Developing innovative therapies is one of the most challenging, most essential and personally rewarding fields in science. This is the most exciting time to be a part of Astellas, a company with a uniquely collaborative and patient-focused culture. There's something special about working at Astellas. It's reflected in our focus on the people we serve, the way we treat each other and the results we achieve together as a company. Astellas is announcing a Senior Director, Field Medical Excellence opportunity in Northbrook, IL.
Purpose & Scope:
The Senior Director leads Field Medical Excellence through quality oversight and coordination across Field Excellence operations in the regions in support of the overall Medical Affairs (MA) Strategy and business objectives. This director drives development of core standards for Field Medical functions who directly engage with medical and scientific stakeholders by creating synergies and driving efficiencies across geographies and therapeutic areas and overall support to enhance Field Medical capabilities. Ensures clarity and harmonization of roles and responsibilities of the Field Medical functions across internal and external stakeholders globally Responsible to guide strategy for processes and resources on Field Medical activities to ensure global consistency and compliance, manage risk, and promote efficiency through direction, standardization and analytics. Provides thought leadership and senior subject matter expertise, bringing environmental insights to Astellas to impact MA performance in Field Medical across Astellas regions and functions. Proactively identifies best practices and sharing across geographies on Field Medical activities.
Essential Job Responsibilities:
Provide strategic guidance on the development and implementation of comprehensive functional and TA strategies, operations, goals and objectives, and ensures alignment within global and regional levels and across cross-functional stakeholders
Build and implement a 1-3 year Field Medical Excellence roadmap with operational and strategic objectives
Lead the Field Medical Excellence Matrix Team to establish and maintain high-quality standards and ensure consistent, compliant implementation and drives excellence in Field Medical operations and activities, incorporating best practices into future iterations of guidance and/or processes, systems, tools, training and/or guidance
Build and maintain effective strategic relationships and influence across Medical Affairs Leadership and other relevant global and regional stakeholders (e.g. Ethics & Compliance) to effectively collaborate on the development of processes to increase effectiveness in the strategic and operational needs within Field Medical
Participate as senior subject matter expert in corporate cross-functional initiatives addressing activities and resources relevant to Field Medical
Represent Astellas at global forums, conferences, and professional associations on Field Medical to contribute to shaping future industry best practices through committee participation
Lead the comprehensive strategy for synthesizing industry insights and regulatory guidance and drive the integration of industry best practices to revisions of MA global standards for Field Medical activities, to address changing external environment and internal business needs
Oversight for relevant systems and tools and with Data Repositories and Metrics & Analytics participate in system development and process redesign activities to ensure optimal performance, consistent reporting, and efficiency for the systems.
Assess and develop relevant training curriculum for Field Medical functions on role-specific skills and relevant systems for the Field Medical organization (ex. CRM, Veeva Vault) in conjunction with MA training functions globally and regionally and regional Field Excellence leaders
Provide thought leadership and coordinates with Insights & Training, regional thought leaders and subject matter experts, for bringing external environmental insights to support Field Medical performance across regions
Partner with Data Repositories and Metrics and Analytics on the collection, monitoring and reporting on key performance metrics related to Field Medical
Prioritize and evaluate progress, outcome and resources utilized for Field Medical excellence initiatives
Initiate and facilitate discussions with key leaders in the business to identify gaps and areas for improvement in Field Medical
Ability to see and communicate the vision, understand the strategy and align tactics to the strategy
Global process owner for 6-10 global processes in Medical Affairs for Field Medical Excellence
Responsible to collaborate with Process & Standards on MA owned QDs for Field Medical, globally
Provide subject matter expertise for Field Medical activities for MA and non-MA initiatives
Proactive application of risk mitigation strategies that minimize corporate risk in partnership
Impact for all Field Medical colleagues, globally, through leading matrix team which creates/maintains global standards for key Field Medical activities responsibilities
Reports to Executive Director Standards, Optimization, Quality & Training
Accountable for direct management of 1-2 direct reports
Matrix management of up to 10 additional MA colleagues within MA regions/divisions
Partner with regional MA colleagues that lead Field Medical operations to ensure cross-regional coordination and alignment
Work closely with MA Leaders in Operational Excellence, Therapeutic Areas, Medical Communications and Health Economics and Outcomes Research
Collaborates with Operational Excellence leads in Process Optimization, Data Repositories, Metrics & Analytics, Study & ISR Operations, and Project Management
Coordinate with Medical Communication leads in Insights & Training, Publications, and Medical Information in areas of scientific exchange, insights, non-promotional medical materials for external use, and therapeutic area and product training
Frequent touch points with members of the Medical Affairs Leadership team to define or execute agreed Field Medical strategic direction for standards and risk management.
Engages with leaders in non-MA departments; such as Human Resources, Ethics & Compliance, Regulatory, Legal, Clinical Development, Pharmacovigilance and Commercial
Advanced Degree in a health related science
Minimum 10 years scientific/medical experience in pharmaceutical industry in Medical Affairs
Minimum 5 years experience working in a leadership capacity
Proven team/project management skills, including global/regional matrix leadership
Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and competing priorities
Expertise in establishing cross-regional/functional standards in alignment with regulations, codes and industry standards which impact and influence multiple departments and levels of management
Strong problem solving skills, strategic capabilities, project management, planning and organization skills
Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills in English, with an ability to interact at all levels of personnel
Must be willing to travel up to 30%, may require up to 15% international travel
Advanced Degree of PharmD, MD or PhD in a scientific discipline
At least 4 years of Medical Science Liaison Experience
At least 3 years of direct management experience in a highly matrixed, multicultural global setting
Astellas Pharma US, Inc., is a U.S. affiliate of Tokyo-based Astellas Pharma Inc. Located in Northbrook, Illinois, the company serves as the headquarters for the U.S. and employs nearly 1,200 people. Astellas is a pharmaceutical company dedicated to improving the health of people around the world through the provision of innovative and reliable pharmaceutical products.
Our commitment to changing tomorrow is measured not only by our focus on bringing innovative and effective new medicines to patients and physicians, but also by the importance we place on the impact we can make within the communities where we work and live. Astellas supports many causes and has created Changing Tomorrow Day, an annual, worldwide volunteer event, to demonstrate this commitment.