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Medical Director

Objectives and Scope of Position:

  • Provides strategic direction and leadership to the local Medical Department 

  • Contributes to the leadership and management of the Affiliate by providing strong functional expertise and ensuring it adheres to the highest  scientific and ethical standards and fulfils all compliance requirements

  • Contributes to the collective Medical  leadership of the Company and to the appropriate use of Roche products

  • Represents Roche medical authority with key external stakeholders

Summary of Main Responsibilities: 

People Leadership / Management

  • Develops and leads a highly motivated and effective team with a performance-led culture, strive for excellence and strong  focus on cross-functional collaboration  

  • Manages the budget/resources and ensures prioritization of investments to meet the medical objectives (short and long-term)

  • Builds strong relationships and ensures good collaboration and communication between Medical and other affiliate, regional and global functions

Medical strategy and tactics 

  • Provides strategic guidance and scientific leadership, defines and executes the affiliate long-term vision, including strategic partnerships

  • Shapes development and delivery of affiliate medical plans, in alignment with Lifecycle plans. Aligns medical strategy development across functions, locally and globally. Collaborates with regions to evolve medical strategy 

  • Strategizes optimal mix of evidence generation investment and other medical activities 

  • Ensures strategic partnerships with TAEs, scientific institutions/societies, patient associations, cooperatives groups, health authorities and payers to support patient access and enable optimal use of Roche products

Evidence generation activities

  • Is accountable for affiliate evidence generation portfolio management  needed to enhance product knowledge and  anticipate/support patient access according to the local  needs and in line with global strategy 

  • If appropriate, oversees the development of medically sound, feasible affiliate studies which are approved and executed in compliance with all policies and regulations   

  • Ensures the highest standards of clinical trial conduct, disclosure and data transparency in collaboration with Clinical Operations

Scientific communications (SC) and Medical Information

  • Builds effective collaborations with external stakeholders and ensures integration of insights          to support the medical strategy, including patient access  

  • Ensures medical and product information is provided in compliance with SOPs, local  requirements and that all data used in the provision of Medical information are accurate and meet the needs of internal and external customers

Real World Evidence / Market Access

  • Anticipates clinical/RWD data needed to accelerate patient access. Ensures clinical value evidence and medical contribution are provided to support HTA submissions

Professional and Technical Requirements:

  • Medical degree is required and mandatory in MAC Countries. Board certification in a medical specialty is appreciated 

  • Only in non-MAC countries, if no qualified candidate with a medical degree can be identified, other HCPs (e.g. pharmacist) or human life science degree with the relevant experience might be considered, provided that other employees with a medical degree are accessible within the medical department

  • Pharmaceutical medicine training is appreciated

  • All CMDs hires need to be approved by the respective RMD (Head of PD Medical Affairs for MAC countries) in addition to hiring manager (GM)



  • Ability to demonstrate Roche Values and Leadership Commitments
  • High ethical standards
  • Roche Core Competencies 
  • Highly organized, with ability to prioritize own tasks as well as those of others. Good planning skills
  • Ability to provide clear strategic directions and to oversee the execution of medical activities
  • High-level negotiation and influencing skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to understand individual needs and motivation
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to articulate clear messages from complex data/ information
  • Ability to work across organization at all levels
  • Business and financial acumen Fluency in the English language, oral and written

Experience, Skills, Knowledge:

Substantial experience of practicing clinical medicine (if MD) and clinical research Extensive experience in the medical function of the biotechnology / pharmaceutical industry

  • Product development experience

  • Strong track record in strategic planning and implementation of key Medical affairs activities in data generation, scientific communications, medical education and external stakeholder management and cooperation

  • Clinical and post-marketing drug safety and risk management

  • External stakeholders engagement (incl. TAE, patient association, collaborative groups, Health authorities, payers)

  • Experience in product launches

  • Leadership

    • Successful track record of people leadership including in the matrix organization, and managing through others

    • Managing high-performing teams

    • Resources allocation and management

    • Change management

  • Public speaking and presenting to large audiences

  • In-depth understanding of medical and strategic aspects of all drug development stages

  • In-depth understanding of medical strategies including integrated evidence generation (early phases to post marketing),  knowledge sharing and scientific collaborations

  • In depth understanding of Health Care Compliance

  • Understanding of the local health care system, including regulatory and payer environment

  • Understanding of the disease areas set as a priority for the Company


Decisions Making Authority

  • Budget allocated to the Medical Department

  • HR decisions, including input on Head of Clinical Operations, any other local resources in ClinOps**

  • Medical strategy within Global Strategic framework and Molecule Investment

  • Investigator selection, subject to operational feasibility

  • Medical Affairs Healthcare compliance. Final arbiter on promotional material and activities


  • Member of  the Affiliate Management Team 

  • Part of the PD Medical Affairs network

Accountable for

  • Medical strategy for the Affiliate

  • Evidence generation activities 

  • Scientific collaborations and knowledge-sharing, incl. medical information, medical education and publications

  • Strategic partnerships, incl. TAE collaboration, health authority interactions, Patient organizations, Payers

  • Compliance to company guidelines and local regulations

  • Media communication on medical issues

  • Clinical Operations

Roche is an equal opportunity employer.

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