Astellas Pharma Senior Medical Director, Oncology-Hematology 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 Medical Director, Oncology - Hematology position located in Northbrook, IL

Purpose & Scope:

The Senior Medical Director, Oncology Medical Affairs, Americas (MAA) is accountable for the medical and scientific strategy for one or more of the products in the Therapeutic Area (TA) of Oncology. She/ he is responsible for developing and executing a strategic medical plan for the particular product(s). The Senior Medical Director is responsible for working closely with key stakeholders across the company to support business objectives for the US and indirectly for Canada and Latin America, through the Regional Medical Team and support of Medical Affairs colleagues in these countries.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Ensure development and execution of robust US strategic medical plans for the assigned compounds in Oncology that are aligned with the Global Core Medical Plan when applicable
  • Leads Medical Affairs-sponsored clinical studies
  • Provide medical direction for Health Economic and Outcomes Research studies and initiatives
  • Communicate effectively, including complex scientific concepts, both in writing and in oral presentations
  • Is sought out by internal and external stakeholders as an expert on matters relating to Oncology and medical insights
  • Align closely with peer colleagues in the Astellsa US Commercial organization and participates in cross functional teams, providing strategic medical direction
  • Is able to lead and influence a matrix structured product team across multiple disciplines in support of Oncology
  • Work closely with and provide medical direction to Medical Science Liaison team in Oncology
  • Provide MAA input into the global medical strategies of the assigned product(s)
  • Is a member of the Publication team; reviews manuscripts and abstracts
  • Accountable for medical content review of promotional materials through the defined governance process
  • Initiate and chair Advisory Boards if necessary
  • Review investigator sponsored research (ISR) proposals and where applicable serve as Chair of the Regional ISR Committee
  • Review and approve Medical Information letters and non-promotional medical materials
  • Provide Medical Affairs input in new product licensing and acquisition opportunities for marketed and late-stage compounds that are targeted specifically for the US market when requested

Quantitative Dimensions:

  • Monitor budget and timelines, ensuring effective fiscal utilization per budget
  • Ensure development and execution of strategic medical plans for post-marketed products, including Medical Affairs-sponsored post-marketing studies

Organizational Context:

  • Reports to the Vice-President TA Head, Medical Affairs Americas
  • Peer Group: Astellas Marketing Directors/Senior Directors; MSL Therapeutic Area Director; Medical Directors/Senior Directors in Medical Affairs, Global, Clinical Development, Regulatory Affairs and Pharmacovigilance
  • Interacts with key external experts, industry thought leaders and collaboration partners.



  • M.D. or D.O. degree or equivalent
  • Minimum 3-5 years clinical experience
  • Minimum 3-5 years Medical Affairs relevant experience working in the pharmaceutical industry, and/or minimum 5 years clinical or academic experience following residency training.
  • Experience in collaborating with medical, clinical, regulatory, health outcomes, medical information, commercial and other organizational partners
  • Strong scientific analytical and problem solving skills, strategic capabilities, project management and planning skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively, including complex scientific concepts, both in writing and in oral presentations
  • Demonstrated ability to design and conduct various phases of clinical trials
  • Ability to critically review ISRs
  • Knowledge of regulatory bodies and procedures, as well as anti-kickback laws, which could have impact for the pharmaceutical industry. Appropriate knowledge of guidelines such as IFPMA (International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association) and PhRMA (Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America)
  • Fluent in written and verbal English
  • Ability to travel for work


  • Board Certified in Oncology (highly desireable)
  • State Licensure to practice medicine (highly desirable) Experience in clinical development is a plus


Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Protected Veterans/Disabled

Category Medical Affairs, Americas