Therapy Area Lead - Lung

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Greater London

Job Type: Full time


Therapy Area Lead – Lung


Competitive Salary & Benefits

Closing Date: 6th February 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. If you’re inspired by the possibilities of science to make a difference and ready to discover what you can do – join us!

Our move to Pancras Square offers us the strongest possible platform to transform the lives of patients in the UK, as the country’s leading biopharmaceutical company. It will bring AstraZeneca UK closer to our customers, partners and stakeholders in the UK’s healthcare environment, as well as foster greater collaboration with the wider AstraZeneca footprint.

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

Providing Leadership to the Team and also medical-scientific strategy of AstraZeneca’s highly progressive Lung oncology therapeutic areas, contributing to the late phase clinical development of assets and achieving defined medical/scientific objectives with a clear focus on patients.

Key Accountabilities will include:

  • Lead, build, organize and animate a medical oncology team of excellence to ensure the success of the Therapeutic Area portfolio, building and creating a culture of people development and fostering an adequate motivation and working atmosphere.
  • The successful candidate will be experienced, invested and passionate with a dedicated focus on ensuring that the teams is achieving its best possible potential within AstraZeneca.
  • Define, lead and implement comprehensive and innovative National and Regional Medical Plans for the Therapeutic Area portfolio in alignment with Global Plans. Coordinate the Medical Plans, ensuring their impactful implementation. Design and validate objectives, plans and budgets of areas under responsibility.
  • With entrepreneurial leadership, ensure synergies within Oncology Medical Affairs regionally and optimise cross-functionality with the transverse teams: Marketing, Promotion, Market Access, Regulatory Affairs, Clinical Operations, Pharmacovigilance, Medical Information, and Training.
  • Proactively seek out collaborative opportunities with the wider UK healthcare stekholders in line with our strategic priorities.
  • Ensures that all Therapeutic Area work-related activities comply with applicable external/ internal regulations in line with the ABPI Code of Practice, internal policies and standards.

Essential Skills and Experience:

  • Education: Medical education (Medical Doctor preferably or Pharmacy).
  • Clinical and scientific experience related to Oncology.
  • Proven cross functional experience and collaboration with Marketing, Market Access, Patient Advocacy.
  • Product-Life-Cycle-Management and successful Launch-Management.
  • Experience in cooperation with clinical research and regulatory (national and international).
  • Experience in externally sponsored research and cooperation with study groups.
  • Track record of leadership across the medico-marketing interface.
  • Proven expertise in the ABPI Code of Practice.
  • It is mandatory for the performance of this role to hold or successfully acquire Nominated Signatory status. You are required to gain Nominated Signatory status within 6 months of commencing your role.
  • Significant experience in the pharmaceutical industry working with ethical products.


  • GMC or GPhC registration
  • Member / Fellow of a Royal College of Physicians / Surgeons / GPs or the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.
  • Higher degree in Oncology (e.g. MSc and / or PhD).
  • Postgraduate degree in business or management development (e.g. MBA).
  • Therapeutic area knowledge.
  • Experience in all product lifecycle.
  • Previous experience in clinical practice.
  • ABPI Nominated Signatory.

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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