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Astellas Pharma National Senior Director MSL Oncology US in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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 .

Purpose and Scope:

  • Responsible for the strategic leadership and management of a National Field Medical Science Liaison (MSL) team and overall Astellas business objectives.

  • Responsible for representing Field Medical in Regional Core Medical Team for a compound and provide strategic and operational guidance as well as medical insights coming from the geography's field.

  • Provide strategic and scientific input into strategic medical plan development and build functional therapeutic level objectives for MSL execution, e.g., Key Performance Indicators, in the field that support the medical plan.

  • Responsible for right sizing and strategic deployment of MSL teams through the product life cycle management in alignment with product prioritization.

  • Provide field medical perspective within and across geographies for medical plans and brand plans.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

Field Medical Leadership

  • Provides strategic leadership and direction across all functions of the MSL department to ensure all field medical deliverables are based on scientific validity, clinical importance, fiscal feasibility and aligned to both the Core Medical Plans and local business needs.

  • Serves as a recognized Medical Affairs authority by maintaining and communicating up-to-date knowledge of industry standards and practices, keeps abreast and proactively responds to market trends and/or shifts in the external medical affairs environment to predict and maximize positive impact to Astellas.

  • Agility to recognize and adapt to traditional and emerging external medical stakeholders, i.e., payers, patient advocacy groups etc., throughout the life cycle of the product.

  • Ensure filed medical team is equipped to build and maintain strong external stakeholder engagement activities.

  • Provide insights back into the organization

  • Provide meaningful field medical value metrics, quality assurance controls, and operational assessment/analysis plans relevant to MA activities and deliverables.

  • Build a strong working relationship/partnership with affiliate TA leads to ensure alignment of field medical activities to the TA strategic plan.

  • Proactively identifies and develops necessary processes and continuous framework enhancements to ensure consistent delivery of strategic scientific/medical leadership

Scientific and Interaction Expertise

  • Knowledgeable on Astellas' therapeutic areas, key compounds, disease states, and associated studies and publications.

  • Knowledgeable on competitor landscape for Astellas' key compounds.

  • Proficient in scientific exchange to foster KEE relationships, to understand stakeholder needs in order to deliver medical plan, and to develop actionable medical insights.

  • Represent Voice of the Medical Community, based on the field interactions, to MA and cross divisional peers, as applicable.

People Leadership

  • Participate in development of Annual Divisional Objectives across geographies in cooperation with senior leadership.

  • Communicate Annual Divisional Objectives, identify field medical strategies and drive implementation by field medical teams.

  • Inspires the MA department, gains commitment to the MA value narrative and motivates them to consistently deliver a standard of excellence and superior results.

  • Mentors people managers on attracting, hiring, developing and retaining a high-performing MSL department.

  • Supports growth and development experiences that prepares the department for broader responsibilities and creates initiatives to ensure the retention of strong performers.

  • Provides in field coaching and timely feedback to ensure a productive, professional and motivated team and a highly valued work environment.

  • Foster a culture of innovation, teamwork and accountability with the Medical Affairs department to ensure commitment to MA excellence to attract high performing talents.

Quantitative Dimensions:

  • Total team size: 31 -- 50 field employees

  • Direct reports: 5 -- 6 Field Directors

  • Therapeutic Areas to cover: 1 -- 2

  • Budget responsibility: > $ 1MM

Organizational Context:

  • Reports to: Vice President TA

  • Member of TA Leadership Team

  • Collaborate within M&D:

  • Development

  • Regulatory Affairs

  • Pharmacovigilance

  • Collaborate with divisions outside of M&D:

  • Market Access

  • Commercial

  • Human Resources

  • Legal

  • Ethics & Compliance

  • Member of:

  • Alliance Joint Medical Affairs Committee (J-MAC)

  • Joint Medical Affairs Working Group (J-MAWG)



  • Educational Background: Master's Degree in Health-Related Sciences

  • Years of Experience: Minimum 10 years scientific/medical experience in research-based pharmaceutical industry in the areas of Medical Affairs or Development

  • Team Management Experience: Minimum 5 years ' experience working in a leadership capacity

  • Key competencies:

  • Medical insight generation

  • Leadership excellence

  • Strategic thinking

  • Business acumen

  • Interpersonal relationships


  • Educational Background: MD, PhD, PharmD, MBA

  • Years of Experience: Minimum 3 years in field medical


  • 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