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Alexion Pharmaceuticals Director, MSL Lead in Boston, Massachusetts

Position Summary

The MSL Regional Director (RD) plans, directs, coordinates and supports field activities of the MSLs within a specific region to achieve clinical and business objectives within Global Medical Affairs (GMA) therapeutic area. The Regional Director works closely with other regional directors and Therapeutic area lead (TA lead) and cross-functionally within GMA to identify, develop, and implement local MSL strategies and tactics and monitors results, reporting to the US MSL Senior Director.

Principal Responsibilities

  • Deploy regional resources to support and ensure attainment of business objectives. This includes adhering to regional fiscal budgets, dissemination of scientific information within corporate regulatory and compliance guidelines, managing team and individual performance within their duties, regional project management and quantifying and reporting regional results.

  • Direct, coordinate and support the activities of the MSLs within a designated geographic region to achieve clinical and business objectives within a therapeutic area. This includes coaching and mentoring for a designated number of MSLs

  • Work cross-functionally within Alexion to identify, develop, and implement MSL strategies and tactics while monitoring results and compliance.

  • Responsible for competitive business analysis and clinical positioning of a designated therapeutic area in the region.

  • Assist the Executive Director (TA lead) with business and clinical strategy and tactical plan development, and implementation, impact goal achievement, and quantification of results at the field level.

  • Maintain business and clinical knowledge of designated therapeutic area, including current treatment strategies, current and pending competitors, and new therapeutic developments. Continually educate self on global market issues / trends and product knowledge as it pertains to specific business interests.

  • Proactively analyze local and regional business needs by working in conjunction with the clinical and commercial organizations to identify opportunities where MSL function can enhance business results.

  • Ensure MSL team members maintain adequate communication and interaction with the field colleagues when appropriate and according to compliance and regulatory guidelines.

  • Ensure MSLs have the necessary tools, training, and materials to perform effectively and efficiently

  • Responsible for providing consistent and timely feedback to MSLs regarding their individual performance and progress, including annual performance reviews, growth and succession planning, and real time field reports based upon regular field travel.

  • Proactively address performance issues in accordance with Alexion’s guidelines.

  • Ensure MSL team members update and maintain all required databases with current and complete information. Ensure appropriate documentation of KOL interactions and responses to unsolicited requests and conduct routine audits and reports to Sr. Director.

  • Appropriately allocate resources as requested to support franchise and business initiatives. Insure cross functional integration of the MSL team at the field level to maximize strategic initiatives.

  • Complete special projects with overall organizational impact at request of the Senior Director.

  • Responsible for identifying new projects that will enhance business success and bringing them to the attention of Sr. management

  • Serve as mentor and trainer for other managers and new hires.

  • Identify opportunities for cross-functional integration of MSL roles and activities at the field level.

  • Communicate regional activities and results to the Senior Director and other cross-functional leadership.

  • Ensure team member adherence to regulatory and compliance guidelines in all aspects of scientific dissemination of information.


  • Greater than or equal to 7 years of demonstrated leadership success in the following areas: pharmaceutical field-based experience (e.g. MSL) and/or pharmaceutical industry related experience.

  • Minimum 4 years management experience overseeing field team or equivalent field leadership experience in a Senior MSL position.

  • Demonstrated strong leadership skills

  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written

  • Demonstrated ability to build strong relationships with peers and cross-functionally with partners outside of the team


  • MD, PharmD, or PhD in biological sciences

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Some opportunities happen only once in a lifetime - like a job where you have the extraordinary opportunity to change lives. At Alexion, such opportunities arise through our unwavering mission to serve patients and families affected by rare diseases. These patients are our guiding star, and we act with integrity, urgency, and discipline because we know their lives are at stake.

Alexion is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on serving patients and families affected by rare diseases and devastating conditions through the discovery, development and commercialization of life-changing medicines. As a leader in rare diseases for more than 25 years, Alexion has developed and commercializes two approved complement inhibitors to treat patients with paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) and atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS), as well as the first and only approved complement inhibitor to treat anti-acetylcholine receptor (AchR) antibody-positive generalized myasthenia gravis (gMG) and neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD). Alexion also has two highly innovative enzyme replacement therapies for patients with life-threatening and ultra-rare metabolic disorders, hypophosphatasia (HPP) and lysosomal acid lipase deficiency (LAL-D) as well as the first and only approved Factor Xa inhibitor reversal agent. In addition, the company is developing several mid-to-late-stage therapies, including a copper-binding agent for Wilson disease, an anti-neonatal Fc receptor (FcRn) antibody for rare Immunoglobulin G (IgG)-mediated diseases and an oral Factor D inhibitor as well as several early-stage therapies, including one for light chain (AL) amyloidosis, a second oral Factor D inhibitor and a third complement inhibitor. Alexion focuses its research efforts on novel molecules and targets in the complement cascade and its development efforts on the core therapeutic areas of hematology, nephrology, neurology, metabolic disorders and cardiology. Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, Alexion has offices around the globe and serves patients in more than 50 countries. Further information about Alexion can be found at:

As a leading employer in our industry, Alexion is proud to offer a highly competitive package of base and incentive compensation as well as a comprehensive benefits program designed to support the health, wellness and financial security of our employees and their families. Benefits include group medical, vision and dental coverage, group and supplemental life insurance, 401(k) with company match, tuition reimbursement, relocation assistance and much more.