Cluster Medical Affairs Head, Anglophone West Africa at Novartis

Posted on: Fri 29-03-2024

Novartis provides healthcare solutions that improve and extend people’s lives. We use science-based innovation to address some of society’s most challenging healthcare issues. We discover and develop breakthrough treatments and find new ways to deliver them to as many people as possible. Our company is focused on industry-leading divisions with innovation power and global scale: pharmaceuticals, eye care and generic medicines

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Cluster Medical Affairs Head, Anglophone West Africa

Job ID: 395342BR

Location: Lagos

About The Role

  • The Cluster Medical Affairs Head is the lead cluster medical representative, responsible for adopting and executing the near- and long-term medical strategy, forging bold strategic partnership with the healthcare communities and governmental entities.
  • Manage and develop the overall performance of the medical unit in the cluster
  • Drive best-in-class launch preparedness and launch execution (incl. ensuring that relevant barriers to access and weaknesses in the healthcare ecosystem are addressed before launch and local data gaps are closed where applicable)


The major accountabilities for the role include:

  • Raises country medical and clinical interests into global and regional strategy and planning prelaunch starting at DDP, through providing timely and strategic feedback to relevant GPTs and cluster/regional cross-functional teams. This shapes the development programs earlier and ensures integrated, diverse data available at launch to support own local reimbursement and clinical implementation.
  • In line with the evolving healthcare ecosystem, proactively and strategically builds and strengthens partnerships beyond the traditional Healthcare professionals and organizations. Identifies opportunities for joint value creation deploying new engagement models of broader reach.
  • Engages with key patient associations, academic societies, patients, payers and reimbursement bodies as well as the relevant healthcare systems, to harness opportunities and share ownership in transforming the clinical practice with optimal access and better outcomes for real world patients.
  • Encourages earlier (starting at DDP) initiation of innovative integrated evidence generation strategies, novel research activities, and local collaborative and impactful partner-ship engagements. Supports utility of RWE innovative study designs and exploratory trials (where applicable) across TAs to accelerate patient access; oversight of Managed Access Programs (MAPs), IITs etc.
  • In close collaboration with Global Drug Development (GDD), cultivates strategic and effective co-creation and collaboration plans, for allocation and execution of clinical trials within the country, as necessary Local portfolio prioritization to shape GDD trial strategies and resource allocation (where applicable).
  • Ensures Besure/Fuse approval for events/ materials used by SSO and collaboration to upgrade capability of investigators, Ethics Committees etc. Cluster Medical Affairs Head is country manager for CRMA (where relevant)
  • Oversees that all local studies are developed and timely executed based on country evidence gaps. Accountable to ensure adherence to all governance, compliance, quality, and safety measures in accordance with local standards in implementation. Ensures effective communication plans in place for external stakeholder education and advocacy.
  • Ensures implementation science plans in place early and holistically to systematically shape health policy and practice guidelines converging clinical innovations and treatments into better standards of care via better disease management. Depth of insight and understanding of local Healthcare ecosystem and contextual system challenges to ensure early reimbursement and patient adherence.
  • Encourages utility of more innovative digital technologies for more meaningful and impactful engagements and data generation and utilization.
  • Builds and facilitates close cross-functional equal partner collaboration with key internal stakeholders, co-creating and leading where necessary. Function as the key medical interface to Country President, Value & Access, TA Heads or similar position, GDD representatives, Public Affairs, and compliance teams as well as related regional teams. In partnership with cluster Regulatory Affairs, develops and manages long-term relationships with local Regulatory agencies and relevant medical societies.
  • Maintains and drives the standards of medical and scientific excellence in the country through recruitment selection, deployment and capability upskilling of agile innovative and collaborative talent together with P&O, in accordance with Novartis Leadership Standards.
  • Role models ethical standards and contribute proactively to a credible image for Novartis in the country. Represent Novartis at key external governmental, scientific, clinical, and medical events to educate, advocate and support innovation and evidence-based re-search.
  • Owns and optimizes medical resources and allocation: Advocates early resourcing (where and when appropriate), while ensuring cost adherence in spend of Medical Affairs trials, activities, and resourcing. Ability to articulate and defend priorities and needs of medical with strong influencing skills. Recruits, hires and develops talent while maximizing potential for leadership.
  • Drive the spirit of “ONE Team” across all functions (TA first) by supporting a team approach to focus on our patients, payers and customers as our top priorities.

Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion:

  • We are committed to building an outstanding, inclusive work environment and diverse teams representative of the patients and communities we serve.

Role Requirements


Medical Doctor (MD) preferred. (If not, strong scientific background required Pharm D)


Fluency in English. Local language: preferable (requirement based on country needs)

Experience/Professional Requirements:

  • 5+ years of relevant experience working with high-performing regional and local medical and access teams in healthcare/life sciences industry.
  • Relevant experience acquired at pharmaceutical companies, HTA, physician associations or health care consultancy companies or equivalent experience.
  • Working knowledge of pharmaceutical market and health-care systems
  • Proven ability to network with all levels of external stakeholders and work in matrix environment distilling and prioritizing market needs and deliverables.
  • Strong leadership and influencing skills in a matrix; articulate vision for MA in the Country; build externally focused culture.
  • Excellent writing, communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Strong solution-orientation and business acumen
  • Operate with mutual respect and integrity, embrace diversity, collaboration and candor diversity, collaboration, and candor.
  • Deep understanding of drug development and approval processes, including experience designing and/or executing clinical studies.
  • Thought leader in all medical core and game changing competencies.
  • Scientific/medical research experience with demonstrated record of scientific/medical publication desirable.
  • Excellent understanding of local, regional, and country regulatory standards and processes, as well as relevant (country-specific) ethical and legal guidelines. International/global experience desirable
  • Experience in risk management.

Method of Application

Interested and qualified candidates should:

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