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Senior Medical Director, Global Adult Pneumococcal Vaccines, Medical Affairs, MD

Remote, Oregon
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Jan 26, 2023

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The Sr. Medical Director, Global Adult PCVs, Medical Affairs (MA), will lead global medical affairs activities for Pfizer's currently licensed pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV20) and next generation PCVs for adults. The primary role of MA within Pfizer Vaccines is to evaluate evidence gaps, develop strategies to fill them and lead evidence dissemination, such as cross-functional team meetings; development of materials for internal dissemination and training; contribution to regulatory documents; evaluation of RCT clinical data; contributing to vaccine safety assessments; publication of data summaries and position statements; organization of advisory boards with external experts; interacting with external experts at global congresses; leading systematic literature reviews and secondary data analysis; and contributing where appropriate to Pfizer studies led by Scientific Affairs colleagues within the Global Respiratory Vaccines and Antivirals Group.

The position will provide strategic input into cross-functional discussions and activities for the launch and lifecycle of PCV20 around the world. The candidate will represent an integrated and aligned global medical position on scientific and medical issues relevant for PCVs among adults and will be expected to develop and execute a detailed strategy to strengthen recommendations and broaden PCV uptake in adults. This will be achieved by working with different stakeholders internally (research and development, commercial, regulatory, patient & health impact, value and evidence, public affairs at the global level and country medical colleagues at the local level) and externally (academia, government agencies, vaccine technical committees, non-profit organizations, etc.). The position will support MA activities globally with a regional focus on North America, East Asia, Oceania and provide support to Emerging Markets.

To achieve the above, the candidate should have core scientific knowledge in vaccines, pneumococcal disease and/or respiratory disease; medical training; training/experience in epidemiology/clinical research; documented scientific success as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications and congress presentations; exceptional communication skills; an ability to take a substantial amount of complex data and communicate it at various levels; a broad network of peers; demonstrated leadership, self-motivation, and ability to work in a highly matrixed group. The candidate will work with a team of global MA and Scientific Affairs experts focused on respiratory vaccines, including PCVs and RSV vaccines.

  • Lead PCV adult vaccine MA activities, in partnership with the other member of this team
  • Create and deliver approved medical content on pneumococcal disease and vaccination including: slide compendiums for medical-to-medical communication, training materials, as well as approved promotional materials
  • Develop and execute strategiesto support regional and country medical assetneeds with a focus on North America, East Asia, Oceania and Emerging Markets.
  • Liaise with country medical colleagues on evidence dissemination including presentations to vaccine technical committee and payer stakeholders
  • Interpret and summarize scientific data for MA deliverables on PCVs including: evidence on duration of protection, effectiveness/impact of the vaccine; immunosenescence; and epidemiology and unmet need of pneumococcal disease in adults.
  • Design and oversee systematic literature reviews and secondary data analysis on PCVs and pneumococcal disease in adults
  • Contribute to regulatory and safety deliverables including: preparation of regulatory submissions, PBRER and PSURs, health hazard assessments, global filing plan, and contributing evidence to strengthen/expand product labels
  • Provide clinical expertise in safety assessments and interpretation of RCT results
  • Publish data summaries and positions related to adult PCVs
  • Lead and contribute to scientific manuscripts on pneumococcal disease and vaccination
  • Contribute to scientific studies designed and overseen by Scientific Affairs colleagues (this will depend on qualifications and interest)
  • Lead and engage in the scientific dialogue and positioning of adult pneumococcal vaccines and pneumococcal science via various avenues, including but not limited to:
    • Development and execution of medical advisory boards in accordance with Pfizer policies and procedures
    • Working with internal and external experts to publish data in peer-reviewed manuscripts and at conferences
    • Lead congress symposia on adult pneumococcal disease and vaccination
  • Enlarge the network of professionals, KOLs, and professional societies engaged in evaluating epidemiology of pneumococcal disease and PCV20 effectiveness in adults
  • Participate in cross-functional collaborations to support adult PCV launches globally with above regional focus
  • Work within a matrixed, multi-disciplinary team to foster professional relationships which are aligned with medical objectives for PCVs


Candidate demonstrates a breadth of diverse leadership experiences and capabilities including: the ability to influence and collaborate with peers, develop and coach others, oversee and guide the work of other colleagues to achieve meaningful outcomes and create business impact.

This is a high-level position with substantial responsibility. Consequently, the candidate should have leadership experience and capabilities and the ability to work independently as well as collaboratively to create public health and scientific impact.
  • The candidate should have an MD and master's degree or substantial experience in epidemiology, public health, clinical research or a relevant field as the position will require daily interpretation and communication of scientific - primarily epidemiologic - data.. Specific qualifications will include:
  • Advanced degree (MD) in infectious disease, public health, epidemiology, vaccinology, clinical development, or closely related field
  • At least 5 years experience in a field related to the position (e.g., vaccines, PCVs, or epidemiology) or in medical affairs in a pharmaceutical company
  • At least 8 peer-reviewed manuscripts, including first or senior authorship on 3 or more manuscripts
  • A network of peers in relevant fields
  • Demonstrated ability to summarize and articulate complex scientific information for audiences of different levels of sophistication
  • Enthusiasm for focusing on synthesizing and communicating scientific evidence
  • Enthusiasm for learning and implementing the science and processes of regulatory filings
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, particularly scientific writing skills
  • Ability to work and lead independently
  • Ability to work in a highly matrixed organization
  • Strong inter-personal skills
  • Demonstrated strong work ethic, and proven track record of delivering high quality results within timelines and budgets
  • Documented ability to take a project from start to end including conception, design, protocol, analytic plan, implementation, analysis, and reporting and interpretation of results
  • Demonstrated ability to review, evaluate, interpret, and present complex data; ability to understand information on emerging safety and efficacy profile of vaccines

  • Vaccine experience or PCV/pneumococcal disease-specific expertise
  • MA experience in a pharmaceutical organization
  • Foreign language skills


Willingness to travel, both domestic and internationally up to 25%

Other Job Details:

Last Date to Apply for Job: January 24th, 2023

Additional Location Information: US; Canada

Eligible for Relocation Package: No


The annual base salary for this position ranges from $246,400.00 to $394,800.00. In addition, this position offers an annual bonus with a target of 25.0% of the base salary and eligibility to participate in our share based long term incentive program. Benefits offered include a retirement savings plan, paid vacation, holiday and personal days, paid caregiver/parental and medical leave, and health benefits to include medical, prescription drug, dental and vision coverage in accordance with the terms and conditions of the applicable plans. Salary range does not apply to the Tampa, FL location.

Relocation assistance may be available based on business needs and/or eligibility.

Pfizer requires all U.S. new hires to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to the first date of employment. As required by applicable law, Pfizer will consider requests for Reasonable Accommodations.

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EEO & Employment Eligibility

Pfizer is committed to equal opportunity in the terms and conditions of employment for all employees and job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, disability or veteran status. Pfizer also complies with all applicable national, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act and IRCA. Pfizer is an E-Verify employer.


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