Senior Medical Science Liaison II, Oncology - Mid-Atlantic Region
October 12, 2016


Newly combined with Baxalta, Shire is now the leading global biotechnology company focused on serving people affected by rare diseases and highly specialized conditions. These diseases are often misunderstood, undiagnosed and life-threatening. Our 22,000 employees come to work every day with a shared mission: to develop and deliver breakthrough therapies for the hundreds of millions of people in the world affected by rare diseases and other high-need conditions, and who lack effective therapies to live their lives to the fullest.

At Shire, we are dedicated to expanding, building and sustaining leadership across our key therapeutic areas through our extensive portfolio of products, innovative pipeline and collaborative approach to working with diverse partners around the globe. We strive to earn and keep the trust of our patients, their families and physicians, and all others who support and advance their care. Working together, the possibilities for our patients, healthcare partners and employees are unprecedented, with significant growth potential for our shareholders.

Serve as the field-based extension of the Therapeutic Area Medical Strategy Group
HCP related activities expected to comprise 80-95% of MSL responsibilities
Systematically identify the scientific exchange needs of Key Opinion Leaders (KOLs), investigators and other stakeholders in patient care, establish strong professional relationships, provide credible scientific expertise and serve as a liaison to Shire Global

Medical, Global Clinical and external partners
Ensure compliant communication and education of Shire's marketed and emerging product portfolio to meet the educational and professional needs of Shire's key customers
Responds effectively to requests for scientific exchange
Support design and implementation of scientific programs with external experts and Global Medical Affairs
Support local team disease area and product knowledge through scientific training
Maintain personal expertise in relevant disease areas and MSL best practices

KOL Relationship Management:
Through appropriate scientific exchange, builds and maintains professional relationship with external stakeholders to expand Shire's research, advisory and educational partnership opportunities
Ensures high standard of professionalism to develop and maintain "peer-to-peer" scientific relationships with key thought leaders in healthcare, academia, payer, and government organizations per strategic territory plans and as requested by KOLs, including the management of strategic scientific partnerships and scientific exchange
Provide scientific liaison support to Investigators currently involved in Shire's interventional or observational studies and investigator initiated research
Serve as a liaison between HCPs and Shire medical affairs
Facilitate 1:1 and group scientific interactions with healthcare professionals
Participate in KOL planning
Maintain KOL plans and update medical customer relationship management system in a timely, accurate and compliant manner

Effective and Compliant Dissemination of Data
Respond within defined timeline and quality standards to unsolicited inquiries from HCPs and other stakeholders received by Global Medical Affairs and referred to GMA by other Shire functions; forwards reports of adverse events according to Shire's policy
Support development of appropriate responses to unique inquiries as required, such as the presentation of scientific evidence and medical education
Presents clinical and disease state information to a variety of audiences, including KOLs, Medical advisors, formulary/decision makers and other HCPs
Ensures appropriate scientific exchange with HCPs by fostering fair and balanced medical and scientific communications that are not misleading
Serves as scientific resource at key medical, scientific, and patient advocacy conferences as assigned
Conducts therapeutic training for Sales and Medical colleagues upon request
Contribute to Shire's Strategic Medical Strategy
Gains customer insights, opinions and feedback and engages with internal colleagues to connect business opportunities with internal resources
Provide scientific input and participate into local medical and cross-functional initiatives
Provide field-based medical support to Shire's clinical research programs, registries, and facilitation of Investigator Initiated Research process
Under the guidance of MSL Team Lead or Region Lead], provides scientific support for company-sponsored meetings
Participates on internal project teams as directed by Management


  • An advanced degree in life sciences (MD, PharmD or PhD or equivalent) is required
  • Has an established track record of effective and influential oral presentations within the healthcare profession
  • Demonstrative therapeutic research or substantive patient care experience is required (3 years minimum)
  • Require minimum 24 months of experience as a field MSL
  • Demonstration of expertise in key skills, capabilities and competencies
  • Establishes credible and long-lasting relationships and has personal impact through engaging respectfully and professionally
  • Focus on personal accountability and ownership - constantly challenging oneself to take responsibility for continuous performance improvement and operational excellence; reliable and predictable for colleagues and customers
  • Acts on the needs of patients
  • Able to exchange scientific ideas and information openly and effectively with key opinion leaders and with colleagues; excellent presentation skills of scientific and medical data to small and large audiences
  • Demonstrates in-depth therapeutic competency and expertise of the leading science in designated disease state; maintain knowledge base and scientific expertise on all assigned Shire disease areas and products
  • Able to manage challenging conversations and handle objections
  • Focused on customer and patient needs
  • Able to work effectively in virtual teams
  • Effective listening skills

Equal Employment Opportunity

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Reasonable Accommodations
Shire is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, or in order to perform the essential functions of a position, please call 484-595-8400 and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.

A little about us:
At Shire, we help people with rare diseases and specialized conditions live their lives to the fullest.

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