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Director, Medical Evidence & Observational Research Strategic Planning and Operations

AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP

Gaithersburg, MD
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Full time
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Bachelors Degree
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Job Description

                                       Location:Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States
Job reference: R-007118

Posted date: May. 08, 2017



   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. We’re focused on the potential of science to address the unmet needs of patients around the world. We commit to those areas where we think we can really change the course of medicine and bring big new ideas to life. As a Director, Medical Evidence Organizational Research Strategic Planning and Operations in Gaithersburg, MD, you’ll play a pivotal role in channelling our scientific capabilities to make a positive impact on changing patients’ lives.  

   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 AZ therapies and support 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. Global Medical Affairs aims to lead AstraZeneca in achieving scientific leadership, being a great place to work, and keeping patients at the core of everything we do.  

   Main Duties and Responsibilities  

   Medical Evidence and Observational Research (MEOR) organization is accountable for the delivery of global strategic studies required to generate the evidence to build the confidence on AZ therapies and additional observational, interventional and externally sponsored research required by Global Product Teams and Global Medical Teams.  


   Working very closely with the MEOR VP, you will drive strategic planning, operational effectiveness, business performance management, budget and capacity/capability planning, change management, and program leadership/project management of prioritized initiatives in MEOR and/or cross functionally.

   In order to accomplish our goals and enable the best patient outcomes, we look for future AZ medical network leaders to have five (5) core capabilities:  

  •      A track record of building and maintaining a deep 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    
  •      Strong communication skills with the ability to distil complexity down to what matters to our stakeholders    
  •      Strong Financial/Budget Management and Project Management skills    
  •      Strong business acumen    

   You will be accountable to partner with VP MEOR and Leadership Team to facilitate the development of short and long-term planning for MEOR including resourcing, medical and evidence planning process, other key GMA initiatives. Support the MEOR VP to create functional strategy in support of both the MEOR and TA strategies, including clear recommendations for resource allocation priorities and capability requirements. Partner with MEOR VP and team to manage dependencies across functions and geographies affecting successful executive of evidence generation. Lead complex strategic initiatives for MEOR including planning and implementation with minimal direction. These may involve groups in AZ outside MEOR and external vendors, academics or other partners. Lead and/or represent MEOR in identified, prioritised initiatives, including development of and/or contribution to business cases for prioritised initiatives, potentially leading specific area(s) of expertise or special projects within MEOR and/or across GMA. Lead communication efforts within and outside of MEOR, managing key vendor relationships as needed. Lead capability awareness and training initiatives across MEOR. Identify, develop and implement new processes to facilitate continued evolution of the MEOR and GMA function. Provide direction and leadership to cross-functional project resources (both internal and external). Anticipate, identify and resolve business risks/issues. Support MEOR in policy, process and people support ensuring consistency where possible with other areas of GMA through coordination with other Strategic Planning & Operations leads in GMA. Work closely with GMA, GMD, and GPPS operations and strategy teams to ensure connectivity and alignment. Manage the business performance of MEOR including scorecard development, metrics and reporting. Prepare comprehensive progress reports and program plans for senior management and other stakeholders. Work with all MEOR members to identify, address and resolve issues. Identify risk areas or barriers that may or are impeding MEOR success, driving solutions in partnership with the LT to resolve. Partner with Finance and the MEOR Head, Business Performance and Enablement to facilitate the budget process including trade-off discussions and on an ongoing basis ensure budgets (including facilitation of annual budget, monthly projections, accruals and variance analysis) are on track. Serve as a delegate for the VP, MEOR for specific tasks or activities, as necessary. Serve as a liaison between Global Medical Affairs and their Commercial and Clinical Development counterparts. Support resource management, recruitment, and people policy and process (e.g. talent management, performance management). Manage planning and follow up for MEORLT and other key MEOR team meetings; ensure agendas are focused on key deliverables, risk management, issue identification and resolution. Ensure that key actions and agreements are understood by the team and the team is held accountable for their commitments.  


   Essential Requirements    
  •      Advanced degree(s) in business and/or sciences, or equivalent area of study.    
  •      Eight to ten years proven experience in the pharmaceutical/medical/healthcare industry, development, research and/or commercial planning, and global coordination issues    
  •      Ability to understand business strategy and goals and generate new strategic options    
  •      Experience in finance, leadership, facilitation, influence, negotiation and conflict resolution    
  •      Interpersonal skills with an ability to deploy a range of influencing styles and facility and comfort in dealing with senior managers - strong strategic influencing and interpersonal skills    
  •      Leadership skills, including the ability to solve problems that involve many decision makers, and develop multiple options/recommendations    
  •      Extensive networking skills, ability to interact widely and effectively both within the company (on both an interdepartmental and interdisciplinary basis) and externally    
  •      Proven ability to work independently, and remotely, from key customers and stakeholders and with little direction.    
  •      Proven project leadership/project management experience from drug and/or non-drug projects, including budget management.    
  •      Recognized expertise in one or more of the following areas: resource management, continuous improvement, change management, compliance, quality management, training, or budget/finance management.    
  •      Ability to develop solutions to complex problems and to formulate approaches and strategies that fall outside historical norms    
  •      Experience, leading, promoting, motivating and empowering others to accomplish individual, team and organisational objectives    
  •      Ability to influence strategically and persuade tactfully, to obtain desired outcomes while maintaining effective, positive organisational relationships    
  •      Evidence of the ability to pull together diverse teams over whom they have no line management responsibility in a matrix environment “Lead without authority”; capability leading cross-functional project teams    
  •      Proven ability to work with multiple customers and on multiple projects simultaneously, illustrating a high degree of flexibility.    
  •      Demonstrated knowledge and very wide understanding of global business context.Including a broad understanding of industry, particularly Medical, Clinical and Commercial functions (is knowledgeable in how products are developed, approved, launched and commercially developed)    
  •      Persuasive communicator in English with a proven ability to work collaboratively in a multi-cultural environment    
  •      Excellent verbal and written communication skills and ability to build strong relationships.    
   Desirable Requirements    
  •      Prior managerial experience desirable but not required.    
   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.