Job description


  • Entry level
  • No Education
  • Salary to negotiate
  • Cambridge


Position:Senior Medical Affairs Leader

Location:            Cambridge, UK / Gaithersburg, USA

Salary:                Competitive & Excellent Benefits Package

At AstraZeneca we turn ideas into life changing medicines. Working here means being entrepreneurial, thinking big and working together to make the impossible a reality.

AstraZeneca is a science-led, global biopharmaceutical company, with a focused portfolio in core therapies. We are committed to improving the health and lives of people across the globe, through our broad research and development platform, and a growing late-stage pipeline. Working in over 100 countries, we have strength in emerging markets, and our medicines are used by millions of patients and clinicians worldwide.

Main Duties and Responsibilities Overview

Global Medical Affairs (GMA) ensures the best patient outcomes by providing healthcare decision-makers around the world with the evidence and confidence they need on AstraZeneca (AZ) therapies and supports our internal stakeholders with medical insight and expertise. GMA provides medical leadership with market participation and connectivity while also impacting the life cycle planning and execution of all our products. GMA aims to lead AZ in achieving scientific leadership, being a great place to work, and keeping patients at the core of everything we do.

In order to accomplish our goals and enable the best patient outcomes, we look for AZ medical network leaders to have five (5) core capabilities and act as role models to our AZ values. These capabilities include:

Experience in leading a clinical program to support an indication or promotional claim or scientific exchange including overall design, clinical development plan and TPP. Track record of building and maintaining a deep and 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 Well-developed communication and influencing skills with the ability to distil complexity down to what matters to our stakeholders Strong financial/budget and project management skills Business acumen.

AZ Structure

Reporting & Interface

GMA is part of the GPPS, GMA and Corporate Affairs SET area.
This role reports to the Executive Director, GMA, who reports to the TA VP GMA, who reports into VP, GMA, who reports to EVP GPPS, who reports to the CEO.

Designs and manages the implementation of the GMA brand strategy globally and regionally
Designs and delivers clinical trials within Therapeutic Area of expertise, including clinical trial protocol oversight and study physician responsibilities
Closely follows medical developments within Therapeutic area and disseminates new information to transform clinical trends and emerging data into new plans
Liaises with the internal and external medical community
Delivers medical advocacy plan that drives successful launch of innovative and differentiated new medicineswithin the TA
Builds TPP based on medical knowledge, insights and internal/competitor clinical data
Supports team leader at TA Global Product Team, Global Brand Team and Global Medical Team
Accountable for engaging and cultivating relationships with leading global KEEs to gain: contribution/ participation in advisory boards, greater understanding of the therapeutic area and insights into unmet patient needs
Represents AZ at scientific and medical forums, including medical education forums, scientific roundtables, congresses, and symposia
Responsible for the co-ordination of Medical Affairs activities including:
Science Advisory boards
Ensuring the alignment of the publication and medical evidence plans to the Medical Strategy and Medical plan
Responsible for leading the initial development and ensuring the accuracy of medical promotional materials and communications prior to submission to GMQA (Global Medical Quality Assurance) for the final approval.
Essential Requirements

MD with specialist training in either Pulmonary Medicine or Allergy/Immunology or internal medicine with respiratory clinical development experience
Minimum of 5 and ideally more than 8 years in Industry, with experience in leading clinical trials to support approval (Phase 2-4) (i.e experienced clinical trial specialist strongly preferred).
Experience in leading a clinical study program to support an indication,

About the company

AstraZeneca is a global, science-led biopharmaceutical company that spans the discovery, development, manufacturing, distribution and worldwide commercialisation of primary care and speciality care medicines.

We believe the best way we can help patients is to focus on breakthrough science in order to uncover disease mechanisms and develop novel, targeted therapies that interact with them. This is at the heart of our purpose as a company: to push the boundaries of science to deliver life-changing medicines.

We invest in distinctive science in three main therapy areas where we believe we can make the most meaningful difference to patients: oncology; cardiovascular and metabolic diseases; and respiratory, inflammation and autoimmunity. Our science exploits our rare combination of capabilities in small molecules and biologics, immunotherapies, protein engineering technologies and devices. These are reinforced by a strong focus on translational science and personalised healthcare capabilities. We build on our own capabilities by collaborating with world-renowned scientists and academic institutions and partnering with like-minded science-led companies.

Through leading in science, we are confident that we can transform the lives of people around the world and deliver value to our shareholders.

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