Global Medical Affairs Lead - Established Oncology Brands

England, Cambridgeshire, Cambridge
06 Jan 2021
03 Feb 2021
Medical Affairs
Full Time
Contract Type
Experience Level
Experienced (non-manager)

At AstraZeneca we work together across global boundaries to make an impact and find answers to challenges. We do this with the upmost integrity even in the most difficult situations because we are committed to doing the right thing. We continuously forge partnerships that help pursue world-class medicines in new ways, combining our people's exceptional skills with those of people from all over the globe. As a Global Medical Affairs Leader for Oncology Established Brands and DNA Damage Response (DDR), you'll play a pivotal role in channeling our scientific capabilities to make a positive impact on improving patients' lives.

AstraZeneca's vision in Oncology is to help patients by redefining the cancer-treatment paradigm. A broad pipeline of next-generation medicines is focused principally on four disease areas - breast, ovarian, lung and hematological cancers. As well as other tumor types, these are being targeted through four key platforms - immunotherapy, the genetic drivers of cancer and resistance, DNA damage response, and antibody drug conjugates, underpinned by personalized healthcare and biomarker technologies.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

AstraZeneca is seeking a Global Medical Affairs Leader (GMAL) with broad oncology experience to be accountable for a broad and growing portfolio of established brands with a large focus on supporting the Asian markets. While this is envisaged to account for 50% of the role there is also the opportunity to support the in market and late stage activities for compounds that sit within the DDR team. The role reports to the Global Medical Affairs Head DDR

The GMAL will be responsible of developing and executing an integrated medical plan for the portfolio of compounds, and ensures the timely, high quality input into global brand plan. An important element of this role is therefore to develop strategic and long-term partnerships with relevant external oncology stakeholders and decision makers, through the development of AZ's scientific leadership with scientific organizations, external experts, and patient advocacy groups to help inform and develop a best-in-class medical affairs capabilities aligned with the medical needs of our portfolio. Specific experience managing assets at the end of their lifecycle is highly desirable.

This role will require matrix leadership and broad internal cross-functional collaboration with multiple global medical and development teams, marketing team as well as teams in key markets especially in Asia. Based on a deep scientific understanding of the disease area, unmet medical needs, treatment options and medical issues, you will enable the organization to help develop tailored medical solutions suitable for established brands.

Essential Requirements

  • A proactive self-starter who is happy to work independently as well as part of a team

  • Advanced scientific degree (MD, PhD, PharmD)

  • Extensive experience in the pharmaceutical industry or relevant medical/clinical experience

  • Medical affairs experience in oncology therapy area, including in-market medical affairs, with regional, particularly Asia or global experience also being desirable.

  • Proven track record in across the product lifecycle with a strong strategic focus

  • Proven ability to generate, analyze and interpret clinical trial and published data

  • Track record of successfully developing and executing Scientific Plans both in terms of evidence generation, scientific communications and external expert engagements

  • Ability to manage multiple projects and products simultaneously to ensure timely, on-target and within budget accomplishment of tasks

  • The candidate is expected to have strong project management skills and ability to work effectively with cross-functional teams including development, marketing, and health outcomes.

  • Good communication and presentation skills in English

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