Astellas Pharma Senior Vice President, Medical Affairs, Americas 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 Senior Vice President, Medical Affairs, Americas opportunity in Northbrook, IL.

Purpose & Scope of Position:

The Senior Vice President, Medical Affairs (MA) Americas is the Regional head of the Americas Regional MA organization with responsibility for Canada, Latin American and US Regions. This senior leader role is a member of the MA Leadership Team that sets the vision and strategic direction for the MA function and is accountable for resources and headcount for MA globally.

This position is specifically responsible for overseeing and leading the Americas Regional MA activities including oversight of the Therapeutic Area Medical Directors, Medical Information, Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR), Medical Scientific Liaisons, Independent Medical Education and Medical Affairs Operations functions. This position will support Astellas' commitment to the integrity and delivery of the highest standards of quality and compliance in Medical Affairs regionally. Responsible for working closely with key stakeholders across the company to achieve business objectives for the Americas Region.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Leads the Americas Regional MA groups and ensures plans, budget and resources are managed proactively.
  • Leads the Canada Medical Affairs and Latin America Medical Affairs groups.
  • Supports multiple therapeutic areas for development and post-marketing support of Astellas products.
  • Ensures development and timely execution of the Americas MA Plans including MA sponsored studies, and Investigator Sponsored Research (ISRs).
  • Oversees the strategy and implementation of integrated Astellas HEOR plans in response to emerging clinical and health economic trends and the rapidly changing health care landscape. Responsible for ensuring that the HEOR organization delivers on the following strategies, including but not limited to health economic, comparative effectiveness, real world data, patient reported outcomes, health systems/managed markets and epidemiologic initiatives for in-line and development compounds to achieve business objectives.
  • Creates a network of key stakeholders in Astellas US (APUS), Latin America (APLA) and Canada (APCA) to ensure proactive alignment in order for MA Americas to support execution of the business objectives in US, Canada and Latin America.
  • Creates and maintains a network of Key External Experts in US, Canada and Latin America in the Therapeutic Areas of Urology, Oncology, and Infectious Diseases and Transplant.
  • Manages the budgets, performance objectives, and personnel of the MA Americas organization.
  • Accountable for appropriate training and compliance to training (policy, SOPs, guidance documents etc.) for all MA Americas colleagues.
  • Must be familiar with the laws and regulations in US, Canada and Latin America
  • Works with the MA Americas leadership team to align talent skill set with future business needs. Supports talent development, career planning and retention of key talents. Together with people managers creates an inclusive, diverse and motivational work environment.

Quantitative Dimensions:

  • Responsible for an organization of approximately 196 employees.
  • Responsible for a budget of approximately $125M
  • Responsible for successful and timely execution of all MA Sponsored studies in the Americas

Required Qualifications:

  • MD degree with Minimum 3-5 years clinical experience. In exceptional circumstances, PhD or PharmD degree may be acceptable.
  • Minimum 15 years Medical Affairs experience in pharmaceutical industry.
  • Minimum 10 years managerial experience.
  • Strong working knowledge of US regulatory procedures and guidelines.
  • Effective leadership skills.
  • Proven leadership capability in aligning regional medical strategies with corporate goals and providing critical business shaping insights.
  • Experience aligning strategy and operations activities across medical affairs and commercial.
  • Fluent in written and verbal business English.
  • Experience developing ways of accomplishing goals and leading initiatives that drive business results.
  • Experience of and demonstrated capability in managing and leading teams through significant organizational change and in establishing global programs and initiatives in traditionally regionally focused functions.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Board certified in specialty (highly desirable).
  • State Licensure to practice medicine (highly desirable).


Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Protected Veterans/Disabled

Category Medical Affairs, Americas