Global Medical Affairs Leader, Immuno-Oncology, Lung Cancer

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Cambridgeshire, Gaithersburg, Maryland

Job Type: Full time


Do you have expertise in, and interest in for leading Medical Affairs teams in Oncology? Apply your experience to changing the way cancer is treated in a company that follows the science and turns ideas into life changing medicines. Help to advance our pipeline by applying expertise and accelerating our pathway to finding a cure.

A dedicated Oncology unit, this is the place to build a world-class career. AstraZeneca’s vision in Oncology is to help patients by redefining the cancer-treatment paradigm with the bold ambition to eliminate cancer as a cause of death. We are proud to work on ground-breaking science with one of the broadest and deepest Oncology pipelines in the business.

We are seeking a Global Medical Affairs Leader (GMAL) to join our Immuno-Oncology team supporting our Lung Cancer Franchise - Reporting to the IO Lung Head, the GMAL will lead and develop the strategy of key deliverables and support the launch and lifecycle management of assets in our Lung Cancer portfolio. This position will work closely with Oncology Business Unit Medical peers to ensure delivery of integrated asset and indication medical plans, ultimately having full responsibility for the asset medical plan of single indications. Working in one of our largest tumour franchises, we are looking for someone who will excel in bringing clarity on the work to be done, the value it brings and be motivated by working with colleagues to ensure delivery.

What You'll Do:

Working with other internal teams and colleagues and responsible for development and delivery of key elements of the global medical tactical plan, the key tasks of the GMAL include:

  • Manage multiple projects and tasks and works autonomously
  • Manage elements of the brand budget
  • Work together with Senior GMALs to deliver evidence strategy including ESR strategy
  • Collaborate with Sr GMALs using scientific, clinical and competitor insights to inform and deliver a Science plan
  • Partners with Sr GMAL to implement Expanded Access Program (EAP) strategy
  • Serve as Strategic Lead for Advisory boards including developing a strategic plan for ad boards, shaping the agendas, and working collaboratively to ensure the right stakeholders are included in discussions
  • Ensures Global Product Team awareness of key external developments (e.g. competitors, data releases, congresses, social media) and articulates the implications to the brand
  • Develop an external education plan including delivery of AstraZeneca-led Symposia and other scientific exchange meeting
  • Will manage and/or contribute to Global Medical Projects
  • Ensures that all Medical and business activities are carried out in compliance with AZ standards, standard operating procedures and external regulations

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Minimum of Master’s degree in a scientific discipline or equivalent medical/scientific qualifications and/or significant industry and/or therapeutic experience.
  • Previous proven experience within pharma/life sciences and/or medical experience (e.g. significant clinical/academic/medical affairs agency roles/organizations)
  • Good communication and presentation skills
  • Experience of multi stakeholder management
  • Experience of leading on medical plans and strategic medical initiatives
  • Ability to influence others
  • Strong project management skills and the ability to work effectively with cross-functional teams
  • Good understanding of drug development and commercialization processes including understanding of outcomes research /payer access issues
  • Proven ability to generate, analyze and interpret clinical trial and published data

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced Scientific degree preferred (PhD, PharmD, MD)
  • Previous experience in a Head Quarters Medical Affairs role or Global Clinical R&D
  • Oncology experience
  • Country launch experience
  • Documented track record of successfully developing and executing Medical Plans both in terms of evidence generation, scientific communications, and external expert engagements

Location: Cambridge UK or Gaithersburg US

Closing Date: 21st February 2022

Salary: Competitive + Excellent Benefits

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Are you ready to bring new insights and fresh thinking to the table? Brilliant! We have one seat available, and we hope it’s yours. Apply today.

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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.

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