Celgene Executive Medical Director - UK and Ireland in Hillingdon, United Kingdom


Celgene is a global biopharmaceutical company leading the way in medical innovation to help patients live longer, better lives. Our purpose as a company is to discover and develop therapies that will change the course of human health. We value our passion for patients, quest for innovation, spirit of independence and love of challenge. With a presence in more than 70 countries - and growing - we look for talented people to grow our business, advance our science and contribute to our unique culture.


The Executive Medical Director occupies a key strategic and leadership role for Celgene in the UK and Ireland. He/she will lead the medical department and provide clinical/scientific leadership to our functional teams.

The Executive Medical Director provides near and long term strategic direction and will support the product strategies within Celgene’s therapeutic areas. He/she also plays an important role in interacting with external stakeholders as well as major functions at Headquarter level regarding clinical research, development etc. supporting to the strategic direction of Celgene.

He/she will also ensure compliance of its employees to the rules and regulations of regulatory agencies and that behaviour in the organization meets the company’s code of Conduct.

Role and Responsibilities

Medical Activities

  • Provision of strong medical leadership and management of a department with a large diversity of functional - and disease area experts, including Senior Med. Affairs experts in Haematology & Oncology, in Inflammatory & Immunology, Clinical Operations, Drug Safety & Risk Management, Regulatory Affairs and Quality.

  • Overall responsibility and oversight for the strategic design, development and execution of Medical Affairs activities, the strategies of Clinical Development Operations programs and IIT plans.

  • Establish a professional and collaborative relationship with the overall organization and business units ensuring a positive contribution to the objectives of the organization. This includes co-ordination and close alignment with the other department heads, seeking for synergies and optimally servicing joint and overlapping customer and stakeholder audience.

  • Provision of strong and versatile leadership to the UK & Ireland Medical Department, including ensuring recruitment, coaching and people- as well as organizational development.

  • Foster a high performing team culture, which attracts, develops and retains employees with high growth potential.

  • Building and shaping a scientific talent pool that will drive the future success of Celgene locally and internationally.

  • Inspiring and strong leadership in a rapidly growing and evolving organization and an equally dynamic healthcare environment.

  • Management of Medical budget and forecasts.

  • Establish a culture of organizational performance and delivery on goals targets by defining and focusing on high business priorities and core activities.

HCC (Healthcare Compliance)

  • Healthcare Compliance Lead with matrix reporting into Head EMEA HCC.

  • Guarantee the conduct of medical and scientific activities according to all relevant regulations including responsibility for sign-off of appropriate documents (Country SOP, contracts, etc.).

  • ABPI code compliance.

Stakeholder Management

  • Drive relations with MHRA ,IMB, EMA and other relevant regulatory bodies

  • Strong and solid communication skills. Company spokesperson together with the GM.

  • Strategic visionary partner for external Stakeholders with broad Med. Aff. Expertise and close connectivity to Market Access and Health Economics (Policymakers, Scientific & Academic Leaders).

Active member of the UK & Ireland affiliate Leadership Team.


MD, with further qualifications (i.e. MBA, PhD or Board Certification) advantageous.

Skills and Knowledge required

The ideal candidate will not only bring a significant pedigree in medical marketing, but will likely also bring experience of clinical development, KOL engagement and relationship-building. Just as important as the ‘technical’ background, the new Medical Director should demonstrate a real focus on (and passion for) leadership and people development.

Therapeutic experience in one or multiple disease focus area of Celgene (Oncology, Hematology, Rheumatology, Dermatology, Multiple Sclerosis, Gastroenterology) is a distinct advantage, but this is not to be sought at the expense of the broader business and leadership/soft skills.

Personal characteristics will be absolutely crucial, as the successful individual needs to have the self-sufficiency, energy and drive to take this opportunity and run with it, with exceptional communication and leadership skills, as well as a level of comfort at working in a high-growth, fast-paced matrix environment, where influencing, collaborating and negotiating across an organisation are a prerequisite.

Specifically he/she will possess the following:

  • Strong clinical research and medical affairs experience in the biopharmaceutical industry, ideally spanning multinational and specialty organizations.

  • Therapeutic experience in one or multiple disease focus area of Celgene is highly advantageous

  • Extensive HCC experience and deeply knowledge of local HCC environment.

  • Experience of IIT management.

  • New product development/clinical development experience desirable including the ability to shape clinical trial design with a strategic mindset.

  • Sound knowledge of the UK pharmaceuticals industry environment as well as the legal/ healthcare system.

  • A solid understanding of the pharmaceutical product development process and a strong awareness of the interface between R&D, Regulatory Affairs, Market Access and marketing.

  • Experience leading and/or working closely with Drug Safety, Regulatory Affairs, Quality, Medical Affairs and Clinical Development teams.

  • Budgeting experience, resource management experience.

  • Excellent network of customer contacts and strong customer orientation; science-based and marketing-minded.

  • Strong people management skills, including proven track record of successful leadership of cross-functional teams.

  • Ability to contribute effectively to the UK & Ireland Leadership Team working cross-functionally to achieve organizational goals.

  • Intellectually nimble with strong business acumen, analytical skills and results orientation and emotional intelligence toward internal and external stakeholders.

  • Ability to manage change and proven record of showing adaptability in leadership and line management.

  • Excellent communication, influencing and presentation skills, scientific and non-scientific, throughout all levels and geographies of an organization.

  • Strong identification with Celgene’s values.

  • A person who is confident with ideas and innovative thinking and is able to tailor them to productive ends with the courage of his/her convictions.



Executive Medical Director - UK and Ireland

Location: Hillingdon, England, UK

Job ID: 17001364