London, UK
Posted by: Astra Zeneca
20 Jun
19 Aug expires

Medical Affairs Lead - Respiratory

London, UK
Job Description

In this role the MAL will be accountable for leading workstreams that advance clinical practice in alignment with medical and brand strategy with a focus on the Medical and Scientific Affairs missions to deliver world class product launches, healthcare system change and practice changing evidence.  The MAL will be accountable for establishing and maintaining AZ’s position as a scientific leader while delivering high level external stakeholder engagement with external experts, professional societies and patient groups.

  • To develop and lead the Medical strategy and its execution in the UK for the biologics portfolio across severe asthma and other emerging autoimmune diseases
  • To provide Medical input into all UK strategic and operational planning initiatives for the Respiratory and Immunology Business Unit
  • To build a strong network with key external stakeholders in the severe asthma and other emerging autoimmune disease (incl. KEEs, payers, patient advocacy groups) to deliver clinical and patient insight, customer focus and clinical governance into commercial objectives
  • To develop and deliver pre-launch and peri-launch medical plans and activities
  • To lead Field Medical Affairs team (MSLs) to deliver pre- and post-launch medical objectives
  • Act to ensure GxP requirements are fully complied with and in line with the local Quality Management System (QMS) SOP and all other AZ policies and Standards
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Desired Skills & Experience
  • Registered Physician (preferably GMC) or Pharmacist (General Pharmaceutical Council) or PhD
  • Specialist experience in biologic therapies, severe asthma, and/or other autoimmune diseases
  • Specialist knowledge of the use of biologic medicines in clinical practice
  • Track record of leadership across the medical-marketing interface
  • Prior experience in a Medical Affairs role – a minimum of 2 years for exceptional candidates is expected.
  • Evidence of effective team working and accountability



  • Member/Fellow of a Royal College or the Royal Pharmaceutical Society
  • Launch experience for biologic medicines
  • Extensive experience of the pharmaceutical industry
  • Detailed knowledge of the UK healthcare system
  • Proven expertise in the ABPI Code of Practice
  • Extensive patient and customer insight through experience of working with the NHS
  • It is highly desirable for the candidate to hold or successfully acquire Nominated Signatory status. You will be required to gain Nominated Signatory status within 6 months of commencing your role. You are also required to pass re-validation testing every 12- 24 months or as requested
  Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA
AstraZeneca is an exciting global, innovation-driven biopharmaceutical company. We’re inspired by what science can do. Driven by the desire to meet unmet patient needs in our core therapeutic areas. Bold in our thinking. Proactive in pursuing discoveries beyond imagination. At sites across the world, we bring teams together in a spirit of collaboration to turn great ideas into life-changing medicines – strengthening our product portfolio and harnessing the potential of a pipeline across all stages of the drug development process.
You’ll be part of a team that’s rolling back the frontiers of science to turn yesterday’s impossible into the normal of tomorrow. So, if you share our focus and passion, join us and make a difference to patients – and in return, we’ll help you develop way beyond what you thought possible.
 London, UK