HBS Learning Experience Designer (18 Month FTC)

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Cambridgeshire

Job Type: Full time


HBS Learning Experience Designer (18 Month FTC)

Location: UK, Cambridge (Melbourn Science Park)

Human Biological Samples (HBS) are fundamental to medical research in the discovery, development and implementation of new treatments and diagnostics. HBS are ethically sensitive materials and the collection, handling and access to HBS are subject to strict regulations, principles and ethical guidelines.

The HBS Learning Experience Designer part of a global cross-functional team in Biosamples. Working under minimal supervision, or as part of a team, this role will be learning development projects with a moderate degree of complexity, typically more than one deliverable, and a large scope. The individual in this role will partner with global partners to develop and implement learning solutions to improve organisational capabilities, reinforce AstraZeneca processes, and enable regulatory compliance.

The HBS Learning Experience Designer will conduct learning needs analysis, conduct user research, resolve appropriate learning methodologies to close knowledge and skill gaps, and design, prototype, develop, test, deliver, and evaluate efficiency of learning solutions. They may work with internal and external individuals to support the development of learning solutions, and must be comfortable interacting with Senior individuals. The HBS Learning Experience Designer will also ensure that learning solutions are assigned and tracked in the Learning Management System (LMS) when appropriate.

Typical Accountabilities, what you will be doing:

  • Work with cross-functional teams to collaboratively and rapidly design, prototype, develop, test, deliver, and evaluate learning solutions

  • Resolve approach, modalities, and resource requirements for learning projects

  • Identify the subject matter expertise that is required to provide subject content for learning solution, and involve SMEs or other external resources as appropriate

  • Lead end-to-end training project planning across multiple parallel projects in collaboration with Project Leads

  • Collaborate with Scientific Learning team members to define best processes, maintain existing courseware, formulate appropriate program evaluation methods and ensure learning solutions are tracked in the LMS, as appropriate

  • Analyze evaluation data for learning solutions, and seek opportunities for continuous improvement

  • Conduct Learning Needs Analysis with partners to identify skill and knowledge gaps and define learning objectives

  • Maintenance of available learning solutions and establishing an oversight and version control mechanism

  • Develop and run both expert led and self-service training materials e.g. HBS FAQ and guidance resources

  • Inclusion of training material in AZ Learning Management System & Process Portal

  • Communicating training requirements through Business Learning Lead (BLL) Network following the R&D training approval process.

  • Maintain Biosamples Learning Plans and request updates due to learning need changes in line with PMB BLL network.

Required Behavioural Competencies

  • Ability to lead and manage highly complex training projects that require more than one deliverable along with handling multiple projects to successful completion

  • Ability to prioritize effectively and to adapt to changing priorities

  • Ability to work as part of a global and cross-functional team

  • Comfortable working with Senior Leaders (both internal and external)

  • Ability to build relationships within a matrixed organization

  • Ability to adapt to change and work through conflicts while persuasively influencing outcomes

Education, Qualifications, Skills and Experience:


  • Bachelor’s degree with sufficient experience in learning and development in a corporate environment (UK)

  • Minimum of 4 years instructional design, development, and learning project management experience

  • Validated understanding of Adult Learning Principles, Learning Needs Analysis, Instructional Design and Development, and Design Thinking

  • Proficiency in common learning development tools, such as but not limited to PowerPoint, Articulate 360, and Adobe Captivate

  • Excellent analytical, written and oral communications skills

  • Strong collaborative, partnering, and interpersonal skills

  • Strong ability to work independently

  • Proficient in English as the AstraZeneca working language


  • Experience with biotech, pharmaceutical, or similar regulated industries

  • Understanding of eLearning communication protocols (SCORM, xAPI, AICC), and Learning Management Systems is beneficial

  • Understanding of the drug development process within an R&D environment.

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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.

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