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Astellas Pharma Associate Director Medical Affairs , Women's Health in Northbrook, Illinois

Do you want to be part of an inclusive team that works to develop innovative therapies for patients? Every day, we are driven to develop and deliver innovative and effective new medicines to patients and physicians. If you want to be part of this exciting work, you belong at Astellas!

Astellas Pharma Inc. is a pharmaceutical company conducting business in more than 70 countries around the world. We are committed to turning innovative science into medical solutions that bring value and hope to patients and their families. Keeping our focus on addressing unmet medical needs and conducting our business with ethics and integrity enables us to improve the health of people throughout the world. For more information on Astellas, please visit our website at .

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 Medical Affairs Director, Medical Affairs, US is accountable for supporting the implementation and execution of medical and scientific strategies for one or more product within the therapeutic area (TA) or for TA activities that cover the entire TA. The Associate Medical Affairs Director is responsible for:

  • facilitation of the scientific understanding and healthcare environment in the TA;

  • development of scientific / medical messages for respective product teams;

  • strategic leadership and management of interactions during medical congresses and conferences and with other organized external stakeholders;

  • organization and preparation of scientific and medical content for internal education and training, e.g., for MSLs and Medical Directors; and

  • Collaboration with appropriate stakeholders across the company to develop and maintain key scientific messages for the TA and/or products.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Lead the development of key medical messages for assigned products and assure that they guide all scientific communications (e.g., slide presentations and training materials)

  • May participate in review of, and in some cases creation of, non-promotional medical materials

  • Align with Medical Directors to generate specific objectives, strategies, and tactics for the scientific engagement with select external stakeholders

  • Lead Medical Affairs (MA) planning and execution of scientific congresses, including collaboration across broader MA organization to ensure effective alignment and congress management, coverage and reporting

  • Contribute to the development and execution of Americas strategic medical plans for the assigned products that are aligned with global Core Medical Plan (CMP) where applicable

  • Participate as needed in cross-functional product/TA teams, e.g., the Marketing and Medical Affairs Strategy Team (M2AST)

  • Lead the content development of all material for MSL including uploading and getting approval via appropriate systems.

  • Be a Liaison between the MSL team and the HQ team continuing to look for opportunities to strengthen alignment and communication.

  • Support training and/or training content for Medical Science Liaisons (MSLs) and sales representatives as required

  • Provide operational planning/execution of MA advisory boards to understand and shape medical strategies

Quantitative Dimensions:

The Associate Director provides MA support for one or more products within the TA including accountability for product/TA strategies and execution. The Associate Director is part of a high performing medical team with direct budget responsibilities of up to $6M annually, including 5-10 data generation projects and up to 10 medical tools annually. The results produced by the Associate Director must be scientifically sound and in compliance with applicable regulations. The Associate Director is accountable for MA and CMP deliverables and will demonstrate solid leadership with both internal and external executive leaders.

Organizational Context:

The Associate Director reports to the Sr Dir, Med Affairs for the TA in MA US and will work within multiple cross-collaborative project teams and have matrix responsibilities across the US and broader MA organization. The Associate Director will collaborate with the following colleagues:

  • MA: Senior Medical Directors/CMT members, Senior Director HEOR, Field directors

  • M&D: Senior Directors, Directors

  • Commercial/Health Systems: Directors, Associate Directors, Product Managers

  • Other: Government Affairs, Legal, Ethics & Compliance, Business Development

  • External: Key External Experts, representatives of Astellas partners, and medical organizations



  • Doctoral degree (e.g., PharmD, PhD, MD, DO)

  • Minimum 3 years academic or clinical experience and/or of industry MA experience

  • Proven ability to effectively collaborate and negotiate through a matrix organization

  • Ability to communicate effectively, including scientific concepts, both in writing and in oral presentations

  • Fluent in written and verbal English


  • Minimum 2 years relevant experience working in the pharmaceutical industry

  • MSL or similar medical affairs experience

  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal relationship and collaboration skills working within cross- functional executive leadership teams

  • Therapeutic area experience


  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance

  • Generous Paid Time Off options, including Vacation and Sick time, plus national holidays including year-end shut down

  • 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 Affairs

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