Sr. Director, Medical Affairs
Hospira - Lake County, IL

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Reporting to the Chief Medical Officer, the Head of Global Medical Affairs will drive the alignment and implementation of global medical affairs strategies, resources and decisions across Hospira’s therapeutic areas and geographies. The Head, Global Medical Affairs, will serve as the global spokesperson for the Medical Affairs function and be a part of Hospira’s medical leadership to ensure the inclusion of Medical Affairs’ requirements in early stages of the development process. S/he will establish and implement the vision and strategy for Medical Affairs, and will be accountable for the group’s organizational effectiveness, including the design, development and implementation of transformational medical affairs strategies, particularly as they relate to the company’s biosimilars portfolio.
S/he will be responsible for a team of 50+, integrating all Medical Affairs functions, including the Medical Science Liaisons, into a centralized Global Medical Affairs organization. S/he will manage and optimize allocation of global resources by creating transparency, identifying issues and opportunities, and sharing best practices across therapeutic areas and geographies. S/he will attract core talent and build medical affairs skills to help create a diverse, high performing medical organization.
Key responsibilities include:
§ Integrate Medical Affairs activities between the regions.
§ Oversee global Phase 4 company sponsored studies and Investigator Initiated Studies (i.e. high impact, non-registration study development to be executed by regions.)
§ Build an outcomes research capability within the organization to deliver meaningful value messages.
§ Manage a global publications function, strategically and tactically.
§ Integrate activities and share learnings among Medical Science Liaisons in all regions.
§ Oversee compliance standards and provide training to all with regard to Medical Affairs activities.
§ Manage an integrated Medical Information group, which includes a drug information center to track questions and give appropriate answers to HCPs and patients.
§ Proactively identify, maintain and facilitate contact with physicians, key opinion leaders and scientific societies in order to improve relationships with scientific community.
§ Develop an integrated feedback loop to the R&D and commercial groups on medical learnings.
§ Coordinate congress activities, ad boards and external communication activities between regions.
§ Coordinate IME grant activities.
§ Accountable for global medical affairs headcount, budgets and annual deliverables.
§ Ensure monthly rollup to CMO of all activities.
§ Provide a medical perspective on licensing activities and opportunities.
§ Be part of multifunctional teams interacting with partner companies.
§ Interact with regulatory agencies as appropriate.

Skills/Experience Education/Certification
The ideal candidate will have extensive experience in the biopharmaceutical arena, specifically in Medical Affairs. This experience will include Phase IIIb/IV development, Key Opinion Leader development, clinical development, product strategy and life cycle management. The candidate should have a working understanding of all areas of product development (pre-clinical development, clinical trial management, post-launch activities, Regulatory Affairs, and GCP). S/he will have experience leading medical affairs teams across multiple therapeutic areas and geographies.
Specifically, the ideal candidate will have:
§ An MD degree with specialization is preferred; a Pharm.D degree with specialization may be considered
§ Meaningful clinical experience
§ Significant management experience
§ Cultural sensitivity
§ An excellent understanding of the compliance expectations of regions and countries
§ Operational experience

In terms of the performance and personal competencies required for the position, we would highlight the following:
Setting Strategy
This individual will have the ability to both conceptualize strategic medical initiatives as well as implement the resulting plans. S/he will have strong judgment, communication and influencing skills, with the ability to inspire confidence, build consensus and work successfully with varied internal audiences, including R&D, commercial, and regulatory.
Executing for Results
The successful candidate will demonstrate exceptional follow-through with respect to tasks and projects, and have a strong track record of setting and achieving aggressive goals while conveying a sense of urgency and driving issues to closure. S/he will have experience translating the vision/mission of the organization into actionable, quantitative plans. Furthermore, s/he will have experience building and improving global Medical Affairs organizations and implementing processes, benchmarking and metrics.
Leading Teams
S/he has the ability to lead teams of direct reports and/or team members from other departmental functions in a highly matrixed organization. The candidate will forge strong, diverse teams with multiple perspectives and talents, and engage the team through enthusiasm and excitement about the business and the opportunities. The successful candidate will have the interpersonal skills and a demonstrated ability to manage conflict situations, and integrate disparate groups into a cohesive team.

Building Relationships and Using Influence
S/he will have the ability to develop and leverage relationships in a complex matrixed organization, with particular skill in bridging the clinical/medical organization with the commercial group. S/he will have a demonstrated track record of building formal and informal relationships that engender trust and foster collaboration and cooperation.

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Hospira helps hospitals heal the hurting. The company makes specialty injectable pharmaceuticals (primarily generics) including...