Global Medical Affairs Lung Cancer Strategy Lead

England, Cambridgeshire, Cambridge
17 Jun 2021
01 Jul 2021
Medical Affairs
Full Time
Contract Type
Experience Level

Join our globally-renowned Oncology area, which is leading the rapid business growth of our enterprise and ever-evolving industry. It's an exciting time to join as we work towards our big ambitions with entrepreneurial thinking and innovation. It's up to us to find solutions and act fast to make them happen.

Science is at the core of our decision making. It's how we achieve our ambitions for patients: fusing science with strategy, embracing new opportunities and cultivating innovation by seeking expertise in real world
evidence and data.

Job Description:

Reporting into the Vice President, Global Franchise Head, this position is accountable for the strategic direction, and matrix leadership of the Global Medical Affairs (GMA) Lung Cancer Plan.

As a core member of the Global Lung Cancer Commercialization Team (GLCCT) you will work in a cross-functional environment with senior stakeholders to positively influence the direction and priorities of the AZ Lung Cancer Strategy.

As the post holder represents the GMA function, they will proactively engage Global Medical Teams and Stakeholders to ensure GMA alignment and consistency of delivery against the Lung Cancer Strategy/Plan and strong representation of GMA with cross-functional Oncology Global Product and the Oncology Global Commercial Brand Teams.

  • Responsible for the alignment, coordination and implementation of the overall Lung Cancer strategic activities that sit above the Lung Cancer Franchises. This role is accountable for the leadership and development of the strategic direction and deliverables across all areas of Medical Affairs in support of the Lung Cancer strategy

    • Congress plans including KEE engagement, symposia, IME/CME, communications including Q&A

    • Evidence generation including, RWE, diagnostics and translational work

    • Digital innovations

  • Accountable for delivering the above brands Lung Cancer Scientific Narrative

    • Collaborate closely with the Head of GLCCT in the design and implementation of the commercialization strategy

  • Work with Lung Ambition Alliance team to harness synergies in having an external impact through LAA and AZ strategy execution

  • Interface with internal and external stakeholders to enhance the scientific and clinical understanding of Lung Cancer

  • Serves as Medical Affairs lead on the GLCCT bringing the voice of the patient and physician into the development and commercialisation process

  • Ensures medical insights from key countries are used to inform all evidence, product development and franchise strategy deliverables

  • Maintains a good working knowledge of company standards on medicines promotion and supports the Nominated Signatories in ensuring product related materials and activities for external audiences comply with these standards

  • Initiates and develops relationships with internal and external stakeholders to enhance the scientific and clinical understanding of the AZ lung cancer strategy

  • Develops, gains approval for and manages the annual budget required to deliver the objectives for assigned brand(s) in line with defined processes and policies

  • Acts an expert author to the Late Stage Target Product Profiles (TPPs), starting 9-12 months before Phase III ID (investment decision) bringing insights from providers, patients and policy makers, knowledge of the patient journey, treatment impact and translation of efficacy to effectiveness

Essential Requirements:
  • Advanced scientific degree (MD, PhD, PharmD)

  • Extensive Medical Affairs and product launch experience including deep lung cancer experience

  • Strong understanding of drug development and the commercialization processes including launch experience

  • A track record of building and maintaining a deep continued connection to medical practice/healthcare delivery

  • Collaborative/matrix management skills with a focus on leading diverse groups (e.g., cultural, geographical, functional) to achieve excellent results in shared goals

  • Strong communication skills with the ability to distil complexity down to what matters to our stakeholders (Fluency in English - essential)

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

  • The candidate is expected to have strong project management skills and ability to work effectively cross-functional/cross-Franchise globally including development, marketing, diagnostics and health outcomes

  • Strong Financial/Budget Management and business acumen

Desirable Requirements
  • Extensive knowledge of the latest technical, regulatory, policy and patient-centric developments

  • Experience in Evidence generation planning and clinical trial design

  • Extensive experience in relationship and stakeholder management (3P's: Payer, Provider and Patients)

  • Effective matrix leadership experience

  • Experience working at the medical marketing interface

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