CVRM Patient Advocacy Director

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Cambridgeshire, Gaithersburg, Maryland

Job Type: Full time


CVRM Patient Advocacy Director

Location: Cambridge UK / Gaithersburg, US / Zug, Switzerland

Competitive salary and benefits package

The CVRM Patient Advocacy Director role leads the development and implementation of patient advocacy strategies to support patient access to new medicines, market access and uptake of existing medicines, and value creation for AstraZeneca’s product portfolio throughout the product lifecycle. The role focuses on AstraZeneca’s CVRM’s portfolio, which is one AstraZeneca’s therapeutic areas of focus.

AstraZeneca is committed to transforming healthcare by ensuring medical innovation reaches patients as part of sustainable healthcare systems and achieve better outcomes. The Patient Advocacy Director serves as the lead for our relations with patient advocacy groups critical to enabling this objective, including developing and delivering best practice collaborations with relevant organisations. Collaborations will be focused on shaping government and healthcare system policies, increasing understanding of unmet patient/medical needs and building world class evidence that supports improvements to care and access to medicines. The work also includes ensuring patient insights shape AstraZeneca’s work internally and the patient voice is prominently embedded in our culture.

Across the role, programmes are developed and delivered through collaboration with internal stakeholders including the CVRM therapeutic area global team covering Commercial, Medical Affairs and Payer functions, and Corporate Affairs colleagues including policy, government affairs and communications at the global, regional and market-levels.

Main Duties And Responsibilities:

  • Serve as the patient advocacy group relationship lead for CVRM, accountable for the continuous development and improvement of AstraZeneca relationships with relevant patient groups for the purpose of enabling effective collaboration across shared goals, garnering insights and enhancing AstraZeneca’s reputation.

  • Ensure effective framework for AstraZeneca colleagues across functions to interact and collaborate with relevant patient advocacy groups/organisations/key contacts. Collaborate with other functional advocacy leads in enhancing AstraZeneca’s patient advocacy-relevant standard-operating-procedures and processes.

  • Working as part of cross-functional teams, define and implement multi-year global/regional/local country programmes aligned to business priorities that empower patient and clinical advocacy and inform the development of health system policies that improve patients’ access to appropriate treatment and care.

  • Implement signature initiatives/campaigns that engage and align patient groups in support of patient education, engagement, capacity building and reform of health system policies that improve patients’ access to timely and appropriate care and treatment. Flagship campaigns may be multi-year, multi-organisation and multi-disciplinary reaching different audiences and leverage a variety of communications and government relations disciplines (evidence generation, events, inquiries, digital campaigning, summits/roundtables/symposia/seminars, media, etc.)

  • Work with patient advocacy groups to enable/commission creation of external resources, consultation papers, peer review literature, evidence and argumentation needed to support the advancement of therapeutic area access, policy and broader care agendas, working with third parties as appropriate.

  • Serve as a centre of excellence for the patient advocacy function. Provide expert counsel to global/regional/market colleagues in developing similar relationships and programmes. Provide coaching and expertise to global/regional/market colleagues in developing relationships with relevant contacts/groups.

  • Creates framework for and supports within resources available the use of patient advocacy groups to provide insights to inform AstraZeneca business and embed patient voices in AstraZeneca culture. Supports inhouse capability to pull- through patient insights, perspectives and testimonials for internal and external opportunities including leadership meetings, launches, and external stakeholder engagements.

Experience & Expertise required:

  • A proven track record in managing multiple long-term, collaborative relationships with global, regional and local level patient advocacy groups, in politically and culturally diverse areas, across all aspects of the patient experience.

  • Ability to understand and influence complex healthcare system and policy issues globally. Record of shaping policy matters with government and within healthcare systems on issues involving varied stakeholders.

  • Demonstrated effectiveness working with payers (directly or indirectly) to achieve tangible outcomes, either globally, regionally or locally.

  • A track record for building advocacy, evidence and campaigns in support of shared agendas with patient advocacy groups.

  • Politically astute, with an ability to horizon scan for opportunities and challenges.

  • A collaborative mindset that understands the global environment and how to engage / partner with countries to drive pull through and activation. Ability to manage, internally and externally, large complex, culturally-diverse, matrixed programmes, achieving results through others without direct reports.

  • Strong planning and systematic thinking, including project management and budgeting.

  • Strong interpersonal, communication, and influencing abilities as well as excellent written skills, and problem solving – ability to resolve conflict and deal with a wide range of complex problems independently.

  • Biopharmaceutical industry and/or healthcare industry experience required (understanding of CVRM and the healthcare environment a plus).

  • Experience working in an associated field, such as Communications, Government Affairs or Policy work, preferred; English is a requirement; Bachelor’s degree.

  • A commitment to living the AstraZeneca value of Putting Patients First.

Why AstraZeneca

​At AstraZeneca we’re dedicated to being a Great Place to Work. Where you are empowered to push the boundaries of science and spark 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, and always committed to lifelong learning, growth and development. We’re on an exciting journey to pioneer the future of healthcare.

So, what’s next?

  • Are you already imagining yourself joining our team? Good, because we can’t wait to hear from you.

  • Are you ready to bring new ideas and fresh thinking to the table? Brilliant! We have one seat available, and we hope it’s yours

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Job open date: 20/01/2023

Job closing date: 03/02/2023

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AstraZeneca embraces diversity and equality of opportunity. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team representing all backgrounds, with as wide a range of perspectives as possible, and harnessing industry-leading skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We welcome and consider applications to join our team from all qualified candidates, regardless of their characteristics. We comply with all applicable laws and regulations on non-discrimination in employment (and recruitment), as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements.

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