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Lilly Medical Science Liaison-Midwest Oncology in Chicago, United States

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Health care professionals design and implement novel research and educate colleagues and students. Lilly Oncology has established a field based Medical Science Liaison (MSL) program to aid these Scientific Experts (SEs) in their pursuit for deep knowledge of current scientific and clinical information. The Lilly Oncology MSL program accomplishes this support for SE’s by maintaining deep therapeutic knowledge about Lilly and competitor products and current issues in the oncology therapeutic areas they represent. In this role you will gather feedback and insights from SEs to better inform Lilly’s research and to be able to inform the overall strategic direction of the Oncology Business Unit. By providing answers that matter and facilitating scientific exchange between industry and the SE community, you will have the opportunity to craft the future of healthcare with information that addresses meaningful clinical and scientific questions.

The primary therapeutic focus of this MSL role will be thoracic and GI cancers. The thoracic and GI cancer MSL therapeutic team will also support: Head & Neck, Thyroid, Neuro Oncology and Selected phase I sites.

Developing mutually beneficial relationships with external clients and internal business partners

  • You will dedicate between 70-80% of your time developing relationships and working with external clients: SEs, educators and investigators within a defined geography. You will serve as a major representative of Lilly for health care professionals, providing deep and advanced disease state and product information as well as facilitating the work of the SE when it aligns with Lilly's mission. When appropriate, a critical aspect of this role will be to connect the SE with internal Lilly resources (e.g., Discovery Scientists, Outcomes Research, Clinical Development Consultants, and Clinical Research Physicians…). You will be the primary point person liaising between Lilly resources or internal business partners (e.g., Medical Affairs Clinical Research Physicians and teams and Clinical Development Research Physicians and teams as well as others). You will also be responsible for reporting clinical insights and unanswered customer questions you receive from external SEs to the medical affairs, clinical development and brand teams.

Understanding and effectively communicating current scientific knowledge

  • It is critical that you maintain technical expertise within a therapeutically aligned tumor team to be able to participate in deep scientific discussions with SEs. You will need to engage in continuous learning within the therapeutic area you represent. In addition you will have opportunities to learn by attending scientific meetings and conducting routine literature searches. It is essential and a core expectation that you communicate regularly with your peers to ensure that the entire group benefits from any relevant learning. As a result, you will establish yourself as a reliable, trusted, resource of accurate, up-to-date, medical and scientific knowledge requested and desired by your clients. You will respond in a timely manner to personal or electronic inquiries with any available information which may include reprints of posters or publications, medical letters, literature citations and any other relevant peer reviewed sources.

Effective implementation of administrative activities

  • This role entails not only scientific and customer expertise, but also requires the ability to comprehend and effectively utilize approved resources to fulfill administrative, procedural, and legal requirements in order to address the customer needs. These activities may include proficiency in computer skills and database entry (VEEVA, Sharepoint, Microsoft Office, Pub Med, expense reports, etc.), continual compliance of all procedural requirements of the role (i.e. good documentation practices, standards and procedures) and appropriate utilization and sharing of available resources

Basic Qualificiations:

  • An advanced degree in health sciences (PharmD, M.D., Ph.D. in a medically related field) is required with 2-3 years of relevant clinical or therapeutic area experience desired

  • OR

  • Masters or Bachelors level degree in health sciences (e.g. RN, RPh, PA, NP, etc.) would be considered if the candidate has 5 or more years of clinical and/or medical information experience in oncology

  • Valid driver's license and acceptable driving record is required

Additional Skills/Preferences:

  • Clinical oncology experience, including physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, and pharmacists with experience working with patients in a hospital or outpatient clinical setting

  • Intellectual curiosity and intelligence about the field of science/medicine for which they are responsible

  • Highly motivated and capable of comprehending large amounts of scientific content and communicate it in a clear, concise fashion

  • Significant direct experience in servicing customer needs for complex information

  • Demonstrated ability to work with often demanding or difficult clients

  • Significant experience and success in self-managing priorities and multi-tasking projects

  • Strong teamwork/interpersonal skills

  • Advanced presentation and computer skills with expertise in literature identification and evaluation

  • Significant experience in professional networking with positive mutually meaningful outcomes Experience in field-based environments highly valued

  • Familiarity with the academic community and the medical research and medical education process highly valued

  • Effective verbal and written communication skills

  • Strong interpersonal skills, including capability to partake in professional relationship building and networking

  • Position requires ability to travel overnight of up to 60%, as well as work 4 to 6 weekends per year

Additional Information:

  • The position is field-based with roughly 50-75% required overnight travel to manage the assigned geography

  • Ability to use field-based electronic or other communication tools for all aspects of job is critical

  • Lilly is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status

Company Overview:

At Lilly, we unite caring with discovery to make life better for people around the world. We are a global healthcare leader headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. Our 39,000 plus employees around the world work to discover and bring life-changing medicines to those who need them, improve the understanding and management of disease, and give back to our communities through philanthropy and volunteerism. We give our best effort to our work, and we put people first. We’re looking for people who are determined to make life better for people around the world


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Region: North America

City: Chicago

State: Illinois, Indiana

Country: USA

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Req Id: 52918BR