Medical Director - France

Job description

Pleased to meet you, we are Galapagos, a dynamic fast growing Biotech company with offices in Belgium (Mechelen), France (Romainville), the Netherlands (Leiden), Switzerland (Basel), and in the US (Boston).


We’re in the business of changing lives.  In our quest to discover and develop life-improving medicines we go where no one has ever gone before.   In every challenge we face, we see new opportunities.  We want to challenge the impossible.  We need thought leaders and rapid thinkers, entrepreneurs in spirit and status quo-fighters.  Collaborative innovators and perseverant idealists. We need the best-in-class.  In other words, we need you: The ‘make-it-happeners’. 


We are looking for a Medical Director for France!



Scope of the job


Due to our exciting collaboration with Gilead Sciences, we are looking for a Medical Director in France! Are you ready conquer the world and make it happen with us?


 Your role


  • Develop, manage and lead our Medical Affairs team in France
  • Work with Heads of Therapeutic Areas to ensure appropriate alignment of Global resources and activities with Global Strategies and implement therapeutic area and disease area / product strategies in the region
  • Allocate and oversee utilization of local medical budget
  • Establish and track appropriate performance metrics
  • Collaborate with Legal, Compliance and Regulatory to ensure proper and ethical interactions between regional medical personnel and external stakeholders 
  • Act as a senior company representative both internally and externally
  • Define and develop required team competencies and coordinate with Human Resources / Talent Management to recruit and retain local medical team
  • Monitor team performance  in terms of goals and delivery against in-year medical plans and identify areas for development
  • Line manage and develop Country Medical Advisor/Medical Science Liaison
  • Ensure that all promotional materials and events are in compliance with Galapagos SOP’s and policies, local laws and regulations
  • Implement appropriate standards of practice (SOPs)

Job requirements

Who are you ?

We are looking for a new colleague in our global medical affairs department with a solid medical / scientific degree and background and >5 years of experience in biopharmaceutical medicine and  medical affairs.

A genuine interest to advance science and healthcare in these areas to ultimately meet patient’s needs is mandatory. You are experienced leading multidisciplinary / virtual teams at the brand or disease area levels in country, regional or global organizations in field-based roles (Medical Director, Medical Science Liaison). With strong people management skills, establishing and recalibrating priorities, providing constructive feedback and appraisal. You are a team player with an open mind set who “dares to try” and can easily shift gears as needed.


You combine your medical experience and knowledge with good business acumen and develop highly credible relationships, influencing relevant internal / external stakeholders.

Negotiating across and outside the organization and collaborating with local and global Commercial and Development functions is something you enjoy and can be accountable for.


You are honest and firm when it comes down to scientific and clinical data and will always keep in mind what it means for a patient with everything you do.

Unquestioned ethics are a must.

You are fluent in French; working in an international environment, excellent written and verbal communication skills in English are also required.



What’s in it for you?


You will be part of a fast growing and amazing company.  As ‘make-it-happener’ you will get all the support you need to make your job successful.  At Galapagos, we aim to recruit the best people, who stand out among their peers, with integrity and excellent interpersonal and organizational skills. Our employees are the strength behind Galapagos, a highly motivated team, eager to maintain Galapagos’ leading position and achieve breakthroughs in pharmaceutical research. Galapagos offers a competitive remuneration package and a dynamic work environment.



We are Galapagos: together we can make it happen…!