Field Director, Gastroenterology MSLs

Auris Health

Auris Health

United States
Posted on Thursday, September 7, 2023


Janssen Research & Development, L.L.C., a division of Johnson & Johnson's Family of Companies, is recruiting for a Field Director, Gastroenterology MSLs to be located within the United States.

At the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, we are working to create a world without disease. Transforming lives by finding new and better ways to prevent, intercept, treat and cure disease inspires us. We bring together the best minds and pursue the most promising science.

The Field Director is responsible for leading a Gastroenterology Medical Science Liaison (MSL) team in providing scientific, research, and educational support to health care professionals and internal partners related to the current and future Janssen Immunology products.

Responsible for the development of all employees within the department by supporting the development of Human Resources Planning (HRP) programs including management development and training to meet current and future business needs. Provide an environment, which encourages the company's commitment to equal employment opportunity and the value of a diverse work force.

The Field Director will partner with the MSL Head to set and drive strategy for the MSL team. The Field Director is responsible for insuring strong clinical engagement strategy for each territory within their responsibility and will conduct routine strategy reviews with each MSL direct report.

The primary role of the Field Director is to provide support, coaching and development to each of their direct reports, utilizing the competency model, routine feedback, and periodic field observation.

The Field Director will be responsible for the execution of field Medical Affairs programs, including product launches, proactive initiatives, and HCP engagement. The Field Director is responsible for ensuring that each direct report is functioning at the expected level of scientific acumen/expertise, presentation skills, and soft skill abilities.

The Field Director is responsible to stay abreast of the scientific information and disease states to ensure the ability for proficient interaction on the topic and to support modeling and coaching with their team. They will also insure the MSL execution of listening priorities and the collection and analysis of Medical Insights.

The Field Director will embody positive change leadership, including maintaining performance, professionalism, and integrity in stressful situations and multiple task setting, coordinating with other Medical Affairs personnel.

Planning coordination will be required to optimally manage priorities. The Field Director is expected to identify possible solution(s) and make a recommendation to the supervisor for action in alignment with the company’s scientific objectives. In addition, the Field Director will work collaboratively with internal business partners to meet scientific needs of customers.

The Field Director is responsible for providing oversight of all activities in accordance with current regulatory and health care compliance guidelines.

Essential Functions:

  • Responsible for the management of a Gastroenterology MSL team (5-8 direct reports) including:
    • Ensure that team functions according to the business plan and company directives
    • Conducts routine team field visits and 1:1 meetings, providing observation and coaching
    • Conduct performance coaching and feedback discussions
    • Provide oversight responsibility for team’s training and development
    • Ensure team optimal capacity, field activity level, and field metrics
    • Ensures each MSL territory plan is strategic, up to date and actionable
    • Manages the team through special projects and cross functional support activities

The Field Director is responsible for the recruiting and retention of a diverse team of top talent and will actively implement leadership strategies to inspire and motivate their team members

  • Provide career and succession planning in support of staff reaching their highest potential
  • Provide an optimal working environment by promoting/functioning according to the Credo value, communication of a clear direction, active listening, respecting diversity, encouraging collaborative partnership, empowering direct reports, follow up on commitments, promoting innovation, and rewarding high performance
  • Responsible for timely completion of administrative duties. Examples include assessment and approval of expense reports, preparation, and communication of team metric reports, among others.
  • Co-lead the communication of MSL team achievement updates to appropriate internal partners and levels of management
  • The Field Director will be responsible for field partner communication and collaboration across their respective regions. They will insure their team’s compliant, routine communication with all partners, such as Gastroenterology Sales Reps, District Managers, KAMs, PEMs and other Gastroenterology/Immunology MSLs.
  • Participate in business planning activities as necessary across the various brands and within Medical Affairs. Ensure appropriate training on and execution of proactive initiatives and other permissible field activities.

The Field Director will partner with the MSL Head to develop and execute the strategy for their region/organized providers. Provide insights and perspective from their KOLs and other specialists that will help refine the development of the overall TA strategy

The Field Director will be responsible for leading scientific projects and programs as assigned by the Scientific Director. This will include joint strategic design with the Scientific Director and independent tactical execution.

  • Ensures effective and efficient collection and distribution of medical insights to appropriate internal stakeholders.
  • May be responsible for identifying and developing field scientific strategies
  • Participates and/or leads cross functional/company initiatives


  • A minimum degree of PharmD, MD/DO, PhD, Physician Assistant (PA) or Nurse Practitioner (NP) is required
  • Minimum of 8 years required; 4-5 years of pharmaceutical industry,
  • Clinical/research experience is required
  • 2-3 years of MSL experience is required.
  • Therapeutic area-related experience is required.
  • Previous people management responsibility is preferred.
  • Requires regional travel of approx. 60% depending on geography (includes overnight travel);
  • Ability to maintain an office in the home required.
  • Must live in their assigned region and in close proximity to an airport.
  • Must be available to attend periodic national scientific congresses and key strategic/scientific meetings at the corporate office in Horsham, PA.
  • Must be fluent in the English language and have excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Expected to work 40-hour work week, with flexibility on occasion to work additional hours when needed.
  • Requires travel of approximately 60% depending on geography (includes overnight travel); Other travel for business meetings as required; Travel by air, including overnight and weekends as needed.
  • Must be able to lift and transport work materials
  • A valid driver’s license is required

At Johnson & Johnson, we’re on a mission to change the trajectory of health for humanity. That starts by creating the world’s healthiest workforce. Through cutting-edge programs and policies, we empower the physical, mental, emotional, and financial health of our employees and the ones they love. As such, candidates offered employment must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or secure an approved accommodation prior to the commencement of employment to support the well-being of our employees, their families, and the communities in which we live and work. For more information on how we support the whole health of our employees throughout their wellness, career, and life journey, please visit www.careers.jnj.com .

The anticipated base pay range for this position is $152K to midpoint $229K. The Company maintains highly competitive, performance-based compensation programs. Under current guidelines, this position is eligible for an annual performance bonus. The annual performance bonus is a cash bonus intended to provide an incentive to achieve annual targeted results by rewarding for individual and the corporation’s performance over a calendar/performance year. Bonuses are awarded at the Company’s discretion on an individual basis.

Employees may be eligible to participate in Company employee benefit programs such as health insurance, savings plan, pension plan, disability plan, vacation pay, sick time, holiday pay, and work, personal and family time off in accordance with the terms of the applicable plans. Additional information can be found through the link below. Information on benefits can be viewed by following this link: https://www.careers.jnj.com/employee-benefits

Johnson & Johnson is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.