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Director/Head, Innovative Value & Access Strategy

Location Mississauga, Ontario, Canada Job ID R-119650 Date posted 17/09/2021

About AstraZeneca

At AstraZeneca we're dedicated to being a Great Place to Work. Where you are empowered to push the boundaries of science and ignite your entrepreneurial spirit. There's no better place to make a difference to medicine, patients and society. An inclusive culture that champions diversity and collaboration. Always committed to lifelong learning, growth and development.

AstraZeneca in Canada

Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, we've been recognized as one of Greater Toronto Area's Top Employers for 7 straight years. Our collaborative work environment champions knowledge-sharing, decision-making, and entrepreneurial thinking. Our employees have the opportunity to work across teams, functions, and even the globe. With a commitment to sustainability, we're working towards making a positive impact where society needs it - health. We know the health of people, the planet and our business are interconnected, each impacting the others.

Our Position

This position is responsible for the overall development and execution of AstraZeneca’s reimbursement planning (Early to Late), access and HTA strategies and public and private submissions to enable patient access to our medicines and vaccines. The Director/Head oversees and manages a team of professionals, determines resources and engages with leaders across the business (business unit heads, finance, regulatory, medical & scientific, global BBU market access and global oncology market access to set priorities, develop strategies and execute plans that support AZC’s business objectives in both the near and long-term. The incumbent will be one of the key members of AZ Canada’s Senior Leadership Team (SLT).

This position is a critical enterprise-wide role within AZ Canada and has regular interfaces with the AZC Executive Team (ET), Senior Leadership Team (SLT) for prioritization and strategic commercial directions.

Accountabilities Summary: 

  • Reporting to the Vice-President of Value, Access & Policy, the Director/Head Innovative Value & Access Strategy is a key strategic leadership position within AstraZeneca Canada. 

  • Responsible for the overall development and execution of AstraZeneca’s reimbursement planning, strategies and submissions to enable patient access to our medicines and vaccines.  

  • Oversees and manages a team of professionals, determines resources and engages with leaders across the business (local, regional and global) to set priorities, develop strategies and execute plans that support AZC’s business objectives in both the near and long-term. 

  • Lead, develop and cultivate the Market Access and other HE teams, creating a team culture aligned to AstraZeneca’s values, fostering an environment of innovation, a solutions oriented approach to problem solving and a strong drive to deliver results. 

  • Oversees development of the market access strategies and plans, including payer engagement plans, for all inline and pipeline products within the therapeutic areas, and is accountable for achieving business objectives.

  • Responsible for leading strategic planning and delivery of Innovative Value Strategy (IVS) for all inline and pipeline brands of medicines and vaccines. 

  • Responsible for ensuring commercial alignment of market access strategies and plans and will be a key member of the Business Unit Leadership Team. 

  • Establish the departmental goals and objectives, set targets and measurements, aligned to functional and Canadian business objectives. 

  • Engage with department leaders in national head office and field locations regularly to ensure departmental and business objectives are aligned. 

  • Leverages insights as well as environmental trends to develop foresight to inform strategies and plans. 

  • Lead and/or participate in local, national and global-cross functional teams to address and support market access and external relations needs within the business. 

  • Ensure appropriate training and development opportunities are delivered to build a pipeline of talented professionals, capable of filling future vacancies 

  • Responsible for collecting and reporting Adverse Events in accordance with AstraZeneca policies andprocedures


  • Bachelors’ degree in a relevant quantitative or business or any science discipline

  • Experience of leading market access, health economics, health technology assessment (HTA) and value-based healthcare

  • Significant relevant pharmaceutical experience (10+ years) in market access, government affairs or health economics with a proven track record of success

  • Subject matter expertise in market access, health economics and innovative payer solutions

  • In-depth knowledge of pCODR, CDR, INESSS and private payer processes

  • Proven team and people leader with previous people management experience

  • Ability to think strategically about complex and systematic challenges, and ability to plot a solutions oriented approach is critical

  • Track record of leading cross-functional planning processes

  • Business acumen and credibility at senior commercial levels required

  • Strong interpersonal and influencing abilities

  • Excellent communications skills (written, spoken and presentation)

  • Fluency in French is an advantage

About AstraZeneca

Here you'll have the opportunity to make a meaningful difference to patients' lives. With science at its heart, this is the place where breakthroughs born in the lab become transformative medicines - for the world's most complex diseases. Answer unmet medical needs by pioneering the next wave of science, focusing on outcomes and shaping the patient ecosystem.

Great People want to Work with us! Find out why:

  • GTAA Top Employer Award for 7 years:

  • Best Workplace Culture Award at the 2018 Canadian HR Awards:

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Are you interested in working at AZ, apply today!

AstraZenecais an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion and providing a workplace that is free from discrimination. AstraZeneca is committed to accommodating persons with disabilities. Such accommodation is available on request in respect of all aspects of the recruitment, assessment and selection process and may be requested by emailing

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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