General Information

Job Advert Title
Business Unit Director
Function/Business Area
General Management, Sales & Account Development
Country Cluster Egypt +
Employment Class


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 This Job:

Astellas is currently hiring a Business Unit Director to be based in Cairo, Egypt. The role will be reporting directly to the General Manager, Egypt.

Purpose of the Position:

  • Lead the Affiliate Commercial teams, including Sales Managers, District Managers, Field force teams (Product Specialists & Medical Reps) and Product Managers, to deliver a best-in-industry customer offer in Egypt.
  • Partner with the Regional (MEA) Head of Operational Excellence to lead on the standardisation, harmonisation and implementation of capability, processes, technology, and platforms across the Affiliate.
  • Ensure the Field force resource/framework is fit-for-purpose, monitoring and identifying requirements, taking action to reallocate resources as required and work closely with the relevant stakeholders in Human Resources and Operational Excellence to develop the performance, development & quality of the Field Force Teams.
  • Attract and develop talent, managing performance and co-creating/implementing capability plans to grow high performing teams, ensuring sustainability of business performance through short and mid-term succession planning.
  • Drive a culture of Ethics and Compliance, ensuring Integrity in Action is actively applied in all initiatives and proactively address non-compliance.
  • Ensure collaboration between the Commercial/Medical functions, particularly through support of the Brand Team model, partnering with the Affiliate Medical Lead to resolve cross-functional strategy, operations or behaviour issues.
  • Lead the pipeline product launch readiness activity, working closely with the Affiliate Market Access Lead.
  • Responsible for ensuring sales targets in the country are achieved, managed in line with budget of SG&A in the Commercial department, proactively proposing actions to mitigate potential risks and allocate resources/activities to achieve annual, as well as medium term, financial goals.

Essential Knowledge & Experience:

  • Substantial international experience in a commercial leadership role in Pharma sector with strong patient/customer focus, in multi-disciplinary, matrix and global context, including time spent progressively as a country Product Marketing Manager, Key Account Manager and Regional/National Sales Manager.
  • Preferably knowledgeable within Urology or Oncology.
  • Significant experience of implementing commercial strategy, managing €multi-million budgets and achieving exceptional results in product launches, revenue and market share growth.
  • Operational experience of marketing, product communication and multi-brand management at national level.
  • Proven leader, growing successful, diverse, high-performing multi-disciplined remote teams, developing individual, team and organisational capability, working experience abroad (outside Egypt) is a plus.
  • Track record of leading and embedding major cultural/organisational change initiatives, including Healthcare Compliance, across geography/region, incorporating cross-cultural perspectives to address challenging situations.
  • Post-graduate qualification such as MBA and/or MSc or equivalent is highly desirable
  • Evidenced experience of successfully leveraging external partnerships to open new commercial opportunities.

Additional information:

  • Full time, permanent position
  • Cairo, Egypt

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.