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Global Medical Affairs Leader - Rare Diseases & Oncology

Location Cambridge, England, United Kingdom Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States Job ID R-111676 Date posted 02/08/2021

Job title: Global Medical Affairs Leader, Rare Diseases and Oncology

Location: Cambridge, UK or Gaithersburg, US

Salary: Competitive with excellent benefits

Job posting start date: 22nd June 2021

Job posting close date: 13th July 2021


AstraZeneca is a global, science-led, patient-focused biopharmaceutical company that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialisation of prescription medicines for some of the world’s most serious diseases.


We’re all here to make an impact – to achieve our bold ambition of eliminating cancer as a cause of death.

In the Oncology Business Unit we relentlessly follow the science, challenging the status quo to deliver more effective treatments to patients in need. Our commitment means we purposefully push back the limits of knowledge to change the practice of medicine. To ensure no patient is left behind, no matter what stage of disease.


In Medical Affairs, we change the practice of medicine and improve the patient experience by generating and communicating compelling medical evidence.

We translate the wealth of medical and scientific expertise to ensure the data we produce helps physicians to better treat patients at every point in the journey.

Valued partners across the enterprise, we rely on working together and sharing knowledge to combine science and strategy in a way that advances our pipeline and progresses our journey to redefine cancer treatment.

A high-performing team within a global, growing organisation – our culture is one of openness and transparency, fused with ambition and drive. A supportive and trusting place to grow your career, each of us is empowered to take a tailored approach to our development, driving the pace and direction.

Come and be part of a talented, cross-functional team working together to improve lives and make the biggest possible impact for patients, science and society.

MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES – Global Medical Affairs Leader, Rare Diseases and Oncology

AstraZeneca is seeking a Global Medical Affairs Leader (GMAL) with broad rare diseases and/or oncology experience to be accountable for a launch brand. The role reports to the Sr Global Medical Affairs Lead.

The GMAL will be responsible of developing and executing an integrated medical plan for the therapy area and ensures the timely, high quality input into global brand plan. An important element of this role is therefore to develop strategic and long-term partnerships with relevant external oncology & related stakeholders and decision makers, through the development of AZ’s scientific leadership with scientific organizations, external experts, and patient advocacy groups to help inform and develop a best-in-class medical affairs capabilities aligned with the medical needs of our portfolio.  Specific experience on launching assets in rare diseases or rare cancers is desirable.

This role will require matrix leadership and broad internal cross-functional collaboration with global medical and development teams, marketing team as well as teams in key markets. Based on a deep 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.


  • A proactive self-starter who is happy to work independently as well as part of a team

  • Advanced scientific degree (MD, PhD, PharmD)

  • pharmaceutical or relevant medical/clinical experience minimum.

  • Medical affairs experience in rare diseases or oncology therapy area, including in-market medical affairs, with regional or global experience also being desirable.

  • Proven track record in across the product lifecycle with a strong strategic focus

  • Proven ability to generate, analyze and interpret clinical trial and published data

  • Track record of successfully developing and executing Scientific Plans both in terms of evidence generation, scientific communications and external expert engagements

  • Ability to manage multiple projects and products simultaneously to ensure timely, on-target and within budget accomplishment of tasks

  • The candidate is expected to have strong project management skills and ability to work effectively with cross-functional teams including development, marketing, and health outcomes.

  • Good communication and presentation skills in English

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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