AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP Medical Director/Sr. Medical Director EGFR 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 Medical Director/Sr. Medical Director EGFR, 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.

A Medical Director/Sr Medical Director in US Medical Affairs is a board-certified physician or PhD who has a history of clinical practice or significant industry experience in the Oncology therapeutic area. The Medical Director/Sr Med Dir is knowledgeable of the actions of regulatory bodies and has experience in all aspects of clinical trials. The ideal candidate should have significant experience in their medical specialty and would thrive on proactively engaging internal and external leaders and will serve as a medical expert for their compound (s) and disease area. They will also have strong commercial aptitude and/or experience, including proven ability to translate and appropriately align commercial and scientific goals and objectives. S/he will have solid peer relationships with external scientific and clinical experts in Oncology. AstraZeneca holds a unique position in Oncology with a range of differentiated potential medicines in development by leveraging novel compounds, biologics and combinations. The pipeline also has several promising assets in development within the Oncology therapeutic area.


The Medical Director/Sr Med Dir is responsible to lead the Core Medical Team (CMT). The Medical Director is knowledgeable of the actions of regulatory bodies, the FDA, and has experience in clinical trials. An ideal candidate should have significant experience in Oncology and would thrive on proactively engaging internal and external leaders. S/he is accountable for the development and execution of the evidence generation strategy. In addition, an ideal Medical Affairs Medical Director will have strong commercial aptitude and/or experience, including proven ability to translate and align commercial and scientific goals and objectives.

*All activities of study team physicians for US local trials including design of trials, medical oversight of trial conduct, data interpretation as appropriate and execution of compassionate use approaches.

*Ascertaining the medical accuracy and fair balance of medical information in promotional material and learning materials for both internal and external use

*Lead the Medical Evidence generation strategy of Core Medical Team (CMT).

*Interact with leaders of groups identified as strategic partners, including both payer and provider groups.

*Interact with leaders in the therapy area (external experts, Academic Institutions, and Prof Societies).

*Play an integral role in the planning and participation of national and regional medical advisory boards.

*Play an integral role in the planning and providing of training for external medical/scientific speakers.

*Provide clinical education and training for internal stakeholders such as regional scientific managers and members of product sales teams.

*Develop the medical Externally Sponsored Scientific Research program to align with strategy.

*Maintain key links into global brand clinical activities by maintaining collaborative working relationship with Oncology medical physicians

*Supply medical input into safety profile of the product in collaboration with Patient Safety (PS) physicians

*Work with commercial brand teams to provide scientific and clinical expertise/input into strategic and tactical decisions in support of AstraZeneca products acting as medical expert for disease area.

*Work closely with our Medical Science Liaisons (MSL) and National Clinical Account Managers to appropriately support key accounts.

*Supply medical insight into promotional material along with learning materials for internal and external use

*Work closely with Global Medical Alignment Leader (GMAL) to ensure US strategy is aligned with global.

Minimum Requirements –Education and Experience

Functional & Business knowledge

*Graduate of an accredited medical school and recipient of M.D., D.O. or PhD degrees or equivalent

*Board certification/eligibility preferred in internal medicine or a related relevant specialty, Oncology preferred.

*Background in practicing medicine, clinical research, and familiarity with biostatistics, epidemiology and health outcomes preferred.

*Excellent written and oral communication, interpersonal, and organization skills.

*High level of emotional intelligence.

*Strong business acumen, including working knowledge of changing U.S. payer and provider landscape.

*Proven ability to interact productively with both commercial and scientific colleagues.

*Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in cross functional teams.

*Highest level of ethics and integrity.

*Ability to travel nationally and internationally. Travel will be up to 30% of time.

*Medical Directors will have at least 3 years of relevant pharmaceutical industry or other related areas of experience.

Preferred Background:

*5 years of Pharmaceutical Industry experience

*Additional training such as an M.P.H., M.B.A. or other advanced degree.

*Knowledge of relevant Professional Societies and Scientific Medical Experts.

*Experience with pharmaceutical drug development and Medical/Scientific Affairs

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