Global Medical Affairs Leader/Diagnostic Lead - TDR Franchise

Gaithersburg, USA, Maryland
21 May 2021
11 Jun 2021
Medical Affairs
Full Time
Contract Type
Experience Level
Experienced (non-manager)

Job title: Global Medical Affairs Leader/Diagnostic Lead - TDR Franchise

Location: Gaithersburg, US or Cambridge, UK

Salary: Competitive with excellent benefits

Job posting open date: 21st May 2021

Job posting close date: 4th June 2021


AstraZeneca is a global, science-led, patient-focused biopharmaceutical company that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialisation of prescription medicines for some of the world's most serious disease. But we're more than one of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies.

At AstraZeneca we're dedicated to being a Great Place to Work. Where you are empowered to push the boundaries of science and unleash your entrepreneurial spirit. There's no better place to make a difference to medicine, patients and society. An inclusive culture that champions diversity and collaboration. Always committed to lifelong learning, growth and development.


In Medical Affairs, we change the practice of medicine and improve the patient experience by generating and communicating compelling medical evidence.

We translate the wealth of medical and scientific expertise to ensure the data we produce helps physicians to better treat patients at every point in the journey.

Valued partners across the enterprise, we rely on working together and sharing knowledge to combine science and strategy in a way that advances our pipeline and progresses our journey to redefine cancer treatment.

Global Medical Affairs Leader/Diagnostic Lead - TDR Franchise - Role Description:

As a Global Medical Affairs Leader, you'll play a pivotal role in channelling our scientific capabilities to make a positive impact on changing patients' lives and we are now seeking a Leader with diagnostic expertise to join our Global Medical Affairs TDR and Lung cancer team.

  • The Diagnostic Lead ensures the timely, high quality input into global medical and lifecycle plans, to support optimal in-market companion diagnostics / testing solutions that enable optimal treatment choices and support patient access to the right drugs.

  • 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 advocacy, scientific organizations, thought leaders and HTA/payers organizations to help inform and develop a best in class diagnostics capabilities aligned with the medical needs of our portfolio.

  • This role will require broad internal cross-functional collaboration and matrix leadership, with multiple medical and development teams, as well as teams in key markets. Based on a deep scientific understanding of the current testing environment, including barriers, and future complex development in technology/material, you will enable the organization to help develop tailored testing solutions for our portfolio of targeted drugs.

  • You will also be responsible for the coordination of all Medical Affairs activities related to diagnostics, in collaboration with the other medical leaders, including science advisory boards, alignment of the publication plans and medical evidence generation plans to the tumor specific medical plans, providing appropriate input into the global externally sponsored research and collaborations and other medical affairs activities.

  • Finally, you will contribute to the broader strategic planning to build Astra Zeneca's medical leadership in targeted therapy, and deliver medical insight into the development and execution of the overall strategy (beyond diagnostics).

Essential Requirements:

  • Advanced scientific degree (MD, PhD, PharmD)

  • Medical Affairs experience. Pharmaceutical or relevant medical/clinical experience.

  • Significant Diagnostics/Assay development knowledge and experience

  • Proven Matrix Leadership skills

  • Understanding of drug development and commercialization processes including understanding of outcomes research /payer access issues

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

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