Country Medical Director, UK&IRL

Medical Affairs London, United Kingdom


Position Summary:

Seagen has received Marketing Authorization from the EC and MHRA for tucatinib, a highly selective tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI), for HER2+ metastatic breast cancer patients in Europe. Currently, Seagen is building its infrastructure in Europe, which includes Uk&IRL, that will allow the commercialization of tucatinib. 

The incumbent will be responsible for the Medical Affairs function in the UK, which will include: developing the local medical affairs strategy in cooperation with relevant internal and external stakeholders, ensuring a successful implementation of all strategic and operational plans through focused medical expertise, and doing so in compliance with all laws and codes thereby achieving high ethical and quality standards, with the aim of generating added value for all patients and customers.

The incumbent serves as a member of Seagen’s UK management team and will represent Seagen UK to external stakeholders in order to build collaborations and increase company presence in Europe.

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Being a member of the European Medical Affairs Leadership Team, which is responsible for all Medical Affairs aspects within Europe
  • Being a member of the UK Leadership Team, actively contribute to the success of the UK country objectives & organisation

Medical strategy and Pre-Launch medical activities

  • Develop and implement local medical initiatives to fulfil unmet patient need and build on external scientific interest (e.g., compassionate use programs or investigator-initiated trials)
  • Actively supports the country organization to ensure the scientific and medical value of Seagen products is aligned to company strategy
  • Develop and lead Pre-Launch Medical activities in alignment with European medical Affairs and Country organisation
  • Provides input into development of local materials and is accountable for medical approval of all marketing and sales strategies and programs to ensure the highest degree of medical, ethical and compliance standards
  • Works closely with local, regional, and global market access colleagues on impactful health economic and market access dossiers

Scientific collaboration, HCP (health care provider) and patient advocacy

  • Establishes and maintains collaborative relationships with HCPs, drives engagement of HCPs, professional societies, CT networks and other key external stakeholders (e.g., Cancer research UK, NCRI, ICR, UKBCG, etc)
  • Fosters the establishment and maintenance of local medical advisory boards, round tables, expert meetings and assists in advocacy development
  • Works with Patient Advocacy Europe to establish and maintain the relationship with relevant patient advocacy organizations (e.g., Breast Cancer Now, Macmillan cancer support, Breast Cancer UK, etc)

Clinical trial / IST support

  • Provides country level medical support to Seagen sponsored clinical trials
  • Feedback to ensure a strategic approach to such clinical trials, and the development of clinical data and Real-World Evidence to support the appropriate use of the Company's products
  • Works with the Head of Europe Medical Affairs and local KOLs in the strategic alignment / approval and management of ISTs in the local country

Scientific expertise and Leadership

  • Provides professional medical advice on all Seagen products relevant in the interest of the overall business
  • Remains informed of current developments within pertinent medical and scientific communities through familiarity with current literature, attendance at meetings, conventions, professional associations, etc.
  • Supports and/or conducts scientific training program as part of the personnel training in accordance with the European training
  • Continuously expands medical and scientific knowledge and maintains an awareness of relevant industry and market trends (i.e., competitive, social and economic)
  • Leads the MSLs in the country, sets and executes the strategy for the field based MSL team in alignment with European Medical Affairs Strategy to ensure MSL performance to goals
  • Responsible for Scientific Training of his/her MSL team as well as cross functional scientific training support of Sales and Marketing teams as needed
  • Manage business practices, policies and general operations for MSLs such as educational and research programs
  • Develops guidelines, processes and policies for the medical affairs department in the UK affiliate in accordance with local requirements and in alignment with European Medical Affairs & regional / global stake holders


  • The successful candidate will be a dynamic biopharmaceutical leader with proven abilities as a medical leader in the industry
  • 5 to 10 years’ experience in a senior medical affairs role (and approximately 10 to 15 years’ overall experience in a pharmaceutical, biotech or healthcare organization), including hands-on involvement in pre-launch disease awareness and medical education campaigns, medical post-marketing programs, KOL relationships, and Phase IIIb/IV clinical trials in oncology
  • At least 5 years’ experience in the country or region healthcare markets and regulatory landscapes. Global experience is a plus
  • Experience in leading and supporting successful product launches from a medical perspective and have a strong reputation for excellent cross-functional collaboration
  • Expertise in Oncology and Hematology is strongly preferred
  • Candidates that have the right mind-set and have expertise in other therapeutic areas may also be considered for the role
  • A track record of demonstrating integrity and respect of the ethical principles that inform the biopharmaceutical industry and knowledge of local Industry Codes of Conduct
  • Proven experience in pharmacovigilance and complaint management would be an advantage
  • Demonstrated experience in leading and motivating medical teams
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal) in order to build relationships and network effectively internally and externally
  • A successful track record of successful medical affairs activities, ideally within the Oncology and Hematology arena
  • Lead toward a performance-oriented, customer-focused environment through the development and motivation of the Medical Affairs Team (medical managers and MSLs). Forge a biotechnology behavioral mindset and a driving ambition for Seagen to become a respected player in the country or region
  • Line management experience a plus
  • Drive progress through both personal engagement and by influencing others across the organization; effectively manage senior level relationships, internally and externally
  • A high degree of emotional intelligence, displaying candor and integrity at all times
  • An entrepreneurial and innovative mindset. Ability to manage though complexity and ambiguity, while focusing on the end goal
  • A natural tendency to drive business decisions with a patient-centric mindset
  • Highest integrity and ethical behavior
  • Mutual respect for colleagues
  • A true passion for science and in making a difference in patient's lives
  • Collaborative within teams, uses resources carefully and can build a great place to work and grow within the Affiliate and European Teams
  • Ability to interact within culturally diverse teams
  • Fluency in English; fluency in one or more European languages is also preferred
  • Thorough understanding of local compliance, as well as a sound ethical approach to business


  • MD or equivalent (preferred), PharmD or PhD degree

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