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Director Medical Affairs Inflammation

Madrid, Spain | Gilead Sciences

  • Industry:
    Pharmaceutical / Biotech
  • Position Type:
    Full-Time
  • Functions:
    General Management
    Biotech/R&D/Science
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Job Description:
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Job Description

The Director Medical Affairs Inflammation leads and manages the Medical Affairs department for Inflammation/Immunology. This involves direct managerial responsibility for the medical team assigned to this Therapeutic Area (TA). The TA includes inflammatory diseases mainly in the area of rheumatology and inflammatory bowel disease and is directly involved in a new oral JAK inhibitor and the product pipeline in inflammatory diseases.


The Director Medical Affairs Inflammation leads the development and implementation of the Medical Therapeutic Area strategy and the Medical product strategy. This requires close national and international collaboration with colleagues. The Director Medical Affairs Inflammation also contributes to the cross-functional leadership in the assigned Therapeutic Area and to the leadership of the Medical Affairs Department. He/she represents Gilead Spain to internal and external stakeholders.


The role is office-based in Madrid and requires National and International travel (including for internal meetings and external scientific conferences).


The position reports to the Country Medical Director.


Specific responsibilities:


The Head Medical Affairs Inflammation provides vision and direction for the assigned Medical Affairs team


Leads and manages a team of Medical Affairs professionals

Provides clear strategic guidance for the development and execution of the TA strategy, the medical Plans of Action (POAs) and cross-functional projects

Ensures continuous development and training of the team and individual team members based on Gilead´s Competency Models; acts as a coach and mentor for team members

Sets clear performance expectations that are aligned with company and department goals; monitors progress and delivers fair and effective performance reviews

Plans and monitors the departmental budget

Leads hiring of the team and ensures excellent onboarding of new team members

Participates in the exchange with the medical community and maintains a thought leaders network

The Head Medical Affairs Inflammation is involved the development and execution of the cross-functional product and TA strategy:


Contributes to the development of the Market Access strategy in coordination with Market Access, Regulatory Affairs, Governmental Affairs, Country Medical Director, and General Manager, delivering the medical part of the plan

Contributes to the cross-functional TA leadership and provides strategic input into the TA strategy and Business Plans of Action (BPOAs)

Contributes to the development of European and global medical POAs

Collaborates effectively and in a compliant manner with colleagues in other functional areas, e.g. Clinical Research, Sales and Marketing, Market Access, PVE

The Head Medical Affairs Inflammation has additional internal and external leadership roles:


Contributes to the overall country Medical Affairs strategy and is a member of the country Medical Leadership Team (MLT)

Stays up to date with Medical Affairs management approaches in the industry and applies them to the Gilead team where appropriate

Stays up to date with medical and scientific developments in the field and applies them internally

Provides local medical expert input into global product development

Leads and/or contributes to organizational projects at the National, International, and departmental level

Represents Gilead Spain to external and internal stakeholders, including groups of experts, medical professional groups, societies, regulatory groups and at national and international scientific meetings

Required Knowledge, Experience & Skills:


Advanced scientific degree (e.g. MD, PharmD, PhD)

Advanced clinical and/or scientific knowledge in rheumatology, inflammatory bowel disease, immunology, or other inflammatory disease areas

Relevant pharmaceutical company experience within Medical Affairs

Significant people management experience

Ability to embrace Gilead’s patient-centric values, including highest ethical and compliance standards

Strategic mindset with a focus on collaboration and excellence

Excellent organizational skills including attention to detail and prioritization

Excellent written and verbal communication skills in Spanish and English

Works independently with minimal supervision

Experience of working in an international environment


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