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Capability Onboarding and Field Excellence Lead

Lieu Wilmington, Delaware, États-Unis Job ID R-127512 Date de publication 01/11/2022

At AstraZeneca, we don’t just put the patient first – we put the patient and those affected by cancer at the very heart of everything we do. From families to caregivers, we make a positive difference for as many people as possible.

Join a cross-functional team, working together and sharing knowledge across teams, roles and levels. We work seamlessly and inclusively to truly leverage the diversity of our skills and go further together. Now hiring for a Capability Onboarding and Field Excellence Lead (COFEL) can be remote in field if greater than 50 miles to our site in our North American Headquarters in Gaithersburg, MD.  You will be a key member of a focused strategic team driving medical excellence across the whole of US Medical Affairs (USMA), through innovative and rigorous onboarding and training programs. Accountable for the strategic directionand implementation ofonboarding and training plans across the medical therapeutical franchises, head office and field roles.

This position will take the lead for new hire onboarding, continuing education and training by pulling together assets, across AstraZeneca as well as external expertise to build a world class, training, and capability development organizationIn addition, you will be responsible for leading strategies and initiatives on onboarding, training and capability development.

Work cross-matrix to ensure that all training, and capability development needs for the USMA are in alignment with:

  • Requirements from the medical franchises
  • Assets from the Global Medical Affairs organization
  • Compliance and ethics requirements of the US market and AstraZeneca


  • Define, build, and maintain a new-hire onboarding, training and capability development strategy that will ensure robust compliant and consistent onboarding of all new hires to USMA
  • Accountable for defining and executing the capability development and training strategy for the US Medical Affairs organization
  • Lead on the identification, articulation and alignment of capability, content, and training needs of the US Medical Affairs organization, both current needs and the needs for the future to enable the USMA business strategy 
  • Collaborate with Franchise Heads and their teams to identify key gaps in current capability and training competencies
  • Lead, conduct and report on audits of content assets to determine performance of existing assets
  • Work cross-functionally across departments to create assets to fulfill identified training gaps
  • Represent the United States on Global Capability/content and training projects/interventions ensuring the needs of AstraZeneca’s largest market are considered, influencing global strategy.
  • Develop new hire learning pathways for field and HQ USMA positions
  • Accountable for developing a high performing teamculture of performance development, accountability inclusion and diversity

Minimum qualifications

  • Master’s degreein a scientific discipline (Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Nursing, etc.)
  • 2+ years Oncology therapeutic area experience (academic research, clinical or pharma/biotech setting),
  • Experience in scientific writing and content development
  • Effective matrix leadership experience
  • Experience leading or working in a customer facing medical role
  • Collaborative/matrix management skills with a focus on leading diverse groups (e.g., cultural, geographical, functional) to achieve excellent results in shared goals
  • Effective communication skills with the ability to distil complexity down to what matters to our stakeholders
  • Proven strong Project Management skills

Desired qualifications

  • PharmD, PhD, MD in lifesciences preferred
  • Current or previous experience in US Medical Affairs function within the pharmaceutical industry
  • Working knowledge of FDA (Food and Drug Administration) requirements
  • Experience working in the US pharmaceutical manufacturers market

Why AstraZeneca?

  • At AstraZeneca when we see an opportunity for change, we seize it and make it happen, because any opportunity no matter how small, can be the start of something big. Delivering life-changing medicines is about being entrepreneurial - finding those moments and recognizing their potential. Join us on our journey of building a new kind of organization to reset expectations of what a bio-pharmaceutical company can be. This means we’re opening new ways to work, pioneering innovative methods, and bringing unexpected teams together. Interested? Come and join our journey.
  • Are you already imagining yourself joining our team? Good, because we can’t wait to hear from you!

About Gaithersburg:

Our Gaithersburg, Maryland facility crafts life-changing medicines for people around the world. This campus employs more than 3,500 specialists in our field and is only a short drive from Washington, DC. This modern and vibrant scientific campus is the home of R&D and Oncology in the US. Here, we play host to some of the most groundbreaking technology and lab spaces, all designed to encourage collaboration and cross-functional science. We believe employees benefit from being challenged and inspired at work. We are dedicated to fostering a culture of inclusion and collaboration.

The Gaithersburg site offers various amenities to help boost efficiency and help keep our employees happy and healthy. This includes a fitness center, employee healthcare clinic, electric vehicle charging stations, dry cleaning, a full-service cafeteria, and a copy center. This is where you’ll find newly-designed, activity-based workspaces to suit a variety of working styles while strengthening collaboration be

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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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