Group Medical Director, Respiratory, US Medical Affairs

South San Francisco
California, United States of America

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The Position

Candidate will lead a team of direct and indirect reports, which means he/she will manage other people managers. Candidate will oversee a team of medical directors and their teams who are responsible for creating, executing and monitoring medical strategies, plans, programs and other tactics, including data generation and management, thought leader interactions, sponsored trials, supported trials, registries, exploratory data analysis, publications, other medical communications, medical education, medical meetings and events, etc. for all pre-launch, launch and marketed Genentech products in the assigned portfolio.

Candidate will provide guidance regarding medical strategies, multiple plans and prioritization for the assigned portfolio.Medical Directors (MDs) can be assigned responsibilities as general MDs for particular product(s), or specific responsibilities for Scientific Collaborations, Patient Registries or other specialty Medical Affairs assignments. All Roche employees are expected to effectively contribute to cross-functional collaboration and coordination and comply with all laws, regulations, policies & procedures that govern our business. Key Accountabilities In this position, candidate will be primarily accountable for consistently, effectively:

  • Developing the medical vision and strategy for molecules/products across the assigned portfolio
  • Overseeing multiple, often large-scale post-marketing trials, studies, investigations, other projects and programs for the assigned portfolio to ensure all activities are completed on time, to high standards and within budget
  • Contributing to the long-term vision, strategy, plans and results for the overall U.S. Medical Affairs organization and the assigned therapeutic area(s)
  • Proactively identifying and leading cross-functional projects and initiatives that carry broad impact across Medical Affairs
  • Representing Medical Affairs on multidisciplinary Genentech and global Roche teams
  • Acting as an expert advisor to internal committees, management and teams regarding strategic medical issues and lifecycle planning
  • Providing expert leadership guidance and input Lifecycle Management, Lifecycle Plans, 3-year and 1-year brand/tactical plans for all molecules/products in the assigned portfolio
  • Acting as a guardian for high standards of compliance, ethics and safety; putting patients at the center of all actions
  • Compliantly developing and cultivating long-term strategic partnerships with thought leaders and other external stakeholders
  • Inspiring your team, recruiting, developing and retaining talent and ensuring a strong succession plan for key positions 

People Management/Leadership

  • Hire, develop and oversee the work of direct and indirect reports
  • Create an environment of strong team spirit, timely and effective communications, sense of urgency, high motivation and inspire teams to achieve goals in the immediate- and longer-term
  • Act as part of the assigned USMA Medical Unit Leadership Team and play a key role in cross-functional planning and decision making
  • Develop/lead organizational design, resource requirements, compensation, expense budgets, immediate-, medium- and long term capacity for the assigned Medical Affairs function and team
  • Provide vision and strategic direction to your team 

Medical Strategy/Planning

  • Advise senior leadership, direct reports and others internally and externally on strategic medical issues and considerations
  • Act as a key contributor to or lead for peer review sessions; includes acting as a frequent reviewer in internal review/ decision making committees
  • Oversee and guide development of post-marketing medical strategies and Medical Plans
  • Provide critical, strategic insights and recommendations across multiple medical projects and other activities
  • Work with team and therapeutic counterparts in Genentech and global groups to align Medical Plans, goals and objectives at the affiliate, regional and global levels 

Medical Affairs Management/Operations

  • Assign team members as Medical Team Leads and as standing or ad hoc members of Product Development Medical Affairs teams, other core and sub-teams.
  • Ensure appropriate and adequate representation across teams relevant to assigned portfolio Where assigned, act as a standing member of the relevant Product Development Medical Affairs Team
  • Where assigned, serve on Joint Executive committees, which include other Genentech and/or global Roche partner functions as well as external collaborator personnel
  • Act as expert participant and contributor on advisory boards and presenter at other external forums
  • Provide medical affairs support for Phase III clinical trials
  • Consult to Genentech Business Development on relevant acquisitions, joint ventures or other strategic partnerships
  • Develop and deliver presentations, both internally and externally, to convey the medical perspective and provide updates on activities relevant to assigned portfolio or therapeutic area
  • Attend and contribute at major scientific and medical conferences
  • Provide medical affairs input into competitive intelligence activities and projects 
  • Provide expert review of published scientific and clinical literature
  • Oversee medical programs and tactics across multiple projects. Direct others in developing and executing medical strategies, trials, other studies and investigations, communication, education, health economics and outcomes research and publication activities over a range of products within the assigned portfolio
  • Oversee and guide design, execution and data interpretation of post-marketing clinical trials and other post-marketing medical investigations or studies 
  • Provide ongoing guidance on the overall strategy and prioritization of medical plan activities across the assigned portfolio 


  • Maintain the highest standards and levels of scientific, clinical and technical expertise in assigned therapeutic area(s)
  • Have extensive interactions with prominent thought leaders and other relevant external parties


  • MD (Board Certified MD within therapeutic area is preferred)
  • In-depth knowledge of PV, ICH-GCP and other relevant standards and guidelines
  • Strong knowledge of the overall drug development process (Phase IV drug development experience; Phase I - III drug development is a plus)
  • Proven expertise with a wide range of data/information: scientific/clinical, safety, legal/regulatory, medical writing, analytics, etc.
  • Comprehensive understanding of product and safety profiles
  • Well-versed in medical aspects of FDA regulations
  • Relevant therapeutic area knowledge

Who We Are

A member of the Roche Group, Genentech has been at the forefront of the biotechnology industry for more than 40 years, using human genetic information to develop novel medicines for serious and life-threatening diseases. Genentech has multiple therapies on the market for cancer & other serious illnesses. Please take this opportunity to learn about Genentech where we believe that our employees are our most important asset & are dedicated to remaining a great place to work.

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