local Operating Country (LOC) Medical Director in establishing the local Medical Strategy Plan and its implementation for the TA of responsibility 
• Ensure the correct interpretation and communication of scientific data of Takeda products
• Identify and develop strong, sustainable peer-to-peer relationships with external stakholders through excellent, best-in-class engagement to support the medical/scientific objectives of the company
• Play a role of advocate for patients needs
• Assist with launch of new oncology products in market

• Medical/Scientific Affairs 
o Continuously screen, review and analyse scientific literature; generate summaries & critical assessments if appropriate
o Present the clinical evidence to internal and external stakeholders in a non-promotional way, e.g. reimbursement bodies, while determining their needs as well as patient needs in order to become a partner in improving health care  
o Assess scientific accuracy and validity of non-promotional material and its compliance with Takeda standards, SOPs and national laws
o Communicate and align with Regional and Global Medical Affairs functions, as well as with other LOC functions (e.g. Commercial, Market Access) to ensure alignment in meeting customer needs
o Develop local strategic medical plans in line with product Life Cycle Management plans and oversee execution (including the production of local publications, planning and conduct of local Advisory Board meetings etc.)
o Establish and maintain strong relationships with Key Opinion Leaders (KOLs), understand their needs in order to segment them and create medical strategy and tactics per segment accordingly
o Act as a communication link to authors of scientific publications about Takeda products
o Provide extensive, clear and structured briefing to external presenters/speakers at Takeda sponsored medical events (e.g. local Advisory Boards, doctors’ meetings)
o 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
o Provide medical expertise to LOC Market Access, (e.g. Pricing & Reimbursement Dossier creation)
o Provide medical expertise to LOC Regulatory Affairs/LOC Pharmacovigilance/LOC Quality Assurance
o Evaluate and support local investigator initiated research proposals in alignment with global strategy and Takeda standards and SOPs
o Budget responsibility for medical affairs activities related to TA/product 
o Provide medical training for allocated therapeutic area / products to Marketing & Sales
o Provide scientific input into Marketing strategy and tactics
o Provide medical input for development of promotion material
o Assess scientific accuracy and validity of promotion material and its compliance with Takeda standards, SOPs, and national laws and regulations 
o Assist with all elements of local product launches
o Attend local and global congresses to gather information for dissemination to internal stakeholders
o Support advisory boards including development, implementation, and facilitation, as needed
o Use specific disease and product knowledge to develop Takeda in a given therapeutic area; i.e. answer medical/technical unsolicited enquiries from HCPs, provide accurate and non-promotional scientific information relating to licensed and unlicensed indications following unsolicited requests from HCPs, etc.
o Participate in the development and implementation of key medical activities (e.g. Advisory boards, medical education and peer-to-peer training activities)
o Provide clinical presentations and medical information as necessary
o Participate in development of patient services and healthcare solutions "beyond the pill"
o Other medical and scientific support duties as assigned

• Insight generation
o Identify and develop long term peer-to-peer relationships with opinion leaders and other relevant stakeholders in order to understand their unmet needs and implement a targeted approach and tactics in order to present medical data in the most efficient way
o Act as field-based reference points of scientific and clinical expertise for sales force and other internal stakeholders (e.g. Market access) through training and ad-hoc support, in alignment with Takeda project teams
o Capture and share in-field insights to support medical and scientific strategy and business development. Share in-field insights in a compliant manner with relevant business functions.
o Understand the patient journey leverage points and provide insights to support medical and scientific strategy development

• Cross-functional Collaboration
o Ensure awareness and communication of medical activities to other departments within the LOC 
o Participate in local product committees and brand planning cycles; owner of medical part of integrated brand plan  

• Clinical Development/Evidence generation
o Support ongoing and future Company Sponsored Studies  i.e. provides LOC review of proposed CRO site lists, attendance at Global/Regional Investigator Meetings, attend motivational site visits, provides site/investigator feedback to clinical operations etc. following the appropriate request from Global Development Operations and inform other LOC functions on progress in site involvement process in a timely manner
o Facilitate unsolicited requests from HCPs for investigator-initiated sponsored research proposals through engagement with Global External Research 
o Development and support of national disease registries and Real World Evidence (RWE) projects for relevant disease areas

o Liaise with CROs and other vendors for Takeda sponsored global studies as appropriate being able to do supervision to fulfill with regulations regarding local studies.
o Collaborate with Global Development Operations functions (e.g. LOC Support)

• Communication
o Interact with opinion leaders to communicate and advance Takeda’s scientific platform, as aligned with organisational goals, objectives and medical plans 
o Ensure consistent communication to external stakeholders of ongoing clinical trial program when requested
o Staff Congress booths to reactively provide fair, balanced, and unbiased information regarding products.       

• Medical Information
o Maintain a tracking system for all unsolicited medical enquiries in the LOC
o Provide timely, accurate and balanced answers to unsolicited medical enquiries
o Collaborate with Regional and Global Medical Information

Key Capabilities: 
• Targeted lung cancer therapy experience with ALK+ experience (highly preferred) or other targeted therapy experience (e.g. EGFR) 
• More than 5 years of experience in medical advisor / medical manager role or other relevant roles
• Strong customer engagement skills (e.g. communication, negotiations, presentation etc...) with the ability to engage both external and internal customers : Ability to engage with KOL community based on existing strong relationships and help to build lasting relationships with KOLs 
• Experience with new product launches, especially in oncology and/or orphan disease markets
• The candidate will ideally have both solid and haem experience, but not required 
• Education requirements: PharmD, MD or PhD