Director, Medical Affairs Operations

Medical Affairs Waltham, Massachusetts


Position Summary:

The Director of Medical Affairs Operations is a key member of the medical affairs team who will work closely with the global medical affairs team, commercial, clinical development, legal, regulatory, quality, finance, and information technology to develop the infrastructure necessary to enable successful execution of key medical affairs initiatives. The successful candidate will provide operational excellence and innovative approaches to developing fit for purpose structure to enable efficiency.

Key Responsibilities Include:

  • Responsible for overseeing the operational and administrative aspects of the GMA organization across therapeutic areas
  • Maintain competitive organizational structure and efficiencies
  • Develop, implement, and maintain policies and procedures to improve efficiency and ensure compliance across GMA
  • Direct the annual planning processes (tactical and budget) to ensure GMA initiatives are aligned with key organizational objectives and resources are effectively allocated
  • Collect and communicate performance measures for GMA
  • Collaborate with cross-functional partners to monitor and oversee the relevant GMA systems

Education, Registration & Certification:

  • Must have a BS in life sciences area; MBA preferred
  • PhD, Pharm D or MD level degree optional


  • 5 years + experience in operations within the biotech industry; experience in medical affairs operations preferred
  • Experience in rare disease and small organizations preferred
  • Launch experience preferred.

 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 25%.

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.