Shire Senior Medical Science Liaison in Remote, China

  • Systematically identifying the scientific exchange needs of Key Opinion Leaders, investigators and other stakeholders in patient care, establishing strong professional relationships, providing credible scientific expertise and serving as a bridge to Shire Global Medical, Global Clinical and external partners

  • Responding effectively to requests for scientific exchange

  • Supporting design and implementation of scientific programs with external experts and Global Medical Affairs

  • Supporting local team disease area and product knowledge through scientific training

  • Maintaining personal expertise in relevant disease areas and MSL best practices


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Job Function and Description


Systematically identifying the scientific exchange needs of KOLs, investigators and other stakeholders in patient care, establish strong professional relationships, provide credible scientific expertise and serve as a bridge to Shire Global Medical and Global Clinical

  • Develop and maintain “peer-to-peer” scientific relationships with key thought leaders in healthcare, academia and government organizations per KOL plans and as requested by KOLs, including the management of strategic scientific partnerships and scientific exchange

  • Provide scientific liaison support to Investigators currently involved in the Company’s interventional or observational studies

  • Serve as a bridge between HCPs and Shire medical, clinical and external partners

  • Facilitate 1:1 and group scientific interactions with healthcare professionals

  • Participate in country-level KOL planning

  • Maintain KOL plans and timely, accurately and compliantly update medical customer relationship management system

  • Maintain awareness of and access to internal and external information sources available to support high-quality scientific exchange, and coordinate high-quality interactions between these resources and external customers


Respond effectively to requests for scientific exchange

  • Respond within defined timeline and quality standards to unsolicited enquires from HCPs and other stakeholders received by Global Medical Affairs and referred to GMA by other Shire functions

  • Support development of appropriate responses to unique enquiries as required, such as the presentation of scientific evidence and medical education


Support design and implementation of scientific programs with external experts and Shire Global Medical Affairs

  • Provide scientific input and participate into local medical and cross-functional initiatives

  • Provide medical support to Shire’s clinical research programs and registries

  • Contribute to Country Medical Brand Plan development and implementation


Support local team disease area and product knowledge through scientific training

  • Contribute to medical training of field-based commercial personnel as assigned

  • Track and record training activities per established SOPs


Maintaining personal expertise in relevant disease areas and MSL best practices

  • Maintain knowledge base and scientific expertise on all assigned Shire disease areas and products

  • Develop and update knowledge of applicable pharmaceutical guidelines and regulations, including ICH, GCP, Rx&D Code of Ethical Practices and company policies

  • Develop/increase knowledge of medical literature and critical appraisal of scientific publications

  • Attend and report on relevant regional, national and international scientific and patient advocacy meetings as assigned

Education and Experience Requirements

  • An advanced degree in life sciences (MD, PharmD or PhD or equivalent) is required

  • Has an established track record of effective and influential oral presentations within the healthcare profession

  • Demonstrative therapeutic research/experience or substantive patient care experience is required (3 years minimum)

  • Require minimum 36 months of experience as a field MSL

  • Demonstration of expertise in key skills and competencies

Key Skills, Abilities, and Competencies

  • Focus on personal accountability and ownership – constantly challenging oneself to take responsibility for continuous performance improvement and operational excellence; reliable and predictable for colleagues and customers

  • Establishes credible relationships and has personal impact through engaging respectfully and professionally

  • Able to exchange scientific ideas and information openly and effectively with key opinion leaders and with colleagues

  • Able to manage challenging conversations and handle objections

  • Focused on customer and patient needs

  • Able to work effectively in virtual teams

  • Effective listening skills

  • Capable of building relationships and focused on identifying and responsibly advancing opportunities for scientific exchange within focus disease areas

  • Ability to work effectively on multi-disciplinary teams

  • Ability to partner and collaborate appropriately with Commercial functions

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Complexity and Problem Solving

  • Individual activity plan development overseen by Manager

  • External stakeholder management and interaction

Internal and External Contacts

  • Position is accountable to the Country Medical Lead

  • Internal Collaboration: Compliance, Legal, Country HR, Country Commercial, Global Medical, Global Clinical

  • External: Key opinion leaders, HCPs, patient advocacy groups, regional policy makers, etc.

Other Job Requirements

  • Potential travel to International HQ, local and international congresses and in-country meetings

  • Frequent travel to HCP locations – approximately 70% of time in field, nights and weekends possible

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.