General Information

Job Advert Title
Associate Director Medical Education (Global)
United Kingdom
Function/Business Area
Medical & Clinical
Employment Class


Associate Director, Medical Education (Global)

About Astellas

At Astellas we can offer an inspiring place to work and a chance to make your mark in doing good for others.

Our expertise, science and technology make us a pharma company. Our open and progressive culture is what makes us Astellas. It’s a culture of doing good for others and contributing to a sustainable society.  Delivering meaningful differences for patients is our driving force.

We all have a significant opportunity to make that difference, working locally in the areas we know best, whilst drawing inspiration from the different insights and expertise we have access to globally and from our innovative, external partners.

Our ethos is underpinned by the Astellas Way, comprising five core values: patient focus; ownership; results; openness and integrity.

We are proud to offer an inclusive and respectful working environment that fosters collaboration and ownership. Our aspiration is to bring the best brains together, to provide them with world-leading tools and resources and a unique structure that fosters real agility and entrepreneurial spirit.

About the job

As the Medical Education, Associate Director you will be responsible for the oversight and driving the strategic alignment of all Astellas Medical Affairs (MA) educational activities (e.g. Symposia, Congress Summary, Grants and/or Sponsorship for Education) for the applicable TA/products. As a member of the Core Medical Team (CMT).  And the driving force for implementation of educational strategy for products (1-3 products) in either Oncology or Specialty therapeutic area. Brings deep subject matter expertise, industry insights and willingness to innovate, advancing Astellas as an industry-leader in Medical Education and maintains the highest ethical standards.


Essential Job Responsibilities:

Strategic Planning

  • Ensures deep understanding/insights of educational needs identified by affiliates/regions through CMT.
  • With this deep understanding/insight, leads cross-functional efforts to develop and maintain the educational needs assessment by Global Product Strategy Teams (GPSTs) to determine the prioritized educational needs/gaps.
  • Leads and drives MA Educational strategy for applicable products/TAs to ensure identified educational needs are met, including ensuring that all Astellas MA educational activities are strategically aligned and prioritized accordingly, in collaboration with CMT.
  • Drives integrated medical education planning across MA and ensures effective communication with cross-functional teams.
  • Global oversight of regional/affiliate-proposed MA-sponsored/directed/initiated educational activities, which includes Symposia, Congress Summary Meetings and Grants and/or Sponsorships for Education.

Content Development

  • Leads cross-functional, cross-regional teams to develop and maintain central MA symposium content in collaboration with CMTs.
  • Identifies and develops symposium best practice guidance and tools to accompany the use of central content by regions/affiliates
  • Manage and update symposium content in central repository tool (e.g., Veena Vault MedComms)


  • Leads content development and analysis of educational impact/outcome assessments for applicable TA/products.
  • Leads the comprehensive strategy for synthesizing Medical Education outcomes to ensure Medical Education activities address the changing external environment and internal business needs.
  • Oversees and contributes content for aggregated Medical Education report (e.g., Symposia, Congress Summaries, and Grants and/or Sponsorship for Education)


  • Participates in Medical Education Grants Matrix Team to maintain and communicate up-to-date knowledge of industry standards and practices
  • Keep abreast and proactively respond to trends and/or shifts in the external environment to maximize positive impact of Medical Education activities to HCPs, ultimately improving patient care and outcomes.
  • Builds and maintains effective strategic relationships and influence across MA Leadership and other relevant global and regional stakeholders.
  • Represents Astellas at global forums, conferences, and professional associations on Medical Education to contribute to shaping future industry best practices.
  • Maintains high-quality standards for MA that ensure consistent and compliant behavior and drives excellence in Medical Education activities.

Essential Knowledge & Experience:

  • Solid experience within scientific/medical pharmaceutical industry environment
  • Experience and knowledge of Medical Education strategies and programs (CME/ company-directed education)
  • Demonstrates a thorough understanding of legal/regulatory/compliance/pharmaceutical requirements and guidelines with respect to applicable MA functions in the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Demonstrates the ability to review/understand complex scientific and medical data from clinical and non-clinical trials.
  • Demonstrates business acumen
  • Ability to influence (without authority) and build strong relationships cross functionally, at all levels in an organization
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and competing priorities with a high level of efficiency
  • Strong problem-solving skills, strategic capabilities, planning and organization skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills in English, with an ability to interact at all levels of personnel.

Qualifications required

  • Advanced Degree in a health-related science.

Additional information:

  • Full time – Permanent Role  

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.