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National Liaison Lead - Oncology

AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP

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

Location: Gaithersburg,
United States
Job reference: R-013005

Posted date: Aug. 24, 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 National Liaison Lead - Oncology, you’ll play a pivotal role in channelling our scientific capabilities to make a positive impact on changing patients’ lives.

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.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

In this exciting role you will be accountable for leadership and direction of an Oncology Field Medical Team, including leadership of a therapeutic area strategy, leadership of first-line managers, optimization of resources, best practice sharing, planning and alignment of priorities. As National Liaison Lead – Oncology, you are a member of the Medical Affairs Therapeutic Area Leadership Team and will contribute to the development of Therapeutic Area strategy and objectives. You will also represent the Field Medical Team on the Medical Affairs Therapeutic Area Leadership Team to ensure Field Medical objectives are incorporated into the Therapeutic Area Strategy.

Additionally as National Liaison Lead – Oncology, you are accountable for the integration and management of applicable Field Medical deliverables including management, metrics and analysis, and project management. As National Liaison Lead- Oncology you enable best practice sharing and consistent use of commonly defined processes, tools, and templates; facilitate timely and effective decision-making within the Therapeutic Area Team; support the collaboration with key stakeholders to identify creative and innovative approaching to scientific information delivery.

As National Liaison Lead – Oncology, you will anticipate leadership development needs through demonstrated broad business perspective and effective needs analysis; provide analysis and expertise to facilitate timely and effective decision making for Medical Affairs resource planning and management, business planning and strategy, and policy decisions to anticipate and/or resolve risks/issues.

Additional accountabilities as National Liaison Lead- Oncology include leading and managing change initiatives to enable positive business outcomes; serving as a role model fostering personal accountability and ownership of individual and team success; representing the key interface between the needs of the US Health Care Practitioners, other Clinical Decision Makers, and Brand Team through interactions with all Medical Affairs functions; ensuring the team is compliant with all guidelines and policies.


Essential Requirements

  • Doctorate in Pharmacology, Pharmacy, Medicine or equivalent experience
  • Minimum of 5-7 years’ experience in pharmaceutical industry preferably in Medical Affairs or Clinical Development
  • Experience leading MSL teams
  • Experience with product medical strategy development and execution
  • Demonstrated expertise in drug information communication
  • Thorough knowledge of FDA requirements
  • Excellent interpersonal as well as oral and written communication skills
  • Strong knowledge of medical strategy, clinical development, and MSL areas
  • Knowledge of health outcomes
  • Ability to manage a diverse group of responsibilities
  • Ability to work effectively in a cross-functional team environment

Desirable Requirements

  • 3+ years of pharmaceutical Medical Science Liaison experience
  • > 3 years’ experience in a strategy-setting role within Medical Affairs

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.