Head of US Lung Cancer Franchise
Location:
Gaithersburg , Maryland
Posted:
November 24, 2017
Reference:
R-014557
At AstraZeneca we turn ideas into life changing medicines. Working here means being entrepreneurial, thinking big and working together to make the impossible a reality. We're focused on the potential of science to address the unmet needs of patients around the world. We commit to those areas where we think we can really change the course of medicine and bring big new ideas to life.
As the Head of US Lung Cancer Franchise in Gaithersburg, MD you'll play a pivotal role in channeling our scientific capabilities to make a positive impact on changing patients' lives. North American Commercial is the 'face' of AstraZeneca and MedImmune to our many healthcare clients. They represent many of the most well recognized and respected products in the industry, and build strong relationships with healthcare professionals.
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 four key platforms - immunotherapy, the genetic drivers of cancer and resistance, DNA damage repair, and antibody drug conjugates, underpinned by personalized healthcare and biomarker technologies.
Summary:
The Head of US Lung Cancer Franchise reports to the Vice President of the US Oncology unit of AstraZeneca. The Franchise Head will lead all aspects of commercial activities, inclusive of marketing strategy/execution and field team/promotion, for the Lung Cancer portfolio in the US. The position provides the leadership, intellectual impetus and sense of urgency to develop and execute the Hematology Franchise business plan to achieve revenue and earning objectives and to maximize the overall Oncology commercial promise. The position has full P&L responsibility for the US Lung Cancer Franchise.
The Head of the US Lung Cancer Franchise will use strong strategic thinking to assess a range of variables including market trends and opportunities, competition, research progress, etc., to craft strong near- and long-term commercial strategies for the hematology business, including a successful launch / go-to-market strategy. This requires strong analytical skills combined with a strong market orientation to identify breakthrough opportunities. 
Additionally, the Head of the US Lung Cancer Franchise be responsible for fostering cross-functional alignment of the sales organization with marketing and managed markets teams to create a disciplined, ambitious and collaborative business. Focusing the organization on launch execution and delivery, with a drive and passion for winning and will have a broad sales and marketing toolkit to make the adjustments needed to allow the team to operate at peak performance.   The US Lung Cancer Franchise Head will have full responsibility for the US Lung Cancer sales force and brand marketing teams.  The successful candidate will have experience with and demonstrate the following capabilities:
General Manager Acumen: 
  • Financial Acumen: Experience with revenue forecasting, expense management, business case development, including setting market price and management/communication of brand performance. Working knowledge of the business of oncology and regularly communicate performance updates/forecasts to senior leadership.
  • Stakeholder Alignment: Track record of strong cross-functional collaboration and experience gaining stakeholder alignment to move key initiatives forward. Gain alignment on critical issues/initiatives hold cross-functional partners accountable, including across Oncology Franchises.  
  • Leadership & Talent Development:  Proven track record of attracting and developing diverse teams and optimizing team performance in direct and matrixed leadership roles.  Experience in defining organizational size, structure and capabilities based on long term business objectives for both Sales and Marketing. Ability to establish clear US Lung Cancer Franchise vision and purpose and communicate it with passion and authenticity to the organization to shape culture. 
Strategic Thinking: Experience leading development of lung cancer/oncology brands and/or lung cancer/oncology strategies which are founded on clear customer and market insights. Experience working in and/or leading customer facing roles, preferably in the US market. Able to serve as thought partner to Lung Cancer Global Product and Portfolio Strategy team and brand directors to define the development of future strategic direction for the franchise and communicate vision across all stakeholder groups.  
Strategic Clarity & Messaging: Successful experience in working in the unique space we would like to own in the mind of our customers (HCPs, patients, payers); and translating clinical and economic benefits into a compelling message platform.
Scientific Acumen: Comprehensive understanding of the lung cancer/oncology space as well as the clinical profile of our brands, oncology and competitor products (current & future) to shape lifecycle planning and management and interact meaningfully with scientific community and patient advocacy groups.
Commercial acumen and delivery:  Focuses on delivering high-impact opportunities at scale by implementing customer-specific approaches.  Experience in building as well as shaping markets.
Right touch insight:  Collaborate with internal stakeholders to drive innovative approaches around building a culture of continuous learning to understand why customers behave as they do and what they value.
Marketing and Sales: Background in the US market
Develop a Great Place to Work: Able to actively engage, inspire and create followership of diverse teams. Engenders trust, empowers team and has courageous conversations. Makes fair, impartial and informed talent decisions. Ability to assess and implement changes to franchise go-to-market model including size & structure of both sales and marketing teams. 
Requirements: 
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Strong leadership and team building skills
  • Seasoned pharmaceutical/biotechnology executive with 15 years of experience and proven leader with sophisticated general management, strategic marketing, and sales management skills with a solid track record of accomplishment
  • 5-10 years of oncology experience 
  • Must have a solid scientific foundation
  • Demonstrates strategic and tactical abilities in developing and successfully implementing a comprehensive commercial plan
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented with a keen sense of what it takes to get the job done; strong operating skills and a sense of urgency with strong collaboration and cross functional partnership
Preferred:
  • Experience in lung cancer markets strongly preferred
  • MBA
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