AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP NOAD Team Business Planning Leader in Gaithersburg, Maryland

AstraZeneca Overview

At AstraZeneca, we turn ideas into life changing medicines. Working here means being entrepreneurial, thinking big and partnering with colleagues and customers to make the seemingly impossible a reality. We’re focused on the potential of science to address the unmet needs of patients around the world.

AstraZeneca’s vision in Oncology is to help patients by redefining the cancer treatment paradigm. In addition to our commercialized portfolio of products, AZ has a substantial pipeline of next-generation medicines focused on addressing a broad range of tumor types which are being targeted through four key platforms - immunotherapy, the genetic drivers of cancer and resistance, DNA damage repair, and antibody drug conjugates. Drug development efforts are underpinned by personalized healthcare and biomarker technologies.

The National Oncology Account Director (NOAD) Team

The National Oncology Account Director Team works with identified oncology accounts’ executive leadership and director-level leadership (e.g. pharmacy, medical, quality) to advance AstraZeneca business priorities including but not limited to new product/indication introduction and launch, portfolio and product value proposition communication, provider institution formulary product access achievement, appropriate oncology pathway design, and GPO contract pull-through. NOADs leads AstraZeneca cross-functional customer-facing team development of account-level strategies consistent with mutual business objectives in priority accounts and closely collaborates with these teams to ensure effective plan implementation.

The NOAD Team Business Planning Leader (BPL) Role

The NOAD Team Business Planning Leader is an integral member of the NOAD leadership team and is responsible for maximizing the NOAD team’s operational effectiveness both across AstraZeneca and with target customers. As a NOAD Team Business Planning Leader in Gaithersburg, MD you’ll play a pivotal role in focusing AZ’s advanced cross-functional customer engagement capabilities to make a positive impact on patients’ lives.

This position will report directly into the Head of Oncology Access Strategy and will work in close partnership with the NOAD Team, the Oncology Access Strategy team, as well as OBU HQ and field-facing cross-functional business partners.


  • Lead, manage and contribute to all key aspects of the NOAD Team’s strategic and operational planning

  • Co-manage prioritized strategic projects as needed in collaboration with the NOADs as determined by the NOAD Leadership Team, ensuring that key milestones are met, core deliverables are created/updated and that output from the projects inform further planning and Access Strategy Above-Brand annual planning

  • Ensure the sharing of best practices and new customer insights to advance the team's thinking relative to opportunities and challenges

  • Enable identification of cross‐portfolio issues and opportunities

  • Champion adoption and drive integration of 'new practices' into team's activity

  • Managing the NOAD Leadership Team agendas and managing action lists arising from those meetings

  • Develop senior leadership presentations as needed

  • Lead NOAD and Access Strategy budget and resource planning

  • Lead/manage special projects as needed


Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree

  • 5+ years pharmaceutical experience, reflective of an understanding of the pharmaceutical business

  • Project and process management expertise

  • Understanding of budgeting, financial processes and tools

  • Experience working in cross‐functional teams and navigating matrix organizations

  • Strong interpersonal, communication (written and oral), organizational, relationship building, and consulting skills

Preferred Background:

  • Customer-facing/account management experience

  • Project management experience

  • Understanding of the Oncology access landscape (payers, health systems, pathways, contracting, distribution and dispensing)

  • Results‐orientation with ability to develop creative and simple solutions to complex problems

  • Demonstrated ability to lead team of functional and technical members to achieve outcomes

Next Steps -- Apply today!

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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.