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Director, Medical Affairs

Requisition ID:  1220

Montreal, Quebec, CA


We are looking for a qualified Director, Medical Affairs, to join the Lundbeck Canada Medical Affairs team. This position is permanent full-time and is located at our head office in Ville Saint-Laurent. The candidate will report to the Senior Director, Medical and Regulatory Affairs.

Your Position

The Director, Medical Affairs, is responsible for providing overall leadership, scientific expertise and strategic direction for the Medical team. The Director Medical Affairs will help build a strong vision for the department, while keeping aligned with the Lundbeck’s Code of Conduct, local regulations and other requirements. He/she is expected to manage capacity, budget and performance for the Clinical Operation Manager and the teams of Medical Scientific Liaisons and Scientific Advisers.


Strategic Business Planning (30%)

  • Overall responsibility for the development, prioritization and delivery of the Medical Affairs plans that address identified gaps
  • Plan and drive effective medical affairs strategies that support business growth and high performance
  • Ensure that medical activities and supporting resources are aligned with the commercial objectives
  • Ensure cross functional collaboration with the market access and commercial teams, providing scientific expertise and strategic guidance for business planning and providing strategic guidance in the development of the national and provincial reimbursement requests.


Stakeholders Relationships & Clinical Operations (25%)

  • Build and cultivate strong relationships with national opinion leaders and support the field activities of the Medical Science Liaison team
  • Ensure alignment of external partners with clinical development and medical activities
  • Overview adequate planning and execution of medical advisory boards and consultancy meetings with healthcare providers
  • Ensure proper communication of collected clinical insights and development of gap analyses and medical strategies for evidence generation, medical education and communication
  • Handle risk management issues and escalate to upper management for resolution when critical
  • Maximize opportunities for local research investments and partnerships; advocate for participation in early and late phase development programs of new compounds
  • Identify and network with Canadian investigators and research experts to achieve the best possible drug development outcome
  • Supervise the development and execution of phase IV/RWE studies in Canada in accordance to Lundbeck SOPs and relevant guidance and regulations



Compliance (15%)

  • Ensure Medical Affairs processes comply with corporate SOPs and codes of ethics as well as all other local requirements and regulations
  •  Role model high ethical and compliance standards to the medical team and contribute proactively to a credible image for Medical Affairs to external and internal stakeholders


Team Management – Oversight of Medical Team (30%)

  • Ensure proper planning and follow up on the market access capacity and activity budget
  • Provide department leadership, coaching and direction and ensure that team members get adequate training to perform their tasks, develop and maintain their capabilities and expertise.
  • Ensure executional excellence and monitor performance impact of medical team members 
  • Drive talent acquisition, retention and engagement

Position Qualifications:

  • Minimum PharmD or PhD, a M.D. degree is preferred
  • A minimum of 3 years of experience in managing medical affairs and clinical research activities in the Canadian pharmaceutical industry
  • Proven track record of leadership, business acumen and innovative strategic thinking
  • Must excel at teamwork in cross-functional groups
  • Results-oriented with advanced communication and facilitation skills
  • Strong ethics and integrity. Solid knowledge of GCP principles and of the Canadian IMC Code
  • Scientific expertise in neuroscience is an asset 
  • Excellent knowledge of oral and written French and English
  • Excellent computer and organizational skills


Working conditions

  • Normal Office conditions: Yes
  • Evening/Weekend commitments: Yes
  • % of travel required: 30%

Lundbeck is a global pharmaceutical company specialized in brain diseases. For more than 70 years, we have been at the forefront of neuroscience research. We are tirelessly dedicated to restoring brain health, so every person can be their best.
Millions of people worldwide live with brain diseases, and far too many suffer due to inadequate treatment, discrimination, a reduced number of working days, early retirement, and other unnecessary consequences. Every day, we strive for improved treatment and a better life for people living with brain diseases – we call this Progress in Mind.
Read more at www.lundbeck.com/global/about-us/progress-in-mind
Our approximately 5,800 employees in more than 50 countries are engaged in the entire value chain throughout research, development, production, marketing, and sales. Our pipeline consists of several R&D programs, and our products are available in more than 100 countries. We have research centers in Denmark and the US, and our production facilities are located in Denmark, France, and Italy. Lundbeck generated revenue of DKK 17 billion in 2019 (EUR 2.3 billion; USD 2.6 billion).

For additional information, we encourage you to visit our corporate site www.lundbeck.com, and connect with us on Twitter at @Lundbeck and via LinkedIn.