Deadline: February 28, 2020 Medical Science Liaison

The Medical Science Liaison (MSL) at Pharmacosmos is a non-promotional hybrid role that combines traditional field-based medical activities with strategic Medical Advisor responsibilities. This is a key role within the Medical Affairs Team responsible for developing the assigned therapeutic area to ensure advances that will lead to optimal patient treatment and future business success.  

The MSL provides unbiased scientific information and medical education, drives data generation, establishes value-adding partnerships with healthcare professionals engaged in Iron deficiency Anemia care and supports the commercial teams, as appropriate.  The MSL works to shape the Iron Deficiency Anaemia care through Pharmacosmos’ medicines, research and customer services excellence.


The MSL is expected to:

  • Provide high quality scientific information to healthcare professionals (HCPs) in response to specific requests.
  • Support implementation of local best-practice protocols for the treatment of iron deficiency anaemia (IDA).
  • Support data generation through HCP-initiated projects by advising on medical writing, data analysis, and publication, where required.
  • Initiate and maintain strong relationships with Key Opinion Leaders (KOLs).
  • Develop and roll-out educational concepts in target therapeutic areas focusing on IDA awareness and screening, guideline recommendation and IDA treatment.
  • Support the provision of educational meetings focused on IDA management by interaction with HCP speakers to provide briefings around compliance, product information, clinical and scientific data, and support development of presentations.
  • Proactively identify areas of development for assigned therapeutic area, input into medical plans and execute medical affairs strategy by taking actions that lead to advances ensuring optimal patient treatment. 
  • Take an active role in clinical trials:  Input into the clinical development plan, study design and protocols to ensure that UK needs are addressed.  Proactively identify data gaps and work with relevant stakeholders to fill unmet needs.  Drive company-sponsored studies and have full responsibility for assigned investigator-sponsored studies ISS).
  • Provide scientific support to sales and marketing teams:  provide internal scientific training, input into the development of company materials and act as a compliance reviewer for sales/ marketing materials, where necessary.
  • Act to the highest ethical standards, develop an excellent understanding of the ABPI Code Practice and serve as a compliance advisor for internal teams, where necessary.
  • Fulfil Pharmacovigilance responsibilities as defined in the pharmacovigilance SOPs related to medical enquiries and drug safety information, and proactively collect information on the safety profile of Pharmacosmos’ products.

Time Management, Geography and Travel

The MSL covers a dedicated territory within the South, Central or North regions. They should be based within the dedicated territory.  Regular travel within the region/UK and occasional international travel is excepted. A Driver’s licence is required.  The MSL is expected to have 3-4 days a week in the field and 1-2 days a week working from home.


  • Leadership – ethical, ambitious, focused, organised
  • Customer-oriented – analyse and meet/exceed customers’ needs
  • Drive – “prompt call-to-action”
  • Responsible – timely and explicit feed-back to customers on agreements
  • Transparency – flat decision structure and communication
  • Accountability – Independent decision-making (impartiality, competence and ethics)
  • Ability to act locally, also in accordance with main prioritisations of the company

Attitude and Behaviour

  • Proud Pharmacosmos ambassador
  • Strong personal leadership
  • Inspire cross-functional transparency and collaboration
  • Customer-centric ‘can-do’ attitude and goal focused
  • Ambitious, independent, analytical, collaborative, loyal, organised

Education Professional Background

  • Holds an advanced degree in life sciences (MSc or or PhD) medicine or pharmacy and demonstrated commercial acumen.  Has good understanding of the workings of the pharmaceutical industry and has worked in MSL role.
  • Has a strong understanding of the NHS; knowledge regarding Irish healthcare system is considered an advantage. 
  • Has a proven track-record of translating scientific or clinical data into messages to help physicians best serve their patients and support change in clinical practices through collaboration with KOLs and strategic stakeholders.
  • The individual would require a strong drive, collaborative mind-set and great communication skills.


All roles at Pharmacosmos can reasonably evolve their duties and responsibilities over time, Reasonable flexibility is, therefore, a key part of any job at Pharmacosmos.  Significant variations in duties and responsibilities should be discussed between the post-holder and manager as they occur.


All employees are encouraged to improve and innovate their own roles as well as to highlight improvements and innovations that may be made elsewhere. Agree with your manager how such innovations may be raised or implemented.

About Pharmacosmos

Headquartered in Denmark, Pharmacosmos is a family-owned, international healthcare company with more than 50 years of innovation and leadership in iron- and carbohydrate-based treatments and solutions for human and animal use.

A research-based company, its ongoing R&D programme focuses on improving the lives of patients with iron deficiency with or without anaemia. More than 1 billion people live with iron deficiency anaemia and it is the leading cause of death for an estimated 180,000 people every year. This makes it one of the largest global health challenges of our time.

Pharmacosmos has subsidiaries in US, UK, Ireland, Germany, Sweden and Norway and its products are marketed in more than 80 countries around the world. Its manufacturing facilities are approved, among others, by the Danish Medicines Agency and the US FDA.


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