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Sr. Global Medical Affairs Leader, Diagnostics

Location Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States Job ID R-070314 Date posted 03/27/2020

At AstraZeneca we work together across global boundaries to make an impact and find answers to challenges. We do this with the utmost integrity even in the most difficult situations because we are committed to doing the right thing. We continuously forge partnerships that help pursue world-class medicines in new ways, combining our people’s exceptional skills with those of people from all over the globe. As a Global Medical Affairs Leader/Senior Global Medical Affairs Leader Immuno-Oncology Diagnostics in Gaithersburg, MD, you’ll play a pivotal role in channeling our scientific capabilities to make a positive impact on changing patients’ lives. AstraZeneca is seeking a Global Medical Affairs Leader/Senior Global Medical Affairs Leader with Diagnostics expertise to join our Immuno-Oncology team. This role reports to the GMA Head, I-O Multi indication.

AstraZeneca’s vision in Oncology is to help patients by redefining the cancer-treatment paradigm, with the aim of bringing six new cancer medicines to patients between 2013 and 2020. A broad pipeline of next-generation medicines is focused principally on four disease areas - breast, ovarian, lung and hematological cancers. As well as other tumor types, these are being targeted through four key platforms - immunotherapy, the genetic drivers of cancer and resistance, DNA damage repair, and antibody drug conjugates, underpinned by personalized healthcare and biomarker technologies.

The Diagnostic Lead ensures the timely, high quality input into global medical and lifecycle plans, to support optimal in-market companion diagnostics / testing solutions that enable optimal treatment choices and support patient access to the right drugs. An important element of this role is therefore to develop strategic and long-term partnerships with relevant external Oncology stakeholders and decision makers, through the development of AZ’s scientific leadership with advocacy, scientific organizations, thought leaders and HTA/payers organizations to help inform and develop a best in class diagnostics capabilities aligned with the medical needs of our portfolio.

This role will require broad internal cross-functional collaboration and matrix leadership, with multiple medical and development teams, as well as teams in key markets. Based on a deep scientific understanding of the testing environment and the pathology of the tumor/micro-environment, as well as the medical issues on each disease and testing pathways, you will enable the organization to help develop tailored testing solutions for our portfolio of IO drugs.

You will also be responsible for the coordination of all Medical Affairs activities related to diagnostics, in collaboration with the other IO medical leaders, including science advisory boards, alignment of the publication plans and medical evidence generation plans to the tumor specific medical plans, providing appropriate input into the global externally sponsored research and collaborations and other medical affairs activities as agreed with the head of GMA IO.

Finally, you will contribute to the broader strategic planning to build Astra Zeneca's medical leadership in Immuno-Oncology (IO), and deliver medical insight into the development and execution of the overall IO strategy (beyond diagnostics).

Essential Requirements:

  • Advanced scientific degree (MD, PhD, PharmD)
  • Medical Affairs experience (3+ years) At least 7+ years total of pharmaceutical or relevant medical/clinical experience minimum.
  • Significant Diagnostics/Assay development knowledge and experience
  • Understanding of drug development and commercialization processes including understanding of outcomes research /payer access issues
  • Proven ability to generate, analyze and interpret clinical trial and published data
  • Track record of successfully developing and executing Medical 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

Desirable Requirements:

  • Global Pharma experience
  • Country launch experience

Next Steps – Apply today!

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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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