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Sr Global Medical Affairs Leader

Location Gothenburg, Västra Götaland County, Sweden Cambridge, England, United Kingdom Job ID R-092092 Date posted 01/15/2021

Title:                      Senior Global Medical Affairs Leader
Location:              Cambridge, UK | Gothenburg, Sweden


The Global Medical Affairs function ensures the best patient outcomes by providing healthcare decision-makers around the world with the evidence and confidence they need on AstraZeneca (AZ) therapies and supports our internal stakeholders with medical insight and expertise. This global role provides medical leadership with market participation and connectivity while also impacting the life cycle planning and execution of all our products. Medical Affairs aims to lead AZ in achieving scientific leadership, being a great place to work, and keeping patients at the core of everything we do.

In order to accomplish our goals and enable the best patient outcomes, we look for AZ medical network leaders to have five (5) core capabilities and act as role models to our AZ values.

These capabilities include:

Experience supporting an indication, promotional claim and scientific exchange including input into clinical development plan and TPP.

Track record of building and maintaining a deep and continued connection to Medical Practice/healthcare delivery

Collaborative/matrix management skills with a focus on leading diverse groups (e.g., cultural, geographical, functional) to achieve excellent results in shared goals

Well-developed communication and influencing skills with the ability to distil complexity down to what matters to our stakeholders

Strong financial/budget and project management skills/business acumen

Typical Accountabilities:

Designs and manages the implementation of the Global Medical brand strategy globally and regionally

Closely follows medical developments within Therapeutic area and disseminates new information to transform clinical trends and emerging data into new plans

Liaises with the internal and external medical community

Delivers medical advocacy plan that drives successful launch of new indications and innovative and differentiated new medicines within the TA

Builds TPP based on medical knowledge, insights and internal/competitor clinical data

Evidence generation: provide guidance for strategic post-hoc, real world and interventional studies including externally sponsored research applications

Supports team leader at TA Global Product Team, Global Brand Team and Global Medical Team

Accountable for engaging and cultivating relationships with leading global KEEs to gain: contribution/ participation in advisory boards, greater understanding of the therapeutic area and insights into unmet patient needs

Represents AZ at scientific and medical forums, including medical education forums, scientific roundtables, congresses, and symposia

Responsible for the co-ordination of Medical Affairs activities including: Science Advisory boards, Symposia, and topical workshops

Ensuring the alignment of the publication and medical evidence plans to the integrated medical affairs plan (iMAP) and business strategy plan for the product

Responsible for leading the initial development and ensuring the accuracy of medical promotional materials and communications prior to submission to GMQA (Global Medical Quality Assurance) for the final approval.

Budget responsibility

  • Budget creation, delivery and management for accountable assets that is aligned with Medical Affairs budget processes

  • Study delivery on time and within target budget

Essential Requirements:

Doctoral level degree (PharmD, MD or PhD)

Good level of industry experience with design and execution of medical affairs plans.

Experience supporting an indication as part of a cross functional team including creation of a competitive and accessible TPP

Experience in medical support for briefing documents for regulatory interactions and payor dossiers

Previous experience as medical lead to a cross-functional medical affair team including epidemiology, medical information, payor access and statistics

General understanding of statistics, safety, regulatory requirements.

Demonstrated experience with developing global or local medical strategies

Strong network of external experts in Respiratory medicine

Personal experience in the design and conduct of interventional and/or observational studies is ideal, but not mandatory.

Experience working in partnerships to codevelop biologics

Skills and Capabilities:

  • Experienced Medical Affairs Specialist

  • Patient-centred but commercially aware, values-driven approach

  • Proven ability to engage, influence and build effective relationships with KEEs

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills in English

  • Strong project management skills and experience of managing priority brands

  • Broad understanding of more than one part of the business i.e. Discovery, Clinical, Regulatory, Medical or Commercial roles

  • Presentation and influencing/negotiation skills

  • High ethical standards required


  • Doctor of Medicine

  • Good level of industry 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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