Director, Immuno-Oncology Launch, GI (Gastrointestinal) Tumors – (Gaithersburg, MD) - Gaithersburg, MD | Biospace
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Director, Immuno-Oncology Launch, GI (Gastrointestinal) Tumors – (Gaithersburg, MD)

AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP

Gaithersburg, MD
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Full time
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Required Education:
Bachelors Degree
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Job Description

Location:Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States
Job reference: R-008219

Posted date: May. 30, 2017

At AstraZeneca we work together across global boundaries to make an impact and find answers to challenges. We do this with the utmost integrity even in the most difficult situations because we are committed to doing the right thing. We continuously forge partnerships that help pursue world-class medicines in new ways, combining our people’s exceptional skills with those of people from all over the globe. As an ImmunoOncology Launch Director, in Gaithersburg, MD, you’ll play a pivotal role in channeling our scientific capabilities to make a positive impact on changing patients’ lives. GPPS (Global Product and Portfolio Strategy) bridges science and commercial, integrating corporate, portfolio, therapy areas and product strategies, providing strategic direction from early-stage research through to commercialization.

AstraZeneca’s vision in Oncology is to help patients by redefining the cancer-treatment paradigm, with the aim of bringing six new cancer medicines to patients between 2013 and 2020. A broad pipeline of next-generation medicines is focused principally on four disease areas - breast, ovarian, lung and hematological cancers. As well as other tumor types, these are being targeted through four key platforms - immunotherapy, the genetic drivers of cancer and resistance, DNA damage repair, and antibody drug conjugates, underpinned by personalized healthcare and biomarker technologies.

At AstraZeneca/MedImmune we have created and strategically acquired one of the most comprehensive and broad ImmunoOncology pipelines in the industry today. Along with our superior pipeline, we are also strategically partnering/collaborating with a host of biotech companies to leverage new, disruptive technologies. Bolstering our short and long term success is a major part of the bright future we are creating to save or improve the lives of people with a variety of cancers.

To realize our vision to become the top ImmunoOncology Company, we have added to our world class leadership team some of the best and brightest Oncology R&D and Commercial leaders globally. The Vice President of our IO Franchise is currently building out a top flight Commercial Strategy Team that will be responsible for insuring that the decisions we make with our pipeline assets best position us for maximum ROI and positive impact on the lives of patients. In line with our vision to become a leader in ImmunoOncology across multiple tumor types, this role is responsible for delivering on the launch of some of the early indications we are pursuing in IO.

The Director of IO Launch, GI will be responsible for the development and implementation of a strategic and operational plan that delivers a world class launch for our IO assets with a focus on upcoming registrational opportunities within GI.

In this role, you will be accountable for leadership and development of go to market launch strategy, developing and implementing global activities for pre launch & up to 3 years post launch including disease awareness, launch preparation plans, P&MA input and with medical affairs, global KOLs mapping and engagement. You will have the opportunity to develop, evaluate and evolve the global brand strategy and brand positioning, while leading commercial representative on IO GPT, and delivering commercial input into GPT plans and development direction. You will also be accountable for all operational implementation of designated programs, for engaging with regions and key market to ensure launch readiness / commercial excellence, and for the development and ownership of global commercial forecast and high level P&L.


Minimum Requirements

  • Technical and / or business degree in a relevant discipline; Advanced degree preferred
  • Thorough understanding of the development process and necessary commercial touch points
  • Understanding of general business and core marketing principles and application to future healthcare market challenges
  • Oncology market and customer experience preferred
  • Broad commercial experience including pre-launch and launch; oncology marketing experience preferred
  • Global or inline brand marketing experience
  • Exposure to and track record of effective management of decision-making bodies and governance
  • Strong strategic thinking, judgement and influencing skills, to influence and lead across local markets to ensure strong executional commercial focus
  • Strong leadership attributes to set direction, generate commitment, balance short and long term needs, constructively resolve issues
  • Effective cross- functional project team leadership and influencing skills
  • Effective interactions with internal & external customers and stakeholders to drive success
  • Sufficient understanding of technical risks and the implications for the commercial aspects to future brands
  • Strong understanding of key marketing skill sets
  • Global travel: 25 -- 30% global travel anticipated

Next Steps – Apply today!

To be considered for this exciting opportunity, please complete the full application on our website at your earliest convenience – it is the only way that our Recruiter and Hiring Manager can know that you feel well qualified for this opportunity. If you know someone who would be a great fit, please share this posting with them.

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 only employs individuals with the right to work in the country/ies where the role is advertised.