A leading multinational pharmaceutical company has a vacancy for a Medical Science Liaison within their Oncology department.
The position is based in Gauteng, with National responsibility : National coverage with 80% travel Required to work about 6-8 weekends per year Job Description MSL’s are a field-based group of medical professionals with deep content knowledge about the specific disease state, Company and competitor products and current issues in the therapeutic area they represent.
MSL’s recognize and communicate feedback and insights of strategic importance from their interactions with Scientific Experts, to better inform the Company's strategic direction for research and commercialization.
By facilitating scientific exchange between industry and the scientific community, MSL's can shape the future of healthcare by providing needed information that addresses important clinical and scientific questions.
Primary Responsibilities Maintain and effectively communicate deep scientific knowledge MSL's will be required to engage in continuous learning to maintain the highest level of technical expertise within the therapeutic area they represent.
As a result, the MSL will establish themselves as a reliable, trusted, resource of unbiased, accurate, up-to-date, medical and scientific knowledge requested and desired by their customers.
Excel at customer engagement and support medical / scientific information needs of scientific experts MSL's will spend most of their time field based and customer facing engaging in mutually beneficial 2-way dialogues with Scientific Experts.
Core to the role is to answer customer questions by providing deep and advanced disease state and product information. Additionally, MSL's connect Scientific Experts with other company resources or internal business partners as appropriate and identify possible collaborative research or external collaborations.
Strategic vision and leadership Ability to synthesize complex data and to effectively communicate meaningful clinical insights and unanswered customer questions they receive from Scientifc Experts to Company medical and cross functional teams.
Use creative problem-solving skills and utilize internal resources effectively to execute solutions. MSL's use a principle-based decision-making approach to make decisions independently or escalate them appropriately.
Ability to cultivate internal networks and collaborate effectively across functions with an active contribution to medical planning and strategy in the affiliate.
MSL's will be expected to demonstrate strategic analysis, planning, and prioritization to maximize efficiency. Territory ownership - required to implement and evaluate a strategic territory plan prioritizing core MSL activity and take personal accountability for results.
The MSL will execute the role in a compliant manner, adhering to all governing internal and external requirements, procedures, and laws, demonstrating good judgement always.
Qualification Required Advanced degree in health sciences (PharmD, MD, PhD in a medically related field) required with 2-3 years of relevant clinical or therapeutic area experience desired.
OR Masters or bachelor’s level degree in health sciences (e.g. BSN, RPh, PA, NP) considered if 5 or more years clinical, research or industry (medical / scientific role) experience in relevant therapeutic area is present.
Experience Required A minimum of 3 years MSL Oncology or similar Scientific role (Oncology Research) would be advantageous Comprehensive knowledge and expertise in Oncology is essential Competencies Experience in servicing customer needs for complex information.
Significant experience in professional networking with mutually beneficial outcomes. Experience in field based working environment highly valued.
Familiarity with health systems, academic communities, medical research, and medical education process highly valued.