Jazz Pharmaceuticals

  • Vice President, Head of Medical Affairs EU/ROW

    Job Post Information* : Posted Date 3 months ago(3 months ago)
    # of Openings
    Min. Exp. (Yrs)
    Commercial - EU/RoW
    Advertised Location : Location
    Job Post Information* : External Company Name
    Jazz Pharmaceuticals
    Job Post Information* : External Company URL
    Advertised Location : Address
    Spires House
    Advertised Location : Postal Code
    OX4 2RW
  • Overview

    Jazz Pharmaceuticals is an international biopharmaceutical company focused on improving patients’ lives by identifying, developing and commercializing meaningful products that address unmet medical needs. We are continuing to expand our commercial product portfolio and our research and development pipeline in therapeutic areas that can leverage our unique expertise.

    Our therapeutic areas of focus include sleep and hematology/oncology – areas in which we have a deep understanding of the patient journey and a suite of products and product candidates to address critical needs.

    We are looking for the best and brightest talent to join our team.  If you’re looking to be a part of a company with an unwavering commitment to improving patients’ lives and being a great place to work, we hope you’ll explore our career openings and get to know Jazz Pharmaceuticals. 

    Position Profile

    This opportunity is available in Oxford, UK.

    Reporting directly into the SVP, EU/ROW, the Head of Medical Affairs, EU/ROW will be responsible for establishing and delivering on a compelling vision for the medical organisation across the regions with a view on the pharmaceutical end-to-end process. The role will cut across both speciality Medicine in the rare and orphan disease setting, as well as more mass-market specialties such as the sleep arena. (S)he will support and facilitate all commercial activities to the highest standards and for optimal organisational outcome and drive the continued shift towards evidence-based medicine to support value-based pricing.

    Essential Job Functions:

    The Head of Medical Affairs,             EU/ROW will drive the development and conduct of a variety of Medical Affairs initiatives and provide day-to-day management of the MSL Policy and Medical Education of all stakeholders, local and abroad. S(he) will build trusted scientific partnerships with KOLs through deep therapeutic insight, including a better understanding of the epidemiology across geographies right through to data generation. (S)he will maintain a solid understanding of pricing, reimbursement and market access across Europe and develop a strong knowledge of real world data. Key understanding of the oncology market is crucial, including the development and execution of study plans to provide post marketing data to support the ongoing portfolio and products in phase IV. To include observational and pharmacoeconomics studies as well as Investigator Initiated Research.

    In addition, and in support of close collaboration and facilitating knowledge transfer throughout the organisation, (s)he will be a strong leader acting as an integral part of three leadership teams: EUROW Management Team (EMT), the Research & Development Leadership Team (RDLT) and the EUROW Medical Affairs Leadership Team (EMALT). The EMALT will be led by this role directly. Their leadership focus will be to represent EUROW interests whilst ensuring we deliver on the RDLT mandate. At EMT level, the role will play the functional lead AND act as a broader operations leader across Jazz. (S)he will build upon an already strong collaboration with the US and global development functions.

    Furthermore, the Head of Medical Affairs EU/ROW will provide technical/scientific consultation to both the medical and the commercial team to ensure full compliance with all quality and compliance systems. The incumbent is responsible for ensuring all activities are executed in accordance with regulatory and legal frameworks including but not limited to GCP, IFPMA and local regulations as well as Jazz Pharmaceuticals Policies and Healthcare compliance procedures.

    This role will demand an ability to work strategically and operationally in equal measures. The successful candidate will be a self-starter, who thrives in ambiguity and possesses an entrepreneurial and innovative approach.

    The role will be based in Oxford, UK and will involve around 30 – 40% travel.

    Principle Accountabilities

    • Provide a framework for medical affairs activities across the EUROW arena - outlining MSL policy and providing guidance for  MSL activities, providing support (and indirect management of) the country based medical advisors, and clearly establishing the medical/commercial role clarity across the region.
    • Provide forward thinking medical insight into related therapeutic areas for the International product range
    • Develop and implement Medical Affairs initiatives to facilitate and further the commercial objectives across the region.
    • Establish clear directions for the Medical Affairs team, bringing alignment on objectives across the region that support both EUROW and Global R&D initiatives.
    • Ensure ongoing capability build and continuous improvement of Medical Affairs team in order to meet technical, medical and interpersonal challenges of their roles.
    • Build and maintain collaborative partnerships with commercial and marketing functions.
    • Provide leadership, development and management of the Medical Affairs EUROW team
    • Drive the IIT strategy and company sponsored post marketing clinical trials across the International region - All initiatives to demonstrate coherent strategy, the generation of data according to our evidence gaps and compliance with Quality and compliance guidelines.
    • Maximize brand value proposition in assigned therapeutic areas whilst partnering with the Marketing Teams in the development and execution of the Medical Marketing plans and commercial activities.
    • Provide scientific support to Marketing, Regulatory, Market Access, Pharmacovigilance and Compliance (risk management) groups.
    • Work with R&D and Risk Management functions to ensure a robust International management strategy in place.
    •  Advise on medical safety or clinical issues as required

    KOL Development

    • Develop and execute the EUROW Medical Affairs strategic plan, including roles in the delivery of symposia at appropriate congresses, educational meetings (internal and external), local publications, KOL identification and development and deployment plans.
    • Development of national and regional KOL plans and site specific advocacy plans.
    • Developing KOL interaction opportunities including Advisory Boards and Educational Symposia.



    • Build organization capability through effective development and succession planning, both at central and local levels
    • Break down silos to foster collaboration and excel in a multi-matrixed organization.
    • Promote change as an opportunity to foster innovation


    • In optimizing market opportunities, manage budget effectively and efficiently within pre-defined guidelines.

    Education and background

    • Demonstrated successful people leadership competencies
    • Strong preference for a Medical Doctor with Hematology/Oncology experience gained (clinical and/or pharmaceutical)
    • Medical degree, PhD or higher science degree required
    • Ideally post-graduate qualification in marketing and/or business administration
    • Broad and in-depth knowledge of biological medicines, Oncology, Haematology and/or Sleep / CNS
    • Strong commercial acumen
    • Proven relationship building competencies with external stakeholders
    • Significant and proven track record of excellence in the pharmaceutical industry
    • Must have medical affairs experience including launching new products, market shaping and launch readiness activities
    • Experience of working in a regional medical affairs role is highly desirable
    • Excellent 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 societies
    • Ideally scientific publications record

    Jazz Pharmaceuticals is an Equal Opportunity Employer

    Jazz Pharmaceuticals is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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