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Groot-Bijgaarden, Flanders, Belgium
Job reference: R-046027
Posted date: Mar. 04, 2019

Job Responsibilities:

  • Integrates, interprets and disseminates scientific evidence and content on AZ products and disease areas of focus to support the brand strategy and to support disease/product value messages to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Identifies, prioritises and reviews opportunities to generate evidence to clinically differentiate AZ products and better understand overall disease state management based on external stakeholder perspectives and the needs of AZ regions and markets
  • Leads development of specific scientific communications activities e.g. conference symposia or specific scientific meetings sponsored by AZ, such as external physician or patient expert meetings
  • Delivers the appropriate interpretation and preserves the integrity of medical evidence
  • Coach and develop MSLs to be best in class (scientific expertise, communication skills, business acumen) and ensure development and execution of the MSL Action Plans
  • Works in a strategic partnership with the Marketing and Market Access Department, providing key input in the local operational brand strategy by ensuring input of KEE, customer insights and competitive intelligence
  • Accountability for the Development and execution of the medical affairs plan according to budget and timelines
  • Acts as the patient insight expert in the assigned disease and therapeutic area team by deeply understanding the unique needs, experiences, patient journey and relevant outcomes for patients  
  • Facilitates patient insight knowledge sharing by raising awareness about patient insight strategies and activities
  • Maintains a good working knowledge of company standards on medicines promotion and supports the Nominated Signatories in ensuring compliance standards for external audiences
  • Sustains a “customer focus” in all design and interpretation activities (i.e. internal stakeholders, regulators, payers, prescribers, patients)
  • Keeps own knowledge of best practices and relevant developments up to date

Leadership and Functional Capabilities:

  • Exemplify the AstraZeneca Values and behaviours
  • Excellent Communication Skills
  • Good Planning and Organisational Skills
  • Excellent Scientific knowledge
  • Ability to develop Strategic Partnerships
  • People Management
  • Ability to seek and critically assess a large amount of data, distil and synthesize information, put it into context and evaluate its impact on the business
  • Business acumen and strategic insight
  • Cross-functional teamwork
  • Work autonomously and make the right priorities in a complex work environment with a high number and variety of requests
  • Be flexible, resilient and decision oriented
  • Influencing skills
  • Project management skills
  • Cross functional collaboration

Key Relationships to reach solutions:

Internal (to AZ or team)

  • Management within Global Medical Affairs
  • Market Access, Heath Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR), PaCe and Compliance Teams
  • Regional and Country Medical Affairs teams
  • GPPS, Sales and Marketing functions

External (to AZ)

  • Service Providers
  • Scientific and Patient Experts
  • Regulatory bodies
  • Payer/Health Technology Assessment organisations
  • Patient Organisations
  • Local or regional stakeholders including Policymakers,  Healthcare professionals

Education, Qualifications and Experience


  • Master’s degree in a scientific discipline
  • Experience in relationship and stakeholder management (3P’S-Payer, Provider and Patients)
  • Project and relationship management experience
  • Experience with Evidence generation and clinical trial methodology
  • Business Acumen foundation knowledge
  • Financial Management foundation knowledge
  • Matrix team functionality specialist
  • Fluency in written and spoken English

Desirable :

  • Advanced scientific or medical degree
  • Greater than 5 years’ experience of Medical Affairs within a pharmaceutical industry
  • Understanding of the latest technical, regulatory, policy and real world evidence generation dimensions
  • Budget management experience
  • Experience delivering country medical affairs plans

Medical Affairs Lead Respi
Medical Affairs

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