Director, Medical Affairs Training

Medical Affairs Waltham, Massachusetts


Position Summary:

The Director of Medical Affairs Training is a key member of the global medical affairs team who will work closely with key stakeholders, particularly within medical affairs, commercial, and other training partners, to develop comprehensive training plans for the global medical affairs organization, emphasizing field medical training. The successful candidate will develop the medical affairs learning and training philosophy, establish foundational training, and develop plans for ongoing training across therapeutic areas of interest.

Key Responsibilities Include:

  • Design and implement comprehensive training curriculum for GMA at Apellis across therapeutic areas in the US and EU
  • Manage cross functional training and education needs utilizing adult learning principles
  • Lead, analyze, implement, and monitor effectiveness for fit-for-purpose training plans
  • Collaborate with therapeutic area leads and field medical lead on content and strategies
  • Maintain personal expertise in relevant disease areas
  • Coordinate and collaborate with cross-functional training teams to ensure efficiencies across the organization

Education, Registration & Certification:

  • Must have a PhD, Pharm D or MD level degree or equivalent


  • 5 years + experience in medical affairs organizations or adult learning environments
  • Experience in rare disease required; experience in hematology, nephrology, or ophthalmology preferred
  • Significant experience in scientific training and adult learning required

 Skills, Knowledge & Abilities:

  • Strong leadership skills, including demonstrated ability to lead a cross-functional team, and influence at all levels of an organization.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including presentation and facilitation.
  • Ability to work independently and with flexibility to handle work flow in a fast-paced environment.
  • Some travel will be required, up to 50%.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

This is largely a sedentary role; however, some filing is required. This would require the ability to lift files, open filing cabinets and bend or stand on a stool as necessary.

This job operates in a professional office environment and routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.

Benefits and Perks:

Apellis offers a great benefit package which includes: health insurance with full premium coverage, 401K with company match, paid time off (PTO), long- term disability insurance, life insurance and more!  Visit to learn more.

Company Background:

We are a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of novel therapeutic compounds to treat disease through the inhibition of the complement system, which is an integral component of the immune system, at the level of C3, the central protein in the complement cascade. We believe that this approach can result in broad inhibition of the principal pathways of the complement system and has the potential to effectively control a broad array of complement-dependent autoimmune and inflammatory diseases.

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Other Duties:

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

EEO Statement: Apellis is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal, state and local fair employment practices laws. Apellis strictly prohibits and does not tolerate discrimination against employees, applicants or any other covered persons because of race, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy), gender (including gender nonconformity and status as a transgender or transsexual individual), age, physical or mental disability, citizenship, past, current or prospective service in the uniformed services, genetic information, marital status, AIDS/HIV status, smoker/nonsmoker, and occupational pneumocononiosis or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law.