Celgene Director, Medical Affairs Global Learning and Development in Summit, New Jersey


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.

Position Summary:

Responsible for designing and delivering both a long-term strategic training plan as well as an annual tactical training plan for Medical Affairs (MA), globally. Leads and guides the evaluation, development and execution of training plans with input from global, regional and affiliate medical affairs colleagues, ensuring that all training initiatives are aligned with the MA strategy for each therapeutic area (TA) or research platform. Directs the activity of quality training initiatives that contribute to the skill, technical/scientific product knowledge and competency of functions across Medical Affairs. Conducts needs analysis and possesses a strong ability to prioritize across multiple therapeutic areas. Ensures currency with respect to knowledge of cutting edge and innovative adult learning principles and training methodologies/platforms and implements novel solutions accordingly.

Accountable for ensuring that the Medical Affairs Learning & Development (MA L&D) team executes against department/company goals and objectives and continually seeks efficiencies and process improvements to maximize resources. Oversees all financial and contractual aspects of team, including vendor negotiations. Develops yearly budget for the L&D team and ensures management of monthly spend within allocated budget. Participates in management development and training initiatives to meet current and future business needs. Develops and trains staff to achieve their maximum potential based on their needs and those of the organization.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Conducts annual, cross-functional needs assessment and collaborates with global, regional and affiliate MA colleagues to determine the learning and development needs of the MA organization based on TA goals, pipeline evolution and disease plans for hematology, oncology and future areas of focus

  • Analyzes the identified needs/gaps (globally and in conjunction with regional MA L&D teams); designs and delivers a long-term strategic global training plan and works with the L&D team to develop an annual tactical training plan for the MA organization

  • Effectively partners with cross-functional business partners (i.e. Global Scientific Communications, Global Market Insights) to elucidate the data dissemination and market landscape and incorporates insights into global trainings plans.

  • Ensures appropriate strategic prioritization of identified needs across all TAs and oversees team to ensure implementation of high quality, value add training initiatives that effectively meet overall needs

  • Instills a spirit of continuous improvement to consistently enhance/ modify existing programs and leads initiatives to identify and apply innovative training initiatives and technology platforms

  • Identifies best practices and drives the active contribution of team and representation of the L&D function during the annual MA disease planning process for each therapeutic area to ensure inclusion, relevance, and alignment of L&D initiatives and activities within the overall disease plan

  • Ensures commitment to ongoing therapeutic area engagement through collaboration with MA leads and active participation in MA subteams and other cross-functional forums; establishes processes to identify and implement L&D solutions to meet emerging TA needs

  • Coordinates the planning process and delivery of ongoing technical training and professional development learning programs for this group

  • Serves as subject matter expert for MA regarding the assessment of need and subsequent acquisition of training/development services or products from outside consultants, trainers and vendors; selects and implements robust and cost-effective training applications

  • Ensures training programs enhance the skill, technical/scientific product knowledge and competency of MA personnel

  • Through learner testing and capability evaluation procedures; evaluates instructor performance and the effectiveness of learning programs and provides recommendations for improvement

  • Actively partners with L&D functions across the company, including those in other geographies, in order to effectively develop aligned global learning plans, perpetuate best practices as well as capitalize on synergies with regards to needs assessments, content creation and delivery

  • Directs the team’s implementation of training budgets to drive for efficiency and cost-effectiveness; responsible for ensuring budget and training programs are synergistic across therapeutic areas, departments and geographies, where applicable. Manages annual budget and works within allocated resources. Works with Finance and Legal to secure appropriate department-related contracts and agreements.

  • Fosters strong, collaborative working relationships with business partners in Medical Affairs, Legal, Regulatory, Compliance and Commercial, as well as external opinion leaders, in support of ensuring competitive state of the art training

  • Ensures all legal, regulatory and compliance requirements are met

  • Develops and empowers a high-performing team that proactively seeks learning opportunities to promote professional growth while meeting business needs. Continually seeks and matches business initiatives/stretch assignments to individual development plans

  • Ensures awareness of current learning trends within the biopharmaceutical industry and beyond. Establishes best practices within the L&D team

  • Acts as liaison/represents L&D at intra- and interdepartmental meetings, participating in decisions that impact the overall medical and commercial support of products within the therapeutic teams

  • Drives decisions that affect the overall workload, strategies, functional capabilities, and operations of the L&D group. Establishes the long-range goals and objectives for the department, including making decisions regarding process improvements, resources, policies and procedures.

  • Makes decisions regarding personnel, including the hiring of exempt/non-exempt staff, disciplinary actions and performance appraisals

  • Develops and trains team to achieve their maximum potential based on their needs and the needs of the organization through performance coaching, development and mentoring. Participates in management development and training initiatives to meet current and future business needs

  • Creates and implements departmental SOPs regarding processes and procedures necessary to achieve organizational objectives and for complying with government regulations and company policy. Evaluates adherence to policies/procedures and institutes corrective action when needed.

  • Performs other responsibilities as requested by management

Other Responsibilities:

  • Conducts business in accordance with Celgene Values. Completes all assigned SOPs and training within designated timeframe and adheres to job-specific SOPs and work instructions.

  • Attends external meetings and educational seminars to enhance therapeutic area knowledge, learning and development best practices and broaden pharmaceutical industry experience.

  • Dedicated to continuous learning to broaden therapeutic area knowledge and pharmaceutical industry acumen



Skills/Knowledge Required:

  • Advanced degree (e.g. PharmD, PhD, MD/DO) in science-related field, or 7-9 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry in medical affairs, clinical development, or other relevant clinical experience required

  • Formal training/experience/knowledge of adult learning principles required

  • Strong people management experience highly desired

  • Relevant therapeutic background strongly desired

  • Strong understanding of therapeutic areas of interest and must be able to stay current on scientific data, clinical information in the competitive landscape and compliance issues/changes

  • Knowledge of adult learning principles, instructional design techniques and evaluation methodologies

  • Demonstrated ability to foster effective working partnerships with various individuals and functions across the company

  • Strong strategic planning skills; ability to appraise needs, solve problems and select alternatives

  • Proven negotiation and influencing skills

  • Solid ability to lead subject matter experts when developing new training using blended learning and approaches

  • Excellent written, facilitation and oral communication skills Strong knowledge of information technology systems/platforms; excellent computer skills: Excel, Word, Power Point, Microsoft Outlook/Office etc.;

  • Working knowledge of pharmaceutical regulations (PhRMA) and guidelines (e.g. FDA,OIG)

  • Strong people, process, program and project management experience

  • Must be a self-starter with the ability to proactively suggest new ideas and improvements

  • Proven ability to perform successfully under stringent timelines while delivering desired results

  • Some travel required to represent company at medical conferences, presentations, and other meetings

Celgene is committed to equal opportunity in the terms and conditions of employment for all employees and job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, disability or veteran status.

Celgene complies with all applicable national, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment as well as employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act. All applicants must have authorization to work for Celgene in the U.S.

Director, Medical Affairs Global Learning and Development

Location: Summit, NJ, US

Job ID: 17001769