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Senior Medical Science Liaison, Transplant Southern California (Field-Based) (ID, MT, No. CA, ND, NE, OR, SD, WA, WY)

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Senior Medical Science Liaison, Transplant Southern California (Field-Based) (ID, MT, No. CA, ND, NE, OR, SD, WA, WY)

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Job ID R0024575 Date posted 11/03/2020 Location San Diego, California; Deerfield, Illinois; Orange, California; Anaheim, California; Los Angeles, California

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Senior Medical Science Liaison, Transplant Southern California (Field-Based) (ID, MT, No. CA, ND, NE, OR, SD, WA, WY)

Are you looking for a patient-focused, innovation-driven company that will inspire you and empower you to shine? Join us as a Senior Medical Science Liaison, Transplant for the Southern California territory. This is a remote-based role supporting (AZ, So. CA, CO, KS, NM, NV, UT), with preference for

Southern CA.

At Takeda, we are transforming the pharmaceutical industry through our R&D-driven market leadership and being a values-led company. To do this, we empower our people to realize their potential through life-changing work. Certified as a Global Top Employer, we offer stimulating careers, encourage innovation, and strive for excellence in everything we do. We foster an inclusive, collaborative workplace, in which our global teams are united by an unwavering commitment to deliver Better Health and a Brighter Future to people around the world.

Here, you will be a vital contributor to our inspiring, bold mission. 

The Senior Medical Science Liaison is a field-based, external customer-facing member of the US therapeutic area medical unit team, responsible for analyzing, interpreting and disseminating scientific data, acquiring and translating customer insights, fostering external expert networks, and compliantly connecting customers to Takeda in order to advance medical strategy and improve patient outcomes.


  • Externally-focused KOL/HCP related activities are expected to comprise a minimum of 80% of responsibilities
  • Build and maintain professional relationships with KOLs/HCPs per individual territory plans aligned to medical strategy
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge regarding Takeda disease areas and products as well as therapeutic area competitor landscape; analyze and interpret complex scientific information and disseminate to KOLs/HCPs in a compliant, fair-balanced, and non-misleading manner
  • Support Takeda-sponsored research and appropriately assist with facilitation of strategically aligned medical collaborative studies and investigator-initiated research processes
  • Display advanced knowledge of therapeutic area key intelligence topics/questions and effectively collect, interpret, and internally communicate medical insights from KOLs/HCPs to inform and refine medical strategies and/or tactics
  • Identify and cultivate partnership opportunities between KOLs/HCPs and Takeda US Medical
  • Participate in executing medical strategy at medical conferences (e.g., staff medical booth, internally communicate medical insights acquired through poster/session attendance and KOL/HCP interactions)
  • Within defined timelines and quality standards, respond to unsolicited HCP medical information inquiries referred by Medical Information
  • Complete all required customer activity documentation (e.g., CRM entries, insights capture, etc.), training, expense reporting, and other administrative responsibilities in a timely, accurate, and compliant manner.

In addition, the Senior Medical Science Liaison must demonstrate the following competencies:

Engage Others

  • Solicit and listen to others’ ideas and perspectives with an open mind
  • Provide constructive and timely feedback to manager and therapeutic area medical leadership


  • Assist leadership in coordinating team activities with cross-functional partners in support of medical strategy
  • Openly communicate perspectives and ideas across environments and teams

Drive for Results

  • Assist leadership in gaining commitment from other team members to act on strategies/tactics
  • Influence and mobilize others on team to help achieve desired outcomes

Strategic Approach

  • Approach territory strategically, understanding and leveraging interplay between individual stakeholders, institutions, and systems
  • Utilize key metrics to ensure alignment to territory plan and adjust activities as necessary

Lead Change

  • Bring forward new, innovative ideas to enhance individual performance
  • Appropriately and constructively question how things are typically done, offering potential solutions to maximize value to partners and patients


  • Initiate, seek and complete developmental opportunities to advance knowledge and skills
  • Take initiative to lead activities on team that require activation of others

Develop Capabilities

  • Assist in mentoring new team members as requested
  • Solicit and incorporate feedback from others to assist professional development in role-specific skills

Scientific Expertise

  • Display independent, self-motivated and self-directed learning
  • Contribute to review and/or creation of field medical materials as requested, while continuing to meet core job requirements

Interaction Excellence

  • Strategically plan KOL/HCP interactions in advance for the year to maximize efficient use of time in field
  • Serve as preferred, “go-to”, and trusted scientific resource for KOLs/HCPs in territory

Compliance Adherence

  • Display advanced understanding of Takeda’s legal, regulatory, and compliance requirements and ability to apply principles while working with internal and external stakeholders

Business Acumen

  • Show awareness of the patient journey and forces impacting KOL/HCP decision-making and provide associated medical insights to inform medical strategy and tactic development


  • Doctoral degree in life/health sciences is preferred (PharmD, MD, PhD, or equivalent), Master’s degree in health sciences (MSN, NP or PA) is the minimum requirement
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience as a field-based medical science liaison (MSL) in the pharmaceutical industry is required
  • Excellent communication (written and verbal), organization and collaboration skills are required
  • Execution of activities within legal, regulatory, and compliance requirements

Other desired experience and skills include:

  • Dissemination of complex scientific data to healthcare audiences
  • Relevant therapeutic area knowledge and expertise
  • Clinical, research, and/or teaching experience
  • Ability to work effectively in virtual and cross-functional teams


  • Strong background in Solid Organ and/or Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant.
  • Preferred candidates will have experience in and/or knowledge of major transplant centers
  • Preferred candidates will have experience managing/engaging key accounts, such as health systems or centers
  • Candidates will reside within the geography (AZ, So. CA, CO, KS, NM, NV, UT), with preference for Southern CA


  • Frequent travel is required; must be available to travel up to 70% of time, including some overnight and weekends.
  • Ability to drive and/or fly to meetings is required


  • 401(k) with company match and Annual Retirement Contribution Plan
  • Tuition reimbursement Company match of charitable contributions
  • Health & Wellness programs including onsite flu shots and health screenings
  • Generous time off for vacation and the option to purchase additional vacation days
  • Community Outreach Programs

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Anaheim, CA, Orange, CA, San Bernadino, CA, San Diego, CA

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