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Alexion Pharmaceuticals Executive Director, Therapeutic Area Medical Lead Hematology/Nephrology in Boston, Massachusetts

Position Summary

The Executive Director will support the US Vice President in providing strategic planning and leadership to all in-country Medical Affairs team activities for Alexion’s Hematology and Nephrology franchises and Alexion marketed products within each of these therapeutic areas.

Principal Responsibilities

The Executive Director will advance the understanding of the medical landscape in relation to the Hematology and Nephrology disease areas, treatment and support the development and implementation of appropriate strategies within the country aligned with the Global Medical Affairs strategy for the franchise. These activities include, but are not limited to, development of medical strategy, leading the Medical Science Liaison teams, Regional MSL Directors, and the Medical Directors. Support life cycle management data generation, publications, scientific exchange, advisory boards, medical insights, and thought leader development.

  • Define the country Medical Strategic and Tactical plans and implementation with respected Medical Directors

  • Deliver and execute local Medical Strategic and Tactical plans Plan aligned with Global Medical Strategic and Tactical plans

  • Partner with BUL in the commercial organization to ensure Strategic plans alignment

  • Define resource needs, and manage budget planning and resource allocation across both disease areas

  • Support U.S. Medical Directors in leading monthly and quarterly reviews of US medical affairs activities, including field medical activities

  • Support the Medical Directors to ensure timely Country Publication Planning and Communication activities in supportive of Global and Country Medical Affairs Strategy

  • Support the team to identify and implement appropriate high-impact medical research projects to support the strategic objectives, including Alexion–sponsored and investigator-initiated projects.

  • Strategic collaboration with HEOR on data gaps needs for each disease area

  • Collaborate with the Global Medical Education team to localize (and develop as needed) medical content for scientific exchange by field medical team

  • Provide appropriate and timely medical affairs support to key commercial and reimbursement activities aligned with strategic priorities

  • As needed, assist Medical Directors with review and approve promotional materials to ensure information is accurate, relevant to the Country environment, and ensure medical accuracy

  • Ensure effective team communication, performance and documentation of medical affairs activities and knowledge through the application of suitable reporting systems and structures

  • Define Plan of action based on Strategic plans for Field medical teams

  • Identifying training needs in collaboration with key stakeholders and ensure implementation of medical training programs for the field medical team as well as other cross-functional members as appropriate

  • Collaborate with the Medical Operations to help manage the in country Medical Operations needs and ensuring the activities are prioritized to meet the business needs. (Insights reporting, training, budget, etc.

  • Collaborate with the Clinical Operations to manage the in country Clinical Operations Lead role and ensuring their activities are prioritized to meet the clinical operations and country objectives


  • Minimum of 12+ years in Medical Affairs

  • Minimum of 10+ years in leading and managing teams, Medical Affairs teams preferred

  • Product lifecycle management experience preferred

  • Orphan diseases knowledge/experience preferred but not required

  • Hematology, Nephrology, Critical care experience preferred but not required

  • Demonstrated ability to create and lead successful cross-functional teams in changing, competitive environments

  • Demonstrated ability to influence important customers, challenge common perceptions and implement medical affairs tools to improve patient care and outcomes

  • Good analytical skills as applied to medical, scientific and technical information

  • Demonstrated ability to accurately and effectively evaluate medical/scientific literature and develop effective medical strategies and communication strategies

  • Demonstrated experience in early and late clinical development

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in both local language and in English

  • Adaptability to multicultural environment


  • Medical degree (M.D.) preferred, Pharm D or Ph D


  • Business Acumen

  • Strategic Agility

  • Building Effective Teams

  • Conflict Management

  • Delegation

  • Confront around higher management

  • Dealing with ambiguity

  • Managing Diversity

  • Developing direct reports and others

  • Ethics and values with Integrity and Trust