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Therapy Area Lead - Ovarian and Breast Cancer

Location Luton, England, United Kingdom Job ID R-072280 Date posted 07/03/2020

At AstraZeneca, we’re not afraid to do things differently. We’re resetting expectations of what a bio-pharmaceutical company can be. This means we’re opening up new ways to work, pioneering cutting edge methods and bringing unexpected teams together.

This is fantastic opportunity to lead and inspire the Medical Affairs team for Breast and Ovarian cancer, overseeing the collaboration with our alliance partners Daiichi Sankyo and MSD, for Enhertu and Lynparza respectively.

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, GI/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.

If you’re 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!

Main Duties And Responsibilities:

You will provide Leadership of the Team and medical-scientific strategy for AstraZeneca’s highly progressive breast & ovarian cancer therapeutic areas, contributing to the late phase clinical development of assets and achieving defined medical/scientific objectives with a clear focus on patients.

This will include the leadership and development of a Medical Oncology team of excellence to ensure the success of the Therapeutic Area portfolio, building and creating a culture of people development, in addition to strategically defining, implementing and leading comprehensive and innovative Medical plans for the portfolio.

Strategic working with our Alliance partners and building on our relationship with them is also key for this role.

Minimum Requirements:


Registered Physician (preferably GMC) or Pharmacist (General Pharmaceutical Council)

Track record of leadership across the medico-marketing interface

Prior demonstrable experience in a Medical Affairs role within Oncology

Proven expertise in the ABPI Code of Practice

Extensive patient and customer insight through experience of working with the NHS

Proven ability to interact with external customers

Evidence of effective team working and accountability


Member/Fellow of a Royal College or the Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Technical expertise in the allocated disease/therapy area

Extensive experience of the pharmaceutical industry

Prior experience of working with alliance partners

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 authorisation and employment eligibility verification requirements.

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