Shire Country Medical Lead - Portugal in Lisbon, Portugal

Main purpose of the role

Provides comprehensive medical and scientific support for Shire product portfolio within a local operating company (LOC). Primary responsibilities include medical and scientific education for internal and external colleagues, collaborative support for commercial activities and opinion leader development.

As appropriate for the LOC, responsibilities also include ensuring adherence to applicable laws, codes and regulations.

Essential Functions



Medical/Scientific Support

  • Develop and deliver quality medical education / scientific presentations in a variety of internal and external settings and to obtain valuable feedback that can be disseminated throughout the organization.

  • Respond to unsolicited requests for information from healthcare professionals.

  • Provide medical and scientific training and updates to the sales forces.

  • Provide speaker training as appropriate for qualified speakers identified by the LOCs.

  • Gather and disseminate competitive intelligence from multiple sources.

  • Provide input and participate in cross-functional therapeutic projects such as publication planning, slide-deck development, training initiatives at the LOC level.

  • Provide local medical support to the Shire global pharmacovigilance department.

  • Participate in internal therapeutic advisory groups and project teams.

  • Attend selected appropriate national and international professional meetings to represent Shire, respond to medical and scientific questions and enhance the development of KOL relationship.


Review and approve LOC promotional materials and activities, including congresses and meetings, ensuring compliance with applicable laws, regulations and codes of practice.


Opinion Leader Development

  • In collaboration with medical advisor and LOC commercial teams, identify, build, and leverage relationships with national Key Opinion Leaders (KOLs):

  • Identify and develop key thought leaders for medical education and clinical research opportunities.

  • Establish a professional collaborative relationship with KOLs so as to be considered a valued credible resource of medical/scientific expertise and information both internally and externally.

Education & Experience Requirements


  • Completion of a MD graduate level degree (Physician)

  • Proficient in English language


  • Two – three years experience providing medical/scientific support

  • Relevant therapeutic area research or substantive patient care experience

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

  • Clinical practice for at least 3 years

  • PhD degree

  • Experience with drug therapy positioning with a track record of providing medical input and commercial collaboration

  • Knowledge of local, regional and international regulatory requirements as applied to product development, promotional activities, and pharmacovigilance

  • Knowledge of drug clinical development process, policies and regulations

Key Skills and Competencies

  • Demonstrated medical competency and continuing efforts to update and improve knowledge base

  • Articulate and persuasive during formal and informal presentations; able to convey scientific ideas to a variety of audiences

  • Excellent evaluative and listening skills; able to provide appropriate, constructive feedback

  • Excellent written and oral communications skills

  • Demonstrated ability to build and leverage internal and external relationships

  • Effective use of professional communications to cultivate strong working relationships with internal and external colleagues

  • Ability to work effectively on multi-disciplinary teams in order to achieve desired outcomes

  • Ability to prioritize projects and actions and execute multiple responsibilities

Other Job Components

Complexity and Problem Solving

Conflict resolution in an independent fashion

Identifying and evaluating fundamental issues in providing medical support

As appropriate, support and ensure prompt investigation and resolution of trends of non-compliance in regulatory policies/procedures

Internal and External Contacts

Key Internal Departments: Medical Affairs; LOC and International Commercial teams; CR&D; Compliance.

External academic and professional leaders

Represents organization as prime internal/external contact to Customer Representatives

Other Requirements

Ability to travel (30%).

Valid driver’s license in home country

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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.