November 7th, 2023 Medical Affairs

Director Medical Affairs Operations

San Diego, California, United States

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This position will be responsible for the strategic direction of Medical Affairs (MA) Operations and lead the efforts that include the development of annual strategic plans with associated budgets and dashboards for the department development.  This position will also work cross-functionally with other leaders and functions (including all Medical Affairs functions, Compliance, IT, Finance, Clinical Development and Legal) to provide relevant medical input on the and commercialization efforts for Acadia’s expanding pipeline and marketed products.  The ability to work with and influence stakeholders across all levels will be essential.

The role is San Diego, CA based and required to be in office 3 days per week on average.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Oversee the execution of all Medical Affairs operational needs, including:
  • Lead development of strategic business plans and goals, launch plans and associated medical tactics and deliverables, including Long Range Plans.
  • Work with the MA Leadership to develop and lead the annual strategic budget planning for MA and ensure cross-functional alignment.
  • Work with Finance and the MA Leadership on forecast budget estimates and aggregate spend reporting.
  • Reporting and dashboard maintenance for key Medical Affairs deliverables and associated metrics across the department.
  • Purchase Order and Contract support for the Medical Affairs Department.
  • Work with IT to support Information system requirements and associated reporting capabilities for MA.
  • Conduct assessments of Medical Affairs capabilities, processes, and systems to identify gaps and opportunities for improvement.
  • Communicate program status through monthly dashboards and/or other reporting materials and proactively identify issues/delays.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, marketing, finance, engineering, science or a related field. PharmD, Master’ or MBA highly preferred.
  • Targeting 8 years of progressively responsible operational or program management experience in the biotech or pharmaceutical industry, including Medical Affairs.
  • An equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be considered.

Key Skills:

  • Strong understanding and demonstrated success of managing Medical Affairs Operations.
  • Ability to analyze a business problem, synthesize complex information, develop an appropriate strategy, and implement effective tactics
  • Must be a team player with strong self-awareness and excellent interpersonal skills
  • Must be results oriented, attention to detail, accurate, prompt, and able to meet established deadlines, including the ability to drive multiple projects simultaneously and deliver results
  • Proven leadership and cross-collaboration skills
  • Demonstrated ability to influence others and to successfully lead in a cross-functional environment
  • Occasional travel (up to 20%) for conferences and meetings

Physical Requirements

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, see, talk, or hear in a standard office environment and independently from remote locations. Employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. Ability to travel independently overnight up to 30% of the time and work after hours if required by travel schedule or business issues.


In addition to a competitive base salary, this position is also eligible for discretionary bonus and equity awards based on factors such as individual and organizational performance. Actual amounts will vary depending on experience, performance, and location. 

Salary Range
$191,000$238,500 USD


What we offer you (US-Based Employees):

  • Competitive base, bonus, new hire and ongoing equity packages
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • 401(k) Plan with a fully vested company match 1:1 up to 5%
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan with a 2-year purchase price lock-in
  • 15+ vacation days
  • 14 paid holidays plus one floating holiday of your choice, including office closure between December 24th and January 1st
  • 10 days of paid sick time
  • Paid parental leave
  • Tuition assistance

EEO Statement (US-Based Employees): Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every single one of the qualifications in the exact way they are described in job postings. We are committed to building a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and innovative company and we are looking for the BEST candidate for the job. That candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background or may meet the qualifications in a different way. We would strongly encourage you to apply – especially if the reason you are the best candidate isn’t exactly as we describe it here.

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