AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP Director Medical Alignment in Gaithersburg, Maryland

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 Alignment (DMA) based in Gaithersburg, MD you’ll play a pivotal role in channeling 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.

The Director Medical Alignment (DMA) is a member of the Oncology Core Medical Teams, and is responsible for the development and execution of the annual Integrated Medical Plans for compounds within the assigned IO tumor team . The DMA is accountable for all Medical Affairs components of the Medical Plan, and for ensuring alignment of US Medical Affairs Customer Facing Role scientific activities in support of the brand objectives.

Responsibilities include development and delivery of appropriate scientific messaging and education to key customers; development and execution of scientific and educational programs aligned with the Medical Plan; delivery of medical and scientific insights back to the Oncology Brand and Medical Teams; and identification and targeting of key clinical investigators for key clinical trials.

You will forecast and coordinate Medical Affairs resources and services both internally and externally with regards to advisory boards, Congress planning, etc. Represent the key interface between the needs of the US KOLs and other clinical decision makers through interactions with all Medical Affairs functions.

Along with the associated IO Medical Directors, plan and manage the Tumor Team Medical Affairs budget allocated by Franchise Leadership Team. Accountable for the optimal strategy for appropriate use of medical information by the Medical Affairs team. Accountable for communicating U.S. medical customer insights to commercial Brand Teams in order to develop cross-functional customer-led strategies and engagement plans.

Essential Requirements:

Doctorate in Pharmacology, Pharmacy, or Medicine preferred;

Advanced degree (Masters) in science-related field required.

Strong knowledge of medical strategy and clinical development

Ability to manage a diverse group of responsibilities

Ability to work effectively in a cross-functional team

Leadership abilities

Strategic influencing skills

Highly developed written and verbal communication skills

Able to work independently with high initiative drive

Excellent project management skills

Strong organization and time management skills

Strong analytical and problem solving skills

Desirable Requirements:


Expert technical depth in Oncology

Minimum 5 years experience in a strategy-setting role within Medical Affairs

Global experience within the pharmaceutical industry

Working knowledge of FDA requirements

Excellent computer skills (Excel, Word, Power Point, etc.)

Knowledge of information/technology systems

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