Job description


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


Our Global Medical Affairs (GMA) function is committed to ensuring AZ delivers the best patient outcomes by providing healthcare decision-makers around the world with the evidence and confidence# they need on our therapies and empowering our internal stakeholders with medical insight and strategy.

GMA at AZ consists of 4 groups. Three vertically integrated TAs (CVRM, Respiratory & Oncology) and a central “centre of excellence” team - GMA.

Working closely with TA GMA colleagues in Respiratory, CVRM and Oncology, the VP GMA leads the AZ medical network to drive overall strategy, capabilities, and enabling platforms. The VP GMA plays a key role in ensuring effective ways of working, driving innovation and representing Medical Affairs at key bodies internally and externally.

GMA develops and manages core enabling medical platforms for the overall Medical Affairs Network of over 2500 people in 55 countries and executes major studies on behalf of the markets. The VP GMA chairs the broader medical network through the Medical Affairs Council (MAC) to align resources, standards, priorities and KPIs across the globe.

# confidence includes activities related to publications, congresses, external scientific engagement, guidelines & pathways

The Opportunity

The Medical Affairs function at AZ has been substantially rebuilt over the last 5 years in anticipation of a future portfolio more focussed on specialty care products; in recognition of an increased need to elevate the voice of patients in all aspects of our business and also the increasing need to focus on access enabling evidence post-label. As a result of this transformation, Medical is well integrated in AZ science and business strategy and life cycle management, with a specific focus on improving the practice of medicine for the benefit of patients.

In order to further elevate the impact of Medical Affairs on the practice of medicine, and better support a very large number of product launches in our core therapeutic areas (TAs), we recently moved to a functionally integrated TA model in GMA. The desired outcome is a deepening of TA specific medical capabilities. As a result, the TA Respiratory, CVRM and Oncology teams now include both medical strategy (Medical Affairs Leaders) and capabilities (publications, medical information, MSL excellence, Evidence strategy and epidemiology) in a direct line and report directly to the EVP of GPPS, GMA and Corporate Affairs. To support this acceleration, we are now looking for a VP, Global Medical Affairs to lead both the transition to this new model, further develop the core GMA “center of excellence” functionality and continue to strengthen the Medical Network. The core GMA group includes the following accountabilities:

Medical Evidence and Outcomes Research (MEOR). The MEOR team is accountable for delivery of all global evidence studies that are not label or indication seeking with a special emphasis  on RWE, Patient Reported Outcomes, Phase 3b/4, PASS studies, Early Access Programs and Externally sponsored research (ISS/ESR). This team also provides services for Global Medicines Development, the Oncology BU and countries & regions. MEOR is also accountable for worldwide medical evidence review & approval oversight (EvidenceConnect) and the development of evidence capabilities with a particular emphasis on RWE where MEOR houses the core capabilities for the entire organisation
Medical Resources –development, continuous improvement and oversight of shared medical platforms that meet the needs of our TA Medical teams and markets/regions, including medical information (GMIP), on-line scientific training (Medical Academy), Field Medical CRM (Veeva) Publcations (Envision); KPI’s and analytics and offshore publications vendor management
Medical Strategy & Planning – development and oversight of core medical affairs planning processes (eg.product intergrated medical affairs plans -  iMAP). Facilitation of cross -TA functional excellence leadership teams (publications, MSLs, operations etc) and Medical Network management including talent development, best practice sharing, alignment on priorities and performance/investment targets which is achieved throughleadership of the Medical Affairs Council (top 12 Country Medical Directors and Regional Medical Directors)
Governance –“nominated signatory” promotional material compliance oversight for all TA’s; worldwide medical standards oversight (Medical Standards

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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