Sr. Director, Medical Affairs - Respiratory

Date:  Mar 26, 2023
Department:  Medical Affairs
Job Type:  Direct Employee
Team:  Mktg, Market Access, Bus. Excellence & Med. Affair
Contract Type:  Permanent

Cary, NC, US

About us

Based in Parma, Italy, Chiesi is an international research-focused pharmaceuticals and healthcare group with over 85 years’ experience, operating in 30 countries with more than 6,000 employees (Chiesi Group). To achieve its mission of improving people’s quality of life by acting responsibly towards society and the environment, the Group research, develops and markets innovative drugs in its three therapeutic areas: AIR (products and services that promote respiration, from new-born to adult populations), RARE (treatment for patients with rare and ultra-rare diseases) and CARE (products and services that support special care and consumer-facing self-care).
We are proud to be the largest global pharmaceutical group to be awarded B Corp Certification, a recognition of high social and environmental standards. We are a reliable company that adopts and promotes transparent ethical behavior at all levels. 
We are committed to embrace diversity, inclusion and equal opportunities. In fact, we are a global family made up of different cultures, different genders, generations, ethnicities, abilities, sexual identities and many other enriching diversities. 

Chiesi USA

Chiesi USA is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on developing and promoting products for the hospital, adjacent specialty and rare disease markets. We are a B Corp™ and Benefit company awarded Top Employer status for six consecutive years and certified as a Great Place to Work. 
At Chiesi, we share an entrepreneurial spirit and act as a force for good, pursuing high social and environmental standards, to ensure the wellbeing of our people, patients, and communities. We offer a work environment where professionals have the opportunity to build a purposeful career focused on helping others while achieving a fulfilling work-life balance, meeting exciting challenges, and engaging in important and rewarding work.

What we offer

Chiesi offers competitive benefits, services, and programs that enrich the personal and professional lives of our employees.   Our shared values of passion, innovation, trust and integrity bring out the individual talents and diverse perspectives of each of our colleagues.  Our environment encourages each individual to reach his or her full potential and drive outstanding results. We celebrate that “Every one of us is different. Every one of us is Chiesi."



The primary responsibility for this role is strategic leadership on the Respiratory US Medical Affairs team to deliver the medical operating plan in coordination with Global Medical Affairs deliverables across the therapeutic area. The Senior Medical Director brings his/her leadership skills, technical expertise and an in-depth understanding of medicine development and lifecycle to bear on all COPD and Asthma related activities. Coordinating with Global Medical Affairs and local cross-functional colleagues (Payer, Marketing and New Product Planning), he/she provides medical leadership to support successful product development, medical launch and product commercialization, while putting the patient first within the Chiesi Values and Behaviors framework.

Main Responsibilities

  • Leads the development and execution of the US Respiratory Medical Affairs operating plan, while providing medical leadership as appropriate on cross-functional teams supporting local and global clinical, medical, and commercial development plans.
  • Represents US Medical Affairs on Respiratory-related cross-functional teams and develops and execute US medical strategies for phase IV research including RWE and data generation plans, as well as promotional review board and/or committees.
  • Ensures seamless and coordinated partnership between Internal and Respiratory Field Medical Affairs leadership to achieve integration of insights into strategy development and execution of local medical plans. Establishes new and growing existing critical external relationships with US thought leaders and professional societies in the respiratory therapeutic area. Leads and executes successful Medical advisory boards, congress-related symposia, and congress planning
  • As appropriate, participates in Medical Affairs Respiratory Team consisting of cross-functional medical colleagues including provides medical input on US labeling and regulatory interactions 
  • Ensures timely and appropriate management of the US Medical budget including project spend Mentors and coaches’ other colleagues, as appropriate.

Experience Required

  • 5+ years of relevant work experience; experience in Medical Affairs with increasing levels of responsibility with leadership preferred. Demonstrated ability to think and act strategically, with tactical execution.
  • Strong leadership qualities and the ability to influence, work and align with multiple Chiesi-internal and external stakeholders, and build and navigate within cross-functional Chiesi teams.
  • Proven planning and organizational skills with experience managing multiple priorities in combination with great attention to detail as well as the ability to prioritize in a changing environment with a sense of urgency. 
  • Deep understanding of HCP and Payer informational needs and what is required to support these needs including promotional review boards or committees.
  • Extensive knowledge of patterns of medical practice, healthcare delivery and the current and evolving landscape within the US will be required.
  • Candidate will need to demonstrate credibility and presence based on their knowledge of all aspects of Medical Affairs. Experience in both clinical development and patient care is preferred.
  • In-depth knowledge of complex diseases and the associated medical challenges to provide expert insight establish and drive the disease vision by rigorous scientific debates with medical thought leaders. 
  • Well-organized, operationally effective, and able to both develop project strategies and ensure reliable implementation of projects with a flexible and solution-driven attitude. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills in developing and maintaining successful stakeholder relationships (internal and external) 
  • Proven ability to collaborate across organizational boundaries 
  • Prior experience working on a launch product in a respiratory disease is preferred 
  • Proficiency in public speaking 


  • MD, DO, PhD or PharmD professional degree required.

Chiesi USA is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse work force at all levels of our business.  All qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, gender identity or expression or any other basis protected by local, state or federal law. This policy applies with regard to all aspects of one’s employment, including hiring, transfer, promotion, compensation, eligibility for benefits and termination.

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