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Regional Medical Director Respiratory, Europe/Canada

Location Baar, Canton of Zug, Switzerland Job ID R-063828 Date posted 10/18/2019

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.

Here, we see the impact of our collective ideas and expertise, and the power of science to deliver them. Making the impossible a reality can mean taking a chance on an idea and investing in our exceptional capacity for innovation and discovery. We champion trying new things, and we nurture a test and learn culture that means we are always progressing close to our goals.

Core Responsibilities of Regional Directors

  • Represents the EUCAN voice for the TA into central, driven by insight from priority markets: To influence global strategy and deliverables for the benefit of EU
  • Act as the TA lead for EUCAN Leadership Team / regional team
  • Define the EUCAN TA priorities and MC expectations, support execution with top 8-10 countries
  • Define and execute above country activity plan to deliver on priorities
  • Ensure timely communication to all EUCAN countries on global and regional strategies and deliverables for must win brands
  • Lead the respective Medical communities to ensure strong network for best practice sharing and collaborative issue resolution
  • Define and execute Evidence generation plan (Medical & Payer) for region and ensure effective utilization of investments in market
  • Define core KPIs and regular monitor performance in top 8-10 countries
  • Ensure MC launch readiness for future brands in top 8-10 countries
  • Define and manage the execution of secondee and Short-term Assignment opportunities
  • Foster ongoing EUCAN talent development within TA

Core Accountabilities of Regional Respiratory Medical Director

Influencing Medical Affairs Strategy

  • Influence Central TA strategy/tactics through TACU/GMT ensuring needs of prioritised countries are met
  • Ensure GMT input from designated individuals appropriately represents EUCAN needs by focusing on prioritised countries

European TA networking and communication

  • Develop a TA specific network of people across entire EUCAN
  • Lead internal EUCAN Medical communication for TA (from central or from within region) to key stakeholders (e.g. timely communication of new data, country decisions and/or implications) across entire EUCAN
  • Capitalize other Countries’ learnings/experiences by sharing best practices across entire EUCAN

Medical Planning & Execution

  • Ensure execution of EU pre-launch and pre-LCM readiness (accountable for core medical KPIs) for TA in prioritized markets
  • Regular visits/engagement with priority markets to ensure solid understanding of medical challenges/opportunities, team dynamics etc.
  • Ensure prioritized countries have appropriate (& globally aligned) local medical & evidence plans in place that are being executed effectively
  • Define core KPIs and regular monitor performance in top 8-10 countries
  • Ensure appropriate regional medical plan in place (that leverages cross country synergies) and is executed effectively (execution of Advisory Boards, Scientific Exchange Meetings and Speaker Training initiatives for Europe) meeting the needs of prioritised markets

Study Support

  • Actively partner with SM&M Regional counterpart to ensure appropriate selection of countries/sites during study feasibility
  • Review above country ESR proposals, considering opportunities for ESR cross market synergies

External Relationships

  • Identify and manage key EU Regional external experts in alignment with Global/Local
  • Support global in AZ relationships with key EU medical societies (as appropriate) and PAGs (including associated congresses)

People development

  • Identify key talent within TA network and ensure appropriate development through secondments/STAs
  • Identify opportunities for capability development (solutions to be executed by Medical Excellence)

Education, Qualifications, Skills and Experience


  • Qualified Doctor
  • Mastery expertise and extensive experience of branding medical products within the TA
  • Extensive experience in a Medical Affairs function within the pharmaceutical industry
  • Ability to lead cross functional working groups and teams
  • Significant understanding of the overall drug development process
  • Excellent influencing and stakeholder management capabilities


•            Qualified Doctor specifically in TA field

•            Master or PHD in a scientific discipline

•            Strong Leadership experience gained through previous line management

•            Enterprise mindset gained through local and global experience

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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