Medical Science Liaison Director

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Updated: February 24, 2022
Location: Somerset, NJ, United States
Job ID: 139926

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There’s one thing you do that’s exceptional: lead.

You formulate a plan and empower your team to provide clinical expertise to health care providers helping them to improve patient outcomes. Your capacity to creatively strategize, motivate clinicians, and elicit achievement makes you the right fit for a Director role with Syneos Health.


The Medical Science Liaison Field Director is a scientific, field-based professional that will be the primary contact for the MSL program on all matters related to the project and provide leadership, management, financial and operational oversight to the MSL team across the country.

Essential Functions include but are not limited to the following:

  • Oversee selection, evaluation of employees, and minimize turnover through execution of retention strategy
  • Lead and manage a team of MSLs ensuring the team executes the MSL strategic and tactical plans efficiently, effectively and compliantly while following all Syneos Health and client corporate policies and procedures
  • Participate in the development of a customer-centric strategic MSL engagement plan and supporting tactical activities to support Medical Affair’s goals and objectives.
  • Collaborate on development of performance goals and objectives at all levels and appropriate measures/metrics to ensure achievement.
  • Plan and participate in key contract-related team meetings.  Responsible for:  setting up the meeting, contacting participants, preparing agenda, providing pre-meeting information, having up-to-date reports available, communication, and action items identified.   Responsible for follow up of action items and keeping other team members aware of progress.
  • Coordinate all training, activities, communications of the field based MSLs, and assist in the professional development of the team by being a source of information and guidance.
  • Work closely with client Leadership Syneos Health leadership to ensure alignment on goals, objectives as well as adherence to policy (i.e. combined leadership team meetings, trainings where appropriate and internal meetings where appropriate).
  • Assist in the development of a 30/60/90 day Launch Plan and business plans for each territory
  • Conduct Field Visits and MSL assessments

Job Requirements

Along with your ability to remain at the forefront of your field, you must possess:

  • PharmD, PhD, or Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (NP) or Physician Assistant (PA) required. Will consider BSN/MSN or MPH candidates.
  • 5+ years’ experience as manager of field based MSLs 
  • 3+ years of experience as an MSL preferably in Women’s Health 
  • Pharmaceuticals launch experience and working with headquarter medical affairs teams 
  • Strong interpersonal skills with demonstrated effectiveness to work cross-divisionally as well as independently  
  • Excellent organizational and prioritization skills
  • Ability to develop and execute plans against objectives in an independent environment 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent presentation / platform skills.
  • Excellent computer skills i.e. Microsoft Office, Access and Excel
  • Ability to be able to document engagements in a contact management system
  • Ability to travel and possess a valid driver's license to drive to assigned healthcare accounts, unless otherwise specified


Interviews may be conducted in person at an on-site interview location. For any in person interviews, local Covid safety guidelines will be followed.

I understand that if I am made an offer of employment, it will be conditioned on my demonstration  I am fully vaccinated OR I plan to initiate vaccination by my start date AND be fully vaccinated within 4 weeks of start date against the COVID-19 virus.   

IMPORTANT: I understand that if the role for which I am applying requires extensive in-person contact with colleagues, health care providers, clients and other medical professionals who have stringent vaccination requirements that all Syneos Health employees with whom they partner be fully vaccinated and will not accept or consider any exemptions.  I understand I can request an exemption from Syneos Health’s vaccination requirement based on a qualifying medical condition or sincerely-held religious belief. However, in the event that I successfully obtain an exemption, I understand that it is highly unlikely that I will be able to adequately perform the essential functions of this position without imposing an undue hardship on Syneos Health due to the clients’ demands.

At Syneos Health, we believe in providing an environment and culture in which our people can thrive, develop and advance. We reward and recognize our people by providing valuable benefits and a quality of life balance.

Why Syneos Health? Join a game-changing global company that is reinventing the way therapies are developed and commercialized. Here, each day brings an opportunity to take ownership of a new challenge. Teaming with some of the most talented clinicians in the industry, you'll improve patient outcomes and work in a dynamic environment to create better, smarter, faster ways to get biopharmaceutical therapies to patients. By joining Syneos Health, you’ll be connected to our multitude of career paths and pipeline of employment opportunities.

WORK HERE MATTERS EVERYWHERE | How will you accelerate improving patient outcomes?

Syneos Health is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer (Minorities/Females/Vet/Disabled)


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