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Astellas Pharma Manager Regulatory Affairs - LATAM in Northbrook, Illinois

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 Manager Regulatory Affairs opportunity in Northbrook, IL.

Purpose & Scope:

This position leads the strategic planning and execution of regulatory activities for development, registration and post-authorization initiatives/submissions in Latin America. Specific responsibilities include leading/coordinating the generation and completion of regulatory documents for submissions to Latin-American health authorities and support of marketing application submissions through our affiliates of Business Partners.

Develops professional relationships with Business Partners and health authority staff whenever applicable; supports agency meeting preparation and facilitates key agency meetings to ensure full discussion of issues and opportunities; tracks key outcomes and commitments.

Acts as main contact with Business Partners in processes involving GMP certification; supports agency meeting preparations.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  1. Leads the development, preparation and implementation of regulatory strategies to obtain, maintain and extend product development and registrations in Latin America. Provides proactive guidance to internal groups and business partners based on technical and regulatory knowledge towards development of strategic and tactical plans.

  2. Creates and completes local regulatory documents for various submissions including, but not limited to, MAAs and their maintenance, amendments, renewals and variations, and other relevant regulatory filings. Directs business partners and/or manages preparation of forms, cover letters or other administrative components for submissions.

  3. Actively works with project management and Regulatory Operations to ensure appropriate planning, tracking, and alignment of content and timelines for regulatory submissions across indications and compounds for Latin America. Provides updates and manages assigned regulatory submission timelines using the appropriate project management tools.

  4. Develops professional relationships with Business Partners staff and acts as main contact with local regulatory agencies directly in coordination with Business Partners; supports agency meeting preparation, and key agency meetings to ensure full discussion of issues and opportunities and tracks key outcomes and commitments.

  5. Provides guidance to all appropriate departments to ensure compliance with applicable regulations. Remains knowledgeable about current regulations and guidance, including interpretation of regulations/guidance and notification of appropriate Astellas personnel.

  6. Develops, reviews and maintains regulatory and other company-wide and departmental policies and standard operating procedures.

  7. . Leads the process of development, preparation and implementation of the local prescribing information.

  8. Reviews and approves promotional materials for assigned portfolios registered and promoted locally in Latin America.

  9. Provides regulatory expertise to Drug Safety teams (e.g., PSUR and PBRER applications, Risk Minimization Plans submissions).

  10. Participates as member of RALA (Regulatory Affairs Latin America) Executive Committee and other leadership committees, as appropriate, supporting and contributing to the development and sustained success of Astellas products that provide solutions that matter to the patient's health through excellence and leadership in strategic and operational competencies.

  11. Supports CMC-RA team in the review of product Change Controls and defines an appropriate submission plan and expected approval timeline for those changes that impact the local portfolio.

  12. Supervises and coaches staff, including contract support, of local RA department.

Quantitative Dimensions:

  1. Manages complex technical documents for preparation, review and submission to regulatory agencies.

  2. Impacts the company's overall success including overall sales and risk management. Failure to perform functions could result in significant regulatory compliance issues.

  3. Input into global project development strategies will have a definite impact on the company's success.

  4. Direct impact on strategic regulatory decisions for assigned projects.

Organizational Context:

This position reports to Executive Director, Regulatory Affairs - Latin America



  • Bachelor's degree in scientific discipline required; advanced degree preferred.

  • 3-5 years previous experience in pharmaceutical companies or equivalent.

  • 3-5 years previous experience with submissions in Latin America.

  • Fluent in Spanish and proficient in English.

  • Strong scientific knowledge in chemistry, general biological/physical science and ability to apply that knowledge to regulatory issues and product development. Recognized as an expert in an aspect of pharmaceutical drug development.

  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to manage large projects and provide regulatory guidance/training to direct reports and others in the department as needed.

  • Proven ability to prioritize and multi-task with minimal supervision based on interactions with project team members.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, with writing ability to meet regulatory requirements and standards.

  • Ability to communicate effectively with cultural awareness and sensitivity and maintain effective working relationships.

  • High integrity with respect to maintenance of proprietary, confidential information


  • Fluency/proficiency in Spanish.


Category Regulatory Affairs

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