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Global Medical Affairs Leader, Immunology

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Cambridgeshire, Gaithersburg, Maryland, Wilmington, Delaware

Job Type: Full time


Global Medical Affairs Leader - Immunology

Location: Wilmington, DE | Gaithersburg, MD | Cambridge, UK | Gothenburg, SE

AstraZeneca is a global, science-led, patient-focused biopharmaceutical company that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialisation of prescription medicines for some of the world’s most serious diseases.

2022 is an extraordinary time to be in Medical Affairs – the opportunity to improve the speed and quality of care for millions of people with long-term conditions around the world, to support healthcare systems to address health inequalities and variations in care, and to be the driving force behind AstraZeneca’s business strategy and development of a rich portfolio of innovative medicines, is remarkable. BioPharmaceuticals Medical (BPM) at AstraZeneca is at the forefront of the industry but there remains significant headroom to grow – there is no better place to improve patients’ lives and to develop your career as a Medically-orientated business leader than at AstraZeneca.

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 supporting an indication, promotional claim and scientific exchange including input into 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 distill complexity down to what matters to our stakeholders

  • Strong financial/budget and project management skills/business acumen

Typical Accountabilities:

  • Design and manage the implementation of the global medical product strategy globally and regionally

  • Work with the Medical Head to create and develop the strategic direction, business/resource planning, and team leadership on a global level

  • Be a proactive member of the Global Medical Team (GMT) to ensure global strategy is effectively communicated and executed at regional and country levels and that regional/country needs are appropriately accommodated in global deliverables and drive customer insights and market needs from all countries into Global Product Team for review

  • Collaborate cross-functionally with GMA functions (eg Global Medical Excellence & Medical Evidence)

  • Closely follow medical developments and competitive landscape within Therapeutic area and disseminate new information to transform clinical trends and emerging data into strategy

  • Be an active contributor to the cross functional congress planning team

  • Provide input, as needed, into labeling (USPI, SmPc) and core data sheet discussions

  • Liaise with the internal and external medical community

  • Deliver medical advocacy plan that drives successful launch of innovative and differentiated new medicines or indications within the therapy area

  • Support team leader at TA Global Product Team and Global Brand 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 developing content for Science Advisory boards

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

  • Delegate for Sr. MAL or the Medical Head as required

  • Manages other specific cardiovascular/medical projects as required

  • Responsibility for managing particular areas of the budget

  • Provide medical strategic and scientific input into assessment of investigator initiated studies as a member of the GREG

  • Be an active member of team(s) for assets in development while providing medical strategic input

Essential Requirements:

  • Doctoral level degree: MD/PhD/PharmD

  • Expertise in the relevant or related therapy area

  • Demonstration of strategic and medical leadership prowess

  • Personal experience in the design and conduct of interventional and/or observational studies is ideal, but not mandatory.


Doctor of Medicine

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 unleash 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?

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