Sage Therapeutics Manager, Medical Affairs Operations in Cambridge, Massachusetts


Title: Manager, Medical Affairs Operations

Reports to: Director, Global Medical Affairs Operations

General Scope and Summary

SAGE Therapeutics is searching for a results-oriented, driven, self-motivated team member for a role that is responsible for theproject management and facilitation of multiple medical affairs initiatives. This position will function under the guidance and direction of the Director, Global Medical Affairs Operations. The successful candidate will have experience managing several projects simultaneously in a fast-paced environment that is deadline driven. This role will require extensive cross-functional collaboration (including all Medical Affairs functions, Finance, IT, Legal, and Commercial) and the ability to work with and influence stakeholders across all levels. The successful candidate will have experience with and excel in using a range of technical and leadership skills to keep projects on time and to facilitate team meetings. He/she will also be responsible for identifying, triaging and supporting the creation and implementation of department best practices and core capabilities to support the continued growth and development of the department. Some of the major responsibilities include:

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Provide project management for key medical activities and strategic initiatives.

  • Utilize PM technologies and methodologies to keep projects on track and to provide visualizations of plans, timelines and status for relevant projects

  • Regularly meet with stakeholders for project updates; develop risk mitigation plans as necessary

  • Provide stellar meeting management and facilitation to ensure projects and plans move forward

  • Support development of best practices, SOPs, system capabilities for Medical Affairs

  • Work closely with finance and Medical Affairs functional leads to provide oversight of medical affairs spend against the annual operating plan budget.

  • Work closely with legal and contracting to facilitate timely processing of high priority contracts; initiate process efficiencies when appropriate

  • Support efforts to continually improve business practice processes and tools to achieve medical operational excellence

  • Serve as mentor to other team members

Experience, Education and Specialized Knowledge and Skills

Must thrive working in a fast-paced, innovative environment while remaining flexible, proactive, resourceful and efficient. Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to develop important relationships with key stakeholders, good conflict management and negotiation skills, ability to analyze complex issues to develop relevant and realistic plans, programs and recommendations. Demonstrated ability to translate strategy into action; excellent analytical skills and an ability to communicate complex issues in a simple way and to orchestrate plans to resolve issues and mitigate risks.

  • 5+ years of Pharmaceutical/Medical Affairs Operations experience is highly preferred

  • 5+ years of Project Management experience

  • Expert knowledge of MS Project, PowerPoint, and Excel

  • Working knowledge of Visio/Lucidchart, Think-Cell preferred

  • Must be able to actively manage and track many complex projects in parallel, managing the actions of many people toward shared outcomes.

  • Must possess excellent communication skills, relationship building capabilities, and proven ability to influence decision-making without authority.

  • Highly motivated, decisive, and results-oriented individual with the flexibility and creativity to excel in a rapidly growing and changing environment.

  • Experience working with all levels of management and consulting with key business stakeholders. An ability to influence for greater outcomes.

  • Strong team player that has a customer service approach and is solution oriented.

  • Attention to detail and the ability to work individually, within a multi-disciplinary team, as well as with external partners and vendors.

  • Embrace our core values: Put People First, Do Big, Be Accountable, Grow through Learning and Change, and Work Fun.

  • Excitement about the vision and mission of Sage

ID 2017-1628

# of Openings 1

Category Medical Affairs