Shire Regional MSLTeam Lead, US Medical Affairs in Remote, Illinois

Primary Duties

  • Collaborates with the Head of US Medical Affairs and Regional Lead counterpart to build a high performing team by developing a proactive approach to recruitment/hiring and developing people

  • Establish medical strategies for implementation by MSL Team, in alignment with Business Unit (BU) objectives

  • Develops and leads the Field Medical Team ensuring team objectives are accomplished

  • Define territory and staffing requirements and MSL activity plans

  • Manages delivery against MSL activity plans; monitors field team performance and implements initiatives to drive organizational excellence

  • Mentoring and coaching in the field with focus on structuring and executing compliant KOL engagement plans

  • Collaborates with the Western Regional Lead and TA Leads and Shared Medical Services to ensure the field team receives needed training and support

  • Coordinates with the MSL Regional Lead, FMT Excellence, Compliance/Legal and GMA TA and SME organizations to develop and implement policies, SOPs, codes and guidelines, and training

  • Acts as a senior company representative interacting with external scientific leaders, patient advocacy groups and/or regulatory authorities


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Job Function and Description


People Management and Compliance

  • Collaborate with the Head US Medical Affairs and MSL Regional Lead to ascertain and secure resources and support needed for plan implementation; makes effective resource allocation decisions and ensures proper utilization of resources by team members

  • Builds a high performing team by developing a proactive approach to recruitment/hiring and developing people

  • Creates a balanced pool of high potential and key contributor performers and takes action on substandard performers

  • Guides, directs, trains, coaches and mentors MSL team through: training, actionable, documented feedback and assessments, performance and talent reviews development plans and progressive discipline plans, as appropriate

  • Encourages an environment leading to positive performance among colleagues and internal customers, and supports both individual and overall program success

  • Coordinate with Western Regional Lead, TA leads, FMT Excellence, Compliance/Legal and Global Medical Training to develop and implement SOPs, procedures and training to ensure compliant interactions with external stakeholders

  • Ascertains that MSL interactions, internally and externally, around dissemination and interpretation of clinical and medical data and information is done under the highest ethical standards and in compliance with law, regulations, guidelines and Shire’s policies

  • Ensures accurate and timely completion of team administrative duties, projects and other assignments

  • Ensures appropriate documentation of MSL activities within Medical CRM system and monitor progress

  • Ensures that the MSL team works according to the highest business standards

  • Developing People: Help the Field Medical Team continually grow through challenging opportunities so they can realize their potential

  • Fostering a Brave Culture: Show field medical team what BRAVE looks like by being a role model

  • Managing Performance: Ensure field MSLs team knows what is expected of them, what it takes to be successful, and how they are progressing. Hold everyone accountable to achieve results while demonstrating One Shire values


Supports Medical Strategy and Ensures Accurate Execution of MSL Plan

  • Collaborate with the Western Regional Lead to develop and execute MSL objectives for disease area of focus

  • Support MSL team in definition of individual activity plans

  • Serves as, and shares, the HCP and patient perspective in discussion with Medical Strategy Group in which the therapeutic area strategy is created and steered

  • Gains customer insights, opinions and feedback and engages with internal colleagues to connect business opportunities with internal resources

  • Ascertains proper and impactful provision of information for strategic decision and steering via medical insight interactions with KOLs and HCPs by the MSLs

  • Interaction with external stakeholders in alignment with customer needs and act as a company representative with external scientific leaders, policy makers, patient advocacy groups and/or regulatory authorities

  • Coordinates provision of appropriate MSL support for clinical activities and IIRs

  • Coordinates provision of MSL support for medical information, medical communications, and data dissemination; ensures it is done in an impactful and professional manner

  • Provides input and participates in cross-functional therapeutic teams

  • Establish and/or enhance partnerships with key academic institutions

  • Establish appropriate strategic partnerships with KOLs in areas of scientific interest

  • Represent Medical Affairs at internal and external meetings

  • Present data on product / therapeutic area

Education and Experience Requirements

  • A doctorate level degree (e.g. MD, PharmD, PhD) in life sciences with relevant residency and/or fellowship experience is preferred; however, a relevant life science degree (e.g. RN, MS) is required

  • 8-10 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry, preferably within a matrix structure is required

  • Minimum of 4 years of biopharmaceutical industry field MSL experience required

  • Deep knowledge of MSL best practices, legal and regulatory requirements, Codes of Practice, Standard Operating Practices and guidelines is required

  • Demonstrated ability to lead and motivate people, project teams and setting goals

Key Skills, Abilities, and Competencies

  • Fully understands the roles and responsibilities of MSLs within the industry

  • Consistently networks with MSL industry to ensure alignment with similar MSL organizations and generates new ideas to further grow organizational value

  • Focus on accountability, ownership and excellence

  • Strong scientific and business acumen

  • Strong interpersonal, written and oral communication skills

  • Strong coaching and mentoring skills

  • Capable of managing a diverse group of geographically dispersed staff

  • Strong management skills with demonstrated ability to plan for resourcing needs, set goals and objectives, establish and recalibrate priorities, provide feedback and appraise work.

  • Ability to regularly assess individuals’ skills, talents and career interests which ensure development of a talent pool for the future

  • Demonstrates resilience and flexibility while skillfully planning and organizing multiple priorities

  • Has a winning attitude and demonstrates a commitment to goals with a positive approach to problems, even in the face of adversity

  • Anticipates future consequences and trends. Has a compelling vision of the future and develops strategies to get there.

  • Accurately identifies long-range opportunities, and can see opportunities inherent in any situation

Complexity and Problem Solving

  • Allocation of approved field medical team budget

  • Staffing within field medical per approved Global Medical Team Strategic Workforce Plan

  • Management of field medical team

  • Definition and development of MSL activity plans in alignment with US Medical Team requirements

Internal and External Contacts

  • Position is accountable to the Head of US Medical Affairs, Immunology

  • Internal: Therapeutic Area Leads, Shared Medical Services, Regulatory, FMT Excellence, Compliance, Legal, Commercial organization

  • External: Key academic, professional, regulatory, policy, patient advocacy leaders, policy and decision makers in Health and therapeutic areas of relevance to the company and its products

Other Job Requirements

  • Duties will often call for early or late meetings/teleconferences

  • Frequent travel is required. Availability to travel approximately 50-70% of time

  • Availability to attend meetings on holidays and weekends

  • Clean and valid driver’s license

Equal Employment Opportunity

Shire is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse workforce. Shire will not discriminate against any worker or job applicant on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy, gender reassignment, non-job related mental or physical disability, genetic information, veteran status, military service, application for military service, or membership in any other category protected under law.

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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.