Associate Director, Medical Affairs Learning & Capabilities Excellence

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This position is based in Northbrook, Illinois. Remote work from certain states 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 Learning is responsible to identify and address learning needs for Medical Affairs globally for processes and operating models, MA Role Based Capabilities, and to collaborate and partner with MA Functions to lead training initiatives. Accountable for contributing to establishing and maintaining a learning culture which promotes excitement for lifelong learning across the Medical Affairs community.

Drives a global learning curriculum for MA colleagues for their professional growth by prioritizing and

managing curriculum design, content development and execution.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

Overall Responsibilities:

Drive the MA Learning Strategy and collaborate with stakeholders to:

  • Proactively identify opportunities to enhance the Medical Affairs training curricula and improve standards for development and implementation of training solutions.

  • Identify training requirements that are needed to support business processes and initiatives; address training gaps that are identified.

  • Ensure Medical Affairs colleagues, globally, are trained on Astellas processes, as appropriate.

  • The Associate Director ensures that Medical Affairs colleagues globally maintain professional growth by prioritizing and managing curriculum design, content development and execution through alignment and collaboration with MA Senior Leaders, Line Managers and Functional Leaders, to enable successful delivery of MA Learning programs.

  • The incumbent ensures all training development and compliance standards are maintained. He/she identifies and drives learning innovation, through best-in-class methodology and technology, considering adult education principles, to lead learning for a Medical Affairs community and its key partners/stakeholders.

  • Establishes standards/innovation in learning and training that are current and progressive with industry methodologies: defines, implements and supports the most effective professional development practices by staying aware of, understanding the implications and setting trends for instructional practice, technology, instructional models; demonstrate understanding of relevant educational issues and design/implement solutions to address.

  • Participate in creating a global training budget required to support the MA Learning Strategy and business needs globally.

  • Partner with MedComm, HR, Digital Excellence, Process Owners, Process Excellence Experts and other stakeholders to support the strategy and drive change management for process improvement initiatives and ensure quality procedure updates and operating model enhancements are incorporated and kept current within training programmes/ materials.

  • Oversee the measurement and track the effectiveness of training solutions and monitor, based on Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).

  • Builds and executes a global multi-year, multi-purpose best-in-class training curricula programs and strategy that drive engagement and foster learning for projects or roles within MA.

  • Benchmark in the Pharma Industry and utilize Professional organization to stay abreast of new and innovative methods (using adult education principles) to determine appropriateness for MA learning environment. Employ, as appropriate.

Leads MA Learning Needs Assessments, Strategy, Design and Implementation:

  • Assess and proactively identify training opportunities to enhance current and new training curricula; support new disease state and Digital excellence training initiatives, collaborate with HR and focus on role-based training for MA Colleagues.

  • Drive the enhancement strategy for the MA New Hire MA Onboarding program to continually enhance the MA New Hire experience for colleagues and hiring managers.

  • Oversee Vendor Management through selection and project timeline – (i.e., manage training vendor assessment (including costs), selection and oversight, when needed, to ensure optimal supervision towards development of training programs and materials that achieve training goals).

Technology & Reporting: Leads the effort to assess, recommend and implement new instructional technologies to drive successful training programmes (real time and virtual) globally

  • Support the Digital Excellence team and collaborates on development of a Training Matrix for MA owned systems.

  • Collaborate with Digital Excellence team to set standards and execution strategy for new and existing system enhancements.

  • Enhance and drives digital communication tools to promote learning and networking opportunities within MA globally.

Quantitative Dimensions:

  • Responsible for leading the design, development, implementation and maintenance of robust training programs for 3+ new or enhanced procedures/operating models impacting MA, including relevant Development, PV, E&C or Commercial-owned processes.

  • Drive the MA Training strategy by collaborating with Astellas groups to customize multiple training deliverables to meet the needs of Medical Affairs.

  • Collaborate with vendors on projects to design and develop content or delivery of content from project origination to execution, including associated budget.

Organizational Context:

  • The position reports to the Director, Global Medical Affairs Learning & Capabilities Excellence who leads the MA Learning Function.

  • Provides leadership for MA Learning design and development, collaborating with MA geographic markets and Functions, to customize training deliverables that address gaps or improvements needed for the MA Onboarding Program, MA Role Based Capabilities and MA procedures/operating models.

  • Interfaces with members of the MedComm, HR, and Digital Excellence functions to address product and capability learning needs, support role-based capabilities development and disease state training for Medical Affairs. Liaison with Commercial to identify the opportunity for collaboration.



  • Bachelor’s Degree, either BA or BS

  • 5+ years’ experience leading training initiatives within the health care industry/Pharmaceutical

  • 5+ years presentation, training and teaching skills experience

  • 5+ years’ experience in strategic planning, execution and adult training and education

  • Demonstrated knowledge, understanding and proven utilization of training build (design, development) and delivered utilizing adult learning principles within a LMS environment.

  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and competing priorities

  • Demonstrated high level of competence with MS Office applications. Ability to learn new systems and software rapidly – strong IT skillset.

  • Proficient in using instructional design software (Articulate 360, Camtasia, Vyond or other video software, SCORM Package for LMS, etc.)

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

  • Demonstrated leadership in a matrix organization.

  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills (critical thinking, project management, etc.).

  • Demonstrated effective communication skills (verbal and written).

  • Demonstrated effective communication skills and facilitations skills in leading training initiatives.

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

  • Strong and effective strategic thinker and problem solver with high degree of emotional intelligence, with the ability to both recognize and anticipate problems.

  • Possess the ability to identify and solve tactical issues involving training across varied geographic markets and functions.

  • Proficient in analyzing SME’s material and communicating enhancements needed through design with improvements and recommendations, in order to provide effective training.

  • Possess the ability to translate solutions into viable action plans at a global level that are effectively disseminated and implemented globally within MA.


  • Master’s degree

  • Demonstrated proficiency in identifying and maintaining and monitoring an LMS / training system, databases to meet changing technology, business and regulatory environment.

  • People management experience

  • Project Management experience

  • Proficiency in managing multiple, complex projects


  • 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 Operational Excellence

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

EOE including Disability/Protected Veterans