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Senior Global Medical Affairs Leader - Respiratory Inhaled

Location Wilmington, Delaware, United States Job ID R-105946 Date posted 20/04/2021
Global Medical Affairs Leader, Respiratory Inhaled
Location: Wilmington, DE | Gaithersburg, MD | Cambridge, UK | Gothenburg, SE
AstraZeneca is a global, innovation-driven BioPharmaceutical business that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialisation of prescription medicines for some of the world’s most serious disease. But we’re more than one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies. At AstraZeneca we’re dedicated to being a Great Place to Work. Where you are empowered to push the boundaries of science and unleash 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.

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 distill complexity down to what matters to our stakeholders .Strong financial/budget and project management skills
  • Business acumen.

What you'll do

  • Design and manage the implementation of the Global Medical brand strategy globally and regionally
  • Closely follow medical developments within Therapeutic area and disseminates new information to transform clinical trends and emerging data into new plans
  • Liaise with the internal and external medical community
  • Deliver medical advocacy plan that drives successful launch of new indications and innovative and differentiated new medicines within the TA
  • Build 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
  • Support 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
  • Represent 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

Essential for the role

  • PharmD/PhD/MD or other equivalent advanced scientific degree with significant medical/scientific experience as endorsed by SVP Medical (BioPharmaceuticals)
  • Minimum of 5 and ideally more than 8 years in Industry with experience in 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


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

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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