Head of Fasenra, Global Medical Affairs

AstraZeneca - Cambridge, MD (30+ days ago)4.1


Position: Head of Fasenra, Global Medical Affairs
Location : Cambridge, UK
Salary : Competitive & Excellent Benefits Package

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 Therapeutic Area VP (TAVP), the Head of Fasenra (benralizumab) will lead a team of 4-5 experienced Global Medical Affairs Leaders, charged with delivering an ambitious medical strategy for the Respiratory franchise’s highest priority brand across a number of eosinophil-driven diseases. The Head of Fasenra will represent Medical Affairs on the Fasenra Global Product Team (GPT) and will execute the medical strategy through leadership of the Global Medical Team, comprised of Medical Directors from the priority markets. The role entails delivering high impact clinical evidence through new Ph3b/4 clinical trials and demonstrate world-class scientific engagement with external experts and other key customers.

In this role the Head of Fasenra, GMA will therefore develop key working relationships across all functions in the Respiratory franchise, as well as Medical Affairs Leadership globally through the Therapeutic Area Co-ordination Unit (TACU).
Leadership of the GMA team for the Fasenra franchise
Owner of the Fasenra Medical Strategy, including all LCM
Leadership of the Global Medical Team (GMT)
Cross-functional leadership and collaboration across all GMA functions (e.g. medical information, publications, MEOR, patient centricity, epidemiology) and the Global Product Team (commercial, R&D, regulatory, biostatistics etc)
Design and execution of high impact Ph3b/4 clinical trials and RWE studies (+ other evidence generation e.g. retrospective analyses etc) to address important evidence gaps to help customers use Fasenra optimally and to advance clinical practice
Create an environment of strong team spirit, good communication and high motivation to enable inspired and effective team members to achieve goals
Advances reputation of AstraZeneca and the Respiratory Medical Affairs organization with leading experts
Confidence and Evidence budget management to within +/- 2%

Minimum Requirements – Education and Experience
10+ years expertise in the relevant TA required
Highly desired: Experience launching biologic products (within Respiratory TA preferred)
Experienced team leader in Global Medical Affairs or similar function
Strong demonstration of strategic and medical leadership prowess at therapeutic area and senior leader meetings
Demonstrated track record in delivering new initiatives, capabilities and leading large scale impactful medical initiatives desired
Demonstrated success in building and executing multi-year strategic roadmaps highly desired
Experience leading teams with a track record of delivering results in a complex environment
Strong working relationships with Global leaders in Respiratory medicine, including KEEs, professional societies, pharmaceutical companies

Skills and Capabilities
Proven ability to create bespoke strategy and mobilise an organization to execute
Strong executive presence and ability to work collaboratively with global executive teams and leadership
Proven ability to collaborate with internal and external colleagues in various geographies, cultures, roles, and hierarchic levels – enterprise leadership mindset
Strong track record in hiring, developing and retaining talented individuals, and in establishing high performing teams
Understanding of the complex and evolving Medical Affairs space with insights about trends, opportunities, risks, and an understanding of external stakeholders
Ability to manage overall business and medical priorities while also being able to actively engage in more detailed execution discussions
Ability to fluidly flex between high level strategy and detailed tactics as required

AstraZeneca is an equal opportunity employer. AstraZeneca will consider all qualified applicants for employment without discrimination on grounds of disability, gender or gender 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.

Applications Open: 20th July 2018
Applications Close: 20th August 2018