Director, Lifecycle and Pipeline, Oncology

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Cambridgeshire, Gaithersburg, Maryland

Job Type: Full time


Feel free to register your interest in potential new opportunities in our exciting Lifecycle and Pipeline team. We are always looking for talent to join our team and build our pipeline of talent. If you make an application someone from our Talent Acquisition team will be in touch to discuss opportunities when they open up.

Do you have expertise in, and passion for Strategy and Pipeline? Would you like to apply your expertise to impact the Director Lifecycle and Pipeline role in a company that follows the science and turns ideas into life changing medicines?

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Working with a team of experts across Oncology Business Unit and R&D, you will create and implement strategies to deliver an exciting and innovative oncology pipeline. You will drive the collection of meaningful, timely, and accurate data from a wide range of internal and external sources and perform detailed analyses. Your analysis and strategic advice will drive the long-term strategy for projects across early and late stage development and will be the foundation for investment decisions.

Your responsibilities will also encompass the provision of market assessments, revenue forecasts and asset valuations for portfolio investment decisions and resource planning, based on market research and competitor analysis. To achieve this, it is critical that you possess strong consultative and communication skills; as well as the ability to formulate cohesive strategic arguments and respectfully challenge a group of experts. This requires effective stakeholder and relationship management skills with the ability to interact and build trusted relationships with all levels of employees, including senior leadership. A strong scientific background and strategic analytical skills are critical for success in the role.

The role will require moderate global travel (Medical congress, Advisory boards and key internal meetings).


  • Educated to PhD level in life sciences

  • Experience in oncology is highly desirable. Familiar with the oncology drug development process and necessary scientific, commercial and strategic considerations

  • Understanding of clinical data and clinical trial design

  • Proven experience in pharmaceutical industry or consulting in which you have contributed to the global pipeline strategy e.g. market assessment, competitor analysis, forecasting

  • Analysis and fact-based decision-making

  • Working with data and/or a science research/ bio-pharmaceutical environment

  • Understanding of general business and core marketing principles and application to future healthcare market challenges

  • Able to influence without authority and establish and maintain credibility with senior audiences

  • Resourceful, motivated, decisive and proactive; must be able to manage multiple priorities in a fast-growing organization

  • Experience of setting up short- and long-term strategic plans

  • Highly intellectually capable with agility and adaptability

  • Motivated by working in a fast-paced field with clear societal impact

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AstraZeneca embraces diversity and equality of opportunity. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team representing all backgrounds, with as wide a range of perspectives as possible, and harnessing industry-leading skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We welcome and consider applications to join our team from all qualified candidates, regardless of their characteristics. We comply with all applicable laws and regulations on non-discrimination in employment (and recruitment), as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements.

AstraZeneca requires all US employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 but will consider requests for reasonable accommodations as required by applicable law.

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