Senior Medical Advisor, Diabetes & Outcomes Group

Category:  Clinical Development and Medical

Chiyoda, Tokyo, JP




Job Title:  Senior Medical Advisor, Diabetes and Outcomes group

Department: Medical Affairs Department

Location: Tokyo, Japan



Diabetes and Outcomes group covers a wide range of therapeutic areas, such as Diabetes, CVD, CKD, Digital health and Stem Cell.


As our team is strongly growing right now with investment for new pipelines, we’re looking for additional Senior Medical Advisor.


You’ll have a chance to drive the business through this dynamic team!



The Position



Strategic & Organizational Leadership:


•Leads, and provides guidance to other Medical Affairs colleagues on the successful development, optimization and execution of effective medical strategies in the assigned therapy area/product, to achieve goals

•Provides training and coaching to Medical Advisor colleagues to raise Medical Advisors team skills set and overall efficiency.

•Drives key projects to enhance the Medical Advisors team work processes.

•Leverages insight of the Health Care System, industry trends and Health Care dynamics to identify key opportunities, make recommendations and develop initiatives which provide support for the strategy development and implementation.

Actively interfaces with multiple external stakeholders including top Key Opinion Leaders (KOLs), academic institutions, major hospitals, clinical investigators, partner companies, and others to implement and support the overall NNPL strategies and apply the scientific and clinical data to support the therapeutic and business interests of NNPL

•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


Collect early scientific insights and guidance


•Discuss relevant early development data with external medical and scientific experts optimizing the feasibility process for the clinical trial conduct

•Identify and regularly engage with clinical experts in relevant TAs to obtain guidance relevant to clinical trial execution

•Act as subject matter expert within relevant Tas

•Provide leadership in the scientific community within New Therapy Areas conducting advisory boards, scientific meetings, engaging with local associations for HCPs on relevant topics

•Support ad hoc requests by providing scientific and medical responses to requests from KOLs, HCPs, site staff, clinical operations staff and other stakeholders in a timely manner


Clinical activities


•Contribute to delivering successful clinical trials (phase I-IV) in collaboration with clinical operations including driving scientific discussions at site selection and initiation visits, performing ad hoc visits

•Ensures sound scientific content for local investigator/results meetings

•Recommends potential investigators/KOLs for clinical protocols and also under the direction of Clinical Operations, supports customer contact/management to maintain high NN clinical research quality standards in Japan.

•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


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 and with marketing as well as other NNPL 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 NNPL strategies and to ensure proper strategic alignment between business units.


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)


Global Medical Affairs


•Ensure strong alignment and collaboration with global counterpart in GMA.

•Collaborate around medical affairs activities both in Japan and RoW.

•Serve as contact point and anchor for GMA engagements with Partner company.


Budget Management


•Plans therapeutic line/product annual budget, expenditures, capacity projections and operating expenses

•Implements, monitors and adjusts budget as required




•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 or PhD in healthcare with strong clinical and preferably research background

•3 years+ experience in Medical Affairs or Clinical Development within the pharmaceutical industry preferred.

•Business-level English communication skills

•Fluent Japanese and knowledge of Business in Japan

•Ability to work effectively leading cross-functional team

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

•Strong presentation skills and Training & coaching skills are plus

We commit to an inclusive recruitment process and equality of opportunity for all our job applicants. 


At Novo Nordisk we recognize 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 communities we operate in. Together, we’re life changing.