Medical Advisor

Category:  Clinical Development and Medical

Chiyoda, Tokyo, JP


Job TitleMedical Advisor

Department: Medical Affairs department, Clinical Medical Regulatory

The Position


Strategic & Organizational Leadership:

  • Participate in the successful development, optimization and execution of effective medical strategies in the assigned therapy area/product, to achieve goals
  • Ensures strategic alignment of therapy area/product scientific communication platform with local, and global plans
  • Ensures sound scientific and medical guidance is provided for marketing strategies for therapy area/product
  • Collaborates with key stakeholders to develop action plans aiming to appropriately position assigned products in response to the current unmet medical needs and market dynamics.
  • Ensures proper reporting of Key Performance Indicators


Medical education

  • Leads the establishment and optimization of internal scientific resources for internal use.
  • Oversees development and execution of the medical education plan based on HCP learning needs for assigned brand/therapy area. (i.e., symposia) and ensures local alignment.
  • Support Medical Information by developing and providing answers on request from HCPs as needed.


Medical guidance

  • Leverages knowledge of clinical practice, KOL insights, competitor scientific activity, as well as future directions in healthcare to collaborate within CMR(Clinical Medical Regulatory) and with marketing as well as other NN functions to create brand strategy, plans and tactics. Supports team to distill scientific/medical knowledge and deliver internal medical training in collaboration with stakeholders.
  • Ensures sound scientific content for HCP advisory meetings to achieve the meetings objectives in line with overall affiliate and Medical Affairs strategy
  • Collaborates cross functionally and takes a leadership role among MSLs with Sales and Marketing and attends internal meetings outside of medical in order to offer in house training support which enhances and maintains the MSL understanding of all current NN strategies and to ensure proper strategic alignment between business units.


Clinical activities

  • Identifies gaps to be filled by clinical and outcomes research (global trials, local observational studies, ISS)
  • Reviews and approves ISS and outcomes protocols and study reports
  • Ensures sound scientific content for local investigator/results meetings


Publication planning

  • Guides development of therapy area/product publication plan that is aligned with local and global publication and lifecycle plans and ensure timely execution (abstract and oral presentations, primary and secondary publications)


KOL Engagement:

  • Inputs into KOL engagement planning, execution and tracking and collaborates with internal stakeholders for alignment.
  • Provides leadership and input for KOL engagement activities as KOL Advisory Boards, speaker training, etc..
  • Participates in the brand related annual evaluation and update of KOL engagements and Individual Engagement Plans (IEPs)
  • Provides scientific expertise, advice and guidance to KOL faculty during KOL advisory boards to support NN’s objectives.


  • Adheres to Novo Nordisk policies, procedures ,vision and fundamentals
  • Performs other tasks as assigned by management
  • Ensures full compliance of the team to all applicable laws in Japan, Novo Nordisk and industry rules/regulations



MD (preferred) or PhD in relevant therapeutic area (CVD, CKD, Diabetes, Stem Cell preferred)

Specialist-level therapeutic knowledge

Basic marketing knowledge through formal training program preferred

Business-level English communication skills

Project management skills

Minimum of 3 years’ experience within the pharmaceutical industry preferred


Interest and passion for science and business

Action oriented, with a strong drive, and focus on results

Ability to work effectively leading cross-functional team

Problem identification/solving skills

Strong presentation skills

Literature search and assessment skills.

Business-level skills in MS-Word, MS-Excel, MS-PowerPoint etc.


At Novo Nordisk we recognise that it is no longer good enough to aspire to be the best company in the world. We need to aspire to be the best company for the world and we know that this is only possible with talented employees with diverse perspectives, backgrounds and cultures. We are therefore committed to creating an inclusive culture that celebrates the diversity of our employees, the patients we serve and the communities we operate in.


We commit to an inclusive recruitment process and equality of opportunity for all our job applicants. We are happy to discuss flexible working, depending on the role and subject to business needs.






Millions rely on us
To work for Novo Nordisk you will need the skills, dedication and ambition to change lives for the better for millions of patients living with diabetes and other chronic diseases. In exchange, we offer the chance to be part of a truly global workplace, where passion and engagement are met with opportunities for professional and personal development.