Position: Medical Affairs Leader, External Scientific Relations, Global Medical Affairs
Location : Cambridge, UK
Salary : Competitive & Excellent Benefits Package
At AstraZeneca we turn ideas into life changing medicines. Working here means being entrepreneurial, thinking big and working together to make the impossible a reality.
AstraZeneca is a science-led, global biopharmaceutical company, with a focused portfolio in core therapies. We are committed to improving the health and lives of people across the globe, through our broad research and development platform, and a growing late-stage pipeline. Working in over 100 countries, we have strength in emerging markets, and our medicines are used by millions of patients and clinicians worldwide.
Global Medical Affairs (GMA) 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. GMA provides medical leadership with market participation and connectivity while also impacting the life cycle planning and execution of all our products. GMA 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:
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.
Reporting directly to the Head of External Scientific Engagement for respiratory, the Medical Affairs Leader for External Scientific Relations (MALESR) will help deliver a comprehensive external scientific engagement strategy for AstraZeneca (AZ) across Inhaled and Specialty care franchises in Respiratory. This will include managing AZ Respiratory’ s engagement with Key External Experts (KEEs), medical society partnerships, sponsored research networks, representing AstraZeneca at key industrial consortia, managing new strategic advocacy initiatives to support the growing use of Respiratory biologics, input into and deliver the strategy for AZ’s Global Respiratory Leadership Forum and all GMA congress activities for ERS and EACCI.
In this role the MALESR will therefore develop key working relationships with the GMAL colleagues, Global Product Portfolio Strategy (GPPS), Discovery (MedImmune and IMED), and Development (Global Medicines Development (GMD)), as well as Medical Affairs Leadership globally and regionally in the Respiratory therapeutic area.
Advances reputation of AstraZeneca and the Respiratory Medical Affairs organization:
Input to and deliver TA Global Medical Affairs’ external engagement strategy with regard to:
KEEs and Emerging Leaders: delivering a comprehensive engagement strategy for inhaled and biologic therapies; ensuring alignment across GMA, GPPS, science units and MCs; drive and track systematic, strategic, world-class engagement with leading experts
Design and deliver strategic advocacy initiatives Globally, including ensuring alignment with local activities and Global strategy
Responsibility for day to day involvement with selected Respiratory/Allergy Medical societies, research networks
Input into the strategy, scientific agenda and the execution of GRLF and GMA activities for ERS & EACCI
Enhances the reputation of AZ, communicates therapeutic area medical strategy
Responsibility for identifying and running new Academic/Clinical collaborations
Participates actively in AZ Global Advisory Boards
Training and development of organizational competencies in therapeutic area
Supports Medical Education initiatives including congress symposia and stand alone scienific events
Content and direction for training through Medical Academy in relation to External Engagement activities.
Ongoing updates to GMA and relevant stakeholders on developments in disease area
Supports therapeutic area in development of External Medical Relations
Drives AZ leadership through active collaborative relationships with external organizations and professional bodies
Representation at selected key congresses and professional meetings
Manages specific scientific projects as directed by HESR
Head of External Scientific Relations
Therapeutic Area Medical Affairs Leaders (by product)
Global Product and Portfolio Strategy (GPPS) Directors and Heads (by product)
Global Pricing and Reimbursement Directors (by Product)
Global Medicines Leaders (by product)
Marketing Company Medical TA leads
TA medical and scientific societ i es
Collaborative/co-operative and government sponsored clinical research groups
Patient advocacy groups
Key Scientific Experts (KSE) in the respective TA
Medical education groups
Medical journal editors
Ensures effective management of assigned budget for defined activities
Minimum Requirements – Education and Experience:
6+ years clinical expertise in the relevant TA required
Highly desired: TA specialist qualification
Large experience of developing strong working relationships with key external leaders in Respiratory medicine, including KEEs and professional societies at either International or regional/MC level
Demonstrated success in executing strategic plans highly desired
Experience leading project teams with a track record of delivering results
Experience in medical affairs, product and portfolio strategy, working with clinical development, life cycle management highly desired
Experience operating in complex matrix environments desired
Strong strategic and scientific presentation skills
Demonstrated track record in implementing and driving core and new initiatives
Skills and Capabilities:
Proven ability to collaborate with internal and external colleagues in various geographies, cultures, roles, and hierarchic levels
Proven ability to mobilise project teams to execute on strategy
Strong decision-making skills
Proven ability to quickly understand the dynamics of the environment they are working in and adapt plans and responses accordingly
Experience of presenting to leadership with persuasive oral and written communication skills, including the ability to develop and deliver executive presentations
Ability to manage overall business and medical priorities in an effective and efficient way
Ability to flex between high level strategy and detailed tactics as required
Strong analytical mind-set and ability to quickly assess large amounts of information and distil into key messages and actions
Integrity and high ethical standards
AstraZeneca is an equal opportunity employer. AstraZeneca will consider all qualified applicants for employment without discrimination on grounds of disability, sex or sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity leave status, race or national or ethnic origin, age, religion or belief, gender identity or re-assignment, marital or civil partnership status, protected veteran status (if applicable) or any other characteristic protected by law.
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