Medical Affairs Lead Infectious Diseases (m/f) Job

Date: Mar 15, 2019

Location: Vienna, 9, AT

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Requisition ID: MED004234

MSD is a global health care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines and animal health products. The difference between potential and achievement lies in the spark that fuels innovation and inventiveness; this is the space where MSD has codified its 125-year legacy. MSD’s success is backed by ethical integrity, forward momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global healthcare. For our office in 1220 Vienna we are currently seeking for the position of:

Medical Affairs Lead Infectious Diseases (m/f)


  • Lead a team of 4 employees (MSLs and Medical Advisors)

  • Exchange with healthcare professionals and scientists (HCPs), with emphasis on regional and national scientific leaders and key decision makers

  • Responsible for the team’s scientific activities and performance

  • Owner of the strategic plan and may also provide input and insight based on his/her team interaction with their SLs and other stakeholders’ engagements into the Medical Affairs strategy and ensure that it translates into concrete engagement (action) plans in the field

  • Represent MSD in a range of local, national and international non-promotional Medical Affairs activities

  • Responsibility within the country for the development and execution of the Medical Affairs Plans

  • Facilitate peer-to-peer medical and scientific information exchange with key external and internal stakeholders’ assets

  • Proposing local data generation study concepts and – if prioritized and funded - ensures HQ approval through appropriate governance

  • Accountability for on-time local study execution, analysis and publication

  • Build trust with the external scientific community via peer-to-peer engagement with scientific leaders and executes country advisory boards and expert input forums to remain on the leading edge of therapeutic and patient care advances

  • Collaborating successfully and leads resolution of regulatory, reputational, ethical, and other asset management issues in country 

  • Develop and execute Country Medical Affairs Plan for assigned franchise(s)

  • Responsibility for life-cycle management budget(s) for assigned products (planning, tracking)

  • Communicate both scientific and business needs credibly, appropriately and effectively across a variety of internal and external stakeholders at all levels 

  • Provide therapeutic/functional training to assigned teams and affiliate functions

  • Budget Planning and Resource Management 

  • Organizing regular team meetings for relevant trainings, sharing of best practices, reinforcing on compliance matters and discuss therapeutic area strategies

  • Medical Degree or/and PhD, preferably with clinical knowledge of assigned therapeutic areas

  • Solid industry experience in Medical Affairs is required and therapeutic area experience is desirable 

  • Previous experience as an MSL/Medical Advisor is required 

  • People management experience is strongly preferred 

  • Demonstrated people and team leadership skills

  • Project management as well as listening and coaching skills would be preferred 

  • Demonstrated ability to translate scientific strategy into tactical and implementation plans as well as to create a working environment which fosters employee engagement 

  • Ability to work in high performance teams, and in a matrix organization

  • Ability to negotiate and influence others 

  • Excellent team player; must excel at teamwork in cross-functional groups. Must be able to interact successfully with a variety of individuals at the local level, including Medical Advisors working in different therapeutic areas, research division, commercial teams and contract research organizations (CROs)

  • Experience of local pharmaceutical industry guidelines, regulatory/reimbursement framework and clinical research guidelines 

  • Developing a network of scientific leaders and successful interactions with other key stakeholders (public groups, government officials, medical professional organizations) in therapy areas 

  • Proven ability to effectively communicate information at country management level, with public groups and to scientific leaders 

  • Excellent interpersonal, analytical, communication (written as well as oral)

  • Fluent in German and business proficient in English

MSD offers an attractive salary, outstanding social benefits and an exciting work environment with varied tasks in an international environment. The minimum annual salary for this position is EUR 65.900,-- and varies according to the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate. We are looking forward to receiving your application.

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