Allergan Sr. Director Med. Affairs Toxin Science & Spasticity/Movement Disorders in Irvine, California

Sr. Director Med. Affairs Toxin Science & Spasticity/Movement Disorders

Irvine, California, United States at

Aug 01, 2016Post Date

149923Requisition #

Allergan plc (NYSE: AGN) is a bold, global pharmaceutical company and a leader in a new industry model – Growth Pharma. Allergan is focused on developing, manufacturing and commercializing branded pharmaceuticals and biologic products for patients around the world. Allergan markets a portfolio of best-in-class products that provide novel treatments for the central nervous system, eye care, medical aesthetics and dermatology, gastroenterology, women's health, urology, anti-infective and cardiovascular therapeutic categories. With commercial operations in approximately 100 countries, Allergan is committed to working with physicians, healthcare providers and patients to deliver innovative and meaningful treatments that help people around the world live longer, healthier lives. Our success is powered by our world-class team’s commitment to being Bold for Life. Together, we build bridges, power ideas, act fast and drive results for our customers and patients around the world by always doing what it is right.

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At Allergan you will have the opportunity to thrive in a fast-paced, strategic environment where bold, innovative thinking isn’t just welcomed, it’s encouraged. Across all functions, we relish the opportunity to help our people fulfill their potential. Our rapid growth strategy means plenty of opportunities to step into the spotlight.

Position Description

The Medical Affairs Director, Neurotoxin Science and Spasticity/Movement Disorders (SMD) provides scientific global leadership to BOTOX ® scientific positioning and differentiation across all therapeutic areas, and on projects and operations specifically related to SMD activities. Responsible for developing and maintaining a current and extensive understanding of the botulinum toxin landscape and for communicating BOTOX ® scientific positioning through the creation and delivery of evidence-based scientific publications and reviews, presentations to clinical, academic, and managed care professionals, the drafting of regular scientific reports on high value data, and serving as the internal liaison for Medical Affairs and commercial training initiatives related to competitor products and activities and SMD. Provides leadership in the planning and implementation of new toxin assets, formulations, pre-clinical, and post-marketing clinical studies in support of SMD and the differentiation platform. Further responsibilities include provision of a scientific and clinical interface to Allergan Key Thought Leaders (TLs) and facilitation of advocacy development. Also works with the Global marketing teams to support the development of corporate strategy grounded in strong scientific data.

The employee must conduct their work activities in compliance with all Allergan internal requirements and with all applicable regulatory requirements. Allergan internal requirements include compliance with ethics, environmental health and safety, financial, human resources, and general business policies, requirements and objectives.

Main Areas of Responsibility

Develop and communicate BOTOX scientific competitive positioning to key internal and external stakeholders

  • Represent the organization through delivery of toxin science expertise at key external toxin science events including facial and therapeutic congress podium presentations, scientific debates, opinion leader meetings and opinion leader training events

  • Ensure consistent integration of key toxin differentiation messages across medical and neurosciences franchises

  • Create and maintain core presentation materials to be delivered at internal Medical Affairs trainings and external medical professional forums, such as advisory boards and scientific exchange meetings

  • Lead global medical affairs toxin science expertise development activities and support the global Medical Scientific Liaison (MSL) organization as the principal driver of toxin differentiation training

  • Support the Toxin Differentiation Team by providing critical analysis and scientific oversight to key business objectives related to competitor activities

  • Lead the cross-functional BOTOX ® Competitive Strategy Forum

Global Medical Affairs Lead for Spasticity and Movement Disorders

  • Function as key strategic partner with Clinical Development, HEOR, Marketing, Regulatory, and Legal teams to execute medical life cycle plan; implementing strategies and tactics in support of brand development in spasticity and movement disorders (SMD)

  • Direct the coordination and utilization of scientific information that may be used by various internal stakeholders in support of marketed product(s) and drugs in development within SMD; this will include the establishment of relevant Advisory Boards.

  • Provides strategic medical practice input to the Product Development Teams to ensure that appropriate Phase IV studies are planned and executed to provide practice relevant data on the marketed products. In addition, provide inputs from medical practice perspective to HEOR team for real world studies as needed.

  • Within the context of the strategic development and brand plans for each product and the therapeutic area, evaluate proposed research concepts and protocols for investigator initiated studies (IIT), assessing such IITs for medical/scientific merit, appropriate design and strategic fit for the product.

  • Establish and maintain relationships with Key Opinion Leaders (KOLs) in respective therapeutic area to establish strong scientific presence in the practicing and academic communities. Collaborate with External Medical Affairs to ensure KOL cultivation/communication is optimized. Collaborate with HEOR to establish scientific & clinical credibility with payers, managed market/market access (ex-US) and healthcare decision makers.


  • MD, Ph.D, or Pharm D required

  • Min. 10 years total experience, of which min. 7 years in academic research, clinical practice, regulatory/scientific, or medical liaison environment

  • Experience in Neurology or central nervous system (CNS) disciplines required.

  • Experience and knowledge of inner workings of a physician’s practice required. Preferred Skills/Qualification

  • Scientific and pharmaceutical knowledge and/or experience to enable ability to effectively learn and convey clinical and non-clinical technical information

  • Strong team, leadership, planning and organizational skills

  • Strong presentation, teaching skills and written/verbal communication skills necessary to meet the needs of various audiences

  • Strong interpersonal, influencing and conflict resolution skills

  • Demonstrated analytical and problem solving skills

  • Ability to work independently

  • Ability to lead and influence key decision makers and develop and maintain strong relationships in order to work closely with outside physicians/scientists, and numerous in-house support groups

  • Ability to travel to domestic and international locations

  • Proven abilities in business planning with financial/budgetary experience

  • Proficiency in database searching and knowledge of evidence based medicine concepts and criteria

  • Proficiency in Windows, Excel, Word, Power Point, and other software skills