Senior Medical Director - Rheumatology MD

Collegeville, Pennsylvania
April 23 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
The Senior Medical Director, US Medical Affairs, PIH Business Unit, is an integral member of the therapeutic area focused team. The Senior Medical Director combines medical and/or expertise and understanding of the patients and physicians point of view with that of the Rheumatology Disease Area and the specific medicine(s). He/she is part of a cross-functional working environment where colleagues always understand and exhibit customer-focused medical professionalism with honor and integrity. The Senior Medical Director reports to the Medical Affairs team lead.

  • Proactively bring patients' & physicians' voice to development efforts to provide medicines meeting their needs, on cross-functional teams, while considering the needs of customers, including payers.
  • Understand the product/medicine (xeljanz) and the formulation of the concept/strategy and how it relates to the customers' needs
  • Serve as a reliable, trusted resource of accurate, current medical and scientific knowledge (e.g.: disease states, product label, statistics interpretation, etc.), including competitive medicines, for internal and external stakeholders and customers.
  • Conduct ongoing assessment of the benefit-risk of the medicine(s), taking into account new data, as they become available.
  • Objectively interpret technical and commercial information to deliver value added education to assigned teams.
  • Serve as a translator between technical and commercial functions, driving the transfer and appropriate application of both commercial and clinical knowledge, ideas, and needs.
  • Collaborate with other regional Medical Affairs teams, Marketing/Commercial Development team(s), relevant Pfizer research groups, and other appropriate cross-functional teams in driving strategic direction for medical development, lifecycle plans, and regional/country plans for the medicine or/and therapeutic area
  • Understand and effectively communicate current scientific knowledge, including medical needs, to different stakeholders, including patients, within disease area, customizing the communication for the audience leading to effective communication.
  • Proactively collaborate in the development and review of US promotional materials (& Global upon request) including participation in review committee(s) to ensure medical and scientific information are included in an accurate and medically appropriate context.
  • Take lead in organization of external meetings (examples but not limited to: advisory boards, congresses and symposia) as appropriate, enhancing the leadership skills and behaviors, identifying strengths and areas to focus with exploring continued opportunities to excel in their role.
  • Participate in publications subcommittee to plan and implement appropriate publication strategy and tactics in accordance with Pfizer policy. Manage publication process as needed, including idea/concept generation, authorship and agency liaison.
  • Manage vendors, budgets (track/forecast) and personnel (for matrix leaders).
  • Leads or contributes to the US strategic/operating plan for the therapeutic area


Team matrix leadership, excellent interpersonal skills.

Responsible for developing and coaching other team members as requested

Support a high functioning and performance culture for team.

  • MD/DO or equivalent professional degrees with 10+ years of experience in eitherthe pharmaceutical industry, academic centers, clinical practice or a combination of these; Knowledge of pharmaceutical space in rheumatology preferred
  • Experience in Medical Affairs (preferably including design and implementation of Phase IV trials, Regulatory/safety a plus
  • Ability to work successfully with cross-functional colleagues in a matrix team setting
  • Fluency in written and spoken English required; excellent communication/presentation skills
  • Product launch experience a plus
  • Clinical development/Phase 4 experience a plus
  • Candidate demonstrates a breadth of diverse leadership experiences and capabilities including: the ability to influence and collaborate with peers, develop and coach others, oversee and guide the work of other colleagues to achieve meaningful outcomes and create business impact.

  • Specialty training, board certification, patient care and/or medical affairs experience in rheumatology is preferred.


Remote and up to 20% travel post pandemic

Last Date to Apply for Job: April 23, 2021

Additional Location Information: This is a U.S based role. Eligible to work from any Pfizer site in the U.S or remotely from anywhere in the U.S

Not eligible for relocation package

Eligible for Employee Referral Bonus


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