Sage Therapeutics

  • Associate Director, Medical Affairs

    Job Locations US-MA-Cambridge
    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(4/4/2018 10:08 PM)
    # of Openings
    Medical Affairs
  • Overview

    SAGE Therapeutics is searching for a highly motivated and experienced individual for the position of Associate Medical Director for fast-acting oral anti-depressants in development. The Associate Director will implement the tactical brand plan to establish the medical footprint for SAGE in depression. The Associate Director will deliver foundational materials, training, and programs to understand the MOA and clinical potential of a fast-acting anti-depressant. The Associate Director will partner with cross-functional teams, including clinical development, scientific communications, regulatory, operations, program management, and marketing to provide medical leadership in delivering therapeutic initiatives in depression.


    • Member of MLR and PMRC- working with internal stakeholders at the initiation, creation and review of educational and promotional materials. Provide medical expertise in review and approval of external resources, communication and publications to ensure medical accuracy, objectivity and fair-balance
    • Work closely with PPD and MDD trial teams to support clinical trial site recruitment and patient enrollment.
    • Execute the tactical brand plan to establish the medical footprint for SAGE in depression, and inform the potential clinical benefit of fast-acting anti-depressants in development
    • Plan and execute advisory boards with healthcare providers (physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, etc.) to collect needed clinical insights to inform medical strategy.
    • Work with clinical development and HEOR teams to support inclusion of appropriate trial endpoints and outcome measures to inform physicians and payers.
    • Represent Medical Affairs on cross-functional internal teams
    • Develop foundational materials and support training for regional and medical field teams
    • Collaborate with the Preclinical, Clinical Development, and Medical Affairs teams to translate clinical insights and data gaps into medical strategy
    • Ensure alignment of the brand Medical Affairs activities with the launch readiness and program management plans and objectives.
    • Provide medical expertise in support of developing content (slides, websites, standard response letters) for medical communications and education to advance disease state and clinical understanding
    • Manage and regularly meet with a thought leader network to support the successful execution of Medical Affairs tactics.
    • Represent Sage at various scientific and clinical congress meetings.


    Must thrive working in a fast-paced, innovative environment while remaining flexible, proactive, resourceful and efficient.  Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to develop important relationships with key stakeholders, good conflict management and negotiation skills, ability to analyze complex issues to develop relevant and realistic plans, programs and recommendations.  Demonstrated ability to translate strategy into action; excellent analytical skills and an ability to communicate complex issues in a simple way and to orchestrate plans to resolve issues and mitigate risks.

    • This position requires an MD, DO or PhD/PharmD with prior industry experience in Psychiatry/Women’s Health/CNS Disorders
    • Minimum of 5 years of combined pharmaceutical industry and/or academic/clinical medicine expertise.
    • Prior experience in helping to develop medical strategic and tactical plans in support of drug launch is highly preferred
    • Must possess excellent communication skills, relationship building capabilities, and proven ability to influence decision-making without authority.
    • Must be willing and able to travel and regularly meet with HCPs/KOLs across US, Canada, and Europe as necessary.
    • Is able to perceive non-obvious opportunities by connecting the dots between existing knowledge, new data, and HCP unmet needs in real time
    • Must be highly perceptive, socially intelligent and intuitive
    • Demonstrated strategic agility and leadership skills, including a passion for working within multiple teams and proven ability to achieve results in a matrix organization.
    • Is seen as a scientifically credible leader and collaborative partner to internal and external stakeholders.
    • Consistently and systematically collaborates with internal stakeholders to plan approach to bring meaningful value to healthcare providers
    • Ability to manage many complex projects in parallel, structuring the actions of many people toward share outcomes
    • Highly motivated, decisive, and results-oriented individual with the flexibility and creativity to excel in a rapidly growing and changing environment
    • Ability to flexibly tailor effective communication to multiple social styles
    • Must embrace Sage’s core values: Put People First, Do Big, Be Accountable, Grow through Learning and Change, and Work Fun
    • Title commensurate upon education, experience and qualifications.


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