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Director, Lifecycle and Pipeline, Oncology

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Cambridgeshire, Gaithersburg, Maryland

Job Type: Full time


Do you have expertise in, and passion for Strategy and Pipeline? Would you like to apply your expertise to impact the Director Lifecycle and Pipeline role in a company that follows the science and turns ideas into life changing medicines? Then AstraZeneca might be the one for you!

At AstraZeneca, we put patients first and strive to meet their unmet needs worldwide. Working here means being entrepreneurial, thinking big and working together to make the impossible a reality. If you are swift to action, confident to lead, willing to collaborate, and curious about what science can do, then you’re our kind of person.

A dedicated Oncology unit, this is the place to build a world-class career. Here we are always looking to learn more, welcoming the varied opportunities to expand our horizons or develop niche expertise. Embrace the unparalleled access to industry-leading research, technology and pipeline product launches with a footprint in every region. Coupled with our agility and sharp focus on talent development, there is an exciting opportunity to accelerate a rewarding and meaningful career.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Working with a team of experts across Oncology R&D and the Business Unit, you will create and implement strategies to deliver an exciting and innovative oncology pipeline. You will drive the collection of meaningful, timely, and accurate data from a wide range of internal and external sources and perform detailed analyses. Your analysis and strategic advice will drive the long-term strategy for projects across early and late-stage development and will be the foundation for investment decisions.

Your responsibilities will also encompass the provision of market assessments, revenue forecasts and asset valuations for portfolio investment decisions and resource planning, based on market research and competitor analysis. To achieve this, it is critical that you possess strong consultative and communication skills; as well as the ability to formulate cohesive strategic arguments and respectfully challenge a group of experts. This requires effective stakeholder and relationship management skills with the ability to interact and build trusted relationships with all levels of employees, including senior leadership. The role will require moderate global travel (Medical congress, Advisory boards and key internal meetings). Strong scientific backgrounds and strategic thinking skills are critical for the success of the role. Candidates from a wide range of prior experiences are encouraged to apply. Examples include, but are not limited to, oncology R&D, biopharma consulting, pharmaceutical investment banking, and more. In all cases, you must be a critical thinker with experience of identifying and driving key projects and providing researched, verified, relevant information to leaders.

Required Experience:

  • Educated to MBA or PhD level

  • Extensive experience in Oncology

  • Proven experience in pharmaceutical industry or consulting in which you have inputted to global pipeline strategy (market assessment, competitor analysis, forecasting)

  • Analysis and fact-based decision-making;

  • Working with data and/or a science research/ bio-pharmaceutical environment;

  • Highly intellectually capable with agility and adaptability;

  • Motivated by working in a fast-paced field with clear societal impact

  • Understanding of general business and core marketing principles and application to future healthcare market challenges;

  • Familiar with the oncology drug development process and necessary strategic and commercial touch points.

  • Able to influence without authority and establish and maintain credibility with senior audiences;

  • Resourceful, motivated, decisive and proactive; must be able to manage multiple priorities in a fast-growing organization;

Desired Experience:

  • Experience of setting up short- and long-term strategic plans;

  • Understanding of clinical data and clinical trial design

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 cutting edge methods and bringing unexpected teams together. Interested? Come and join our journey.

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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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