Senior Medical Science Liaison Rare Disease - Spain, Iberia

Location: Spain - Field based

Division: Medical Affairs

Company: Vifor Pharma

Seniority Level: Manager

Medha Khanna

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About You

At Vifor Pharma, we have an exciting opportunity for an experienced medical affairs professional to join our global medical affairs team for our renal rare disease product. As a Senior Medical Science Liaison Rare Diseases, you will lead and support a team of MSLs. In addition, you will ensure the development of the medical affairs strategy of the renal orphan drugs portfolio and operationalisation in the respective country in collaboration with the Global Medical Affairs team.

This role will be based in Spain.

This position reports to our Global Medical Affairs function based in Switzerland, and, close collaboration with our country organisations is a must. 

Your responsibilities will include:
  • Provide medical affairs leadership for the Orphan drug therapeutic area 
  • KOL engagement, key account medical support, training and other appropriate activities to support the MSL team
  • Ensure the development and execution of local medical plans in support of best clinical practices and overall objectives aligned with Global Medical Affairs
  • Medical Affairs plans and brand strategic plan (developed jointly with Medical, Marketing and Market Access)
  • Provide medical leadership, insight and strategy to all medical activities, collaborating across functions
  • Lead the implementation of medical affairs practices to assess new indications, the treating community, patient pathways, identifying patients for clinical research and to develop a thorough understanding of the disease area
  • Support and advise cross-functional teams to ensure patient-focused activities at all times
  • Initiate and support medical affairs activities, such as KOL engagement (advisory boards, professional organisations), medical education, medical publications and new data generation including investigator initiated research
  • Support reimbursement applications through development of appropriate medical documents and provision of medical expertise with internal and external partners for the reimbursement process.
  • Medical leadership of early access programs including liaison with KOL experts and program design, implementation and analysis
You bring the following qualifications, experience and skills for the role:
  • Medical (M.D.) or Scientific education (Ph.D., Pharm. D.)
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry (Medical Affairs or Clinical Development)
  • Medical experience with Orphan Drugs/specialised technologies
  • Previous direct experience with payer interactions, reimbursement applications and management of early access programs 
  • Demonstrated availability to accurately and effectively evaluate medical scientific literature; knowledge of study design and conduct
  • Proven relationship building skills with key opinion leaders
  • Understanding of medical aspects of therapeutic area along with willingness to develop in-depth expertise
  • Experience of working with commercial and market access teams as well a strong focus on patient centricity and safety
  • Professional level in English, both in oral and in written communications
  • Excellent user of Office Programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Leadership experience desired
  • Since this is a field based position, availability to travel up to 50% is required
We are looking for a strong team player with good communication and networking skills. An entrepreneurial spirit with a humble approach and the ability to influence stakeholders are important competencies for this role.

About Us

At Vifor Pharma, we use our skills, dedication, and entrepreneurial spirit to offer innovative solutions in iron deficiency, nephrology and cardio-renal therapies, so we can help patients around the world live better, healthier lives. This is why we come to work every day.
Are you empowered to create a better world, and be part of life changing work? As a global pharmaceutical company, we offer the chance to be part of a worldwide team, where passion and commitment are met with opportunities for professional and personal development. Learn more at

What you can expect of us

As we work to support patients, we also take care for our employees’ professional and personal growth and well-being. We show appreciation and recognition through attractive benefits that will enhance your life, develop you, empower you to grow, and create your own career journey with us.


  • Open, safe and inclusive culture that fosters creativity and unleashes individual potential, whether in laboratories, manufacturing sites, in the field, or offices
  • Learning opportunities that enhances your skill set focused on business and personal effectiveness, leadership and management skills, and much more
  • Flexible workplace environment, home office opportunities, competitive vacation entitlement
  • Attractive financial participation schemes, adapted regionally, that provide employees with additional security for every life situation, including: Pension plans, participation schemes, and savings plans

Join Vifor Pharma Talent Community

If you find that the role above is not suitable for your experience or career goals, but you want to keep in touch and learn more about Vifor Pharma and future career opportunities, join our Vifor Pharma Talent Community.

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