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Medical Director

The Medical Director within a pharmaceutical company is responsible for the management of the Medical Affairs Department (Medical Information, Pharmacovigilance, Regulatory Affairs, Quality Management and Clinical Research), the design of clinical trials and the provision and coordination of therapeutic area training to commercial affairs and marketing. The Medical Director is a strategic Senior Management position with the company.

Typically the Medical Director is a Medical Doctor, Pharmacist or PhD Life Scientist with over 10 years experience in Medical Affairs area within a pharmaceutical company.

Key Skills a Medical Director should possess are:



  • Commercial capability to work effectively within business limits
  • Organisational and planning ability to allow prioritization of concurrent projects
  • Ability to assimilate scientific data to allow clear conclusions to be drawn and communicated effectively
  • Ability to negotiate and build relationships with the national Key Opinion Leaders
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to understand the needs and motivation of internal and external customers
  • Ability to lead, motivate and develop others
  • Proven track record of projects completion on time within budget
  • Sense of urgency to ensure projects start and finish on time and to budget
  • High degree of attention to detail
  • Excellent presentation skills