Medical Director MD, Oncology US Medical Affairs

United States of America, California, South San Francisco

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The Medical Director at Genentech puts patients and science at the center of all actions. They drive medical strategy and tactics aimed at maximizing medical progress. They collaborate to drive timely data generation and dissemination. They are expected to maintain an in-depth understanding of the medical strategy and relevant clinical and payer issues, while ensuring Genentech's partners understand key trends and shifts in the external healthcare landscape. They serve as the guardian for high standards of compliance, ethics and safety.  This role is organized within a network of experts, and therefore may at any time be performing a variety of medical activities, as needed.

Key Responsibilities for all Medical Directors:

In this role the Medical Directors will be required to perform one or more of the following activities depending upon areas of expertise or assignment to specific activities, molecules, or disease/therapeutic areas:

●             Design, execute, and monitor medical strategies, plans and tactics spanning the lifecycle, including but not limited to:

  • clinical data generation design and management
  • thought leader interactions
  • sponsored and supported trials
  • registries, exploratory data analysis
  • publications
  • medical content creation and review
  • scientific exchange/engagement and scientific communications/collaborations
  • medical education
  • scientific congress planning and support
  • evaluate, synthesize, and visualize clinical and economic data and develop written scientific communication
  • identify access-related medical issues and opportunities

●             Monitor adverse events reported and partner with medical monitoring team to identify signal vs. noise

●             Identify clinical strategies to mitigate risk for REMS plan [Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies]

●             Provide clinically meaningful perspective for regulatory and other scientific communications

●             Actively participate and contribute to relevant communities of practice

Key Accountabilities for all Medical Directors: 

  • Depending upon areas of assignment for specific activities or molecules, disease/therapeutic areas or for the full portfolio, acting as a medical individual for relevant study design and monitoring, data interpretation, medical content development and review, scientific exchange and collaboration, clinical training and insights generation to internal stakeholders and external customers.
  • Accountable for implementing strategy through medical tactics, tapping into the network of relevant expertise and insights
  • Contribute medical expertise to Genentech work products and coach/mentor others as needed
  • Facilitate sharing of information within, across and outside of Medical Affairs to enable medical progress
  • Maintaining an in-depth understanding of relevant medical strategy and clinical, patient/caregiver, payer and healthcare/market landscape
  • Act as a guardian for high standards of compliance, ethics and safety; putting patients at the center of all actions


•             MD (Board Certified MD within therapeutic area is preferred)

Required Experience:

●             3-10 years of pharmaceutical/biotechnology relevant industry experience preferred - preferably in Medical Affairs or product development or is a recognized expert in the field or therapeutic area (with a minimum of 2 years’ clinical experience) 

●             Strong academic/teaching background preferred

●             Understanding of and/or previous experience with Phase I - III and/or Phase IV drug development 

●             Considerable experience in the principles and techniques of data analysis, interpretation and clinical relevance, and medical writing

●             Proven record in developing strong relationships with external constituents (therapeutic area experts, external organizations, etc.) preferred

●             Proven track record of meeting or exceeding objectives and goals


•             Strong customer orientation/focus

•             Ability to flex and thrive in an ambiguous environment undergoing transformational change

•             Works well within teams and is effective in collaborating with others internally and externally

•             Analytical and problem-solving capabilities and skills. Has demonstrated the ability to anticipate and solve problems of moderate complexity and scope e.g. evaluate, interpret and present highly complex data

•             Communication and presentation skills; highly effective at summarizing and presenting key considerations and decision-points

•             Strong business acumen: knows the industry, key competitors, marketplace factors/dynamics

•             Ability to effectively and efficiently manage multiple priorities

•             Good interpersonal and influencing skills; can effectively and quickly establish rapport with all key internal/external partners and stakeholders and influence without authority

•             Good negotiation skills: can drive discussions and decisions towards desired results

•             Understanding of legal and regulatory considerations impacting pharma/biotech industry and ability and judgement to apply principles to daily activities

•             Strong attention-to-detail

•             Business travel, by air or car, is required for regular internal and external business meetings