Shire Medical Science Liaison (MSL) Rare Diseases South Central in Remote, Texas
• Under the guidance of the MSL Lead or Country Medical Lead (CML), the Medical Science Liaison (MSL) drives the implementation of the Country medical affairs plans related primarily to KOL engagement and data dissemination.
• In a compliant manner, the MSL systematically identifies the needs of KOLs, investigators and other stakeholders in patient care, establishes strong professional relationships, provides credible scientific expertise and serves as a link to Shire Global Medical, Global Clinical and external partners.
• The MSL serves as a field-based extension of the country Therapeutic Area team.
• Externally focused, Health Care Professional (HCP) related activities are expected to comprise at least 80%of MSL responsibilities.
• The MSL maintains personal expertise in relevant disease areas and MSL best practices that can be applied externally and internally.
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Job Function and Description
KOL Engagement :
Through compliant scientific exchange, builds and maintains professional relationships with external stakeholders to expand Shire’s research, advisory and educational partnership opportunities
Ensure high standard of professionalism to develop and maintain “peer-to-peer” scientific relationships with key thought leaders in healthcare, academia, payer, and government organizations per strategic territory plans and as requested by KOLs, including the management of strategic scientific partnerships and scientific exchange
Provide scientific liaison support to Investigators currently involved in the Shire’s Company sponsored interventional or observational studies and investigator initiated research
Serve as a liaison between healthcare practitioners (HCPs) and Shire medical affairs
Facilitate 1:1 and group scientific interactions with healthcare professionals
Participate in KOL engagement planning
Maintain KOL plans and update medical customer relationship management system in a timely, accurate, and compliant manner
Contribute to compliant data dissemination according to country medical affairs plan.
Ensure scientific exchange with HCPs by fostering fair and balanced medical and scientific communications that are not misleading
Present clinical and disease state information to a variety of audiences (KOLs, HCPs, hospital/decision making teams, etc.) upon requests and/or according to country medical plans
Support data dissemination at congresses in according to plans
May be involved in responding, within defined timeline and quality standards, to unsolicited inquiries from HCPs and other stakeholders received by Global Medical Affairs and referred to GMA by other Shire functions; forwards reports of adverse events according to Shire’s policy
Conduct therapeutic training for Sales and Medical colleagues upon request (less than 10% of all MSL activities)
Other as directed by manager
Medical leadership and strategic planning
Communicates key medical insights from KOLs/HCPs to inform refinement of medical strategies or tactics
Provide scientific input and participate in local medical and cross-functional initiatives
Provide field-based medical support to Shire’s clinical research programs, registries, and facilitation of the investigator initiated research process
Participates on internal project teams as directed by Management
Knowledge, expertise and insights management
Maintain awareness of and access to internal and external information sources available to support high-quality scientific exchange with HCP
Develop/increase knowledge of medical literature and critical appraisal of scientific publications
Maintain knowledge base and scientific expertise on all assigned Shire disease areas and products
Maintaining personal expertise n MSL best practices. Develop and update knowledge of applicable pharmaceutical guidelines and regulations. Code of Ethical Practices and company policies
Gain customer insights, opinions and feedback and share internally
Education and Experience Requirements
A doctoral degree in life sciences (MD, PharmD or PhD or equivalent) is preferred; a Master’s degree in life sciences (MSN, PA-C, etc) is the minimum requirement;
A minimum of 2 years of either therapeutic area experience/research, or direct patient care experience
Experience in quickly developing a network of relationships with stakeholders to achieve business objectives
Experience in delivering oral presentations within the healthcare profession to both large and small audiences
Medical, clinical or research experience in the assigned disease area is preferred
Key Skills, Capabilities, and Competencies
Scientific Knowledge: Having and developing the required disease and Shire product expertise
Stakeholder Engagement: Ability to identify, profile, and engage in a with internal/external stakeholders, and create appropriate solutions to meet their needs
Medical Affairs Role expertise: Ability to execute core processes within legal, regulatory, and compliance requirements and demonstrate depth of knowledge and expertise in technical areas/systems related to role
Business Acumen: Ability to articulate business operations with the organization’s external environment, and how Medical Affairs practices contribute to core business functions
Communication: Ability to share ideas, listen, exchange information
Strategic Thinking: Ability to define how to move from current-state to desired- state, through the formulation of objectives and priorities—consistent with the long-term interests of the organization
Organizational Awareness: Ability to define, communicate and advocate the MSL role internally and externallyLearning Orientation: Ability to integrate new ideas, information and approaches, and adapt/thrive in the face of change
Entrepreneurial Spirit: Able to identify and pursue opportunities that generate value for the company, medical affairs, and beyond
Leadership Behaviors: Able to exemplify Shire’s corporate leadership behaviors
Be Results Oriented
Be an Excellent Manager of Self and Others
Focus on HCP and patient needs
Ability to work effectively in virtual and multi-disciplinary teams
Highly motivated and self-directed with ability to think innovatively & strategically, skillfully plan, manage and prioritize multiple projects independently; demonstrates resilience and flexibility
Above average computer skills (MS Office, databases, etc)
Complexity and Problem Solving
Appropriate identification, assessment, and development of relationships with KOLs
External stakeholder management and conflict resolution
Individual activity plan development overseen by Manager
Appropriate assessment and allocation of available resources
Internal and External Contacts
Position is accountable to the [MSL Region or Team Lead]
Internal Collaboration: Global Medical Affairs, R&D, Commercial, Compliance, Legal, HR
External: Key opinion leaders, HCPs, patient advocacy groups, regional policy makers, etc.
Other Job Requirements
Frequent travel is required. Availability to travel up to 70% of time
Availability to attend meetings on holidays and weekends
Clean and valid driver’s license
Fluent in English and local territory language are both mandatory
Equal Employment Opportunity
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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.