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Associate Director, Regulatory Processes

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Cambridgeshire, Cheshire East

Job Type: Full time


Do you have expertise in regulatory matters and are looking for new ways to develop? Are you highly collaborative and like to take the lead in driving process improvements? Then this position as a Associate Director Processes in the Regulatory Process and Compliance team might be the right opportunity for you.

At AstraZeneca, we put patients first and strive to meet their unmet needs worldwide. Working here means being entrepreneurial, thinking big and working together to make the impossible a reality. If you are swift to action, confident to lead, willing to collaborate, and curious about what science can do, then you’re our kind of person.

What you’ll do
As an Associate Director Processes in the Regulatory Process and Compliance team you will be working with the Processes leads and taking responsibility for the management of assigned AstraZeneca projects-processes including implementation, communication, compliance, performance and inspection readiness. You will be accountable to develop relationships across Regulatory Affairs and other relevant areas of AZ to execute the delivery of the processes strategy, priorities, alongside governance and management of the current procedural documents. We hope that you have the drive to establish a culture of continuous improvement, high performance, flexibility and quality, emphasising a “can do” attitude and innovative approach.

Other key responsibilities in this position:

  • Identify opportunities for and drives the enhancement of existing processes through knowledge of internal and external environment.

  • Using deep understanding of regulatory processes and regulations provide process support to regulatory teams and submissions.

  • Coordination and ownership of the lifecycle management of nominated processes, enabling business continuity and compliance.

  • Identify opportunities to improve and simplify the methodology in processes and guidance, provide practical solutions and drive to implementation.

  • Identify and promote innovation and new ways of working to drive efficiency and improved deliverables in all processes and partnerships.

  • Identify issues and risks and propose options to mitigate them

  • Contribute to monitoring, interpretation and validation current, new and changing legislation, and manage the impact of changes.

  • Deliver on project assignments supporting the business, e.g., representation or leadership on global cross-functional task forces.

  • Provide process training to relevant functional groups.

  • Serve as the delegate, where appropriate, for the Process Leads

  • Contribute to communication and change management activities associated with process initiatives.

  • Working collaboratively to provide expertise and sharing best practices across all regions and in all partnerships

Essential for the role

  • A science/pharmacy/nursing degree, with relevant experience (pharmaceutical, regulatory, safety and partnership)

  • Experience in working cross-functionally

  • Leadership skills, including proven leadership of project teams experience

  • Thorough scientific knowledge sufficient to understand all aspects of regulatory/pharmacovigilance and partnership issues

  • Thorough knowledge of the drug development process

  • Good attention to detail

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Proven ability to work across cultures

Desirable for the role

  • MSC/PhD in scientific discipline

  • Knowledge of new and developing regulatory and pharmacovigilance expectations

  • Knowledge of existing AstraZeneca external alliances and collaborative projects

  • Knowledge of Regulatory operating model and organisation

  • Experience of working in a global organisation, preferably within the pharmaceuticals industry, and of the drug development life cycle and commercial aspects of the industry

So, what’s next!

Are you already imagining yourself joining our team? Good, because we can’t wait to hear from you!

We are screening applications on an ongoing basis therefore please apply as soon as possible, and no later than , 7 October, 2022. Welcome to apply!

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