JOB TITLE: Medical Director- Avanir Pharmaceuticals California, United States

Avanir Pharmaceuticals

The Medical Director (Medical Affairs, CNS) is a key member of the Medical Affairs team. Working under the leadership of the Executive Director, Medical Affairs, this role is responsible for developing and executing medical plans and tactics for assigned pipeline and marketed products within the portfolio in collaboration with Medical Affairs colleagues, as well as colleagues within the broader R&D and Commercial organizations. The role entails data generation projects, scientific communications, synthesis of insights and promotional review. The Medical Director will also provide clinical and medical insights to support the HEOR, publications, marketing, sales, and regulatory functions to ensure all plans are aligned and relevant to the market – patients, payors and physicians. He/She will also foster close professional and scientific relationships with external physicians and managed care payers. The Medical Director must conduct their work activities in compliance with all Avanir internal policies and SOPs and with all applicable regional and federal regulatory requirements.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Lead the development of the Medical Affairs Plans for assigned products and accountable for execution.
  • Create and deliver scientific and medical content for product-level training internally and externally.
  • Partner with HEOR lead to drive HEOR gap analysis, and to ensure projects that address these gaps are included in the Medical Affairs Plan and to support the creation of the Core Value Dossiers and other outputs needed to support access.
  • Provide support in coordinating medical activities at medical and scientific conferences.
  • Lead publication planning of marketed and pipeline assets.
  • Collaborate with R&D colleagues and ensure that Medical Affairs’ perspectives are provided and incorporated in development plans.
  • Build and maintain relationships with experts to obtain important key scientific insights to support the therapeutic area.
  • Effectively lead matrix teams of cross-functional colleagues; ensure effective cross-functional collaboration; align all key Medical Affairs projects for assigned product and indication. Champion an objective and evidence-based solution-oriented approach.
  • This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.


  • Doctorate Degree (MD/DO, PharmD, PhD) or equivalent required with expert knowledge or training in neurology, psychiatry, neuroscience or neurophysiology preferred.
  • Minimum of 7 years of experience in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology setting preferably within Medical Affairs or Clinical Development. Product launch experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated excellence in written and verbal communications. Communicates clearly, concisely, and is easily understood in written materials and presentations. Demonstrated strength in medical planning, tactical plan development and execution, as well as ability to critically analyze research design, methods, and outcome measures.
  • Experience in successfully leading cross-functional matrix teams either within Medical Affairs or Clinical Development. The ability to influence without direct authority is a critical skill set for this role.
  • Willing to take initiative on advancing projects and able to identify what is necessary to complete tasks.
  • Knows how to be a team player and willing to work collaboratively across the organization.
  • Strong strategic thinking acumen and track record for operational excellence.
  • Proficiency with computer productivity programs necessary to complete work requirements (e.g., MS Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint).
  • Has full understanding of rules and regulations in pharma, which could have impact for the pharmaceutical industry. Appropriate knowledge of guidelines and regulations and can apply legal and compliance knowledge to Medical Affairs activities.

Physical Requirements:

  • This position primarily works in an office environment. It requires the ability to sit or stand for long periods of time and frequent walking. Daily use of a computer, phone, office equipment and other computing and digital devices is required. May be required to stand for extended periods when facilitating meetings or walking in the facilities. Some local travel may be necessary, so the ability to travel by plane, operate a motor vehicle and maintain a valid Driver’s license and/or effectively navigate public transportation is required. While performing the responsibilities of the job, the employee must be able to read and respond to interoffice communications as well as effectively participate in meetings. The employee is often required to sit and use their hands and fingers, to lift up to 20 lbs., pull, push, carry, handle or feel. The employee is required to carry, handle items, reach with arms and hands, to stoop, kneel, or crouch; talk or hear. Mental demands may require prolonged concentration, reading comprehension, understanding and interpretation of concepts, ideas and philosophies.  The physical demands of the position described herein are essential functions of the job and employees must be able to successfully perform these tasks for extended periods. Reasonable accommodations may be made for those individuals with real or perceived disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job described unless such accommodations would cause Avanir an undue burden.

Work Environment:

  • While performing the responsibilities of the job, these work environment characteristics are representative of the environment the job holder will encounter. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable people with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job unless such accommodations would cause Avanir an undue burden. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving carts, mechanical equipment (copiers, computers, coffee machines) and vehicles. May be subject to smells and odors. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate. The passage of employees through the work area is average and normal.

EEO Statement:

  • As an equal opportunity employer, Avanir Pharmaceuticals is committed to providing all applicants and employees with equal access to employment opportunities, regardless of sex, race, age, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, pregnancy, religion, genetic information, sexual orientation transgender status, gender identity, marital status, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.  All Avanir Pharmaceuticals employees, officers, principles, agents, and representatives are expressly prohibited from engaging in unlawful discrimination.  Consistent with federal, state, and local requirements, Avanir Pharmaceuticals will reasonably accommodate any qualified individual with a disability if such accommodation would allow the individual to perform the essential functions or the job, unless doing so would create an undue hardship.


  • Avanir Pharmaceuticals shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR-60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a).  These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals on the basis of protected veteran status or disability, and require affirmative action by covered prime contractors and subcontractors to employ and advance in employment qualified protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

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