Bristol Myers Squibb Medical Disease Area Head in GB, Multiple European Countries

Title: Medical Disease Area Head

Location: EU-GB-ENG-Uxbridge

Job Number: 1703088

Position: Disease Area Head, Oncology

Division/Department: R&D - Medical

Function: UK & Ireland Medical

Key Accountabilities:

Lead a high-performing office based Oncology Medical team (Immono-oncology & Haematology) and providing Medical expertise across the organization to generate strategies, clinical data, analysis and communications that support the safe and effective use of our medicines by patients, physicians and payers. Work very closely and collaboratively with Field Medical Lead – Oncology, to ensure strategic alignment and operational efficiency. Member of the UK & Ireland Medical Leadership team providing cross functional and cross therapeutic leadership and input.

Leads strategy development and execution within disease area

  • Actively collaborates, identifies synergies and shared opportunities / best practice with other EMAC and relevant countries

  • Demonstrates broad strategic thinking and planning by developing Medical objectives, plans and activities that effectively address the organizational strategy and customer needs. Continuously evaluates and adjusts plans to optimize benefits, mitigate risks and account for contingencies

  • Ensures UK medical activities are aligned with WW / EMAC strategies

  • Ensures UK non-registrational clinical trials and studies are delivered to agreed standards of time, quality and cost as well as ensuring appropriate participation of the UK in relevant international trials

  • Identifies and follows up with required Post Marketing Trials and coordinates budget for UK and proactively communicates these to WW Medical for input into the GMA planning and budgeting process

  • Manages/coordinates Therapy Area medical budget for the UKI and liaises, if and when appropriate, with Finance and Purchasing

  • Liaises with the Medical Director to manage unexpected events or issues such as the early close of a study at country level

  • Vigorously builds UKI reputation and visibility at the international level by managing the timely execution of trials and other clinical activities

  • Proactively provides scientific support to Marketing, Regulatory, Market Access, Outcomes Research, Pharmacovigilance and Legal

  • Leads the medical plan processes for the Therapy Area in alignment with core local functions (Marketing, Regulatory, Market Access, and Outcomes Research) and within the EMAC team

Inputs into Global Development Plans

  • Provides medical input for potential new indications for marketed compounds to the WW/EMAC teams for registration and reimbursement purposes

  • Works with DASs to provide accurate information on country clinical needs to WW Medical

  • Continuously liaises with Local BUD and Executive Medical Director to ensure that country needs are gathered and appropriately communicated

  • Provides regular feedback to the WW/EMAC team and the Executive Medical Director on the effectiveness of processes for incorporating local requirements into WW and EMAC plans

  • Coordinate medical interactions to assess unmet medical needs

Shapes Global Lifecycle Management Plans

  • Identifies potential lifecycle extension opportunities through discussion with Thought Leaders (TL)

  • Collaborates closely with MSMs, DASs, BUDs and CMD to identify and assess lifecycle management opportunities for the UKI. Provides this information to WW / EMAC Medical for communication to Global Lifecycle Management Teams

  • Encourages Medical Leads & DASs to identify lifecycle extension opportunities

Build, develop & retain talent

  • Builds and strongly develops a diverse, high performing team by attracting and retaining the best medical talent.

  • Maintains high standards in respect of individual team members development plans, and serving as a role model in providing continuous feedback and coaching

  • Proactively leads office-based team and provides strategic oversight to field-based teams

  • Actively promotes a culture of performance, innovation, constructive challenge, team spirit and accountability within the Medical Department based on ensuring the wellbeing of patients

Disease area reference point

  • Ensures DASs have a strong knowledge of and are up-to-date on products, treatment trends and scientific activities

  • Effectively and proactively communicates medical benefits for all products in an accurate, balanced, fair and objective manner

  • Proactively provides, if and when appropriate, timely and informative responses to scientific queries from external customers and internal partners, which accurately reflect scientific data

  • Continuously provides input to the medical strategy & support to Medical Leads/DASs to develop the Brand Medical Plan

  • Support Medical Leads/DASs in preparing influential scientific publications

  • Represents BMS with enthusiasm as a DA scientific expert to external stakeholders, including but not limited to TLs/ HCPs, patient association groups and payers. Keeps direct contact with TLs to gather insight on DA and develop strong peer-to-peer scientific partnerships with them

Compliance & Pharmacovigilance

  • Be a role model who demonstrates consistent ethical and professional behaviour

  • Ensures compliance with SOPs, GCP and ICH, as well as with legal and ethical standards

  • Ensures all DASs / MSMs are appropriately up-to-date with required training

  • Provides appropriate medical representation for the management of major issues such as product withdrawals

  • Informs management of potential compliance issues, in particular Legal European and/or the Compliance Director

  • Ensure that Medical Leads/DASs have the required skills to identify AEs and assess the causality of PV cases

  • Contributes to managing external communication when significant safety issues arise, with the wellbeing of patients being the ultimate goal

  • In partnership with the Code Review Team, contributes to Promotional & Non-Promotional Material review, helping and coaching Medical Leads/DASs to assess promotional materials to ensure that all claims are fully supported by scientific data, and are presented in an accurate, fair and balanced manner


Preferred Experience:

  • Approx. 8-10 yrs track record in industry Clinical Development / Medical Affairs, with demonstrable experience in;
  1. designing and managing clinical trials across different phases of development and resolving clinical trial-related issues, including regulatory, protocol development, steering committee and investigator meetings

  2. supporting the design of phase IIIb/IV LCM programs including real world evidence studies

  3. executing tailored medical education programs & advisory activities

  4. managing risk and compliance with a deep practical knowledge of the UK ABPI Code of Practice (final signatory experience strongly preferred)

  5. building strong relationships with UK & Ireland External Experts within oncology

  6. Product-specific HTA issues and required contribution to HTA dossiers

  7. working in cross-functional teams

  8. coaching and mentoring colleagues within the Medical Department

Of advantage:

  • Significant knowledge of bio-statistical methods and effectively managing biostatisticians

  • Solid track record in writing quality scientific publications

  • Key Marketing and Market Research terms and modes of analysis

Knowledge/Qualifications Desired:

  • Medical doctor (physician). Candidates with strong leadership skills may exceptionally be considered with a life sciences degree

  • Completed higher medical training in pharmaceutical medicine

  • Higher medical qualification in pharmaceutical medicine or similar strongly preferred

  • Clinical experience in oncology preferred

  • Deep understanding of the evolving NHS

Developmental Value:

  • Line and/or matrix management experience

  • Exposure to senior regional/global management

  • Opportunity to demonstrate leadership of a TA within country

  • Involvement in International trials or product related projects

  • Extensive clinical trial management experience

  • Opportunity to develop advanced Medical and matrix management skills

  • Extensive opportunities to represent BMS at local, regional and global congresses

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