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Medical Affairs Lead - Respiratory

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Do you have expertise in, and passion for, Respiratory & Immunology? Would you like to apply your expertise to impact the Respiratory & Immunology sector in a company that follows the science and turns ideas into life changing medicines?

Do you have experience in a Medical Affairs role with a track record of leadership across the medical marketing interface?

At AstraZeneca UK, we bring life-changing medicines to patients across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. As a member of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI), all of our sales, marketing and communications activities are subject to the ABPI Code of Practice. If you're inspired by the possibilities of science to make a difference and ready to discover what you can do - join us!

It has been agreed that our AstraZeneca UK Commercial head office will move from Luton to Pancras Square, London in early 2022. This role will be initially based in our Luton office, until this move takes place.

Our move to Pancras Square offers us the strongest possible platform to transform the lives of patients in the UK, as the country's leading biopharmaceutical company. It will bring AstraZeneca UK closer to our customers, partners and stakeholders in the UK's healthcare environment, as well as foster greater collaboration with the wider AstraZeneca footprint.

Business Area

Join our industry-leading BioPharmaceuticals team, where our rich and diverse pipeline speaks for itself. It's an exciting time for our team as we redefine the future, working towards our vision to be the leader in Cardiovascular, Renal, Metabolism, Respiratory and Immunology by 2025.

A ground-breaking, fast-paced place, here you can feel the buzz and that's why we love it. It keeps us focused on the real innovations that will make a difference to patients.

We work along the whole patient journey - from prevention to better diagnosis. Only then can we help to realise the truly transformative potential of our science.

We believe in focusing on innovation that will make a real difference. We've been making bold moves in medical studies and seeing the results, including the biggest change in asthma treatment strategy seen in the last three decades.

What you'll do

In this role the MAL will be accountable for leading workstreams that advance clinical practice in alignment with medical and brand strategy with a focus on the Medical and Scientific Affairs missions to deliver world class product launches, healthcare system change and practice changing evidence. The MAL will be accountable for establishing and maintaining AZ's position as a scientific leader while delivering high level external stakeholder engagement with external experts, professional societies and patient groups.

  • To develop and lead the Medical strategy and its execution in the UK for the biologics portfolio across severe asthma and other emerging autoimmune diseases
  • To provide Medical input into all UK strategic and operational planning initiatives for the Respiratory and Immunology Business Unit
  • To build a strong network with key external stakeholders in the severe asthma and other emerging autoimmune disease (incl. KEEs, payers, patient advocacy groups) to deliver clinical and patient insight, customer focus and clinical governance into commercial objectives
  • To develop and deliver pre-launch and peri-launch medical plans and activities
  • To lead Field Medical Affairs team (MSLs) to deliver pre- and post-launch medical objectives
  • Act to ensure GxP requirements are fully complied with and in line with the local Quality Management System (QMS) SOP and all other AZ policies and Standards

Essential Skills and Experience

  • Registered Physician (preferably GMC) or Pharmacist (General Pharmaceutical Council) or PhD
  • Specialist experience in biologic therapies, severe asthma, and/or other autoimmune diseases
  • Specialist knowledge of the use of biologic medicines in clinical practice
  • Track record of leadership across the medical-marketing interface
  • Prior experience in a Medical Affairs role - a minimum of 2 years for exceptional candidates is expected.
  • Evidence of effective team working and accountability

Desirable

  • Member/Fellow of a Royal College or the Royal Pharmaceutical Society
  • Launch experience for biologic medicines
  • Extensive experience of the pharmaceutical industry
  • Detailed knowledge of the UK healthcare system
  • Proven expertise in the ABPI Code of Practice
  • Extensive patient and customer insight through experience of working with the NHS
  • It is highly desirable for the candidate to hold or successfully acquire Nominated Signatory status. You will be required to gain Nominated Signatory status within 6 months of commencing your role. You are also required to pass re-validation testing every 12- 24 months or as requested

Why AstraZeneca?

At AstraZeneca we're dedicated to being a Great Place to Work. Where you are empowered to push the boundaries of science and unleash your entrepreneurial spirit. There's no better place to make a difference to medicine, patients and society. An inclusive culture that champions diversity and collaboration, and always committed to lifelong learning, growth and development. We're on an exciting journey to pioneer the future of healthcare.

So, what's next?

If you are inspired by the possibilities of science to make a difference and ready to discover what you can do by joining us on this exciting journey and believe you can contribute to this bold ambition - join us!

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