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Medical affairs managers generally work for pharmaceutical companies, from "big pharma" to small biotech companies, and are responsible for providing medical expertise and strategic direction and leading the company from research to practical application of medications. They are involved in every step of drug development, from research and clinical trials to marketing and regional analysis.

Many employers require their medical affairs managers to have master's or doctorate degrees in medicine, while others prefer those who have a business degree and prior experience in the medical field. Prior experience with the specific type of product a company produces, such as relating to oncology or virology, may be beneficial. Prior management experience may be required, as these managers often lead teams of researchers, marketers, and other professionals. Finally, a strong business background can be invaluable, as the actual approval and distribution of the drugs is a crucial part of a company's profitability and these managers are always the undertones of these projects.

Medical affairs managers work in offices, laboratories, and clinical settings, and may be required to travel to various sites to coordinate teams; however, they work primarily in the same locations.
Medical Affairs Manager Tasks
  • Manage department operations and employees and assist in development of policies and procedures.
  • Assists with the development, review, and/or approval of medical publications, promotional materials, and activities.
  • Manage relationships with vendors, stakeholders, and/or customers, providing product training and responding to inquiries.
  • Develop and implement training programs, such as sales training and peer-review.

Key Stats


75 %
25 %
CHF 145,177
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1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
CHF 123,000

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