Head Medical Innovation & Digital Strategy (m/f/x)

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Date: 15 Sep 2023

Location: Munich, Germany, 81379

Company: Daiichi Sankyo Europe


Passion for Innovation. Compassion for Patients.


Daiichi Sankyo and its 16,000 employees in more than 20 countries are dedicated to the creation and supply of innovative pharmaceutical products. In Europe, we focus on two areas: In the cardiovascular space, our strong portfolio of medicines reflects our long-standing commitment and shows that we care for every heartbeat; in oncology our goal is to become a global pharma innovator until 2025 by providing novel therapies to patients across the world. Our European headquarters are in Munich, Germany, and we have affiliates in 13 European countries. For more information: www.daiichi-sankyo.eu.


For our headquarters in Munich we are seeking highly qualified candidates to fill the position:


Head Medical Innovation & Digital Strategy (m/f/x)

The Position:

The Head of Medical Innovation & Digital Strategy is responsible for developing, implementing and overseeing European and local Medical & Digital strategies for the indication areas within the DS Specialty Business Division. She/he will work closely with the other SBD Medical Affairs as well as cross-functional roles (especially with the Digital Excellence Team) to ensure alignment with over-arching therapeutic area brand strategies as well as new digital innovation concepts leveraged by the digital innovation hub.

Key responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement DSE Medical Affairs Digital and Innovation Vision, Strategy and Roadmap
    • Lead the development of a digital framework and operating model for DSE MA
    • Develop and implement the Medical Affairs digital roadmap
    • Build processes to support the development of digital capabilities for engagement with external stakeholders within MA and accross affiliates
    • Identify and prioritize opportunities for digital transformation across DSE MA affiliate teams and as a member of the digital innovation board


  • Lead DSE MA Digital initiatives in collaboration with other relevant functions
    • Build Digital Infrastructure and capabilities
    • Omnichannel engagement and data dissemination: Strategy, process, and implementation to convert scientific materials to digital (e.g. podcasts, videos, portals, chatbots)
    • Digital KEE engagement strategies and capabilities
    • Efforts to enable self-service
    • Partner with Medical Excellence and lead efforts to advance digital capabilities for Field Medical: Enhanced profiling and targeting, Implementation of CX Evolution Strategy by content personalization
    • Drive digital health solutions and real-world evidence generation supported by disruptive innovation and trends


  • Oversee maintenance and advancement of MA Tools and Technology


  • Ensure alignment of technology and systems supports the digital roadmap


  • Vendor management and budget responsibility for DSE MA technology and tools


  • Coordinate with other internal digital functions (Digital Excellence, Commercial) across DS
    • Function as a strategic thought partner on matters of importance to Medical Affairs digital efforts

    • Partner with internal stakeholders (e.g. ClinOps, Commercial Operations and Customer Experience Strategy Team) to identify and collaborate on digital projects of mutual interest

    • Represent DSE MA on internal digital governance committees such as the Digital Innovation Board 

    • Continuously monitor the external landscape to identify innovations and digital tools

    • Track medical affairs industry best practices in process, tools, and technology, and incorporate into digital strategy as appropriate

    • Lead efforts to enhance digital literacy and create a digital mindset for DS MA employees

    • Act as a champion and change agent in leading organizational changes required to create and sustain digital capabilities, including medical analytics and intelligence

    • Identify and address implementation barriers to new digital tools and processes

    • Work within existing Company policies and SOPs to manage risk and develop mitigation approaches

    • Lead and/or contribute to the development of policies and SOPs governing Digital

  • Medical Analytics and Intelligence
    • Strengthen capabilities in medical analytics and intelligence, supervision of medical competitive intelligence role

    • Develop and monitor KPIs to assess the effectiveness of medical strategies and innovation, in strong collaboration with Performance & Business Intelligence Team

    • Utilize metrics to drive continuous improvement of processes and tools, and to determine appropriate resource needs, including budget, tools and personnel


Personal skills and professional experience:

  • 10+ years of experience in pharma/biopharma required

  • 7+ years of Medical Affairs experiences required

  • Experience in Medical Affairs technology (e.g. CRM, Insights tools) required

  • Field Medical experience preferred

  • Team/line management preferred

  • Experience managing multiple stakeholders in a matrix organization

  • Experience in leading complex projects & solving potential issues

  • Show creativity and an open-minded approach

  • Be results oriented

  • Flexible to changing priorities in a fast-moving environment with no/little structure

  • Hands-on mentality

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English; additional languages are an advantage


What we offer

Working at Daiichi Sankyo

At Daiichi Sankyo in Europe, we offer a workplace where your voice is heard. Everything we do, we do with a high level of commitment and a clear focus on patients’ needs. We know that our bold ambition to change patients’ lives for the better can only be achieved through the power of collaboration and the exploration of new approaches. Thus, we encourage our colleagues across Europe to be courageous, to bring their ideas to the table and to embrace opportunities to grow. When you join our European family, you will be a part of a dynamic company where everyone, no matter their role, rolls up their sleeves and gets things done.