AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP Global MAL, Diabetes in Cambridge, United Kingdom

Title: Global Medical Affairs Leader - Diabetes

Location: Cambridge UK, Gaithersburg US, Gothenburg Sweden

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 AstraZeneca (AZ) therapies and supports 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. GMA aims to lead AZ in achieving scientific leadership, being a great place to work, and keeping patients at the core of everything we do.

At AstraZeneca we work together across global boundaries to make an impact and find answers to challenges. We do this with the upmost 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 a Medical Affairs Leader (MAL) 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.

Reporting directly to the Medical Head, the MAL will be charged with delivering ambitious medical strategies. In so doing, the MAL will play an important role in defining the product strategy. The MAL will execute the medical strategy globally through membership of the Global Medical Team, comprised of Medical Directors from the priority markets and relevant Global Medical Affairs functions. The role entails leveraging high impact evidence activities and medical materials as well as demonstrating world-class scientific engagement with external experts and other key customers.


  • Designs and manages the implementation of the GMA product strategy and plan

  • Proactive member of the Global Medical Team (GMT), ensuring global strategy is effectively communicated and executed at regional and country levels and that regional/country needs are appropriately accommodated in global deliverables

  • Cross-functional collaboration within GPPS and other GMA functions (e.g. Global Medical Excellence, Medical Evidence); ensures alignment of publications and medical evidence plans

  • Closely follows medical developments within therapy area, and disseminates new information to educate and inform plans

  • Liaises with the internal and external medical/scientific community

  • Supports and delegates for Medical Head at Global Product Team (GPT) and Global Brand Team GBT)

  • Accountable for engaging and cultivating relationships with leading global KEEs, e.g. to gain contribution/ participation in advisory boards, greater understanding of the therapeutic area, insights into unmet patient needs, etc

  • Represents AZ at scientific and medical forums, e.g. medical education symposia, scientific exchange meetings, congresses, etc

Reporting Relationships

  • Reports to Medical Head, Diabetes (orals)

  • Direct reports: none

Budget responsibility

  • Ensures effective management of defined activities within TA GMA budget

Minimum Requirements – Education and Experience

  • MD, PhD, Pharm D or equivalent

  • Good expertise in diabetes or related (metabolic, cardiovascular, renal) therapy area

  • Experience in Medical Affairs or similar function, working cross-functionally across a product team

  • Experience developing medical plans for the approval/launch of new products

  • Demonstrated strategic and medical leadership ability

  • Track record of delivering results and impactful new initiatives in a complex matrix environment

Skills and Capabilities

  • Ability to create bespoke strategies and plans and to mobilise an organization to execute

  • Ability to work collaboratively with peers and leadership

  • Persuasive oral and written communication skills, including the ability to develop and deliver medical presentations

  • Ability to collaborate with internal and external colleagues in various geographies, cultures, and roles - Enterprise leadership mindset

  • Appreciation of the evolving Medical Affairs space

  • Ability to function in a complex matric environment, and to manage priorities

  • Ability to flex between high level strategy and detailed tactics as required, maintaining both a short- and long-term focus

  • Strong analytical mind-set, able to quickly assess large amounts of information, and to distil into key messages and actions

  • Team player, patient centered, commercially aware

  • Integrity and high ethical standards

Internal Contacts/Customers

  • Medical Head Diabetes Orals

  • Other MALs/Sr MALs

  • Global Medical Team (GMT) members

  • Global Product Team (GPT) members

  • Marketing Company Medical Directors and Medical TA leads

  • Medical Evidence Outcomes Research (MEOR)

  • Global Medical Excellence Team (GME)

  • Corporate Affairs (CA)

  • Global Medicines Leader (GML)

  • TAVP Global Medical Affairs

AstraZeneca is an equal opportunity employer. AstraZeneca will consider all qualified applicants for employment without discrimination on grounds of disability, gender or gender 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.