Global MSL Excellence Programme Director

Full Time
  • Full Time
  • Mississauga
  • 150 - 200
  • Salary: 150 - 200


At AstraZeneca, we pride ourselves on crafting a collaborative culture that champions knowledge-sharing, ambitious thinking and innovation – ultimately providing employees with the opportunity to work across teams, functions and even the globe.

Recognizing the importance of individualized flexibility, our ways of working allow employees to balance personal and work commitments while ensuring we continue to create a strong culture of collaboration and teamwork by engaging face-to-face in our offices 3 days a week. Our head office and BlueSky Hub in downtown Toronto are purposely designed with collaboration in mind, providing space where teams can come together to strategize, brainstorm and connect on key projects.

Our dedication to sustainability is also central to our culture and part of what makes AstraZeneca a great place to work. We know the health of people, the planet and our business are interconnected which is why we’re taking ambitious action to tackle some of the biggest challenges of our time, from climate change to access to healthcare and disease prevention.

AstraZeneca’s vision in Oncology is to help patients by redefining the cancer-treatment paradigm, with the aim of bringing six new cancer medicines to patients between 2013 and 2020. A broad pipeline of next-generation medicines is focused principally on four disease areas – breast, ovarian, lung and hematological cancers.

As well as other tumor types, these are being targeted through five key platforms – immunotherapy, the genetic drivers of cancer and resistance, DNA damage repair, HER2 and antibody drug conjugates, underpinned by personalized healthcare and biomarker technologies.


The Global MSL Excellence Programme Director for Oncology will be responsible for the identification, delivery and reporting of Field Medical excellence initiatives that enable AstraZeneca Field Medical Affairs to positively influence clinical practice and inform the strategic development of our medicines.

This includes implementation of Oncology-specific Field Medical professional development programs, optimising Local market system/tool uptake and insights generation, and supporting best practice delivery across Global MSL Excellence. You will work in collaboration with tumour area focussed MSL Excellence Directors, OBU Medical Excellence Teams, Global Medical Affairs Leaders and Field Medical Affairs Leaders, amongst other functional partners.


Lead evolution and implementation of Field Medical professional development & continual learning programmes that ensure excellence in onboarding, and improve performance and impact

Leverage user-focussed approach to improve and embed consistent utilisation of Field Medical systems/tools that support in-field efficiency and external engagement

Entrench high quality, robust insight generation and reporting across Local markets to strengthen business impact and value. Includes optimisation and maintenance of Medical platforms that capture and analyse Field Medical activity

Support the standardisation, templating and alignment of key Global MSL Excellence functional workstreams and deliverables (e.g. Global insight evaluation and reporting, priority clinical trial support framework) to ensure consistent, standard process implementation and ways of working across the team

Work across departments, therapy areas and geographies to ensure the correct partners are identified, engaged and levered to maximise project success and organizational impact

Act as a MSL subject matter expert to AZ global initiatives where Oncology MSLs are implicated.

Provide insight, mentorship, influence and expertise that ensures global vision for MSL role is well understood

Use business knowledge and customer-focused ethos to champion innovative and scalable Global MSL Excellence initiatives across the function and that result in valued outcomes and maximum in-country impact

Conduct ad-hoc analyses on projects and initiatives to proactively advance issues, propose solutions and modify strategies

Essential Requirements

Advanced degree in scientific subject area or applicable Health Sciences field

Experience (
5 years) in an MSL organisation, which must include leadership/management of Field Medical teams

Experience working in the oncology therapeutic area

Solid understanding of medical strategy, clinical development, MSL, and medical affairs areas

Experience and ability to provide strategic leadership across functional working groups and teams

Outstanding project management skills and ability to work effectively in a cross-functional environment

Effective problem solving using creative solutions

Excellent communication and collaboration skills, and ability to influence without authority

Desirable Requirements

Experience in Global and/or Head Office Medical Affairs roles

Experience in MSL performance management and outcomes-based reporting

Design of programmes that focus on managing, leading and mentoring impactful individuals and teams

Clear understanding of the compliance requirements and governing bodies for MSL programmes

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AstraZeneca is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion and providing a workplace that is free from discrimination. AstraZeneca is committed to accommodating persons with disabilities. Such accommodation is available on request in respect of all aspects of the recruitment, assessment and selection process and may be requested by emailing .

Date Posted 27-Feb-2024

Closing Date 21-Mar-2024

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We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team representing all backgrounds, with as wide a range of perspectives as possible, and harnessing industry-leading skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We welcome and consider applications to join our team from all qualified candidates, regardless of their characteristics. We comply with all applicable laws and regulations on non-discrimination in employment (and recruitment), as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements.



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