Medical Science Liaison –Oncology

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Leicestershire

Job Type: Full time


Medical Science Liaison –Oncology

Location / Territory : Field / National

Competitive Salary & Benefits

Advert Closing Date: 1/2/2023

Do you have expertise in, and passion for, Medical Science? Would you like to apply your expertise to impact the Oncology sector in a company that follows the science and turns ideas into life changing medicines?

At AstraZeneca UK, we bring life-changing medicines to patients across England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. As a member of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) all our sales, marketing and communications activities are subject to the ABPI Code of Practice. If you’re inspired by the possibilities of science to make a difference and ready to discover what you can do – join

Business Area

Change the way cancer is treated by making an impact at every point in the patient journey. We are thinking and acting faster than anyone to ensure the data we’re producing helps physicians care for patients better. To ultimately deliver clinical promises to the real world, improve patient outcomes and their quality of life.

Join our globally renowned Oncology area, which is leading the rapid business growth of our enterprise and ever-evolving industry. It’s an exciting time to join as we work towards our big ambitions with entrepreneurial thinking and innovation. It’s up to us to find solutions and act fast to make them happen.

We are committed to advancing the science of oncology to deliver life-changing medicines to people most in need. Our broad pipeline of next-generation medicines is focused on the disease areas of breast, ovarian, lung, gastrointestinal, genitourinary and haematological cancers, using four key scientific approaches: immunotherapy, tumour drivers and resistance mechanisms, DNA damage response, and antibody-drug conjugates. Our ambition is to eliminate cancer as a cause of death through scientific discovery and collaborations..

What you’ll do

The Medical Science Liaison (MSL) in the Oncology Team is an ambassador for AstraZeneca’s Oncology portfolio, engaging in scientific exchange with Key External Experts, Health Care Professionals, and Clinical Investigators. Oncology MSLs engage with external experts to identify medical unmet needs, evidence gaps in our product portfolio and gain insight. They deliver presentations in a non-promotional scientific context as determined by global / local oncology medical affairs plans and assist in the setting up of key studies.

Some Key Responsibilities:

  • To act as regional field medical affairs expert

  • To share knowledge and insight with cross-functional colleagues through a centralised insight gathering process

  • To provide technical input into brand/medical activities.

  • To support research discussions with clinical leaders in dedicated region

  • Engage in account level cross-functional working with sales and market access colleagues within the boundaries laid down by the ABPI code of practise and the relevant AZ standard operating procedures - remain up to date on ABPI changes

  • Remain up-to-date on therapy advances, product development plans, competitor developments and trials, AZ products and trial data

  • Patient pathway redesign

  • Maintain an understanding of local health economy and how that interacts with the patient pathways relevant to their therapy area

  • Own relationship / partnership with priority KEEs and support KEE professional development

  • Formulate and execute a strategically aligned local non-promotional account plan. Engage in an ongoing cycle of review and modification to ensure this plan remains relevant to AZ’s non-promotional objectives

  • Reactively engage with identified key local relevant decision makers in response to requests for information about development compounds and clinical/ scientific data relating to currently marketed products in line with industry and AZ Medical Information standards and ABPI Code.

  • Support Clin Ops with feasibility visits and accompanied site visits, should extra medical knowledge and scientific discussion be required

  • Successful collaboration with cross functional teams internally


  • Previous experience working within an MSL role within Pharma (Ideally within Oncology or NHS Cancer experience)

  • Life sciences degree or other appropriate qualification (e.g. nursing, pharmacy)

  • Clinical, scientific or life sciences background – within Oncology

  • Strategic mindset with ability to take operationalise strategy

  • Understanding of local health economy and interaction with patient pathways

  • Understanding of clinical pathways design and delivery, common barriers to optimal care and how to navigate

  • Communication and presentation skills

  • Business acumen/entrepreneurship; seek out opportunities and new ways of working

  • Understanding of real-world data to identify opportunities to support / lead data generation projects

  • Understanding of evidence-based medicine and its application into clinical practice

  • Understanding of ABPI Code of Practice and its practical application


  • Higher degree in science or business subject

  • Experience in the development of clinical trial programmes in the support of the therapy area portfolio an advantage

  • Experience of account management

  • Knowledge +/- experience of real-world data projects

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?

If you are inspired by the possibilities of science to make a difference and ready to discover what you can do by joining us on this exciting journey and believe you can contribute to this bold ambition – join us!

Where can I find out more?

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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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