International Medical Director, GI Cancers

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Luton

Job Type: Full time



At AstraZeneca we work together across global boundaries to make an impact and find answers to challenges. We do this with the upmost integrity even in the most difficult situations because we are committed to doing the right thing. We continuously forge partnerships that help pursue world-class medicines in new ways, combining our people's exceptional skills with those of people from all over the globe. As a International MedicalDirectoryou will play a pivotal role in channelling our scientific capabilities in novel ways to make a positive impact on improving patients' outcomes and reducing health inequities across our region.


Driven by our inquisitive nature, we fuse different capabilities and skills – Medical expertise with Commercial foresight, technical skills with emotional intelligence. A team of enterprising leaders, our role is to connect and advise: aligning commercial and scientific goals and spotting opportunities to shape what’s next for AstraZeneca.

What you’ll do

AstraZeneca is seeking a International Medical Director with oncology expertise and a passion for end-user focused solutions to work to lead activities in GI.

This role will require matrix leadership and broad internal cross-functional collaboration with multiple global, regional and local teams. Based on a scientific understanding of the disease area, unmet medical needs, treatment options and medical issues, you will enable the organization to help develop tailored medical solutions.

As the International Medical Lead you will play a key role in the development of medical strategy and execution of key deliverables to support the launch and lifecycle management across the international region and to support key markets as they establish and grow in GI cancers.

Therefore it is critical that the International Medical Director, will be a strong integrator, with demonstrated capability to build networks, lead without authority and to bring together cross functional teams to develop and implement projects delivering end-user focused solutions. Good project management skills is also a must.

An another important element of this role is therefore to develop strategic and long-term partnerships with relevant internal and external partners

Locations: Zug, Switzerland, Singapore or AZ International office locations

  • Design the International medical strategies for GI as well as co-create the regional brand strategy together with the commercial lead ensuring the commercial and medical strategies are fully aligned on key objectives.

  • Lead and coordinate the prelaunch/launch planning and activities across International for GI & Bladder for the region

  • Support the key countries and drive effective execution of the launch plans

  • Mentor and support local markets capability-building

  • Drive close collaboration with global and regional teams to keep informed on latest strategies and priorities

  • Provide medical expertise and advice where required and stay up-to-date on the latest scientific, medical and competitor developments relevant indications

  • Develop and manage relationships with the relevant key external experts in the region

  • Oversee above-country projects including evidence generation, external medical education and insight gathering

  • Ensure compliance with AZ Policies and Standards with special emphasis on Code of Conduct, Ethical Interaction Policy and Standards, Privacy (Patient Group interactions) and Procurement (engagement of third parties)

Essential for the role

  • You have an advance degree preferably, a PhD in a scientific field or MD

  • Proven 3+ years experience in medical affairs including leadership experience of strategic medical planning, launch planning and execution

  • Extensive experience in collaboration with external parties and managing cross-functional and cross-cultural teams

  • Solid business understanding and foresight

  • Knowledge of the regulatory and compliance framework in which we operate


We’re a network of entrepreneurial self-starters who contribute to something far bigger. There’s a diversity of expertise in our Technology group that’s unique to AstraZeneca – it allows us to dive deep into

exploring new groundbreaking technology. We enable AstraZeneca to perform at its peak by delivering world-class technology and data solutions. Our work unlocks the potential of science. We optimise and evolutionise AstraZeneca by maximising efficiencies and finding new ways to drive productivity. From automation to data simplification. We’re not afraid to take ownership and run with it. Empowered with unrivalled freedom. A place to be open and transparent – we speak up, think creatively and share ideas. Our diverse contributions help us to make better decisions. But we have a constant drive to innovate,

and an appreciation for high standards. It takes challenging the status quo to contribute in our ever-evolving environment. We love it here because put simply, we make a meaningful impact.

Technology at AstraZeneca is a home for purposeful disruptors!


Are you already imagining yourself joining our team? Good, because we’d love to hear from you! Click the link to apply and we’ll be in touch as soon as we can.


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Competitive salary & benefits on offer.

Open Date: 26/5/2023
Close Date: 09/6/2023

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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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