Senior Director, Scientific Communications and Engagement Lead – Oncology R&D

AstraZeneca UK

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

Job Type: Full time


AstraZeneca, we are committed to advancing the science of oncology to deliver life-changing medicines to patients most in need. With a combination-focused pipeline that exploits the power of our scientific platforms, we help address unmet clinical needs in a range of cancers. We are motivated by a dedication to scientific discovery and collaboration that will one day help eliminate cancer as a cause of death.

Position Summary

This leadership role will work across Oncology R&D (ORD), to define the overall approach, roadmap, and implementation plans for scientific communications and engagement activities for the Functions. The selected lead will also manage the learning & development and resource allocation of the individuals deployed to support these efforts. The lead also be Joint Chair of the Comms Network working to ensure close collaboration with the ORD Global Corporate Affairs (GCA) team.

Location flexible: Can be based in Gaithersburg, Waltham, New York City (US) or Cambridge or Macclesfield (UK) or Mississauga (CN)

Typical Accountabilities:

  • Define the overall approach, roadmap and plan for scientific communication and engagement for the Oncology R&D (ORD) Functions
  • Lead the team in the identification, development and delivery of impactful science content and engagement activities relevant to the functions for internal audiences, and key presentations for leaders within the ORD teams in close collaboration with GCA colleagues
  • Manage a team of 15+ individuals with a focus on learning and development, knowledge sharing, prioritization of activities and resource allocation of the team who will be embedded business partners to ORD Functions
  • Establish measures of success and implement relevant evaluation tools for all communications and engagement activities
  • Work with BPOs and ORD LT members to understand requirements and ensure that teams are getting the service and support they need within agreed Service Level Agreements
  • Work with the ORD Global Corporate Affairs (GCA) team (with a dotted reporting line to GCA ORD Comms Lead) to ensure alignment between the teams
  • Co-Chair the ORD Comms Network with Global Corporate Affairs
  • Coordinate cross-functional change programmes in partnership with Global Corporate Affairs
  • Support one of the ORD functions or groups.

Basic Qualifications:

  • BS/BA and 8+ years of relevant healthcare product communications experience.
  • Prior experience in a strategic communications or engagement role
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Previous line management experience of matrix teams
  • Ability to clearly articulate complex scientific information into effective and compelling communication that is appropriate for the level of audience
  • Strong influencing, networking and team working skills
  • A proven track record of delivering tasks in a timely manner
  • Experience in the development and implementation of timely and impactful internal communications/ awareness programs that contribute to employee engagement and brand awareness

Desirable requirements:

  • Resource planning and management for teams
  • Establishing Service Level Agreements with stakeholders and performance vs agrees levels.
  • Experience in the development of messaging frameworks and providing communications support and coaching to Leadership with regard to communicating TA scientific messages
  • Communications Agency experience

AstraZeneca is a global, science-led biopharmaceutical company and our innovative medicines are used by millions of patients worldwide. This is the place to make an impact. Here we ensure everyone can reach their full potential, perform at their best and make a valued contribution to the enterprise.

Within Oncology R&D, we are empowered to be bold, take calculated risks and use our intelligence and courage to always follow the science. This approach has enabled us to successfully deliver 7 new Oncology medicines in as many years.

It is the breadth and strength of our innovative pipeline that offers both security and stability. And with the goal to deliver 6 new molecular entities by 2025, it’s up to each of us to keep pushing our industry-leading Oncology pipeline forward and build the future.

Do you want to be part of fulfilling our ambition to be world leaders in Oncology? We are already the fastest growing team within AstraZeneca and across the industry, and there are countless new indications and targets in our groundbreaking pipeline.

A place built on courage, curiosity and collaboration – we make bold decisions driven by patient outcomes. Empowered to lead at every level, free to ask questions and take inquisitive risks that write the next chapter for our pipeline.

So, what’s next?

If you are inspired by the possibilities, don't hesitate in submitting an application today!

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