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Senior Director, Transformation Leader R&D (Clinical Innovation)

AstraZeneca UK

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

Job Type: Full time


Digital health, is the convergence of healthcare with technology, data and analytics with the aim to transform the healthcare industry and improve human health.

At AstraZeneca, we’ve been working hard to make this a reality, we have accumulated years of experience enabling us to embed digital health at scale in our business and lead with our digital patient solutions. Our goal is to improve experience and outcomes for patients.

AstraZeneca has Digital Health as one of top strategic priorities for the company, details on digital health strategy can be found here.

The Transformation leader role in R&D for Clinical will focus on helping x-functional R&D teams globally with digital, data and analytics to achieve study designs and execution plans that can achieve accelerated timelines, reduce cost, improve patient experience and reduce carbon emissions. Through reducing manual work load and complexity we will enable teams to focus on the science vs the process steps and manual work required to get to governance.

Typical Accountabilities:

  • Lead the cross functional teams supporting transformation programs in Clinical Innovation

  • Lead the strategy and vision for the products in this area, in collaboration with the senior leaders across all therapeutic areas in AstraZeneca, Development Operations and cross functional teams involved in clinical development

  • Identify and solve both strategic issues and provide recommendations at digital health leadership level across R&D.

  • Lead the cross-functional delivery teams, across multiple agile teams and set clear strategic direction by clarifying priorities and rational. Responsible for stimulating conceptual thinking and creativity across the team and challenging the status quo for continuous improvement.

  • You will need a deep understanding of business needs and users’ needs within a pharma R&D process to transform ways of working and achieve required outcomes.

  • Deliver high-quality, hypothesis tested, business requirements, functional specifications, business processes, and system rules.

  • Deliver effective prioritization regarding the cross portfolio backlog items in order to deliver maximum outcome with minimum input in line with business prioritizes.

  • Review, analyze and evaluate business systems/processes and user-needs while serving as the key link between digital and IT development teams.

  • Lead the risk management framework and report risks to advise senior collaborators on areas for attention and solutions.

  • Influence key senior partners and provide clear & concise advice including recommendations to aid good decision-making.

  • Provide coaching & mentoring for colleagues and assist with their personal development.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or above in a relevant field.

  • Strong knowledge of pharma development processes.

  • Experience leader of cross functional global teams. Demonstrated leadership in developing strategy and vision within a large organization and delivery of outcomes.

  • Shown experience of Agile software development as a Head of Product with clear outcomes on product delivery of outcomes and agility.

  • Proven skills and experience in defining a clear scope and roadmap to develop sophisticated solutions

  • Validated skills and experience leading and controlling sophisticated projects (with strong business and IT components) and activities in a multicultural context

  • Diligence – attention to detail and ability to run a large program of concurrent activities

  • Confirmed experience in applying a business-driven user-centric approach to product feature discovery and delivery.

  • Clear value delivery and quality on previous products.

  • Experience working in a large global organization where collaborators and project team members are geographically dispersed and handled through a matrix organization.

  • Outstanding communication, presentation, facilitation, storytelling, consulting and leadership skills and ability to interact with senior leaders

  • Excellent interpersonal and time leadership skills

  • Experience of defining the business strategies and influencing the key collaborators of the vision for the business area

  • Experience defining strategies and approaches to AI/ML model monitoring, maintenance and management

This role can be located at our Cambridge, UK; Gothenburg, Sweden; Gaithersburg, MD; New York, NY, or Waltham, MA site

If this sounds like the type of organization where you would like to grow your career and make a real difference to patients then we would like to hear from you; apply today!

Why AstraZeneca?

At AstraZeneca when we see an opportunity for change, we seize it and make it happen, because any opportunity no matter how small, can be the start of something big. Delivering life-changing medicines is about being entrepreneurial - finding those moments and recognizing their potential. Join us on our journey of building a new kind of organization to reset expectations of what a bio-pharmaceutical company can be. This means we’re opening new ways to work, pioneering groundbreaking methods and bringing unexpected teams together. Interested? Come and join our journey.

So, what’s next!

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

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