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Medical Science Liaison - Mood Disorders Benelux

Tilburg, North Brabant
Medical Science Liaison

Job Description

Requisition ID: 1700207627W

Function description

The role of a Medical Scientific Liaison (MSL) is to be a therapeutic area scientific expert, responsible for discussing our products, patient treatment trends and studies in the therapeutic areas in which we are involved, on a peer-to-peer basis with a defined audience of external clinical and non-clinical stakeholders (Physicians, Pharmacists, Hospital Managers, Board Members of Scientific Societies, and other stakeholders) in line with the overall stakeholder mapping and to be considered a trusted scientific counterpart and partner. The MSL will collaborate with the MA in developing the country specific tactical plan and tools, to be included in the Medical Affairs Therapeutic Area plan.

Through activities in line with the Medical Affairs Plan, the MSL is jointly responsible for the realization of short-term and long-term company goals, and accountable for execution of the MSL activities described in the relevant country specific tactical plan.

The MSL Mood Disorders will have important field based activities (> 50%) in The Netherlands. The MSL is responsible for translating, processing and providing medical ‘field’ info, study info and other country-specific info towards the Medical Advisor and Medical Affairs Manager (MAM)/ CVT.

Place in the organization  

The Medical Scientific Liaison reports to the Medical Affairs Manager (MAM) of the assigned therapeutic area. The MAM provides functional line management to MSLs including setting objectives and performance review.

Tasks and responsibilities
  • To keep abreast of medical and scientific knowledge
    • Continuously update his/her knowledge of products, patient treatment trends and clinical activities and studies within the therapeutic area and patient treatment trends in the region
    • Identify evolving scientific concepts with future clinical implications
    • Be a therapeutic area scientific expert, considered and recognized as a trusted scientific counterpart and a partner

  • Development and maintenance of a contact network with external stakeholders
    • Understand their needs, key value drivers, practical treatment patterns and scientific activities within the therapeutic area
    • Partnership in development of new treatment paradigms
    • Develop, roll out, apply and maintain an external stakeholder management plan in close collaboration and coordination with other functions within Medical Affairs including global clinical operations (GCO), and health economics/market access/reimbursement (HEMAR), commercial and patient advocacy
    • Communicate the value of company products, contribute to e.g. market access activities and formulary discussions
    • Through scientific interactions, champion the medical value of our products, fairly based on the risk-benefit profile of our drugs and contribute to the fostering of innovative approaches
    • Represent the company to other therapeutic area stakeholders including professional associations and patient organizations in cooperation with the Medical Advisor(s)/Medical Affairs Manager (MA/MAM)
    • Recognize and nurture relationships with rising stars within the scientific community
    • Give external presentations on disease area, and products which contain off-label information (on request)

  • Proactive and reactive communication of medical scientific data to external stakeholders:
    • Communicate directly and proactively scientific information on our products within the approved label
    • Communicate non-promotional general information about our company, including pipeline, research and development programs and other relevant information 
    • Respond to unsolicited scientific queries from customers for approved products and products/indications in development, based on Medical Affairs and Medical Information documents
    • Use digital technologies and new media to support proactive and reactive communication

  • Planning, organization and participation in Medical Education activities:
    • Build medical education programs with scientific third parties (Medical Education Steering Committee and Program Committee) if necessary in close collaboration with MAM/MA
      • Identify/support/educate speakers
      • Manage assigned medical education budget, as appropriate

  • Organization and participation in Advisory Boards in cooperation with the MAM/MA
  • Provision of scientific support to internal company stakeholders
    • Provide medical and product training and scientific support to internal company stakeholders in coordination with training departments as appropriate
    • Act as a reference point for internal company stakeholders for any scientific query, in collaboration with medical information as appropriate

  • Be a professional member of the Regional Account Team
  • Contribution to regional account plans together with the Product Specialist and Key Account Manager for his/her region/country and update on status and alignment on regional account plans.

Support Medical Affairs evidence-generating activities, planning, design and execution in close co-operation with GCO and clinical research organizations (CROs)

    • Support the setting up and follow-up of registries and other non-interventional Medical Affairs studies 
    • Understand Real World Evidence (RWE) methodologies, identify data needs and opportunities, support protocol development and engage in discussions with customers to help design RWE projects
    • Propose investigators and sites for interventional and non-interventional Medical Affairs studies
    • Support GCO and CROs in site set-up, management and issue resolution in close collaboration with the MA
    • Contribute to preparation and conduct of investigator meetings, recruitment follow-up and study result presentation
    • Signal the need for investigator-initiated studies and ensure they are discussed within the Medical Affairs department for decisions
    • Support post-marketing surveillance and expanded access programs
    • Manage field-based medical projects
  • Through scientific interactions, gain valuable insights into treatment patterns, and scientific activities in the therapeutic area and provide strategic input to the company Medical Affairs Plan/ business decision-making and support MA to translate MAF plan into country specific tactics, in line with Cluster Value Team (CVT)/ business plan.
  • Through scientific interactions with external stakeholders, increase medical value of our products, fairly based on the risk-benefit profile of our drugs and contribute to fostering innovative therapeutic approaches to benefit patient.

  • Ensure compliance
    Make sure all activities deployed are in line with Health Care Business Integrity regulations and ensure review by the Medical Affairs Manager (and Health Care Compliance in case of value transfer).

Profile / qualifications

For the function Medical Scientific Liaison the following qualifications are required:

  • Scientific degree: Medical Doctor, pharmaceutical or other biomedical degree
  • Preferably working experience within Medical Affairs in the pharmaceutical industry or equal relevant experience
  • Deep knowledge of the therapeutic area, strength in research and interpretation of medical data
  • Strategic thinking - Thinking strategically to promote growth, process improvement and gaining competitive advantage
  • Excellent analytical, communication, and presentation skills for interaction with external and internal customers and partners
  • Able to work in a team and independently: show leadership, influencing and negotiation skills
  • Business acumen: Awareness of business administration and translation into tactical plans and tools
  • High customer focus with an understanding of the importance of business results and able to apply problem-solving strategies
  • Innovative, able to work in a matrix and coordinate and drive a complex and changing environment
  • Being persistent and willing to make tough decisions
  • Awareness of, and adherence to, Johnson & Johnson Credo values and International Health Care Business Integrity Guidelines
  • Willing to comply with regulatory requirements and with company policy on business integrity
  • Languages: Dutch, English: spoken, written
  • Computer skills: knowledge of Microsoft Office (Email, PowerPoint and Excel) and use of new technologies to improve health care delivery.

Primary Location
Netherlands-North Brabant-Tilburg
Janssen-Cilag Netherlands (8345)
Job Function
Medical Science Liaison
Requisition ID