Global Director, Medical Affairs - Medical Products

The Medical Segment is looking for a Global Director, Medical Affairs - Medical Products. The Medical Affairs Strategy Department leads post-launch scientific and clinical activities, including grants, publications, evidence, relationships with medical stakeholders, advisory boards, clinical education, and overall clinical strategy. The team is uniquely positioned to deliver highly credible, scientific information to internal and external stakeholders.  We are looking for a scientific leader to manage a team who will direct the implementation of the medical affairs strategies for categories within the Medical Products business segment. This expert will bring excellent leadership skills, as well as a background of scientific and compliance rigor, excellent communication skills, and will report to the Global Vice President for Medical Affairs.

Summary of position

Responsible for leading a team of individuals who establish the highest medical-scientific credibility with customers and stakeholders, and act as medical-scientific expert liaisons between the organization and the medical community through the communication of medical-scientific evidence-based data.

Details of position

  • Provides leadership to managers and experienced professional staff; may also manage front line supervisors
  • Manages an organizational budget
  • Develops and implements policies and procedures to achieve organizational goals
  • Assists in the development of functional strategy
  • Interacts with internal and/or external leaders, including senior management
  • Persuades others into agreement in sensitive situations while maintaining positive relationships

Breath of Technical Knowledge

Proactively develops and maintains broad knowledge of the technical disciplines in own functional area(s); applies broad knowledge of trends and best practices in a manner that ensures exceptional performance and results.

  • Applies multiple, complex functional principles and processes to address critical, non-standard business challenges
  • Educates internal/external customers on various technical issues; collaborates with a network of experts to provide comprehensive counsel and identify effective solutions
  • Collaborates with relevant parties to prioritize the development of internal/external customer solutions


Uses deep subject matter expertise, influence and process skills to help the enterprise clients and stakeholders identify and meet their high priority needs while considering cultural and diversity implications.

  • Utilizes deep expertise and contextual awareness to advise internal/external customers and stakeholders on complex issues in consideration of cultural implications and norms
  • Develops overarching strategies for achieving enterprise-wide goals, prioritizing tasks to best achieve desired end state
  • Persuades project participants to agree on proposed approach for improving business performance

Customer Expertise

Demonstrates deep expertise of supported client; collaborates with COE to identify the drivers leading to business success.

  • Utilizes knowledge of customers' offerings and marketplace trends and collaborates with others as necessary to suggest enhancements to business strategy and plans
  • Influences customers' tactical planning to prioritize business issues and achieve desired results
  • Leverages understanding of the synergies between functions to serve customer needs

Process Implementation and Management

Manages day-to-day operational processes; develops and implements procedures in response to changing business needs and program design.

  • Manages budgets for function operations; ensures that overall resource utilization across employees and vendors aligns with business priorities
  • Improves the efficiency of existing work processes by proactively identifying opportunities for synergy
  • Utilizes a deep awareness of internal and external regulations to aid in developing and implementing standard processes and ensure compliance by others


Diagnoses problems related to daily transactional processes; determines possible resolutions and implements effective solutions in a timely manner.

  • Partners with relevant parties to brainstorm solutions to the most complex, uncommon problems
  • Redirects solution implementation if desired results were not originally met
  • Develops interim solutions to complex problems to prevent avoidable disruptions

Technical skills

  • Medical/Life Science/Allied health degree and clinical or scientific background
  • Demonstrated ability to lead with 1-3 years of people management experience  
  • Excellent oral presentation and written communication skills
  • Proficient at developing and delivering presentations to senior leadership
  • Ability to understand and effectively communicate scientific/medical information; respond to inquiries and address needs of key stakeholders
  • Experience in Operational processes, health care compliance, regulatory requirements, and project management is required
  • 5-7 years of experience in medical device field
  • Ability to initiate and maintain relationships throughout the medical community
  • Demonstrated ability to build positive constructive relationships with cross-functional team members
  • Demonstrated high level of personal integrity, emotional intelligence, flexibility
  • Understanding of the highly regulated medical device industry environment in which we work
  • Ability and willingness to travel; 25% possible 
  • Understanding of clinical environment and patient care

Cardinal Health is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, pregnancy, veteran status, marital status, creed, status with regard to public assistance, genetic status or any other status protected by federal, state or local law.