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Pfizer Medical Director/IM Medical Lead in Herzliya Pituach, Israel

Position Title: Country Medical Director / Internal Medicine (IM) Medical Lead Israel Division/Organization: Pfizer Biopharmaceutical Group

Department : Medical Location: Herzlyia, Israel Position Purpose

The Country Medical Director: • Provides leadership to all in-country medical functions and is the country senior medical voice both internally and externally (acting as the Chief Medical Officer for Pfizer in the local country environment) • Collaborates with the Country Manager and BU Group leads ensuring alignment with internal and external country strategies

  • Fosters a community of practice within the Israeli Medical Affairs Groups

• Has oversight of the medical functions within all BUs/Groups and platform lines in relation to compliance and talent development, fostering the scientific leadership • Takes accountability together with the respective BU/Group medical leads for the compliance of medical affairs operations

  • In partnership with the responsible functions supports and facilitates in-country adherence of pharmacovigilance, product quality, regulatory, medical information and clinical activities and processes to relevant regulations and Pfizer SOPs/guidances

• Directly leads the Medical Quality Oversight (MQO), Country Medical Operations (CMO) team, and is also responsible for the nurse team / country nurse lead • Represents Pfizer to external stakeholders for medical topics that apply across multiple BUs/Groups; develops relationships within healthcare/biotech sector • Represents Pfizer through relationships with local medical associations, societies, academic medical centers, and industry associations; • In partnership with Regulatory Affairs represents Pfizer medical in interactions with country regulatory authorities as appropriate

  • Communicates the value of the MA function to internal and external stakeholders, aligning with customer needs, enhancing reputation and bringing medical insights into the organization (championing cross functional working, and working with the Country Manager).

Primary CMD Responsibilities

Development, Implementation and Communication of the Israeli Medical Affairs Strategies

  • Ensures processes and procedures within medical are aligned, continuously reviewed and updated to meet current and future business needs

  • Ensures coordination of Patient First strategy across medical affairs groups/BUs on highly ethical and medical professionalism grounds and brings their input into the medical strategies and plans

  • Provides scientific input to the Market Access strategies and tactics in Israel

'One Pfizer'

  • Represents the immediate point of reference to the Country Manager for medical topics, advises the Country Manager on medical issues and assures appropriate resolution

  • Leads overall country medical operations, maintains compliance and information flow, and facilitates the resolution of issues that arise within any medical teams and broader medical functions

  • In partnership with platform functions develops cross category objectives on key strategic focus areas e.g. on an aligned approach on new product launches

  • Partners with the responsible functions with respect to responses to Regulatory, Safety, and/or Clinical issues with potential impact on public health, or a potential impact on the organization's reputation

  • Aligns in-country implementation and execution of product-specific non-routine risk minimization measures

  • Provides strategic input to and evaluation of potential new hires across BU's

External medical affairs

  • Coordinates and is responsible for the 'One medical voice of Pfizer' when interacting with important external customers including professional societies, medical schools, media, government, payers, and patient organizations/patient support groups

In-Country Medical Quality and Compliance

  • Ensures consistent application of local regulations and standards on all relevant SOPs and guidelines as applied to medical activities across the BUs/Groups in-country

  • Supports local country inspections as defined by the local inspection action plan(s) and according to local legislation

  • Takes accountability for the CMO/Medical Affairs aspects of all internal audits (involving other medical groups/BUs as appropriate)

  • Provides support for audits on Platform Lines as required

  • Ensures appropriate oversight and successful implementation of the Country Quality Plan


  • Member of the in-country BU/Group Leadership Team

  • Chairperson of the Country Medical Council (CMC)

  • CMD may be required to take on additional responsibilities such as:

  • Member of the Board of Directors of the local organization

  • President of the Pfizer Foundation or other PCO scientific bodies

IM Medical Lead role • Directly leads the in-country Medical Affairs (MA) Internal Medicine team

  • Establishes vision, direction and role purpose for the IM team

• Plans, executes, and communicates the medical IM strategy on highly ethical and medical professionalism grounds. Aligns medical strategies across IM portfolio of medicines, utilizing synergies, with emphasis on the data generating and the data communication activities • Devises country IM medical plans on scientifically sound principles that will bring benefits to the patients, working in close collaboration and in alignment with the Global Teams and in accordance with the overall brand and portfolio strategy • Allocates financial and FTE resources to each brand as per the operating plan provisions • Leads, motivates and enhances the performance of IM medical affairs team and in-country solid line reports through coaching and by direct example • Provides medical support and guidance to country IM BU to enable that the commercial objectives of each medicine are realized through adherence to the highest ethical, legal, and regulatory standards

Resources Managed (budget and FTEs) • Solid line reports: in-country Medical Affairs Team of the BU/Group he/she is leading, in-country MQO function, CMO, and/or other platform functions

  • Budget responsibility for the in-country medical affairs organization of the BU/Group he/she is leading, for the Israeli MQO function and platform functions reporting to Country Medical Director as mandated by local laws and regulations


  • Medical Doctor with solid education and clinical/patient experience is strongly recommended

  • A significant industry experience or significant senior management experience in any health care sector

  • Comprehensive understanding of the international health environment;

  • Deep understanding of the country health environment including its structure, policy, key members and scientific societies

  • Profound knowledge of relevant international Codes of Practice, guidelines and regulations as well as applicable Pfizer SOPs

  • Comprehensive knowledge of pharmacovigilance and regulatory legislation and the drug development process and how these aspects impact the product portfolio

  • Line management experience and general business management experience recommended

Core Competencies

  • Champion and role model of medical professionalism

  • Holds people accountable and builds effective teams

  • Strategic and innovative thinking; demonstrates business acumen

  • Leads changes and acts decisively

  • Commits to "One Pfizer"

  • Anticipates customer and market needs

Technical/Functional Competencies

  • Local language

  • Fluency in business English;

  • Successful experience in a complex organization

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Ability to analyze, define and convey complex concepts and strategies and to communicate these to demanding external and internal customers

  • Manage non-traditional customers and be able to be proactively externally focused

  • Excellent strategic skills including creativity and effectiveness in identifying and addressing major strategic challenges together with the ability to balance short-term needs and long-term vision

  • Shape the healthcare environment, be part/member of Pharma or Research association and other relevant bodies

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