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This position is based in Northbrook, Illinois. Hybrid work from certain states may be permitted in accordance with Astellas’ Responsible Flexibility Guidelines. Candidates interested in hybrid work are encouraged to apply.


The Manager, Master Data Management ensures consistency of strategic shared data and information to improve data quality, accessibility, and security of master data within the commercial organization.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to the creation, maintenance and enforcement of master data management policies, processes, and procedures.

  • Ensure resources are available for data management activities.

  • Collaborate with business units to identify and acquire new strategic data sources.

  • Lead and manage external relationships with vendors, consultants and commercial partners in efforts to create data standards and business rules, creating and maintaining consistent reference data and master data definitions.

  • Manage critical data elements. Ensure consensus in identifying data elements associated with common business terminology, researching sources, definitions, and managing them within the master repository as the enterprise source of record.

  • Publish relevant data to appropriate users in the organization, and monitor the published data sources for usage, relevance and quality.

  • Collaborate with Legal and Compliance to ensure published data meets all applicable legal and compliance requirements.

  • Ensure available data and information assets meet customer needs.

  • Create and manage business metadata for published data sources to ensure that it is easily discoverable, and meaningful to data users.

  • Maintain the integrity, quality and completeness of master data with responsibility for collecting, evaluating and appropriately resolving issues and problems with data; prioritize and communicate issues to impacted individuals.

  • Collaborate with IS to ensure data/data elements are appropriately utilized in procedures and systems.

  • Ensure data documentation is properly developed and maintained.

  • Be an active advocate of data management. Endorse good data management practices, use them, and share them.

Quantitative Dimensions:

  • Management of function within approved operating budget.

  • Quality, accuracy, timeliness, accessibility, and security of master data within the commercial organization based in part on feedback from key customers and cross-functional colleagues.

  • Ability to meet/exceed established key milestones related to assigned major projects.

  • Success of collaboration with IS colleagues and key customers.

  • Achievement of Sales & Marketing goals.

Organizational Context:

  • Reports to Associate Director, Master Data Management.

  • This position requires extensive collaboration within Sales Operations, as well as with cross-functional colleagues in Marketing, Sales, Finance, Health Systems, Strategic Business Planning, Business Support, Commercial Technology, IS, Marketing Sciences. Additional collaboration is required with Business Development, Strategic New Product Planning and co-promotion partners, where applicable.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Business or Information Systems related field.

  • Possess strong interpersonal skills with the ability to effectively interact with all levels of employees including senior management and influence others to follow a plan of action.

  • Working knowledge and understanding of pharmaceutical sales and reference data (e.g., IMS Health, Symphony Healthcare Analytics, Veeva OpenData, etc.), marketing and sales operations, financial data, business principles, processes, and technology.

  • Working knowledge of healthcare organization landscape, relationships, and affiliations, etc.

  • Working knowledge of data modeling and various database applications (e.g., Redshift, Oracle).

  • Expert level capabilities in writing SQL to answer business questions

  • Working knowledge of pharmaceutical industry legal and compliance restrictions as they relate to the handling and publishing of data sources, i.e., HIPAA, AMA PDRP, etc.

  • Working knowledge of document management software tools.

  • Background in Data Warehouse Architecture, Business Intelligence and/or ETL.

  • Ability to understand data architectures and systems and effectively communicate issues, nuances, and impacts to a non-technical audience.

  • Excellent organizational, planning, and cross-functional project management, written and verbal communication, and problem-solving skills with a strong attention, to detail, personal initiative, and ability to work independently in a dynamic fast paced environment, with minimal supervision.

  • Demonstrated ability in taking initiative to proactively evaluate existing strategies and recommend changes, when appropriate.

  • Ability to work independently in a dynamic fast-paced environment, with minimal supervision.

  • Experience working in a group environment supporting multiple teams in a data validation/analysis role.

  • Ability to examine issues and problems in a new way and apply creativity and ingenuity to company strategic objectives to develop alternative solutions.


  • Minimum 7 years pharmaceutical or related business experience

  • Proficiency in QlikView development or DataStage is a plus.

  • Experience with Data Quality tool sets such as Collibra

  • MBA preferably in business or the sciences.


  • 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


Category Market Access & Commercial Capabilities

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EOE including Disability/Protected Veterans