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Global Medical Affairs Leader – Flu

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Cambridgeshire, Gaithersburg, Maryland

Job Type: Full time


Location: Cambridge, Wilmington and Gaithersburg

Salary: Competitive with Excellent Employee Benefits!

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. We’re focused on the potential of science to address the unmet needs of patients around the world. We commit to those areas where we think we can really change the course of medicine and bring big new ideas to life. As the Global Medical Affairs Leader - Flu, you’ll play a pivotal role in channeling our scientific capabilities to make a positive impact on changing patients’ lives.

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:

  • Track record of building and maintaining a deep and continued connection to Medical Practice/healthcare delivery

  • Collaborative/matrix leadership skills with a focus on leading groups 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 partners.

  • Strong financial/budget and project management skills.

  • Demonstrated Eye for business

We are seeking a candidate who has strong technical, scientific and medical knowledge of the brand to drive understanding of the medical strategy across the organization and to lead activities for the brand including advisory boards and symposia to advance clinical practice.

Reporting directly to the Global Medical Head RSV/Flu, you will be charged with delivering bold medical strategies and life-cycle management for our flu assets. We are seeking candidates with experience with vaccines and/or infectious diseases and/or immunology and those who would flourish with swift and proactively engaging internal and external leaders. They are accountable for the development and execution of the coordinated medical affairs plan, including TA Strategy, Evidence Plans, Medical Transformation Initiatives, business development, interaction with the science units, life cycle management, labeling, and externally sponsored research. You will cross functionally lead a team, that through the Global Product Team (GPT), will implement the medical strategy globally. The role entails using high impact clinical evidence and medical materials as well as demonstrate premier scientific engagement with external experts and other key customers.

What you'll do:

  • Craft and own the implementation of the Medical Vaccines and Immunotherapeutic (V&I) product strategy globally and regionally

  • Working with the Global Medical Head to build and develop the strategic direction, business/resource planning, and therapeutic strategy for Vaccines /infectious diseases

  • Pro-active member of the V&I Medical LT, where you will assist with portfolio strategy and collaborate with other brand heads.

  • Accountable for supporting effective launches, LCM and gathering customer insights, evidence gaps, publications plans, through the Global Medical Team (GMT).

  • Cross-functional leadership and collaboration across all Medical functions (e.g. Strategy & Operations and Medical Evidence) and the Global Product Team (commercial, R&D, regulatory, biostatistics etc)

  • Closely follows medical developments within Therapeutic area and disseminates new information to transform clinical trends and emerging data into new plans

  • Delivers medical plan that drives successful launch of innovative and differentiated new medicines within the TA

  • 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

  • Ensure team effectively Science Advisory boards, accurate medical promotional materials and communication prior to submission to (GMQA Global Medical Quality Assurance) for the final approval.

  • Ensuring the alignment of the publication and medical evidence plans to the Medical Strategy and Medical plan

  • Ensures effective management of V&I Medical budget for defined activities within the assigned target

Essential for the role;

  • Doctoral level degree (MD/PhD/PharmD)

  • Strong expertise in vaccinology / immunology / infectious diseases/ Microbiology

  • Experienced in global Medical Affairs or similar function and working cross-functionally across a large product team (Preferably with country level experience as well as above country)

  • Strong technical/product knowledge (Infectious Diseases/Immunology/Microbiology)

  • Consistent track record in delivering new initiatives, capabilities and leading large scale impactful medical initiatives desired

  • Proven success in building and carrying out multi-year strategic roadmaps highly desired

Skills and Capabilities:

  • The knowledge of drug / vaccine development regarding preclinical, pharmacokinetic, dose-response, and Phase 3 development is critical to provide quality assessment

  • Strong executive presence and ability to work collaboratively with global teams and leadership

  • Understanding of the sophisticated and evolving Medical Affairs space with insights about trends, opportunities, risks, and an understanding of partners.

  • Ability to lead business and medical priorities while also being able to actively engage in more detailed execution discussions

Desirable for the role:

  • Experience launching new products (within vaccines / Infectious Diseases/ Microbiology/ immunology / rheumatology / biologics / Genomics preferred)

  • Experience advising on business development opportunities

Why AstraZeneca

At AstraZeneca when we see an opportunity for change, we seize it and make it happen, because any opportunity no matter how small, can be the start of something big. Delivering life-changing medicines is about being entrepreneurial - finding those moments and recognizing their potential. Join us on our journey of building a new kind of organization to reset expectations of what a bio-pharmaceutical company can be. This means we’re opening new ways to work, pioneering cutting edge methods and bringing unexpected teams together.

So, what’s next!

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

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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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