Senior Medical Director/Medical Director

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  • Cambridge CB4, UK
  • 06/11/2021
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Job Description

Are you a passionate Physician who would like to work at the cutting edge of science to develop groundbreaking medicines of the future? As a global, science-led biopharmaceutical, we are the beating heart of the business and there’s no better place to work as a physician.


At AstraZeneca, your innovative discoveries will ultimately have the potential to reach billions of patients’ in need, all across the globe. That’s why we love it – this is the place to make a greater impact. Are you ready to join us and see what science can do?


We have current and future opportunities for a Senior Medical Director or Medical Director, depending on your background, to join our team within Early Clinical Development. This role is based in Gothenburg/Sweden, Cambridge/UK, Warsaw/Poland or Gaithersburg/US.


At Early Respiratory & Immunology (Early R&I), we’re driven by innovation and our dedication to make a real-life difference in patients’ lives. That difference starts with you. We are part of the BioPharmaceutical R&D unit. Here, you will get the opportunity to work in a truly international environment and meet and discuss with key opinion leaders, other medical colleagues and authorities in basic science, as well as commercial, regulatory, and other functions.


What you’ll do

As a Senior Medical Director/Medical Director, you will be the single point accountable leader for the design, delivery and interpretation of clinical studies in Early stage (up to Ph3ID) within AstraZeneca´s global organization. You will be responsible for the scientific & medical strategy as a disease area expert and deliver the Medical Scientific strategies of the Clinical Development Plan to the project team.

You will operate in a wide range of aspects in pharmaceutical medicine and lead a multitude of contacts within and outside of AstraZeneca such as Senior management team, Regulatory and Finance, Academic partners and CROs.

For Immunology at AZ, we work across multiple diseases in specialties focused on Rheumatology (eg, Lupus, rheumatoid Arthritis), GI diseases (eg, Crohns disease, Ulcerative Colitis) and Dermatology (eg, Atopic Dermatitis, Psoriasis). You will be familiar with relevant Regulatory guidelines for drug development for the key immunological diseases, current treatment guidelines, relevant competitor trial designs and data as these are continually evolving. As such this will enable you to build novel and innovative Early Clinical development plans.

We rely on you to:

  • Build positive relationships and networks with internal and external medical community to follow developments within areas of expertise
  • Designs or manages the implementation of the medical strategy within Clinical Development globally
  • Ensure that clinical input into the Translational Medicine and development strategies and plans receive adequate peer consultation to assure high scientific quality
  • Closely follows medical developments within assigned areas and disseminates new information within Clinical Development to transform trends and emerging data into new plans
  • Act as Medical Lead for regulatory communication and preparation of higher level documents
  • Ensures internal and external peer review of potential study/programme design
  • Support qualification of pharmacodynamic/disease markers for early assessment of efficacy

Essential for the role
We believe that you are a fully qualified physician (MD or MD PhD) with several years of pharmaceutical industry experience in early stage clinical drug development. An Immunology, Rheumatology, Gastroenterology, or Allergy & Dermatology background is desirable. You are required to travel nationally and internationally. You have significant leadership experience and proven teamwork and collaboration skills.

You also possess:

  • Significant experience in the design, monitoring, executing and interpreting clinical trials, with understanding of biomarkers, biostatistics and safety reporting
  • Phenomenal interpersonal skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English

Why AstraZeneca?
At AstraZeneca when we see an opportunity for change, we seize it and make it happen, because any opportunity no matter how small, can be the start of something big. Delivering life-changing medicines is about being entrepreneurial - finding those moments and recognising their potential.
Join us on our journey of building a new kind of organisation to reset expectations of what a bio-pharmaceutical company can be. This means we’re opening new ways to work, pioneering groundbreaking methods and bringing unexpected teams together. Interested? Come and join our journey!
So, what’s next!

If you are ready to make a difference - apply today, and we'll make it happen together! We welcome your application no later than December 15, 2021.