US Medical Affairs Director, Oncology

At AstraZeneca Oncology, we are striving to make cure a reality for the millions of people across the world living with cancer every day. Our focus is on some of the most hostile and hard-to-treat cancers including pancreatic cancer, certain blood cancers, and cancers within breast, lung, ovarian, and prostate. By understanding the complexities of these cancer types, we can truly achieve life-changing benefits for patients.

We are balancing our focus on our industry-leading pipeline with the active life-cycle management of our existing medicines; expanding indications and exploring new novel treatment combinations, to deliver to those patients with the greatest unmet need. Patients are always front of mind in everything we do - from the treatment options we provide and the daily impact these treatments can have.

We are currently hiring a US Medical Director for Bladder Cancer in Gaithersburg, Maryland . The Medical Director is a strategic member of the Core Medical Team. The MD is accountable to ensure design and execution of the integrated Medical Plan, and for ensuring alignment of US Medical Affairs scientific activities in support of the overarching brand objectives. The MD demonstrates leadership and delivers strategic thinking in collaborating with and influencing internal stakeholders, including brand team, cross-functional leads, field medical, and global. The MD also leads external scientific expert engagement planning and implementation.

Major Responsibilities:
  • Responsible for the strategic alignment across Medical Affairs' Functional Areas as well as align with the global and commercial teams regarding the medical plan
  • Represents Medical Affairs on brand team
  • Responsible for strategic alignment of Medical Affairs ESE engagement Plan
  • Lead strategy and alignment of Medical Affairs at congresses
  • Responsible for the delivery of medical and scientific insight back to the Business and to formulate/modify medical affairs strategy plans as appropriate
  • Lead the US medical affairs strategy, alignment, and execution of launch plans for new products and indications
  • Responsible for developing Medical Affairs Advisory Board plan and accountable for execution of plan
  • Plan and manage Medical Affairs budget
  • Responsible for the optimal and appropriate use of medical resources
  • Lead cross-functional project teams in support of medical affair brand strategy


Internal Contacts/Customers:
  • Franchise Lead
  • Medical Director/Lead
  • Medical Information Managers/Director
  • Medical Science Liaisons and Regional Directors
  • Commercial Brand Teams
  • HEOR Directors
  • Regulatory Affairs Team
  • Global Brand Team
  • Global Medical Affairs Team


External Contacts/Customers:
  • External Scientific Expert/Key External Experts
  • Managed Markets
  • Clinical Study Investigators
  • Professional Societies
  • Vendors


Essential Requirements:
  • Masters degree in Pharmacology, Pharmacy, Medicine, Biological sciences or equivalent experience required (MS or R ph)
  • 3-5 years of prior Industry experience, preferably in Medical Affairs
  • Ability to independently lead, initiate, manage, develop and deliver initiatives/projects
  • Strong knowledge of medical strategy, clinical development, and Field medical activities areas
  • Ability to work effectively in a cross-functional team environment
  • Demonstrated experience with developing and executing strategic plans
  • Experience in engaging with external experts
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities in a matrix organization
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills while demonstrating strategic thinking, leading and delivering outcomes
  • Highly developed written, verbal and presentation skills
  • Excellent computer skills (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc.)
  • High Emotional Intelligence with self-awareness and strong interpersonal skills
  • Results-driven, customer service orientation


Preferred Requirements:
  • Doctorate in Medicine, Pharmacy, Pharmacology, Biological sciences, or equivalent experience (MD, Ph. D. , PharmD
  • Experience in developing and maintaining External Experts relationships
  • Experience in navigating complex business challenges
  • Experience in a strategy-setting role within Medical Affairs
  • Working knowledge of FDA requirements
  • Knowledge and/or expertise in disease or therapeutic area.


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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