GRAIL is a healthcare company whose mission is to detect cancer early, when it can be cured.

Senior Director, National Field Medical Science Liaison (MSL) - #2048 (Remote)

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GRAIL is a healthcare company whose mission is to detect cancer early, when it can be cured. GRAIL is focused on alleviating the global burden of cancer by developing pioneering technology to detect and identify multiple deadly cancer types early. The company is using the power of next-generation sequencing, population-scale clinical studies, and state-of-the-art computer science and data science to enhance the scientific understanding of cancer biology, and to develop its multi-cancer early detection blood test. GRAIL is headquartered in Menlo Park, CA with locations in Washington, D.C., North Carolina, and the United Kingdom. GRAIL, LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Illumina, Inc. (NASDAQ:ILMN). For more information, please visit

GRAIL is seeking a Senior Director, National Field MSL to lead the field-based MSL organization. This role will oversee, lead, and evolve the MSL organization, provide leadership and strategic direction to the MSL team to ensure adaptation and execution of the relevant Medical Affairs and organizational plans, and will be an effective internal partner to Medical Affairs and other internal departments. This role will report to the Vice President of Medical Affairs, and will be a part of the Medical Affairs Leadership Team.

You will:

  • .Lead and evolve, in response to company direction and growth, the field-based MSL organization, including establishing and iterating on standard operating procedures and best practices
  • Represent the Field Medical Team as part of the Medical Affairs Leadership Team
  • Ensure scientific, medical/clinical, and operational excellence of field based medical team through hiring, training, coaching, and mentoring
  • Build and maintain effective strategic relationships and influence across Medical Affairs Leadership Team and other relevant global and regional stakeholders (eg, regulatory and compliance) to effectively collaborate on the development and evolution of processes to increase effectiveness in the strategic and operational needs within Field Medical
  • Interface closely with the Medical Affairs trainer to ensure robust MSL training and certification/recertification processes are in place
  • Translate medical strategic priorities into clear field medical goals, objectives, and initiatives with clear, defined, time-bound KPIs and metrics that demonstrate value for the medical organization
  • Contribute to thought leader identification activities, and participate in/lead the development and implementation of thought leader engagement plans aligned with the overall medical strategy and in collaboration with our Thought Leader Liaison
  • Collaborate cross-functionally with Medical Directors, Medical Information, and Publications teams to develop field medical materials, including but not limited to slides and FAQs
  • Ensure all materials and activities reflect the highest standard of quality (eg, materials are accurately referenced, correctly interpreted, and communicated appropriately)
  • Develop and maintain relationships with thought leaders, other external experts, and principal investigatorsRepresent GRAIL at global forums, conferences, and/or professional associations as appropriate
  • Collaborate cross-functionally with other departments, including Research and Development/Bioinformatics and Data Science, Clinical Development, Market Access, and Commercial, as well as collaborate closely with our growing UK team to ensure alignment
  • Oversee the support of clinical trial-related activities as needed, including activities related to patient identification, recruitment, and/or investigator education
  • Lead scientific congress intelligence gathering activitiesLead collection of and responses to insights collected from the field team
  • Participate in medical/scientific advisory boards
  • Oversee the collection and exchange of scientific information important to GRAIL’s development efforts
  • Continuously reassess and adjust resource needs, and oversee the field medical budgetMaintain clinical and technical expertise in the therapeutic area through review of the scientific/medical literature and attendance at scientific meetings
  • Collaborate with in-office teams (eg, publications, operations, training, internal events)

Your Background Will Include:

  • An advanced scientific or clinical degree (eg, PhD, Pharm.D, MD)
  • At least 10 years experience in Medical Affairs in the healthcare industry, including at least 5 years managing/leading a regional or national Field Medical team; diagnostics experience strongly preferred
  • Demonstrated leadership and driving results in support of company objectives, in accord with GRAIL’s culture and values, for example: respect, accountability, leadership, innovation, and collaboration
  • Strong leadership skills, demonstrated ability to lead and evolve field-based medical teams
  • Ability to cultivate and maintain relationships with thought leaders and to establish trust through the consistent demonstration of scientific and clinical expertise, and satisfactory follow-through on requests from thought leaders
  • Excellent communicator, skilled at diplomacy and capable of effectively combining science and relationship building
  • Experience with clinical research, early-stage products, and diagnostics a plus
  • Ability to manage timelines and multiple priorities under time constraints
  • Aptitude to develop technical expertise in new therapeutic area(s)Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work effectively in a cross-functional environmentField-based position with regular in-office cadence to be determined in collaboration with your manager
  • Up to 60% travel required

GRAIL is an Equal Employment Office and Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status. We will reasonably accommodate all individuals with disabilities so that they can participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

Following extensive monitoring, research, consideration of business implications, and advice from internal and external experts, GRAIL has made the decision to require all U.S. employees receive the COVID-19 vaccines as a condition of employment. “Full vaccination” is defined as two weeks after both doses of a two-dose vaccine or two weeks since a single-dose vaccine has been administered. Anyone unable to be vaccinated, either because of a sincerely held religious belief or a medical condition or disability that prevents them from being vaccinated, can request a reasonable accommodation.

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What are GRAIL Perks + Benefits

GRAIL Benefits Overview

We’re committed to creating the best experience for everyone at GRAIL, ensuring that each member of our team has comprehensive benefits and resources to thrive at all stages of life, both at work and at home.

Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Team workouts
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Company sponsored family events
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Free Daily Meals
Game Room
Happy Hours
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Online course subscriptions available

An Insider's view of GRAIL

How does your team reward individual success?

People grow their skills both by learning how to rapidly build scalable software systems, but also by partnering with scientists and other domain experts to better understand, model, and envision the systems we will need. We enable and empower our engineers to lead this process and grow with our systems as they make the future of GRAIL a reality.

Tristan Matthews

Senior Director, Software Engineering

What projects are you most excited about?

GRAIL has a unique opportunity to scale our operations to add value with our early detection test. Our automation team works on the full spectrum of projects from low-level instrument investigations to overall architectures of processing facilities. I'm excited by projects that push the boundaries of lab automation, and that's what GRAIL is doing.

David Jenions

Principal Automation Engineer

What does career growth look like on your team?

Our mission, to detect cancer early, is truly seeking a needle in many haystacks. Our lab has a very complex and sophisticated assay to execute. We leverage cross-training and mentorship programs where new teammates learn the ropes from senior staff. My team sets people up for success by turning tasks into learning opportunities.

Maryam Hosseini

Director, Laboratory Operations

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

The biological problem we're trying to solve is a complex machine learning problem with human lives at stake. From a software engineering point of view, taking massive data, organizing it, building tools to mine it, and deliver results in a scalable, secure, and clinically compliant manner are areas of innovation. This, for me, is my dream job!

Satnam Alag

SVP, Software Engineering

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