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Associate Director, Medical Scientist Leader (Medical Scientist Liaison Manager) - (m/f/d)

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Job Description

Associate Director, Medical Scientist Leader (Medical Scientist Liaison Manager), Inflammation - (m/f/d)

Overview and key accountabilities:

The Associate Director, Medical Scientist Leader leads and manages the team of field-based Medical Scientists (MS, commonly known as MSL, Medical Science Liaisons) in the assigned Therapeutic Area of Inflammation.

Under the leadership of the Medical Affairs Director, Inflammation and in collaboration with the Medical (Project) Managers the MS Lead co-develops the Medical Affairs product and Therapeutic Area strategy and ensures execution through the MS team.

This requires close national and international collaboration with colleagues from other departments.

Key accountabilities include leadership of the Inflammation MS team at the national level, development of the MS communication and Key Opinion Leader/Opinion Leader (K)OL engagement strategy, and its implementation based on the Plan of Action (POA).

The role is preferably office-based in Munich and requires national and international travel (including internal meetings and external scientific conferences).

The position reports to the Medical Affairs Director, Inflammation and typically operates at an Associate Director level.

Specific responsibilities:

  • Leads and manages a team of Medical Scientists at a national level
  • Provides clear strategic guidance for the execution of the MS objectives within the Therapeutic Area strategies, medical POAs and cross-functional projects
  • Ensures continuous development and training of the team and individual team members based on Gilead´s MS Competency Model; acts as a coach and mentor for MSs
  • Sets clear  performance expectations that are aligned with company and department goals; monitors progress and delivers fair and effective performance reviews
  • Ensures appropriate planning and reporting of  MS activities
  • Plans and monitors the budget for the MS team and MS activities
  • 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 MS Lead is a critical contributor to the development and execution of the Medical Affairs product and Therapeutic Area​ strategy:

  • Contributes to the medical TA leadership and provides strategic input into the Therapeutic Area strategy (medical and cross-functional) and POAs
  • Contributes to the development and execution of the Medical Affairs strategy (including medical communication, (K)OL engagement, insight and evidence generation)
  • Ensures implementation of international Medical Affairs initiatives on a national level through MS team
  • Directs and oversees planning and execution of MS activities, e.g. advisory boards, medical education programs, data generation, ISR and Phase IV support
  • Contributes to the overall product strategy by participating in national and international product/brand team(s)
  • Collaborates effectively and in a compliant manner with colleagues in other functional areas, e.g. Clinical Research, Sales and Marketing, Market Access, PVE

The MS Lead develops and advances the Medical Science function:

  • Reviews, improves, and develops existing and new tools to optimally manage the MS function
  • Stays up to date with MSL management approaches in the industry and applies them to the Gilead MS team where appropriate
  • The MS Lead Inflammation will be instrumental in establishing and defining this role for the Medical Affairs department. This will include establishing a professional and proactive MS leadership approach according to industry benchmarks. For this purpose the accountability of this position extends beyond assigned Therapeutic Areas and is critical to prepare Medical Affairs for the future.


  • Advanced scientific degree (i.e. MD, PharmD, PhD)
  • People management experience (ideally experience in leading field-based teams)
  • Proven track record of planning and executing a Medical Affairs plan
  • Ability to embrace Gilead’s patient-centric values, including highest ethical and compliance standards
  • Works independently with minimal supervision
  • Excellent organizational skills including attention to detail and prioritization
  • Strategic mindset with a focus on collaboration and excellence
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in German and English


  • Experience in pharmaceutical company experience with a exposure to Medical Affairs
  • Scientific and/or clinical knowledge in either Inflammation, Immunology, or similar areas.
  • Proven ability to work in a cross-functional matrix
  • Experience of working in an international environment
  • Previous working experience in a Medical Science Liaison role
  • Established network of Key Opinion Leaders/Opinion Leaders in Germany within Immunology/Inflammation

Gilead Core Values


Integrity (always doing the right thing)

Teamwork (collaborating in good faith)

Excellence (working at a high level of commitment and capability)

Accountability (taking personal responsibility)

Inclusion (Encouraging diversity)

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)

It is the policy of Gilead Sciences, Inc. and its subsidiaries and affiliates (collectively "Gilead" or the "Company") to recruit select and employ the most qualified persons available for positions throughout the Company.  Except if otherwise provided by applicable law, all  employment actions relating to issues such as compensation, benefits, transfers, layoffs, returns from layoffs, company-sponsored training, education assistance, social and recreational programs are administered on a non-discriminatory basis (i.e. without regard to protected characteristics or prohibited grounds, which may include an individual’s gender, race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, creed, physical or mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, medical condition, veteran status, and age, unless such protection is prohibited by federal, state, municipal, provincial, local or other applicable laws).  Gilead also prohibits discrimination based on any other characteristics protected by applicable laws.

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