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Senior Medical Director, Head of Area Medical Sciences Directors EUMEA

Location London, United Kingdom
BioMarin is the world leader in delivering therapeutics that provide meaningful advances to patients who live with serious and life-threatening rare genetic diseases. We target diseases that lack effective therapies and affect relatively small numbers of patients, many of whom are children. These conditions are often inherited, difficult to diagnose, progressively debilitating and have few, if any, treatment options. BioMarin will continue to focus on advancing therapies that are the first or best of their kind.

BioMarin’s Research & Development group is responsible for everything from research and discovery to post-market clinical development. Research & Development involves all bench and clinical research and the associated groups that support those endeavors. Our teams work on developing first-in-class and best-in-class therapeutics that provide meaningful advances to patients who live with rare diseases. Come join our team and make a meaningful impact on patients’ lives. 


This person leads and supervises the Area/Country Directors in the Medical Affairs (MAF) team to ensure MAF managed programmes and strategies are conducted with high quality, relevance and rational utilization of resources, in alignment with the corporate strategy. 

This position is responsible for the direct management of personnel and projects within MAF in the EUMEA region and will play an integral part in the expected growth of the organisation, which is expected to increase in size and complexity. Therefore, the candidate for this role must possess high leadership and coaching skills, be a strong and effective manager and have deep Medical Affairs experience.

Besides the managerial responsibilities, this person will have plenty of opportunities to be ‘hands on’ and will be expected to be directly involved in the management of regional relationships with key opinion leaders as well as on the development and execution of the medical affairs strategy and support of the adaptation and execution in-country through close collaboration and alignment with the area medical affairs teams and internal/external stakeholders.


  • Manage performance of direct reports – including recruiting, hiring and retention. Ensure teams are getting the guidance and training necessary for personal and programmatic success. Facilitates core training and professional development for all levels of direct reports and ensures early identification of gaps and opportunities
  • Work with management to develop plans for organizational change to support growth.  Guide and facilitate organizational change/development activities. Included in this responsibility are developing communications that describe why change is needed and how change is to occur; help staff understand changes and the impact they have on their roles and responsibilities.
  • Responsible for design, implementation and execution of EUMEA local medical plans with close collaboration with internal and external stakeholders through the development of strategic business relationships.
  • Responsible for establishing and maintaining internal organizational links with Global/US Medical Affairs, Clinical Development, Regulatory and other stakeholders
  • Responsible for representing BioMarin at scientific, clinical and business development meetings.
  • Serve as medical and technical resource for clinical issues raised by internal and external collaborators, investigators, consultants and contract resources.
  • Develop and maintain a high level of knowledge of Biomarin’s linked therapeutic areas and related clinical and scientific literature to position him/herself as an expert in the field

  • Required: Medical degree with previous experience in Pharmaceutical or biotech industry

  • Desirable: Diploma Pharmaceutical Medicine. Board certification.
  • Significant and proven track record of excellence in the pharmaceutical industry with strong Medical Affairs experience, particularly working in a regional medical affairs role is highly desirable and including launching products.
  • Up to 60% travel requirement.
  • Good understanding of healthcare systems in Europe and the needs of payors
  • Must have experience in running Phase IV studies and lifecycle management
  • Experience in establishing scientific relationships/interactions with academic societie

  • Strong communication and relationship management skills.
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Sound negotiation, influencing and leadership skills.
  • Demonstrated professional behaviour and customer focus with excellent work ethic
  • Proactivity, with ability to work independently and be self-motivating.
  • Knowledge of regulations and Codes of Practice governing information provision to customers within the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Strategic thinker with ability to develop and implement plans at regional and country level
  • Demonstrated teamwork
  • Scientific rigour and curiosity, with demonstrated ability to understand the detailed science and clinical aspects of the disease areas
  • Excellent command of spoken English and preferably at least one other relevant language
  • Willingness to travel frequently

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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