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Specialty Care International Therapy Area Team Lead, Senior Medical Director, MD

New York City, New York
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Jul 17, 2024

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Pharmaceutical, Physicians/Nurses
Part Time
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This posting covers two available positions (I&I and Rare Disease). Therapy area responsibility will be determined through the selection process.


Specialty Care (SC) Medical Affairs colleagues are experts with a deep knowledge of their therapeutic area and their medicines. Physicians and other health care professionals and stakeholders view them as peers, and SC colleagues as partners. In Specialty Care Medical Affairs, we provide our customers with accurate and clinically relevant information about our medicines that help them make the right treatment decisions through data generation and dissemination and peer-to-peer interactions. We also generate actionable insights on our medicines and the evolving clinical reality and collaborate with our colleagues to ensure that they are reflected in SC decisions and plans.

As an organization, Specialty Care Medical Affairs strives to be the industry leading and most differentiated Medical Affairs organization and our strengths lie in our talented colleagues, highest standard capabilities and strong culture. Our colleagues lead with integrity and are role models for medical professionalism and scientific excellence. By doing all this, we meet our ultimate purpose to ensure that all appropriate patients can safely and effectively benefit from our current and future medicines.

This position will assume a leadership role within the Global Medical Specialty Care International team. The Specialty Care International Therapy Area Team Lead, Senior Medical Director, will co -develop with Global therapy area colleagues a Medical Affairs strategy representative for International. He/She needs to show a high level of scientific and technical product expertise as well as therapy area expertise and will benefit from an established and strong network of international KOLs in order to function as a peer and leader for medical affairs in developing this ambition. A key element of the work will be to identify and leverage synergies and best practices in International Medical Affairs colleagues. Collaboration across functions, creativity, solution-orientation and leadership skills are key criteria for a successful candidate while showing strong ability to prioritize and focus strategies based on specific asset requirements. These strategies will support Pfizer´s vision to be a highly trusted partner that is providing breakthroughs for patients.


The Specialty Care International Therapy Area Team Lead, Senior Medical Director, will lead a team of medical affairs colleagues within the International team and partner cross-functionally with medical platforms, commercial teams, global access and value (GAV) functions, Pfizer research and development (PRD) and legal and compliance. The position will support medical affairs activities for International and IDM, with primary responsibility as the lead medical and scientific expert for International and IDM assets related to specific disease areas. The role will act as one of the medical specialists leading scientific work on specific product/(s) to provide medical leadership, strategy and support for International & IDM countries in alignment with Global Strategy.

If there will be specific priority brands for IDM, this position will lead to develop regional brand strategy and oversee execution. They will collaborate with both Global and International medical colleagues to understand unmet medical needs, disease care gaps, HCP and patient perspectives, regulatory and market access dynamics and integrate these insights to co-create a global medical strategy. They will work very closely with global therapy area teams to align on the medical position to integrate coherent strategies to position, successfully launch, and sustain assets and plan LoE medical strategies within International/IDM. This will be achieved by cross-functional integration with stakeholders at the global and local levels (e.g. research and development, health outcomes, commercial, regulatory, safety, public affairs); lead execution of evidence and insight generation, interpretation and dissemination activities for the safe and effective use of asset; coordinating work and strategies where appropriate with KOLs and external scientists; conducting and publishing results of high quality scientific studies of relevance to asset goals; represent Pfizer at key regional meetings, global meetings, and scientific congresses

The Senior Director will:
  • Be accountable for representing input of International and IDM country regional needs in the development and execution of the Global Medical Affairs strategic plan in support of their assets.
  • Lead, coach and develop team members within the International SC medical team
  • Demonstrate deep disease area expertise in their specific therapy areas and contribute to internal and external leadership for their therapy area portfolio and pipeline
  • Lead insight generation activities, understanding the external stakeholder perspective through peer-to-peer interactions, field medical DFOs and advisory board meetings
  • Lead and manage evidence dissemination and medical education activities including scientific publications and scientific exchange
  • Manage a high number of inline products/product launches/ different lifecycle periods/ multiple therapeutic areas
  • GMAT representative for specific assets.
  • Review International and IDM medical projects/external grant proposals as member of the Medical Scientific Committee/ GMAT
  • Contribute as a member of the assigned category Leadership Team
  • Represents Pfizer on scientific issues related to specific product(s) at key study sites as appropriate, including meeting with local investigators, regulatory officials, and approving bodies as needed.
  • Provide the needed support to country medical teams in the organization of medical education events, maintain professional scientific relationships with external opinion leaders & interact with health care professionals.
  • Create product community groups across International IDM medical affairs colleagues to enhance learning/best practice sharing
  • Work closely with Global MA Teams and platform functions to develop and implement omnichannel medical strategy which is in alignment with commercial regional offices.


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.
  • MD required
  • A minimum of 5 years relevant experience in the pharmaceutical industry

  • Subject matter expertise and experience in SC specific therapeutic areas
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, lead and execute global medical affairs strategies and tactics, including data generation, data dissemination and medical education
  • Very strong communication skills and peer-to-peer relationship building capacity and ability to integrate country and local needs
  • Proven track record and ability to work with cross-functional colleagues in a matrix team setting
  • Fluency in written and spoken English required, additional language skills as a plus but not mandatory.
  • Candidate demonstrates leadership experiences (direct and/or matrix)
  • Understanding of clinical development, knowledge of publication processes, data generation activities, medical communications, regulatory, clinical and pharmacovigilance environment in International IDM.
  • Knowledge of the key International IDM cluster regulations in product approval, promotional conduct, safety reporting, and clinical research and good understanding of the various health environments
  • Strong inter-personal skills. Proactive, pragmatic, flexible person with excellent leadership qualities, strategic thinking, communication & presentation skills
  • Reliability, organizational skills, compliance mindset
  • Able to set priorities and manage cross-functional work in matrixed teams, able to deliver milestones in the given environment.
  • Established track record of values and compliance leadership, including across diverse cultures and geographies
  • Documented ability to take an asset related project from start to end including conception, design, protocol, analytic plan, implementation, analysis, and reporting and interpretation of results
  • Able to review, evaluate, interpret, and present complex data;
  • Understand the critical data elements related to access process (including from Clinical development programs and HTA analysis, approaches of different reimbursement bodies) and lead the data generation process in countries in alignment with these.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills including scientific writing skills
  • . Able to work in a fast-paced environment with competing priorities.

  • Flexibility to accommodate different time zones within IDM/ International
  • Willingness to travel internationally up to 25%-50%, mainly within IDM region.

Other Job Details:

Last Date to Apply for Job: July 17th, 2024

Eligible for Relocation Package: No


The annual base salary for this position ranges from $226,200.00 to $377,000.00. In addition, this position is eligible for participation in Pfizer's Global Performance Plan with a bonus target of 25.0% of the base salary and eligibility to participate in our share based long term incentive program. We offer comprehensive and generous benefits and programs to help our colleagues lead healthy lives and to support each of life's moments. Benefits offered include a 401(k) plan with Pfizer Matching Contributions and an additional Pfizer Retirement Savings Contribution, paid vacation, holiday and personal days, paid caregiver/parental and medical leave, and health benefits to include medical, prescription drug, dental and vision coverage. Learn more at Pfizer Candidate Site - U.S. Benefits | ( Pfizer compensation structures and benefit packages are aligned based on the location of hire. The United States salary range provided does not apply to Tampa, FL or any location outside of the United States.

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

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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. This position requires permanent work authorization in the United States.


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