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Global Publications Lead, Oncology

Plats Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA Jobb-id R-084841 Datum inlagd 06/18/2020

Do you have expertise in, and passion for Medical Affairs in Oncology? Would you like to apply your expertise to impact the Global Publications Lead role in a company that follows the science and turns ideas into life changing medicines? Then AstraZeneca might be the one for you!

At AstraZeneca, we put patients first and strive to meet their unmet needs worldwide. Working here means being entrepreneurial, thinking big and working together to make the impossible a reality. If you are swift to action, confident to lead, willing to collaborate, and curious about what science can do, then you’re our kind of person.

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 five key platforms - immunotherapy, the genetic drivers of cancer and resistance, DNA damage repair, HER2 and antibody drug conjugates, underpinned by personalized healthcare and biomarker technologies.

Job Description:

As a Global Publications Lead in Gaithersburg, MD, you’ll play a pivotal role in channeling our scientific capabilities to make a positive impact on changing patients’ lives. The Global Publications Leader (GPL), Oncology delivers the strategic publications plan for the oncology franchise and leads a cross-matrix team in the high-profile oncology and hematology portfolios of AstraZeneca.  Due to the importance of this portfolio, you must be an experienced publications professional, ready for new challenges with creative and collaborative problem-solving skills.  The prominence of this role will provide you with opportunities for significant interactions with senior and global stakeholder in the organization as well as key external stakeholders.


  • Direct accountability for the or the development and execution of strategic publication plans for global clinical studies in humans from Phase I-IV, and non-clinical trial sources including health economics and outcomes research, epidemiology, real-world evidence (RWE), payer, and non-interventional studies, aligned with a specific medical strategies and objectives
  • Heading the development of scientific, clinical and RWE planning data into timely publications for prescribers, payers, and patients through disease state and medicine insights and leading effective collaboration with cross-functional teams and external alliances
  • Tracking existing publication plans to ensure alignment with evidence plans
  • The day-to-day management of assigned publication plans, delivery of outputs, financial tracking and meeting activities, working closely with all members of the delivery team
  • Developing a thorough understanding of internal and external stakeholders to further the leverage of clinical and RWE studies
  • Manage external agency partners to ensure accuracy of publication plan and publication deliverables with respect to time, quality and cost, and ensuring correct compliance documentation is in place including budgetary responsibilities

Minimum Requirements – Education and Experience

  • Advanced degree in a scientific or medical discipline (eg PharmD, PhD, MD)
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience within the pharmaceutical or related healthcare industry, such as medical communications
  • Poise in senior leader engagement
  • Ability to prioritize, thrive and execute in high pressure situations
  • Clear and effective communication skills
  • Collaborative and consultative cross-matrix abilities
  • The ability to appreciate and work within a large strategic framework, while maintaining strong attention to detail and compliance to global publications ethical standards and company publications policy and SOPs
  • A blend of strategic agility and tactical execution skills
  • Passion, ambition and a flair for strong team leadership across the organization
  • Demonstrated performance, budget, and resource management skills in a global organization 
  • Ability to understand and adhere to good publication practices and relevant guidelines on and scientific data communication, such as ICMJE, GPP3, company policy and SOPs

Skills and Capabilities

  • Strong therapeutic knowledge in oncology preferred, id hematology experience especially CLL a plus
  • Complete multiple projects with a common deadline
  • Experience in collaboration within a medical affairs organization
  • Broad understanding of drug development process
  • Experience in medical communications gained through working in the pharmaceutical industry or a medical communications agency
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain professional relationships with external experts, investigators, journal editors and publishers and professional bodies
  • Flexibility and adaptability to manage long-term activities in a constantly changing internal and external environment
  • Working knowledge of Datavision publication management systems
  • Certification as a Medical Publication Professional (CMPP) desired

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 recognizing their potential. Join us on our journey of building a new kind of organization to reset expectations of what a bio-pharmaceutical company can be. This means we’re opening new ways to work, pioneering cutting edge methods and bringing unexpected teams together. Interested? Come and join our journey.

Are you already imagining yourself joining our team? Good, because we can’t wait to hear from you.

Where can I find out more?

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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 authorisation and employment eligibility verification requirements.

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