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Global MSL Excellence Director – Oncology

Location Cambridge, England, United Kingdom Job ID R-091063 Date posted 10/20/2020


The Global MSL Excellence Director for Oncology is accountable for ensuring the strategic alignment of MSL activities and the development, delivery and reporting of prioritised MSL Excellence initiatives to strengthen MSL capabilities across AZ regions and affiliate organisations for the Oncology Business Unit.  Working in collaboration with the OBU Medical Capabilities teams, Global Medical Affairs Leaders and Field Medical Leaders to provide strategic direction, implement programmes to build Oncology-specific MSL and MSL Leader capabilities, and shape the future field medical role in Oncology.


  • Lead the Oncology Field Medical Team (FMLT) to ensure strategic alignment of field medical affairs activities for Oncology and oversee the strategy for MSLs through quarterly production of Field Medical Strategic Plans (FMSPs) and quarterly reporting of activity across business partners in OBU
  • Understand the broader picture in the therapy area to evaluate company strategy and balance priorities in across multiple disease areas and/or franchises
  • Represent Oncology MSLs with R&D colleagues to drive excellence in evidence & confidence generation through the prioritised clinical trial programme
  • Monitor and report MSL activities and ensure alignment with agreed global Oncology key performance indicators (KPIs) and key quality indicators (KQIs)
  • Partner with Oncology Medical Excellence teams to provide strategic alignment of field medical affairs activities
  • Active contributor and Member of the Oncology Global Medical Affairs Team (GMTs) working across teams to ensure GMT alignment of FMSP and field medical strategy
    • Provide insights to the Global Medical Affairs Leader(s) for Oncology regarding the diverse needs of the Field to support strategic alignment of prioritised initiatives
  • Act as the MSL subject matter expert to all AZ global initiatives where Oncology MSLs are implicated.  Provide insight, guidance, influence and expertise that ensures global vision for MSL role is well understood
  • Lead ad-hoc analyses on projects and initiatives to proactively escalate issues, propose solutions and modify strategies
    • Accountable for the effective and efficient implementation of Global MSL Excellence initiatives that result in valued outcomes and maximum in-country impact

Essential Requirements

  • Advanced degree in scientific discipline (e.g., PhD, PharmD, MD), preferably with Oncology focus
  • Experience managing and leading MSL and Medical Affairs teams
  • Experience in head office medical affairs role
  • >3 years managing programmes in a team environment
  • Strong knowledge of medical strategy, clinical development, and medical science liaison, medical affairs areas
  • Ability to work effectively in a matrix, cross-functional team environment

Desirable Requirements

  • MSL performance management and outcomes-based reporting
  • Design of programmes that focus on managing, leading and coaching high performing individuals and teams
  • Clear understanding of the compliance requirements and governing bodies for MSL programmes
  • Results-driven with customer-service orientation
  • Proven ability to influence without authority
  • Strong collaboration skills
  • Ability to identify the most efficient and effective way to implement new services

Internal and External Contacts/Customers

  • External consultants
  • Oncology Business Unit Medical Tumour Indication Leadsand Global MALs
  • Medical ExcellenceFunctions
  • Biopharmaceuticals Medical Capabilities and Medical Excellence functions
  • Global Compliance & Global Nominated Signatories
  • Markets: Oncology Medical Affairs Leads, Medical Directors and MSL Leaders

Reporting Relationship

  • Direct Reports: None

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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