Medical Affairs Lead - Oncology

AstraZeneca operates in over 100 countries and its innovative medicines are used by millions of patients worldwide.

Medical Affairs Lead - Oncology

Field Based

Competitive Salary & Benefits

Closing Date: 13th December 2023

Introduction to Role:

Join our globally-renowned Oncology Business Unit, which is leading the rapid business growth of our enterprise and ever-evolving industry. As the Medical Affairs Leader - Oncology, you will create, lead, and manage our external engagement strategy and generate innovative scientific partnerships to enhance medical education, insight collection and evidence generation.

The role includes overseeing and guiding AZ’s engagement with Oncology Key External Experts (clinical and scientific), medical and professional societies, national clinical guideline groups, and sponsored research networks. The MAL will have medical accountability for AZ UK’s Oncology Grants and Donations distribution & expenditure

This field-based role offers medical affairs leadership, particularly in field medical in OBU UK and will be a core member of the Oncology Medical Leadership Team.


In this role, you will advance the reputation of AstraZeneca, OBU and Medical Affairs organizations. You will create, lead and manage AZ UK’s external engagement strategy with regard to Key External Experts and Emerging Leaders; Define AZ’s involvement with all major medical and professional societies, research networks and industry consortia, working towards advancing science to care in our oncology tumour areas; Oversee consistent industry leading approach to medical contribution on joint and collaborative working opportunities; Drive the strategy, scientific agenda and lead the execution of AZ UK oncology congress activity.

You will also initiate and drive new Academic/Clinical collaborations and partnerships; Support and develop Medical Education initiatives including congress symposia and SEM and You will be responsible for managing specific scientific projects for the OBU and establishing the UK as a leader in innovative clinical research.

Essential Skills/Experience:

  • Degree in Life Sciences
  • Understanding of external engagement and partnership principles
  • Scientific and clinical evolution in Oncology
  • Significant pharmaceutical experience in Medical affairs
  • Highly desired: solid experience in Oncology
  • Strong strategic thinking, judgmental and influencing skills
  • Proven strategic medical affairs track record
  • Interpersonal skills, dynamic, committed, innovative and driver of change
  • Autonomous, independent and self-starter
  • Customer focused
  • Able to interact with experts at all tiers

Desirable Skills/Experience:

  • Post-graduate qualification
  • Cross Therapy Area knowledge
  • Broader experience gained working in different functions
  • Exposure to decision-making bodies

Business Area

At AstraZeneca UK, we are committed to delivering against three missions:

  • Accelerating the position of the UK as a global centre of excellence in life sciences
  • Redefining healthcare through fast and equitable access to the most effective medicines, high quality care
  • Delivering sustainable leadership that prioritises healthy people, society and planet

Our head office in Pancras Square offers us the strongest possible platform to transform the lives of patients, as the country’s leading biopharmaceutical company. It brings AstraZeneca UK closer to our customers, partners and collaborators in the UK’s healthcare environment, as well as develop greater collaboration with the wider AstraZeneca footprint.

At AstraZeneca, we change the practice of medicine and improve the patient experience by generating and communicating compelling medical evidence. We translate the wealth of medical and scientific expertise to ensure the data we produce helps physicians to better treat patients at every point in the journey. We are a high-performing team within a global, growing organisation.

Our culture is one of openness and transparency, fused with ambition and drive. We work hard to not just meet but go beyond the needs of patients and the wider healthcare industry. We have the opportunity to impact every point in the patient journey and reach beyond the interventions that AstraZeneca can influence.

Are you ready to innovate to realise the ambitions in our leading Oncology area?

Apply now to join our team!


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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