Medical Science Liaison, Rare Diseases - West

Date:  Apr 12, 2024
Department:  Americas Local Medical Affairs
Job Type:  Direct Employee
Team:  Mktg, Market Access, Bus. Excellence & Med. Affair
Contract Type:  Permanent

Los Angeles, CA, 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 Medical Science Liaison has the primary responsibility of building key opinion leader (KOL) partnerships by engaging in the exchange of scientific data and other medical and/or scientific information with external stakeholders (HCPs, researchers, professional organization leadership, and formulary decision-makers) in the assigned Therapeutic Areas (TAs).  Scientific engagements include establishing and maintaining educational and research collaborations; delivery of clinical, scientific, and technical education; building long term peer to peer relationships with key stakeholders by establishing rapport and providing scientific education.

Main Responsibilities

External Relationship Management & Development: 
•    Build external partnerships with recognized community and academic medical center KOLs to identify and address scientific needs and to stay abreast of current scientific trends in assigned Therapeutic Area. 
•    Identify and develop key thought leaders (national, regional, and local) for medical education, clinical research and publication opportunities
•    Cultivate existing and identify new collaborative KOL relationships for advisory boards, company-sponsored, investigator-initiated research, and speaker development
•    Provide field insights gained to field managers and team for elevation within organization 
•    Identify opportunities and provide medical support including scientific education to healthcare professionals (HCPs) at key institutions
•    Foster professional relationships in key institutions for Chiesi GRD within an assigned geography 
•    Recognize opportunities to facilitate cross-functional engagement based on customer needs
•    Identify and characterize need within therapeutic area related to real world evidence

Medical Affairs, Therapeutic Support, & Internal Collaboration:
•    Represent Chiesi GRD Medical Affairs at national, regional, and local scientific meetings
•    Provide field-based medical affairs assistance for clinical research initiatives supported by the company, related to Investigator Initiated Trials, or other collaborative initiatives
•    Deliver high-caliber medical education presentations in a variety of settings 
•    Gather and disseminate competitive intelligence from multiple sources in accordance with company policies
•    Participate and contribute to publication planning, clinical research, medical education material development, as well as internal training initiatives
•    Partner cross-functionally in assigned region, to optimize customer experience 
•    Contribute to monthly medical meetings including journal clubs and team meetings

Project Work:
•    Lead and support internal medical projects 
•    Support cross-functional projects and streamline medical input 

Administrative Work:
•    Accurate and timely completion of all administrative reports, projects and required training
•    Participate in continuing education to maintain high level expertise in the assigned therapeutic areas

Experience Required

•    Completion of a graduate level degree (PharmD., M.D., D.O, PhD, MSN, MS or equivalent healthcare professional degree) as well as relevant clinical experience
•    3-5 years clinical experience relevant to the Therapeutic Area assigned to the prospective candidate (preferred)
•    Demonstration of proficiency in therapeutic area competencies
•    Exceptional Communication skills are key to success in the role:
o    Highly articulate and persuasive during formal and informal presentations; able to convey complex, scientific ideas fluently to any audience
o    Has the ability to tactfully provide scientifically sound, constructive feedback to national, regional, local key opinion leaders, and HCPs
o    Actively listens to others
o    Adept at confidently stating expert opinion while respecting the positions of others - can exert diplomacy while standing firm on a position
o    Builds and leverages strategic internal and external relationships to identify potential opportunities and partnerships to provide value and improve quality of care for providers and patients
o    Utilizes effective, professional communications to cultivate strong working relationships with internal and external colleagues
•    Work effectively on multi–disciplinary teams to achieve desired outcomes
•    Skillfully plans, prioritizes, and executes multiple responsibilities with minimal supervision in a highly dynamic work environment
•    Maintains a positive attitude and demonstrates flexibility during challenging situations


•    Completion of a graduate level degree (PharmD., M.D., D.O, PhD, MSN, MS or equivalent healthcare professional degree) as well as relevant clinical experience

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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