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Global Medical Head, Respiratory Inhaled/COPD

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Cambridgeshire, Gaithersburg, Maryland, Wilmington, Delaware

Job Type: Full time


Position: Global Medical Head, Respiratory Inhaled/COPD

Locations: Cambridge, UK; Gaithersburg, MD; Wilmington, DE; Gothenburg, SE

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 Head, Inhaled COPD, you’ll play a pivotal role in channeling our scientific capabilities to make a positive impact on changing patients’ lives.

What you’ll do:

  • Owner of all brand medical strategies, including all life cycle management
    • Accountable for creating & developing the strategic direction, business/resource planning, and team leadership on a global level
  • Leadership of the Aerosphere Franchise COPD Global Medical Team (GMT)
    • Ensure global strategy is effectively communicated and executed at regional and country levels and that regional/country needs are appropriately accommodated in global deliverables
    • Represents Medical Affairs on the Global Brand Team (all country BU heads)
    • Drive customer insights and market needs from all countries into Global Product Team
  • Leadership of transformative Healthcare change programs globally, shaping care pathways, supporting the adoption of Global clinical guidelines and policy, deploying diagnostic solutions and embedding a population health approach to identify and treat high risk COPD patients
  • Design, execution and external communication of clinical practice-defining Ph3b/4 clinical trials, RWE studies and other evidence methodologies e.g. retrospective analyses etc
  • Cross-functional leadership and collaboration across all Global BioPharmaceuticals Medical functions (e.g. medical information, publications, patient centricity, epidemiology) and the Global Product Team (commercial, R&D, regulatory, biostatistics etc)
  • Create an environment of strong team spirit, good communication and high motivation to enable inspired and effective team members to achieve goals
  • Advances reputation of AstraZeneca and the Respiratory Medical Affairs organization with leading experts

Essential for the role:

  • Doctoral level degree (MD, PhD, PharmD)
  • Expertise in the respiratory therapy area
  • Experienced team leader in Global Medical or similar function
  • Strong demonstration of strategic and medical leadership prowess at therapeutic area and senior leader meetings
  • Demonstrated track record in delivering new initiatives, capabilities and leading large scale impactful medical initiatives desired
  • Demonstrated success in building and executing multi-year strategic roadmaps highly desired
  • Experience leading teams with a track record of delivering results in a complex environment
  • Strong working relationships with Global leaders in Respiratory medicine, including KEEs, professional societies, pharmaceutical companies
  • Proven ability to create bespoke strategy and mobilise an organization to execute
  • Strong executive presence and ability to work collaboratively with global executive teams and leadership
  • Significant experience of presenting to senior leadership; persuasive oral and written communication skills, including the ability to develop and deliver executive presentations
  • Proven ability to collaborate with internal and external colleagues in various geographies, cultures, roles, and hierarchic levels – enterprise leadership mindset
  • Strong track record in hiring, developing and retaining talented individuals, and in establishing high performing teams
  • Understanding of the complex and evolving Medical space with insights about trends, opportunities, risks, and an understanding of external stakeholders (payers, patients, physicians)
  • Ability to manage overall business and medical priorities while also being able to actively engage in more detailed execution discussions
  • Ability to fluidly flex between high level strategy and detailed tactics as required
  • Strong analytical mind-set and ability to quickly assess large amounts of information and distil into key messages and actions
  • Integrity and high ethical standards

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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.

AstraZeneca requires all US employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 but will consider requests for reasonable accommodations as required by applicable law.