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Medical Advisor

Apply NowEmail Me Job ID R0036697 Date posted 05/05/2021 Location: Taipei, Taiwan

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Job Description


This position serves as the Therapeutic Area Lead and is responsible for providing strategic and managerial leadership for medical affairs within a specific Therapeutic Area.  He/she will contribute to the achievement of business success by putting the patient’s needs and safety into primary focus. 

This position is responsible for providing scientific leadership both internally and externally in the creation and execution of the medical/clinical plan for the specific Therapeutic Area (s) in the country.  Role includes collaborating with cross-functional stakeholders and serving as a medical and scientific expert within the company, with deep Takeda and competitor product and therapy area knowledge to advise effectively and appropriately the country’s commercial teams.

This position is responsible for providing leadership and direction for the Medical Affairs function, as well as helping to drive alignment between Medical and key cross-functional stakeholders across the Therapeutic Area.

This position is a corporate office-based position, with approximately 30% time in the field collaborating with KOLs and other external customers as needed. 



  • Develop and oversee all local Medical Affairs activities in the relevant Therapeutic Area (TA) and subsequently executes those plans
  • Maintain a very high level of updated medical knowledge and understanding of the overall treatment and healthcare environment in the Therapeutic Area(s)
  • Leverage strong science to create compelling strategies for the Therapeutic Area (s) that fulfill unmet medical needs, support successful product registration, and increase availability of Takeda’s medicine to patients
  • Represent the Therapeutic Area (s) Medical Affairs to senior cross-functional leadership as well as external stake-holders


  • Responsible for creating and executing the TA Medical Plan, aligned with both the Brand Plan and the  Area / Regional / Global Medical Plan (where relevant)
  • Provide medical/scientific input into the Brand Plan and is a member of the cross-functional Brand Team
  • Utilize in-field insights to support medical and scientific strategy and business development
  • Identify licensing opportunities and supports due diligence analyses as needed
  • Develop medical strategies through effective and appropriate collaboration with MSL organization


  • Provide oversight and leadership to the MSL team by ensuring that appropriate competencies and values are developed
  • Determine headcount requirements for the MSL team, and lead the identification, assessment, and selection of suitable candidates for MSL position
  • Collaborate with direct reports to set and achieve appropriate KPIs
  • Provide and/or facilitate regular coaching of direct reports to improve  capabilities and identify areas for future training, including in-field coaching to MSL direct reports (if applicable)
  • Support people development by ensuring all MSL team members have an Individual Development Plan (IDP), career development opportunities, dedicated time for personal career development, and create succession plans for key roles


  • Contribute or provide medical review of promotional materials for scientific meetings, symposia and other Medical Education activities, in accordance with applicable to Codes of Practice and regulations as well as Takeda policies within defined timelines
  • Ensure that the scientific-medical content of promotional and non-promotional material is fair, balanced, and based on appropriate scientific evidence, as well as compliant with local regulatory norms and internal compliance rules
  • Ensure compliance of all responsible activities to relevant laws and regulations as well as internal standards and SOPs
  • Actively participate in local pharmaceutical industry association / societies committee meetings and has discussions with internal colleagues and other industry  participants on relevant issues  under the guidance of Country Medical Director
  • Support the company reputation and profile by representing the company on cross-company boards as needed
  • Responsible for budget planning, resource allocation and preparation of monthly / quarterly reports for relevant Therapeutic Area(s)


  • Responsible for representing Takeda in the therapeutic area by providing an expert medical voice with external stakeholders as needed
  • Establishes ongoing relationship with key opinion leaders (KOLs), government officials, healthcare organizations and ensures that significant developments in the field are identified and monitored


  • Share medical insights in the relevant TA to cross functional colleagues
  • Provide medical and scientific input in the relevant Therapeutic Area(s) to cross-functional stakeholders, including marketing, regulatory, market access / alliance functions and others as required
  • Advise Commercial Teams on medical and scientific matters, including but not limited to scientific approval of promotional materials
  • Provide medical and scientific training to internal stakeholders as needed
  • Participate in  Area / Regional / Global Medical Affairs initiatives


  • Develop and execute data generation/dissemination plan for the relevant Therapeutic Area (s) in line with the Medical Plan
  • Collaborate with clinical development  teams and provide medical expertise to development in Therapeutic Area (s) as needed 
  • Provide leadership and medical expertise in the development of clinical research programs in line with global strategies to support local product registration and marketing
  • Develop and support local data generation programs to support product registration and marketing
  • Proactively and reactively collaborate with clinical operations to ensure local patients are included in global trials as well as patient recruitment targets are met


  • Support the Medical Director in planning and implementing patient access programs as needed and as per local regulatory requirements for products within Therapeutic Area (s)
  • Provide medical expertise in the review of adverse events locally and contribute to global pharmacovigilance activities


Education: Medical post-graduate (e.g. MD) or equivalent

Required Experience: 5-7 years of prior Medical Affairs experience in pharmaceutical industry, or 2-4 years of experience in the relevant Therapeutic Area

Skills & personal characteristics:

  • Excellent leadership, managerial, interpersonal and relationship building skills
  • Very strong scientific expertise, specifically in the therapeutic area
  • Highly collaborative, confident and strong presence
  • Strategic thinker, innovative, able to drive multiple-simultaneous initiatives, able to work under pressure
  • Able to drive consensus across diverse stakeholders to achieve goals
  • Ability to identify and proactively addresses issues before they reach crisis points
  • Goal-oriented, focused, energetic, and enthusiastic
  • Passionate and committed in all undertakings
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English; fluency in other languages is a plus
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • IT savvy and process orientated
  • Good knowledge of healthcare systems
  • A high level of knowledge of regulatory environment including key regulatory agencies and approval processes relevant to the country


  • Ability to drive to or fly to various meetings/client sites
  • Overnight travel , including weekend commitments
  • Travel may vary depending on geography. ~30% of the time.


Taipei, Taiwan

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