Celgene Scientific Affairs Advisor - 12 month fixed term contract in Hillingdon, United Kingdom


Celgene is a global biopharmaceutical company leading the way in medical innovation to help patients live longer, better lives. Our purpose as a company is to discover and develop therapies that will change the course of human health. We value our passion for patients, quest for innovation, spirit of independence and love of challenge. With a presence in more than 70 countries - and growing - we look for talented people to grow our business, advance our science and contribute to our unique culture.


Celgene are recruiting for a Scientific Affairs Advisor for a 12-month contract to cover maternity leave. This is a full-time role which principally covers escalated medical information requests and scientific support to the disease team. First line medical information requests (verbal and written) are outsourced to a third-party medical information vendor.

The role will cover:

  • Responding to escalated medical information responses for products which fall within allocated therapy areas. Ad hoc cover of additional therapy areas may be required at times.

  • Being the dedicated Scientific Affairs Advisor to allocated therapy area(s) – this individual will be a member of the disease team providing scientific advisory support to the disease team including but not limited to:

  • Assisting with claims/materials development.

  • Reviewing all materials for allocated therapy area(s) (promotional, non-promotional and examination) for medical accuracy of scientific content and compliance with relevant Codes of Practice and legislation.

  • Working cross-functionally with the disease team/medical team and other colleagues within the affiliate as required.

  • Supporting the Scientific Affairs Advisor who is the lead contact for our third party Medical Information provider with the day-to-day management of the vendor.

The role would suit an individual currently working as a Scientific Advisor or an experienced Medical Information professional looking for a move into Scientific Affairs. Experience in working with third-party medical vendors is desirable. The individual must have proven working knowledge of the Code of Practice and relevant legislation.

Past experience within Haematology/Oncology and/or Inflammation and Immunology is desirable. The individual must have a medical/scientific background with a minimum of degree level qualification in Pharmacy/Pharmacology or a relevant Biological science.

Role and Responsibilities

  • Provide scientific advisory support for claims/ materials development, ensuring medical accuracy of scientific content, and compliance with relevant Codes of Practice and legislation. Responsible for data provision and ensuring data maximises commercial potential

  • Input into Code of Practice defence of claims from competitor companies, healthcare professions and regulatory authorities as required

  • Actively involved in the development and implementation of operational plans including disease team and medical plans

  • Supporting Medical Affairs and the Marketing team to develop market leads for developing and driving the disease team plan and leveraging clinical scientific data to optimise the adoption of the promotional campaigns

  • Prepare and deliver brand-related presentations and training to field teams as required

  • Act as a point of escalation for medical information queries

  • Support and manage the third-party service provider including management of contracts, working practices and regular quality control checks to ensure compliance with relevant procedures and legislation

  • Formulate high quality written and telephone responses reflecting the most recently available data on Celgene products in response to enquiries received from both internal and external customers and ensure responses conform to both company guidelines and practices and the ABPI code of practice

  • Develop and maintain Medical Information standard responses for use in The UK and Republic of Ireland in collaboration with Global Medical Information

  • Further develop and maintain the internal Medical Information database

  • Perform monthly quality checks (QC) checks on medical information responses. Provide reports for all safety enquiries received via Medical Information, to the drug safety team for reconciliation on a weekly basis

  • Support out-of-hours emergency cover in collaboration with Medical Director / Associate Director Medical Affairs

  • Ensure adverse events and pregnancy reports are duly processed in line with company procedures

  • Attends medical congresses to staff medical affairs booths and acts as an information resource for the company’s products as required. Ensures the disease team are updated on relevant data acquired from medical congresses

  • Manage the company’s Copyright licences. Liaison with the Copyright Licensing Agency to ensure all clinical papers distributed or received are within copyright laws and our licence

  • Responsible for the development/maintenance of relevant SOPs, in collaboration with the Medical Director and Associate Director of Quality and Regulatory Affairs


Medical/Scientific background with a minimum of Degree level qualification in Pharmacy/Pharmacology or relevant Biological science.

Skills and Knowledge Requirements

  • Past Pharmaceutical Industry experience is desirable

  • Prior experience in the provision of Medical Information service

  • Proven working knowledge of ABPI Code of Practice

  • Past experience in Haematology/Oncology therapy area desirable

Proven skills in:

  • Literature database searching and related computer skills

  • Clinical data interpretation

  • Medical writing skills

  • Customer communication skills including a good telephone manner



Scientific Affairs Advisor - 12 month fixed term contract

Location: Hillingdon, England, UK

Job ID: 17001620