Head of Oncology Medical Affairs – Canada

Head of Oncology Medical Affairs – Canada

Job title: Head of Oncology Medical Affairs – Canada

Company: AstraZeneca

Job description: Canada, as part of OBU EUCAN, is a key contributor to the continued and future growth of our Oncology business at AstraZeneca. We seek dedicated commercial leadership for our franchises across functions and markets, maximizing the regional potential of our leading Oncology portfolio, delivering commercial excellence in close collaboration with a wide variety of in- and external partners.

Our regional organization is well set and empowered to operate as a key catalyst between our global business strategies and the local healthcare systems, enabling and evolving a dynamic and swift commercial, access and medical implementation in the respective markets.

The Head of Oncology Medical Affairs is responsible for the leadership of the AstraZeneca Oncology Medical Affairs team in Canada. This role is accountable for the development and delivery of Oncology Medical Affairs strategy, strong scientific and research expertise to ensure success of AstraZeneca Canada’s Oncology portfolio and delivery of therapeutic leadership in key disease areas including lung cancer, breast cancer, haematology, gynaecology, genitourinary, and gastrointestinal cancers. As a core member of the Oncology Leadership Team (OLT), a member of the Scientific Affairs Leadership Team (SALT), and EUCAN Regional Core Medical Team (CMLT) the role will collaborate to set the integrated strategic direction of AZ Canada’s Oncology Business Unit and Scientific Affairs teams and EUCAN regional medical team, aligning resources to customers and business priorities, and will provide leadership and direction to execute Oncology business and scientific objectives. The OMAH reports directly to the Head of Oncology Canada.


Leadership, Team Management and People Development

Lead the AZ Canadian Oncology medical affairs team through therapeutic leadership and excellence to create and deliver the Medical Oncology Plan for Canada addressing; portfolio prioritization opportunities, development of skills, ensure talent management and manage team performance

Support and contribute actively to impact the actions of the Oncology Business Unit in Canada as a core member of the Canadian Oncology Leadership Team (OLT). With an entrepreneurial spirit, develop synergies among cross-functional teams: marketing, sales, market access, regulatory affairs, clinical research (SM&M), compliance, training, patient affairs to achieve the goals of the Oncology Leadership Team (OLT)

Lead and empower the Oncology medical affairs team, including recruitment and retention of high-quality staff through talent management and succession planning, the setting of clear expectations to drive performance and ensure engagement, and providing opportunities for growth and development

Strategic & Operational Excellence

Define medical affairs objectives and clear goals, coordinate and prioritize the medical activities including both pipeline and commercialized products in key therapeutic areas for AZ Oncology: lung cancer, breast cancer, haematology, and gyneoncology, GU, and GI cancers

Define, manage and prioritize the medical budget and the allocation of resources to ensure operational excellence, in close collaboration with the Head of Oncology Canada.

Member of AstraZeneca Canadian Senior Leadership team, participation in the development forward-thinking Corporate and Functional strategic/operational plans, and accountability for the leadership of the development and delivery of aligned plans

Take responsibility for the management of Compassionate Use Programs

Cross-functional activities

Ensure scientific leadership and medical excellence, and build an image of AstraZeneca as leader in Oncology by developing innovative and differentiating collaborations with key external stakeholders

Collaborate and coordinate scientific affairs activities with local SALT as well as Oncology EUCAN region scientific affairs leadership team (EUCAN CMLT). Actively contribute to the development of the regional EUCAN medical strategy, plans and scientific projects

Develop and ensure high quality relationships with key medical experts, professional societies, co-operative groups, research institutions, etc. related to our key therapeutic areas

Collaborate effectively with AZ Canada VP of Scientific Affairs, Medical Evidence Lead and the R&D team to attract and execute appropriate research into Canada

Ensure on time and high quality reimbursement dossiers and statements together with market access


Responsible for internal and external interactions of the team, regularly evaluating business/compliance risks to enable teams to operate accordingly

Ensure own and team’s compliance with AstraZeneca’s Code of Conduct and company policies and procedures relating to people, finance, technology, security and Safety, Health and Environment.

Lead the Local Review and Evaluation Group (LREG). Assure review, approval and conduct of Oncology ESRs and observational research (including RWEs) in Canada in accordance with all company and departmental procedures including GCP, ICH guidelines, AZ guidelines and SOPs

Review and approve Oncology ESRs and RWEs in Canada as part of the Local scientific review body

Responsible for collecting and reporting Adverse Events, as per local AZ Canada guidelines

Responsible for collecting and reporting Adverse Events in accordance with AstraZeneca policies andprocedures.

Education and Experience

MD preferred (ideally with Oncology training) and/or Ph.D, with oncology experience

At least 10 years of effective Medical Affairs experience in the pharmaceutical industry, preferably including at least 5 years in oncology

Demonstrated track record of leadership success and experience in managing a high performing medical affairs team with good examples of cross functional effectiveness and impact

Strong communication skills and positive interpersonal skills with the ability to inspire, mentor, and develop others

Clinical development experience and understanding of drug development

Experienced with key national regulations in the field of Healthcare and Medical compliance and commercialization as well as Pharmacovigilance

Ability to work effectively with cross-functional teams including development, marketing, health outcomes and access team.

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AstraZeneca is committed to taking every reasonable precaution to protect employees, our customers and the healthcare systems in the communities in which we serve. In an effort to protect the wellbeing of our employees and customers, full COVID-19 vaccination is an essential requirement of all positions at AstraZeneca. As such, all offers of employment will be conditional upon either (i) proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or (ii) proof of need for accommodation under relevant human rights legislation, and AstraZeneca’s determination that the requested accommodation can be provided without undue hardship. You will be required to submit proof of full vaccination or proof of need for accommodation during our background screening process.

AstraZeneca is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion and providing a workplace that is free from discrimination. AstraZeneca is committed to accommodating persons with disabilities. Such accommodation is available on request in respect of all aspects of the recruitment, assessment and selection process and may be requested by [email protected]

Date Posted 24-Nov-2021

Closing Date

AstraZeneca embraces diversity and equality of opportunity. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team representing all backgrounds, with as wide a range of perspectives as possible, and harnessing industry-leading skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We welcome and consider applications to join our team from all qualified candidates, regardless of their characteristics. We comply with all applicable laws and regulations on non-discrimination in employment (and recruitment), as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements.

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Location: Mississauga, ON

Job date: Fri, 26 Nov 2021 08:06:17 GMT

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