Associate Director MA Medical Insights Data Solutions

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This position is based in Northbrook, Illinois. Remote work may be permitted in accordance with Astellas’ Responsible Flexibility Guidelines. Candidates interested in remote work are encouraged to apply.

Purpose and Scope:

The Associate Director Medical Affairs Insights is accountable for leading the strategy, processes, operational models, and technology required to capture, assess, and report medical insights. The incumbent is responsible for ensuring Medical Affairs (MA) is enabled to efficiently and effectively capture, identify, and report on MA insights that will inform future Medical Affairs strategy. This includes responsibility to innovate, pilot and implement digital capabilities to automate insight generation and lifecycle processes based on best-in-class solutions aligned or ahead of industry and leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) and natural language processing (NLP).

Essential Job Responsibilities:

Medical Insights Excellence

  • Business Process Owner for overall end-to-end global process for MA insights across all Astellas priority products / TAs

  • Develop and maintain global MA insight digital ecosystem.

  • Responsible for lifecycle management of insights (submission through approval, ingestion into MA data lake, reporting to end users, and novel generation solutions to align with business processes)

  • Oversee and optimize bidirectional flow of information to and from internal systems (e.g., Data Intelligence, Scientific Communications & Content, Field Medical CRM (Customer Relationship Management), Global Medical Information Database [GMID])

  • Continuously analyze end user feedback, identify areas for improvement and propose and/or execute on enhancements

  • Work proactively and in collaboration with internal cross-functional and external vendor information systems (IS) stakeholders to identify and manage constraints and risks, facilitating resolution

  • Utilize advanced understanding and awareness of internal and external environmental changes and opportunities to ensure ongoing innovative enhancements and operational efficiencies

Matrix Leadership

  • Chairs/leads MA Insights Working Group consisting of representation from all MA regions and global functions

  • Represents MA Insights to Medical Affairs Teams, and other cross-functional workstreams

  • Model excellent teamwork and partnership with cross-functional internal and external colleagues across the organization and globe, and in matrix teams


  • Demonstrates mastery of all Astellas and alliance and/or vendor (if applicable) SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) related to MA insight activities

  • Responsible for monitoring adherence of MA insight activities to applicable Astellas standards, procedures, and best practices.

  • Resolves/mitigates non-adherence to policies and standards

  • Provides audit/inspection support as needed

  • Owns repository(ies) that enable generation, capturing, assessment, and reporting of MA insights

  • Stays current on global and local regulations and industry best practices that impact generation of MA insights

Quantitative Dimensions:

  • Business Process Owner for 1-3 systems and tools associated with MA insights per the assignment of, MA Data Solutions & Analytics Lead, PDB

  • Global MA insights are generated at an annual volume of 300+ from multiple internal channels/systems (e.g., Field Medical CRM, GMID, Advisory Boards, IDEA data lake) as well as various external sources (Congresses, social media/social listening [Twitter], etc.)

Organizational Context:

  • The position reports to the MA Data Solutions & Analytics Lead, PDB

  • Collaborates closely with colleagues across all levels within MA, including MA Regions (e.g., TA (Therapeutic Area) Strategy, Ops Ex, Med Comms), Director Scientific Communications and Content, Digital Excellence, Project Management

  • Collaborates closely with colleagues across all levels outside of MA including AIA, Commercial Insights, IS (Information Systems), Data Privacy / Ethics & Compliance, Business Information Reporting & Analytics (BIRA)

  • Collaborates with Vendors that provide Insights related services/ technology



  • Bachelor's Degree

  • 5-7 years' experience in the healthcare industry preferably related to insights processes or in a digital role related to automated insight generation and management

  • 2+ years of experience and proficiency working with Veeva systems (e.g., CRM, Vault MedComms/ Promomats, Veeva Event Management)

  • Capability to translate business needs into technical requirements

  • Ability to learn new systems and software rapidly

  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and competing priorities

  • Demonstrated high level of competence with MS Office applications.

  • Excellence collaboration and communication skills to facilitate team discussions and drive optimal team performance.

  • Demonstrated ability to operate successfully in a matrix organization

  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills (verbal and written)

  • Demonstrated effective communication skills (verbal and written) and facilitation skills in leading training initiatives

  • Ability to meet tight deadlines that may require a flexible work schedule


  • Understanding of legal/regulatory/compliance requirements and guidelines with respect to medical insight activities within the pharmaceutical industry

  • Experience working across multiple cultures and countries/regions


  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance

  • Generous Paid Time Off options, including Vacation, Sick time, plus national holidays including Heritage Days, and Summer and Winter Breaks

  • 401(k) match and annual company contribution

  • Company paid life insurance

  • Annual Corporate Bonus and Quarterly Sales Incentive for eligible positions

  • Long Term Incentive Plan for eligible positions

  • Referral bonus program

Astellas is committed to equality of opportunity in all aspects of employment. EOE including Disability/Protected Veterans.


Category Medical Communications

Astellas is committed to equality of opportunity in all aspects of employment.

EOE including Disability/Protected Veterans