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Gothenburg, Västra Götaland County, Sweden
Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
Wilmington, Delaware, United States
Job reference: R-049442
Posted date: May. 20, 2019

Job Title: VP Global Evidence, Medical BioPharmaceuticals

Location: Wilmington US, Cambridge UK or Gothenburg Sweden

Salary: Competitive

Application open date: 20th May 2019

Application close date: 18th June 2019

A global senior leadership role, accountable for the creation, development and delivery of the fully integrated Global Evidence and Publication strategy across all therapeutic areas, including (but not limited to) Real World Evidence (RWE), Patient-Centred Science, Externally Sponsored Research (ESR), Health economics and outcomes research (HEOR), Payer evidence and Digital Health Endpoints. This role sits on the Medical Biopharmaceutical Leadership team, reporting into the Medical BB VP and has management accountability for a team of 100+ based across the Global sites.

Role Responsibilities:

  • Provide strategic leadership and guidance to cross-functional teams on the development and delivery of the fully integrated Global Evidence strategy across all therapeutic areas, including (but not limited to) Real World Evidence (RWE), Patient-Centred Science, Externally Sponsored Research (ESR), Health economics and outcomes research (HEOR), Payer evidence, Digital Health Endpoints, observational and non-indication seeking interventional studies
  • Builds collaborative relationships with cross‑functional leaders across R&D, Commercial, Market Access and Pricing, Digital and Innovation organizations to maximize Evidence generation efforts to optimize launches and demonstrating value throughout the product lifecycle
  • Connects and prioritises Evidence activities across regions and countries worldwide
  • Leads overall medical Publication strategy across all Therapeutic areas in partnership with the global medical, R&D and Market Access and pricing organizations
  • Transforms and delivers best in class Externally Sponsored Research (ESR) programs in consideration of the fact that this high-quality research is initiated, designed, implemented, published and sponsored by external investigators
  • Optimises the way in which company understands, engages, and partners with patients globally in the design and development of research by focusing on unmet patient needs
  • Identifies, selects, establishes, and manages a global network of vendors and consultants as needed to implement and deliver on Evidence strategy
  • Ensures quality and performance standards for Evidence are realistic and attained, and activities are conducted in line with compliance framework
  • Identifies critical future evidence capability gaps, develops and leads the strategy for capability development, skills and standards to ensure consistently high performance
  • Fosters innovation and creates and manages innovative evidence platforms, tools, and resources
  • Shapes external environment regarding policy, standards and use of Evidence
  • As part of the Medical LT provides strong leadership across the function to contribute and ensure robust Medical strategy and execution
  • Performance manages senior managers and identifies development opportunities for direct reports
  • Actively develops talent both within own function and across the network and ensure appropriate succession plans are in place
  • Partners with Market Access and R&D in BioPharmaceuticals and Oncology to provide world class evidence delivery platforms, data sets and services

Education, Qualifications, Skills and Experience


  • Bachelors degree or equivalent degree
  • Advanced Scientific training including deep understanding of RWE and scientific evidence generation, clinical pathways and role of different stakeholders on treatment decision making
  • Relevant experience in the pharmaceutical/biotechnology/medical device or health care delivery industry required
  • Experience in Evidence generation (Ph.1-3, RWE, ESRs)/Medical Affairs/Market Access at least one mid to large market and in at least one global medical role.
  • Strong experience and success in developing and executing on multi year RWE/Medical Affairs/Market Access/Clinical Development strategies for a complex portfolio (at least 4 drugs) and leading strategies & execution plans
  • Experience in strategic planning, operational support and infrastructure development for Medical Evidence Generation
  • Experience in strategic planning, implementation and delivery of Medical Evidence project portfolio, within agreed time, costs and to inspection ready quality standards.
  • Experience leading and managing in a global (international, ie more than 2 continents) matrix environment
  • Proven track record in delivering new initiatives, capabilities and leading large scale impactful medical/RWE/Market Access initiatives
  • Ability to lead cross functional working groups and teams
  • Proven leadership experience promoting, motivating and empowering others to accomplish individual, team and organisational objectives
  • Proven track record in delivering new initiatives, capabilities and leading large scale impactful medical initiatives
  • Ability to influence strategically and persuade tactfully in a matrix environment, to obtain desired outcomes while maintaining effective, positive organisational relationships


  • Master’s degree
  • PhD in a scientific discipline
  • MBA or equivalent business qualification
  • Qualifed Doctor
  • Understanding of multiple aspects within Medical Affairs including deep understanding of different treatment modalities, clinical and diagnostic practices in at least one core AZ TA
  • Drug development, regulatory, payer/access or commercial experience
  • Extensive knowledge of the latest technical and regulatory expectations
  • Strong Scientific and Global mind-set, able to lead and engage across multiple, complex organisations and geographies
  • Robust knowledge of all stages of drug development; Credible with R&D and Commercial leaders
  • Understand external collaborative efforts on Medical evidence and ability to influence them
  • Strong strategic thinking, judgement and influencing skills to ensure strong business focus and consistency
  • Rapid and balanced decision making, informed by business acumen and a deep understanding of AZ/competitor strategy and data gathering
  • Ability to build and lead winning teams through coaching and clear people development plans
  • Executive presence and ability to influence the commercial and R&D colleagues
  • Strong mind-set for patients needs and high medical 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

VP Global Evidence, Medical BioPharmaceuticals
Medical Affairs

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