AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP Medical Advisor Respiratory, Inflammation and Autoimmune disease (RIA) - NOBA in Vilnius, Lithuania

Based in the AstraZeneca Nordic-Baltic Marketing Company (MC) office in Vilnius

The arena

AstraZeneca is a global, innovation-driven biopharmaceutical business that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialization of prescription medicines for some of the world’s most serious diseases. But we're more than one of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies. At AstraZeneca, we're proud to have a unique workplace culture that inspires innovation and collaboration. Here, employees are empowered to express diverse perspectives - and are made to feel valued, energized and rewarded for their ideas and creativity.

The Nordic-Baltic (NOBA) Marketing Company employs around 450 people across 7 countries and has offices located in Södertälje, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo, Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius. By 2025 AstraZeneca NOBA aims to become a recognised leader in its core therapy areas and improve the lives of millions of people. This will be achieved by driving excellent launches, building close collaboration and partnerships with stakeholders in health care systems, and developing high-performing teams.

As a part of AstraZeneca, the Nordic-Baltic Marketing Company is working to ensure that our innovative products reach the patients with proven benefits in line with the approved label. Medical Affairs activities in relation to our medications is key to make meaningful differences to patients.

The role

The position is primarily office based, but comprises engagement in external activities and travelling across the Nordic-Baltic region.

The Medical Advisor has a solid scientific and therapeutic-area (TA) understanding and knowledge. Most often, the responsibilities are national, but Baltic tasks may be within the responsibility of the Medical Advisor as well. The Medical Advisor is responsible for executing medical activity plans for AstraZeneca’s (AZ’s) marketed products and for compounds in development. The Medical Advisor translates scientific knowledge into strategies and tactics that support business success and leverages valuable insights from external environment to enhance decision making. The Medical Advisor should demonstrate collaborative cross-functional working relationships with internal stakeholders.

The Medical Advisor engage in in-depth medical and scientific product or disease area discussions, and presentations in a non-promotional scientific context. These activities, the circumstances in which they are conducted and the way to perform them in a fully compliant way are described in detail in the Global MSL Standard and the Nordic-Baltic SOP for External Interactions.

The Medical Advisor is the medical representative in local cross-functional teams within the TA of responsibility.

The Medical Advisor is within given TA(s), responsible for medical writing tasks and medical review of promotional and non-promotional materials as well as regulatory documents. Furthermore, the Medical Advisor acts as Medical Information in the local country.

The Medical Advisor reports into the Medical Affairs Department.


  • Develop peer-to-peer relationships and cooperation with Key External Experts (KEEs), other important decision makers, and researchers in a way that is consistent with the overall company strategy and objectives

  • Drive proactive and reactive customer interactions by collecting and sharing medical and scientific knowledge across the portfolio

  • Acts as a Baltic and/or local medical expert supporting other functions within area/s of expertise

  • Work across Medical, Brand Teams, and Market Access to define brand strategies, cross-functional operational plans and key deliverables including value stories and reimbursement dossiers

  • Work closely with Medical Affairs colleagues to execute the Medical Affairs strategy

  • Identify new opportunities, collaborate and communicate medical projects (including External Sponsored Research)

  • Medical Information in local country

  • Provide medical support to Regulatory Affairs

  • Medical reviewer in the sign-off process across the whole portfolio

  • Responsibility for internal training in responsible therapeutic areas and across the portfolio within given TA(s)

  • Provide input to R&D on clinical trials and ensure an optimal collaboration

  • Assures tasks are of correct quality and in accordance with written procedures and current legal requirements and internal standards

Minimum experience / qualifications / skills

  • Master’s Degree in life sciences or a related discipline

  • Customer-facing skills

  • Pro-active mindset with respect to engaging external stakeholders (e.g. HCPs)

  • Excellent interpersonal skills

  • Experience working on cross-functional teams

  • Demonstrated expertise in discussing scientific content and context to a variety of audiences

  • Established project management ability

  • Excellent presentation skills

  • Excellent oral and written communication

  • Excellent knowledge in English language and fluent in at least one of the Baltic languages

  • Excellent understanding of the pharmaceutical industry, health care systems and payer structures in the Nordic countries

  • Ability to travel

  • Driver’s license required

Preferred experience / requirements

  • Medical Doctor

  • Advanced scientific degree in life sciences or a related discipline

  • Minimum 2 years of experience from medical affairs

  • Clinical and/or research experience within relevant therapeutic area

  • Strong leadership and management capabilities

More information

For more information about the position please contact: Sofia Heigis, Vice President Medical-Regulatory AstraZeneca Nordic-Baltic MC. E-mail:

Mobile: + 46 730 71 53 70

Welcome with your application by 30th July 2018. Interviews will be held on ongoing basis.

AstraZeneca is an equal opportunity employer. AstraZeneca will consider all qualified applicants for employment without discrimination on grounds of disability, sex or sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity leave status, race or national or ethnic origin, age, religion or belief, gender identity or re-assignment, marital or civil partnership status, protected veteran status (if applicable) or any other characteristic protected by law. AstraZeneca only employs individuals with the right to work in the country/ies where the role is advertised.