Global Clinical Program Lead

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Cambridgeshire, Gaithersburg, Maryland, New York, New York, Waltham, Massachusetts

Job Type: Full time


Be brave, not perfect.
- Reshma Saujani

Do you have expertise in Oncology clinical development and passion for developing late phase clinical program strategies? Would you like to apply your expertise to impact the way cancer is treated, and make a meaningful difference to patients, in a company that follows the science and turns ideas into life changing medicines? Then AstraZeneca might be for you!

About AstraZeneca
AstraZeneca is a global, science-led, patient-focused biopharmaceutical company that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialisation of prescription medicines for some of the world’s most serious diseases. But we’re more than one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies.

Business area
In Late Development Oncology, we push the boundaries of science to transform the lives of patients living with cancer. The Oncology enterprise is united in our vision to eliminate cancer as a cause of death. As pioneers, we make bold moves that transform the way cancer is treated and truly improve patient outcomes.

We have multiple approved best-in-class medicines as well as and many other promising agents at all stages of development – but we see even more potential. With one of the broadest and deepest Oncology pipelines in the industry, there are many opportunities to work with new and novel drugs and help discover what’s next.

What you’ll do
As a Global Clinical Program Lead, you are accountable to the Global Clinical Head for a significant proportion of the clinical program, usually an indication-aligned cluster of clinical studies. This role is normally applied to portions of the program that have the highest degree of complexity based upon the known science or the size of the program, and may also include a third-party collaboration.

The GCPL will develop a team of Global Development Medical Directors and Global Development Scientist Directors, and also work cross functionally to support the design, conduct, monitoring and data interpretation of multiple studies. You will ensure that the clinical data collected within the studies will allow determination of the benefits and risks of the compound and meet the needs of the intended label indication and price in markets globally. As such, you will get the chance to be strategic and patient focused, generating opportunity and value for the asset or indication with an ambitious mindset to maintain a competitive advantage.

The individual would lead the multi-functional Clinical Program Team; set team vision and goals against therapeutic area leadership priorities and product strategy; ensure timely decision making; facilitate the balance of cost/time/quality against clinical development objectives; develop relevant risk mitigation strategies; enable quick and effective troubleshooting; represent the program at health authority interactions; review publications aligned to your program; and seek/share learnings through your portfolio of studies.

Additionally, the individual will be expected to motivate new ways of working, identifying and leading process improvement projects for clinical studies. The are expected to be a role model in the function, providing hands-on coaching and mentoring to staff, and be actively involved in the shaping of the department.

Responsibilities include:

  • Own the design, delivery and interpretation of clinical studies, ensuring the ethical and scientific integrity of the plans, studies and products in compliance with AZ policies, Good Clinical Practice and regulatory requirements

  • Lead and develop a team of Medical Directors and Scientist Directors and study design concept delivery within their assigned program of studies

  • Ensure overall clinical and scientific content for the product or indication(s) aligned to Global Product Team strategy

  • Setting team vision and goals aligned to therapeutic area leadership and product strategy

  • With the operations leads, ensuring that the clinical program team rapidly implements new processes, systems and learnings

  • Through end-to-end knowledge of drug development and situational leadership capabilities, promoting and enabling cross-functional, proactive and solutions-oriented team actions and behaviours

  • Through integrated understanding of the product strategy, provides strategic clinical and scientific knowledge and support to the Study Physicians and Scientists for initiation, execution and completion of the clinical studies within the assigned portion of the Program

  • Accountable to represent the company and deliver clinical information / answers to Regulators, Ethic Committees, Marketing Companies, investigators/sites, and provides clarifications as well as solves medical issues in the study team

  • Under delegation by the Global Clinical Head, provides strategic clinical and scientific knowledge into development decision points and target labelling with insights integrated from advisory boards.

  • Proactively drives scientific questions and ideas that support clinical hypothesis generation and life cycle management opportunities that generate value for the asset

  • Maintains up-to-date knowledge of the relevant scientific literature, and can clearly communicate key impactful information

  • Serves as a source of medical and scientific knowledge for the Product Team, in the analyses and interpretation of medical and scientific data

Essential for the role

  • Life Science-based degree at Masters or above (i.e. M.D., PHD, PharmD, Masters in Life Science-based area)

  • Significant (>7 years) clinical research expertise in relevant therapy area in study design, protocol development, monitoring and implementing clinical trials, interpreting and reporting trial results

  • Proven track record of successful clinical delivery with demonstrated examples of strategic influence to clinical studies/programs

  • Ability to form and maintain an excellent reputation outside of AZ, can interact F2F and TC with regulatory agencies, with high credibility in scientific, clinical and drug development competency.

  • Explores positions and alternatives to reach agreements and solutions. Presents clear arguments to gain acceptance of ideas and influences outcomes to meet organizational objectives

  • Good knowledge of biostatistics, Clinical Development, global regulatory environment and pharmacovigilance and working knowledge of medical affairs and payer environment

  • Proven cross-functional teamwork and collaboration skills

  • Excellent presentation skills. Can communicate effectively with internal and external collaborators

  • Demonstrated leadership qualities with focus on collaborative working skills, trust and openness, irrespective of cultural setting

  • Agile responsiveness to scientific data. Credible in scientific and commercial environments

Desirable for the role

  • MD or PhD in scientific discipline

  • Excellent general medical knowledge

  • Experience from different organizations

  • An understanding of pharmaceutical industry R&D, particularly of major clinical milestones and of the factors which influence Drug development.

  • An understanding of the interplay between clinical, commercial objectives, drug safety and regulatory requirements

  • Line management experience

  • Demonstrated ability to lead, coach, and mentor junior physicians/scientists.

Why AstraZeneca
With our ground-breaking pipeline, the outlook is bright. Be proud to be part of a place that has achieved so much, yet is still moving forward. There’s no better time to join our global, growing enterprise as we lead the way for healthcare and society.

So, what’s next
Are you ready to bring new ideas and fresh thinking to the table? Great! We have one seat available, and we hope it’s yours.

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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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