At ProClinical, our specialist medical affairs recruitment team is seeking experienced candidates for a range of medical affairs roles within the pharmaceutical industry including medical director, medical affairs, medical science liaison (MSL) and medical information roles.
Medical affairs roles are often varied and dynamic, and candidates must bridge the gap between research, clinical development, scientific publications, health outcomes, biostatistics and medical education. Working in medical affairs involves supporting and planning the research, development and launch of pharmaceutical products.
Medical affairs professionals must ensure that companies market products in a fair and ethical manner, ensuring that they also make a profit. Jobs in this field typically span marketing, medical and business intelligence functions. The diversity of roles gives individuals the opportunity to either pursue a career in management, or transfer their skills into specific medical positions such as medical scientist or medical liaison. ProClinical has placed many medical affairs candidates across all areas within this field and has in-depth experience of the industry.
What do medical jobs in pharma entail?
The role of medical affairs is to educate and provide medical and scientific information to physicians, key opinion leaders, regulatory agencies, professional groups and healthcare professionals. The purpose is to enhance a company’s reputation in the scientific industry. By complementing the work of research and development departments, medical affairs professionals advise on the best use of a company’s products, therapies, devices, technology and diagnostics. There is huge opportunity for career progression within medical affairs.
Medical information jobs support internal and external parties including patients, medical professionals, sales and marketing teams by providing compliance and product information, reference checking published literature and company data. Gaining experience in medical information can often be a great way to progress your career in other medical jobs in the pharmaceutical industry.
What are the day-to-day responsibilities of medical affairs jobs?
Given that medical affairs jobs are so diverse, the roles and responsibilities are also very varied. A typical day might involve taking part in the production of a scientific publication, or assisting in creative solutions to improve a company’s business and services. Some medical affairs professionals such as MSLs spend approximately 60-80% of their time in the field and are often required to travel internationally for 20-30%.
What types of roles are available?
ProClinical receives vacancies from small and large pharmaceutical companies such as Glaxo SmithKline, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson. Medical affairs roles generally fall into these areas:
What skills and experience are required?
Our experience of placing candidates in medical affairs gives us a strong idea of the skills and experience that are required to succeed in this field. Candidates applying for medical affairs jobs must be meticulous and organised because they are expected to juggle priorities and workload to keep up with the demand and responsibilities of their job. To be successful they must have strong networking, relationship-building and presentation skills as many of their responsibilities involve communicating with key personnel in pharmaceutical companies, healthcare centres and hospitals.
A scientific degree is necessary and many candidates require additional qualifications for career progression in medical affairs, often an MSc, PhD or MBA. This is crucial as, for example, many MSL roles or medical/scientific advisor positions demand that complex scientific information and product knowledge is delivered clearly and concisely to key opinion leaders (KOLs). Other skills that are required vary based on the type of medicine or therapy area.
What opportunities are there for career progression?
Medical affairs roles usually follow a defined career path, together with regular international travel and an excellent salary and benefits package. A popular route is a medical science liaison progressing into a MSL manager role, or veering into a medical advisor or scientific advisor position. Other career paths involve a medical information officer progressing into a management role. Check out our blog to find out which medical affairs jobs have the best career prospects.
How can ProClinical help?
Not all medical affairs vacancies are advertised and because of a general shortage of qualified candidates, companies are usually open to targeted speculative applications. By sending us your CV, we can notify you about suitable opportunities as soon as they become available. ProClinical maintains relationships with small and large pharmaceutical companies and is connected with companies that would be willing to accept speculative applications. We are highly experienced in medical affairs recruitment across the UK and internationally, and we regularly receive new vacancies for permanent and contract positions. Uploading your CV to our candidate database can help speed up the job search process as we aim to match the right people to the right jobs.
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