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Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States
Job reference: R-047308
Posted date: Mar. 20, 2019

At AstraZeneca we work together across global boundaries to make an impact and find answers to challenges. We do this with the utmost integrity even in the most difficult situations because we are committed to doing the right thing. We continuously forge partnerships that help pursue world-class medicines in new ways, combining our people’s exceptional skills with those of people from all over the globe. As Head of Hematology, Global Medical Affairs in Gaithersburg, MD or San Francisco/Bay Area, CA, you’ll play a pivotal role in channeling our scientific capabilities to make a positive impact on changing patients’ lives.

AstraZeneca’s vision in Oncology is to help patients by redefining the cancer-treatment paradigm, with the aim of bringing six new cancer medicines to patients between 2013 and 2020. A broad pipeline of next-generation medicines is focused principally on four disease areas - breast, ovarian, lung and hematological cancers. As well as other tumor types, these are being targeted through four key platforms - immunotherapy, the genetic drivers of cancer and resistance, DNA damage repair, and antibody drug conjugates, underpinned by personalized healthcare and biomarker technologies.

The GMA Head of Hematology will provide leadership on the global hematology medical strategy and drive execution of key deliverables to support primarily Acabrutinib initially.  The role will then be expanded to the whole AZ Hematology portfolio, including but not limited to the hematology indications for our IO compounds (starting with Durvalumab and Tremelimumab), moxetumomab and roxadustat. Global Medical Affairs leaders to be hired to support those molecules will report into the Head of Hematology. The Head of Hematology will report to the Oncology GMA TA VP, and be part of the GMA Oncology leadership team.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

oProvide a coordinated approach to building Astra Zeneca’s medical leadership in hematology, and deliver medical insight into the development and execution of an overall hematology disease area strategy.

oOversee and support the development and execution of the asset specific integrated medical plans (evidence generation and scientific communications), including global external experts, diagnostics and patient centric activities.

oPartner closely with colleagues in the Markets, Development, early research (MedImmune & IMED), Regulatory, Commercial, Access, Health Outcomes and other key functions, and help build alignment on key initiatives including optimal approach to data generation, communication and supporting access.

oProvide oversight of the GMA hematology team and GMT(s) and ensure appropriate involvement and consultation of prioritized market teams and regional representatives.


oAdvanced scientific degree (M.D. with sub-specialty in Hematology or Oncology preferred).

oMedical Affairs experience (4+ years) is required and clinical development experience would be an advantage.

oAt least 6 year’s total or pharmaceutical or relevant medical/clinical experience.

oKeen understanding of drug development and commercialization processes including understanding of outcomes research /payer access issues.

oProven ability to generate, analyze and interpret clinical trial and published data.

oTrack record of successfully developing and executing Medical Plans (e.g. leading appropriate pre-launch, launch and post-launch portfolios of medical activities).

oAbility to manage multiple projects and products simultaneously to ensure timely, on-target and within budget accomplishment of tasks.

oTrack record of successfully contributing to and managing high-performance cross-functional matrix teams in a complex organization with minimal direct supervision.

oAbility to embed medical functional skills and strategic thinking into teams.

oAbility to discriminate between critical and non-critical activities and to follow established processes while identifying areas for process improvement.

oThe candidate is expected to have strong project management skills and ability to work effectively with cross functional teams including development, marketing, regulatory and health outcomes.

oExcellent communication and presentation skills, high- level negotiation skills and the ability to resolve conflict in a constructive manner.

oManagerial experience in the pharma industry of at least 2 years.

Next Steps – Apply today!

To be considered for this exciting opportunity, please complete the full application on our website at your earliest convenience – it is the only way that our Recruiter and Hiring Manager can know that you feel well qualified for this opportunity.  If you know someone who would be a great fit, please share this posting with them.

To be considered for this exciting opportunity, please complete the full application on our website at your earliest convenience – it is the only way that our Recruiter and Hiring Manager can know that you feel well qualified for this opportunity.  If you know someone who would be a great fit, please share this posting with them.

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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