Medical Scientist Lead, Immunology/Inflammation

Medical Scientist Lead, Immunology/Inflammation


Munich, Germany

Overview and key accountabilities:

The Medical Scientist Lead (MS Lead) leads and manages the team of field-based Medical Scientists (MS, commonly known as MSL) in the assigned Therapeutic Area(s). Under the leadership of the TA Lead and in collaboration with the Medical (Project) Managers the MS Lead co-develops the Medical Affairs product and TA strategy and ensures execution through the MS team. This requires close national and international collaboration with colleagues from other departments. Key accountabilities include leadership of the Immunology/Inflammation MS team at the national level, development of the MS communication and (K)OL engagement strategy, and its implementation based on the Plan of Action (POA). The role is preferably office-based in Munich and requires national and international travel (including internal meetings and external scientific conferences). The position reports to the Medical Affairs TA Lead and typically operates at the Associate Director level.

Specific responsibilities:

The MS Lead provides vision and direction for the MS team:

  • Leads and manages a team of Medical Scientists at a national level;
  • Provides clear strategic guidance for the execution of the MS objectives within the TA strategies, medical POAs and cross-functional projects;
  • Ensures continuous development and training of the team and individual team members based on Gilead´s MS Competency Model; acts as a coach and mentor for MSs;
  • Sets clear performance expectations that are aligned with company and department goals; monitors progress and delivers fair and effective performance reviews;
  • Ensures appropriate planning and reporting of MS activities;
  • Plans and monitors the budget for the MS team and MS activities;
  • Leads hiring of the team and ensures excellent onboarding of new team members;
  • Participates in the exchange with the medical community and maintains a thought leaders network.

The MS Lead is a critical contributor to the development and execution of the Medical Affairs product and TA strategy:

  • Contributes to the medical TA leadership and provides strategic input into the TA strategy (medical and cross-functional) and POAs;
  • Contributes to the development and execution of the Medical Affairs strategy (including medical communication, (K)OL engagement, insight and evidence generation);
  • Ensures implementation of international Medical Affairs initiatives on a national level through MS team;
  • Directs and oversees planning and execution of MS activities, e.g. advisory boards, medical education programs, data generation, ISR and Phase IV support;
  • Contributes to the overall product strategy by participating in national and international product/brand team(s);
  • Collaborates effectively and in a compliant manner with colleagues in other functional areas, e.g. Clinical Research, Sales and Marketing, Market Access, PVE.

The MS Lead develops and advances the Medical Science function:

  • Reviews, improves, and develops existing and new tools to optimally manage the MS function;
  • Stays up to date with MSL management approaches in the industry and applies them to the Gilead MS team where appropriate;
  • The MS Lead Inflammation will be instrumental in establishing and defining this role for the Medical Affairs department. This will include establishing a professional and proactive MS leadership approach according to industry benchmarks. For this purpose the accountability of this position extends beyond assigned TAs and is critical to prepare Medical Affairs for the future.


  • Advanced scientific degree (i.e. MD, PharmD, PhD);
  • People management experience (ideally experience in leading field-based teams);
  • Proven track record of planning and executing a Medical Affairs plan;
  • Ability to embrace Gilead’s patient-centric values, including highest ethical and compliance standards;
  • Works independently with minimal supervision;
  • Excellent organizational skills including attention to detail and prioritization;
  • Strategic mindset with a focus on collaboration and excellence;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in German and English.


  • At least 5 years pharmaceutical company experience with a minimum of 3 years within Medical Affairs;
  • Scientific and/or clinical knowledge in Immunology/Inflammation;
  • Proven ability to work in a cross-functional matrix;
  • Experience of working in an international environment;
  • Previous experience in Medical Science Liaison;
  • Established German thought leader network in Immunology/Inflammation.

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