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Medical Director - Italy

Medical Affairs

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Job description

Pleased to meet you, we are Galapagos, a dynamic fast growing Biotech company. We’re in the business of changing lives.

Galapagos’ mission is to make a lasting positive contribution to society through discovery of innovative therapies for diseases with large unmet medical need. Galapagos’ historic focus on developing first-in-class medicines based on the discovery of novel targets in inflammation and fibrosis has led to the successful launch of our first medicine in rheumatoid arthritis in 2020 and in ulcerative colitis in 2021. The pivotal study in Crohn’s Disease is fully recruited and we expect topline data and potential approval in this new indication in a couple of years.

Galapagos is now entering an exciting new chapter to expand and diversify its pipeline for the future, starting with oncology, specifically CAR-T cell-therapy, a transformative treatment of different types of cancer. Through the combined acquisitions of CellPoint and AboundBio, we are propelling ourselves into next-generation cell therapies.

We are looking for a Medical Director – Italy

Scope of the job

Within our Medical Affairs division, as Medical Director in Italy, you will lead the Medical Affairs Department at country level. You will support the affiliate strategy and plans, collaborate with global functions and interact with external stakeholders, in alignment with customer needs and medical strategy.

Your role:

  • Develop, manage and lead our Medical Affairs team in Italy.
  • Work with Heads of Therapeutic Areas to ensure appropriate alignment of Global resources and activities with Global Strategies and implement therapeutic area and disease area / product strategies in the region.
  • Allocate and oversee utilization of local medical budget.
  • Establish and track appropriate performance metrics.
  • Collaborate with Legal, Compliance and Regulatory to ensure proper and ethical interactions between regional medical personnel and external stakeholders.
  • Define and develop required team competencies and coordinate with Human Resources / Talent Management to recruit and retain local medical team.
  • Monitor team performance in terms of goals and delivery against in-year medical plans and identify areas for development.
  • Line manage and develop Country Medical Advisors/Medical Science Liaisons.
  • Act as a senior company representative both internally and externally. 
  • Ensure that all promotional materials and events are in compliance with Galapagos SOP’s and policies, local laws and regulations.
  • Review and implement appropriate standards of practice (SOPs).

Job requirements

Who are you?

  • Medical Doctor degree required and scientific background and >10 years of experience in biopharmaceutical medicine and medical affairs.
  • Genuine interest to advance science and healthcare to ultimately meet patient’s needs is mandatory.
  • Strong people management skills, establishing and recalibrating priorities, providing constructive feedback and appraisal
  • Experienced in leading multidisciplinary / virtual teams at the brand or disease area levels in country, regional or global organizations in field-based roles (Medical Director, Medical Science Liaison).
  • Team player attitude with an open mind set who “dares to try” and can easily shift gears as needed.
  • Good business acumen and ability to create relationships, influencing relevant internal / external stakeholders.
  • Accountable for negotiating across and outside the organization and collaborating with local and global Commercial and Development functions.
  • Unquestioned ethics are a must.
  • Italian fluency. Working in an international environment, excellent written and verbal communication skills in English are also required.

What’s in it for you?

You will be part of a fast-growing and amazing company. As ‘make-it-happens’ you will get all the support you need to make your job successful. At Galapagos, we aim to recruit the best people, who stand out among their peers, with integrity and excellent interpersonal and organizational skills. Our employees are the strength behind Galapagos, a highly motivated team, eager to maintain Galapagos’ leading position and achieve breakthroughs in pharmaceutical research. Galapagos offers a competitive remuneration package and a dynamic work environment.

We are Galapagos: together we can make it happens…


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