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Senior Medical Director, Early Clinical Development, Oncology

Location Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States Waltham, Massachusetts, United States Job ID R-197894 Date posted 23/05/2024

AstraZeneca is a global, science-led, patient-focused biopharmaceutical company that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialization of prescription medicines for some of the world’s most serious diseases. But we’re more than one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies. We have a bold ambition to provide cures for cancer in every form. We are following the science to understand cancer and all its complexities to discover, develop and deliver life-changing treatments and increase the potential to save the lives of people around the world.


About Early Clinical Development Medical Directors
Our Medical Directors, at all levels, possess a clinical background and are driven by science and the desire to develop novel therapies for cancer patients to work in our multifaceted clinical development team. You will have a proficiency in the drug development process, particularly early phase clinical trials, protocol writing and study conduct, data review and reconciliation. This position offers the opportunity for growth and development in an exciting professional environment. AstraZeneca is in a period of tremendous growth and acceleration in the oncology portfolio. This is a fast-paced and multifaceted work environment where, with growing levels of responsibility. Typical responsibilities may include:
•    Provide long-range clinical planning in early clinical trial development, planning and managing of clinical research projects and clinical development programs in oncology.
•    Serve as the Project Medical Monitor while working in a cross functional environment with representatives from other involved line functions as well as Late-Stage Development.
•    Contribute to and support Department/Clinical initiatives to improve the quality and content of all clinical programs as well as the cross functional/organization processes designed to effectively deliver our R&D portfolio.
•    Establish and approve scientific methods for design and implementation of applicable clinical protocols, data collection systems, and final reports;
•    Play a role in designing clinical development plans and overall strategy for compounds, therapeutic classes of compounds or indications in light of developments in the area of clinical and pharmaceutical oncology;
•    Participate in identification, selection and collaboration with clinical research centers and investigators
•    Participate in the selection and management activities of CROs; Supervise project team members in planning, conducting and evaluating clinical trials;
•    Lead all aspects of planning and management of investigator meetings, advisory boards and other scientific committees.

Essential Requirements:
•    M.D degree or equivalent. Strong preference for individuals with clinical training in oncology or hemato-oncology
•    At least 3 years of experience in clinical research and/or oncology drug development in pharmaceutical, academic or CRO environment.

Preferred Requirements:
•    PhD in a relevant research area is preferred.
•    Significant experience in the pharmaceutical/life sciences industry in a function aligned to clinical development and early or late stage clinical trials
•    Medical specialty and sub-specialty training and Board Certification
•    Excellent oral and written skills, strong interpersonal and listening skills with a focus on results and sound outcomes
•   Leadership skills and demonstrated ability to interact collaboratively
•    High level of emotional intelligence; able to deal with ambiguity
•    Able to relate to varied level audiences across the organization; able to set priorities for team and maintain accountability; resourceful in negotiating organizational boundaries and hierarchy; able to build effective teams
•    Experience in molecular oncology and/or translational science

In-office Requirement: When we put unexpected teams in the same room, we unleash bold thinking with the power to inspire life-changing medicines. In-person working give us the platform we need to connect, work at pace and challenge perceptions. That’s why we work, on average, a minimum of three days per week from the office. We balance the expectation of being in the office while respecting individual flexibility. Join us in our unique and ambitious world. 

*This role may be located in Gaithersburg MD, Waltham MA or Barcelona ES. Remote or alternative work arrangements are not available for this role.

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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