Medical Advisor, Specialty

Type: Permanent position
Location: Montreal - Head Office
Department: Medical and Regulatory Affairs
Reports To: Director, Medical Affairs, Specialty

At Otsuka Canada Pharmaceutical Inc., we are in search of top talent to help meet our corporate objectives and large growth plans. We have an opportunity for a Medical Advisor to join our Medical Affairs team. This position is National in scope and based in Montreal. This role reports to the Director Medical Affairs, Specialty.

Summary of Purpose:

The Medical Advisor will be the medical lead for Canada and should demonstrate expertise and knowledge of products, disease state, patient treatment trends, clinical trials, and scientific activities within disease areas of interest, especially Nephrology related rare diseases. He/she develops strategic plans that are aligned with the brand plan and closely contributes, collaborates, and supports different functions in the organization. He/she will become an integral part of national and regional research networks by proactively bringing KOLs together for the advancement of medical affairs initiatives.

Key Responsibilities:

The Medical Advisor’s role is primarily to develop, support, and implement brand-related medical and scientific activities, including:

  • Provision of scientific and medical expertise for Nephrology related rare diseases portfolio products, beginning in mid-phase development and throughout the product lifecycle
  • Provision of strategic scientific/medical input in the development of brand medical plans and overall brand plans, including pre-launch and launch periods
  • Support the development and execution of medical affairs plans for Nephrology related rare diseases portfolio brands throughout their lifecycle, including (but not limited to) late phase studies, Investigator initiated trials, data analysis/interpretation, publications, real world data generation, medical consultation meetings and other medical projects
  • Participate in conferences and scientific meetings to maintain knowledge base and keep up-to-date awareness of research in the field
  • Continuously expand medical and scientific expertise through peer-to-peer interactions with KOLs, investigators and other healthcare providers to improve patient outcomes
  • Keep abreast of the current literature, new and emerging research interests, trends, therapeutic issues and competitive landscape related to the relevant disease areas of focus
  • Provision of medical strategic input, scientific reviews and trainings to the brand matrix, including Medical Information, Pharmacovigilance, Regulatory Affairs, Market Access, Training and Commercial functions
  • Set objectives, track and measure progress of plans and budgets for Canadian medical plans
  • Ensure Canadian needs are effectively communicated to global partners to ensure alignment on strategy and planning at all levels
  • Reporting Safety Information, Product Quality Complaint and Customer Feedback as per training on current procedures
  • Performs other related duties as required

Qualifications and Key Competencies:

  • Advanced university degree (M.D., PhD, or PharmD) required
  • More than 10 years of relevant Medical Affairs experience with solid knowledge of the biotech/pharmaceutical industry
    • General knowledge on drug development and clinical research in a relevant therapeutic area
    • Relevant therapeutic area background and experience
    • Previous scientific experience in customer-facing role in the healthcare industry
  • Knowledge of clinical trial design and conduct, real world evidence generation, regulations, and familiarity with biostatistics
  • Must have experience in launching new products, market shaping and launch readiness activities and product lifecycle management
  • Ability to prepare and deliver high quality presentations and/or interpretation of scientific or clinical research publications
  • Ability to think and plan strategically (work plans, activities, timetables, targeting) and operating with execution excellence
  • Solid knowledge of the pharmaceutical environment and the role of Medical Affairs to advance the medical and scientific objectives of a pharmaceutical company
  • Knowledge of all aspects of drug development and local regulations, including regulations of promotional materials
  • Proven knowledge and competencies in the Nephrology therapeutic area and demonstrated ability to comprehend complex scientific data and concepts
  • Strong communication and presentation skills and ability to explain complex scientific data and concepts to a variety of audiences
  • Sound knowledge of the Canadian Healthcare System, ICH guidelines, GCP and other ethical guidelines relevant to the pharmaceutical industry such as IMC and PAAB codes
  • Deep understanding of Canadian pharmaceutical safety reporting and surveillance
  • Knowledge of the Health Canada and other federal and provincial policies impacting area as asset
  • Strong business acumen, including technology skills, business and market knowledge
  • Ability to organize, prioritize, and work effectively in a constantly changing environment. Must be able to work independently and in groups in a collegial manner, including with cross functional teams and internal/external networks
  • Excellent interpersonal skills (including ability to network), strong personal integrity, teamwork abilities (including the ability to serve as a role model for activities) and a customer focus are necessary
  • Good leadership skills and strategic thinking
  • Ability to plan and coordinate programs and activities
  • Willingness to travel (20-30% travel time – national and international)
  • Advanced French and English language proficiency (oral and written)
  • Must be at ease with technology (the use of various tools/systems to perform day-to-day tasks)


Key Leadership Competencies:

  • In-depth understanding and execution of meaningful strategies and data-based business decisions
  • Demonstrated organizational and analytical skills to set priorities, monitor progress towards goals, and track data, information and activities. Effectively manage budgets to deliver on financial commitments
  • Display sound business judgment (having an executive leadership mindset to assess local market and set direction). Ability to predict contingent outcomes from both a customer and competitive perspective
  • Possess knowledge of therapeutic areas and products to coach team members, who engage in scientific interactions with key stakeholders, external experts, and medical associations
  • Effectively communicate and collaborate with other team members to ensure alignment on plans
  • Demonstrate organizational and analytical skills
  • Ability to foster teamwork by working cooperatively and effectively with others to resolve, problems, and make decisions that enhance organizational effectiveness
  • Ability to make decisions independently and with appropriate input, to function with minimal supervision and high degree of initiative
  • Ability to take feedback constructively and consider the viewpoints of others
  • Demonstrate leadership approach to unite and motivate others to achieve results that are in the best interest of the organization
  • Demonstrate ability to be versatile and optimistic in a changing work environment while maintaining effectiveness and efficiency in a matrix environment
  • Ability to perform and bring out the best in others on a cross-functional global team
  • Ability to interact externally and internally to support a global scientific and business strategy


Supervision of Others:
Medical Science Liaison – National (near future)

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