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Director, Global Collaborations & Agreements Oncology R&D Strategy, Business Development & Alliances

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Cambridgeshire, Gaithersburg, Maryland, Waltham, Massachusetts

Job Type: Full time


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- Reshma Saujani

Director, Global Collaborations & Agreements Oncology R&D Strategy, Business Development & Alliances

Location: This role offers the flexibility of being located in: Cambridge, UK, Gaithersburg, US or Boston, US

At AstraZeneca, we work together across global boundaries to make an impact and find answers to challenges. We do this with the upmost integrity even in the most difficult situations because we are committed to doing the right thing. We continuously forge partnerships that help pursue world-class medicines in new ways, combining our people’s exceptional skills with those of people from all over the globe!

As a Director, Global Collaborations & Agreements you will be a key member of a team that is responsible for establishing, negotiating and executing academic collaboration agreements for the Oncology R&D function. The team plays a key role in ensuring that value is generated for the organisation through transacting on deals to support the Oncology R&D strategy.

As a member of a multinational, multifunctional team, your primary role will be to support Oncology R&D in the execution of agreements to support collaborative interactions with our key academic partners worldwide. You will also develop business cases and negotiate complex transactions, with assistance from other functions as required. As a Director, Global Collaborations & Agreements, you will be a key ambassador for AstraZeneca in its external interactions, building and maintaining relationships with current and potential future partners for Oncology R&D and ensuring that AstraZeneca is viewed as a partner of choice.

Key accountabilities

  • Execute various types of collaborative agreements with academic partners, taking the lead on contract negotiation including more complex transactions.
  • Work collaboratively with other AstraZeneca functions to ensure that contracts are compliant with AstraZeneca policies, while executing these in a timely manner.
  • Evaluate and advise internal Oncology R&D business partners on the most appropriate type of agreement to cover specific collaborative and partnering opportunities. Build collaborative relationships with key partners.
  • Initiate, lead and manage re-negotiations and terminations as necessary for academic alliances.
  • Manage relationships with potential partners in a timely and professional manner; ensuring that AstraZeneca remains competitive in discussions.
  • Maintain a strong and effective network with specific key academic institutions, such as those in the Partner of Choice Network, through engaging in regular interactions.


  • Degree in a relevant scientific subject area or significant relevant experience and knowledge from working in the life science sector.
  • Significant postgraduate pharmaceutical, biotech industry, research contracts or technology transfer office experience
  • Strong understanding of key principles of contracts, intellectual property and value drivers relevant to academic collaboration agreements and related transactions.
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to effectively understand and act on complex information under high time pressure situations.
  • Project management experience.
  • Good working knowledge of all relevant regulations, ensuring industry standards are applied.
  • Preferred- Second degree in a relevant scientific or business subject area.

Why AstraZeneca

At AstraZeneca, we 're dedicated to being a Great Place to Work. Where you are empowered to push the boundaries of science and unleash your ambitious spirit. There’s no better place to make a difference to medicine, patients and society. An inclusive culture that champions diversity and collaboration, and always committed to lifelong learning, growth and development. We’re on an exciting journey to pioneer the future of healthcare.

Are you already imagining yourself joining our team? Good, because we can’t wait to hear from you. Don’t hesitate in submitting an application today!

Competitive salary and benefits package on offer.

We offer a competitive Total Reward program, including a market driven base salary, performance bonus and long term incentive. We have a generous paid time off program and a comprehensive benefits package.

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