Shire Global Medical Affairs Lead in Cambridge, Massachusetts

The Lead, Alpha-1 Global Medical Affairs Immunology, will lead the product and research strategy and execution related to GLASSIA for alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency in pulmonology. This includes strategic and resource planning, support and generation of research data in the US, development and maintenance of KOL, society and advocacy relationships, development and execution of advisory boards and symposia/medical education/training materials for the MSL field team, and direct support of the MSL field team responsible for GLASSIA.


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Job Function and Description


Product and research strategy


Strategic and resource planning


Support and generation of research data


KOL, society and advocacy group relations


Advisory boards and symposia


Speaker and MSL training


Support and collaboration with MSL field team


Data analysis/medical writing and editing

Education and Experience Requirements

  • PharmD, MD or PhD

  • Minimum of 10 years previous work experience in Medical Affairs or pharmaceutical R&D

  • Previous experience and clinical expertise in pulmonology, immunology and/or rare diseases

  • Cross functional experience within MA or the pharmaceutical industry is desired

Key Skills, Abilities, and Competencies

  • In-depth and up-to-date knowledge of alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency/pulmonology preferred.

  • Strong strategic skills related to product life-cycle management and evidence generation

  • Strong executional skills related to medical education, training, and advisory boards

  • Strong relational skills and history of previous significant relationships with KOLs, researchers, medical societies and/or advocacy groups

  • Strong medical analytics, writing and scientific presentation skills

  • Excellent verbal/written communication skills

  • Strong team player with good interpersonal and negotiation skills

Complexity and Problem Solving

  • Product and research/publication strategy options

  • Review of and decision-making related to clinical and educational grants

  • Medical insight gathering and communications with KOLs

  • Prioritization of programs, grants, budgets and key field activities

  • Problem-solving related to data generation, data dissemination, KOL/community management and cross-functional collaboration

  • Cross-functional communication, alignment and execution of complex programs and initiatives

Internal and External Contacts

  • US Medical Affairs Product Strategy Team

  • Global Medical Affairs

  • Medical Communications and Publications

  • Compliance and Legal

  • External Scientific Affairs

  • Commercial and Strategy Partnersd

  • Clinical Development, Clinical Operations and Regulatory

  • Health Economics and Outcomes Research and Epidemiology

Other Job Requirements

  • Travel: 30%

  • Scope: Global

  • Product Portfolio: GLASSIA

  • Therapeutic Areas: Pulmonary Disease focused on Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency

Equal Employment Opportunity

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Reasonable Accommodations

Shire is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, or in order to perform the essential functions of a position, please call 484-595-8400 and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.

Shire is the leading global biotechnology company focused on serving people with rare diseases and other highly specialized conditions. We strive to develop best-in-class products, many of which are available in more than 100 countries, across core therapeutic areas including Hematology, Immunology, Neuroscience, Ophthalmics, Lysosomal Storage Disorders, Gastrointestinal/Internal Medicine/Endocrine and Hereditary Angioedema; and a growing franchise in Oncology.

Our employees come to work every day with a shared mission: to develop and deliver breakthrough therapies for the hundreds of millions of people in the world affected by rare diseases and other high-need conditions, and who lack effective therapies to live their lives to the fullest.