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Medical Evidence Lead

Location Mississauga, Ontario, Canada Job ID R-061023 Date posted 09/11/2019

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Position Title: Medical Evidence Lead

Position Type: Contract, Full-Time

Location: Mississauga, Head Office

Career Level: E


  • You will plan and deliver observational research and Real World Evidence (RWE) studies across various therapeutic areas in Canada
  • You will lead the development and execution of comprehensive evidence plans for both pre-launch and launched products to address full breadth of internal and external partner needs
  • You identify and collaborate with key external authorities to address identified evidence gaps, including academic-clinical investigators, health outcomes researchers and contract research organizations (CROs)
  • You will work together with Medical Advisors and Market Access colleagues to develop AstraZeneca-sponsored study protocols for local observational studies, as well as review and advise on externally sponsored research proposals
  • You liaise with global counterparts for all evidence generating activities and be responsible for the review and approval process for local studies at AstraZeneca Canada
  • You drive local and global study teams in order to deliver project-specific achievements and resulting scientific publications (e.g., conference presentations, peer-reviewed journal manuscripts) according to deadlines (e.g., HTA submission target)
  • You develop and handle the communication plan for all evidence generating activities and ensure presentation of study results to appropriate internal and external stakeholders (e.g., HTA meetings)
  • You lead site start-up activities such as ethics submission, informed consent review, development and finalization of research study agreements and follow-up and maintenance of all study related activities, if required.
  • You develop and maintain study budget, timelines and resources and ensure appropriate updates are made to internal tracking systems
  • You prepare, execute, track, collect, review and assess study documents and ensure their completeness according to external guidelines and AstraZeneca SOPs
  • You complete study feasibilities for Global Non Interventional Studies in collaboration with the local team and global counterparts
  • You provide in-house epidemiology, statistics, and observational research expertise to cross-functional partners, including Medical, Market Access and Regulatory teams

Do you have the following qualifications?

  • You have a Master’s degree in Science (epidemiology considered an asset)
  • A strong understanding of statistical principles and methodologies applicable to observational studies
  • You have excellent understanding of observational study methodology (design and interpretation) and externally sponsored research including clinical and pre-clinical research
  • A consistent track record in observational research, demonstrating both strategic and tactical elements
  • You have shown leadership ability in a team environment
  • You bring with you experience in project management
  • Excellent social, verbal and written communication skills
  • You are self-motivated and able to display autonomy and initiative – for instance; able to take action, move actions forward and make decisions without the need for continual supervision or consultation.
  • A keen interest to interact with key external customers, including governments, payers, academic researchers and physicians
  • Your time management skills are effective
  • Good knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Knowledge of French is an asset
  • Experience leading or participating in observational research and real world evidence (RWE) studies is an asset

Next steps – Apply today

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