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Global Medical Head, Inhaled Asthma Portfolio,

Lieu Cambridge, Angleterre, Royaume-Uni Gaithersburg, Maryland, États-Unis Göteborg, Comté de Västra Götaland, Suède Job ID R-142209 Date de publication 06/30/2022

At AstraZeneca we turn ideas into life changing medicines. Working here means being entrepreneurial, thinking big and working together to make the impossible a reality.

AstraZeneca is a science-led, global biopharmaceutical company, with a focused portfolio in core therapies. We are committed to improving the health and lives of people across the globe, through our broad research and development platform, and a growing late-stage pipeline. Working in over 100 countries, we have strength in emerging markets, and our medicines are used by millions of patients and clinicians worldwide

Mission & Objective

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) GMA Respiratory, the Global Medical Head, Respiratory Product Portfolio will lead a team of experienced Global Medical Affairs Leaders, charged with delivering an ambitious medical strategy for the brand.  The Global Medical Head, Respiratory Product Portfolio will 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 product Owner of the product Medical Strategy, including all LCM Accountable for creating & developing the strategic direction, business/resource planning, and team leadership on a global level Leadership of the Global Medical Team (GMT)

  • Ensure global strategy is effectively communicated and executed at regional and country levels and that regional/country needs are appropriately accommodated in global deliverables
  • Represents Medical Affairs on the Global Brand Team (all country BU heads)
  • Drive customer insights and market needs from all countries into Global Product Team for review

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) Close collaboration with other Product/Portfolio Medical Heads to ensure franchise medical strategy cohesion and brand medical strategy alignment 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 the products 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 including chairs all product Global Advisory Boards Delegate for TAVP and other Heads as required Manages other specific respiratory/medical projects as required.

Education and Experience­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­

  • Good level of expertise in the relevant TA required
  • Highly desired: Experience launching inhaled and/or respiratory products
  • 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 mobilize an organization to execute
  • Strong executive presence and ability to work collaboratively with global executive teams and leadership
  • Significant experience of presenting to senior leadership; persuasive oral and written communication skills, including the ability to develop and deliver executive presentations
  • 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 (payers, patients, physicians)
  • 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
  • Strong analytical mind-set and ability to quickly assess large amounts of information and distil into key messages and actions
  • Integrity and high 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.

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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