Deadline: February 28, 2021 Medical Science Liaison

Pharmacosmos UK and Ireland has ambitious plans supported by a 3-5-year vision for the business. Our products are prescribed across multiple therapeutic areas including Cardiology, Nephrology and Obstetrics & Gynaecology, a broad therapeutic application, and a significant clinical advantage to other iron products on the market.
We are looking for an individual with strong personal leadership, customer orientated and highly collaborative. We are a team of more than 50, where our goal is to support both patients and healthcare professionals with a range of iron therapies, tools and resources. If you are looking for your next medical career step and want to be part of our mission – elevating the standard of care for people burdened with iron deficiency and anaemia – which drives all that we do, apply or get in touch.

Role Overview

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.

The MSL provides non-promotional scientific information and medical education, drives data generation, establishes value-adding partnerships with healthcare professionals engaged in Iron Deficiency with or without anaemia (ID/IDA) care and supports the marketing and commercial teams, as appropriate.

This role will be part of a team of eight MSL's, regionally located across the UK & IE and covering a variety of therapy areas including cardiology, gastroenterology, obstetrics and gynaecology, nephrology, and surgery.

What will you do

External Stakeholder Relationships

  • Provide high quality scientific information to healthcare professionals (HCPs) in response to specific requests
  • Initiate and maintain strong engagement with HCPs and Key Opinion Leaders (KOLs)
  • Support data generation through HCP-initiated projects by providing support for medical writing, data analysis, and publication, in line with current ethical publishing guidelines
  • Support implementation of local best-practice protocols for the treatment of iron deficiency with or without anaemia (ID/IDA)
  • Develop and roll-out educational concepts in target therapeutic areas focusing on ID/IDA awareness and screening, guideline recommendation and ID/IDA treatment
  • Support the provision of educational meetings focused on ID/IDA management by interacting with HCP speakers to provide briefings around compliance, product information, clinical and scientific data, and support development of presentations
  • Support advisory boards, where necessary, to gain key opinion leader insights into ID/IDA

Internal Stakeholder Relationships

  • Establish themselves as an internal product expert
    • More experienced MSLs will also have the opportunity to become therapy area (TA) leads
    • Provide close cross-functional collaborative working with sales and marketing teams
    • Provide internal scientific training with sales and marketing teams
    • Input into the development of company materials and act as a compliance reviewer for sales and marketing materials, where necessary
  • 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)

Additions to Role and Responsibilities as Senior MSL

  • Expand Therapy Area knowledge and take on the role as Therapy Area (TA) Lead, supporting an MSL as a co-lead and mentor
  • Develop experience and exposure by supporting the Lead MSL for their region with additional local and national projects
  • Deputise for Lead MSL where required

Additions to Role and Responsibilities as Lead MSL

  • Support the Head of Field Based Medical Affairs with team management, mentoring and coaching
  • MSL line management responsibility
  • Create and implement TA strategy and tactics for their respective regions
  • Work with L&D to identify how to best support and develop MSLs e to take an active lead on training colleagues across functions
  • Support MSLs with best practice on cross functional collaboration
  • Support Head of Field Based Medical Affairs with MAF budget management


  • Possess superlative communication skills
  • Act to the highest ethical standards
  • Have an excellent understanding of the (2021) 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

What We Expect of You

  • Holds a life-science degree (e.g., BSc)
    • An advanced degree in life-sciences (MSc or PhD) medicine or pharmacy would be an advantage
  • Has pharmaceutical experience, including time spent in Field Medical and/or Medical Affairs
  • Has a proven track-record of translating scientific or clinical data into messages to help HCPs to best serve their patients through collaboration with KOLs and strategic stakeholders
  • Experienced and highly conversant with the NHS and its workings
    • Knowledge of the Irish Healthcare system would be an advantage
  • Has an established network of UK HCPs
    • A network in the anaemia community would be an advantage
  • The Senior MSL role will bring in addition to the above 3 years MSL experience
  • The Lead MSL role will bring in addition to the above a proven background in team management/ mentoring / guiding / supporting

What You Can Expect of Us

  • To join a team at the start of a new vision to execute a very specific and measurable mission
  • The chance to have high levels of visibility across our organisation
  • Exceptional career prospects with scope for development internally including international moves
  • To be part of a diverse and inclusive family culture, where colleagues are empowered to bring ideas to the table and add value
  • A flexible approach to work/life integration
  • Competitive salary & comprehensive benefits package including bonus scheme


All roles at Pharmacosmos can and will 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.


Even if not specifically stated in the job description, 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.

Location and Travel

  • Field based role based
  • The MSL / Senior MSL / Lead MSL covers a dedicated territory within one of four regions (Celtic, North, East, and West regions).
  • Regular travel within the region/UK and occasional international travel is excepted.
  • A Driver’s license is required
  • Able to travel to domestic and international scientific and internal company meetings

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, China, 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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