Associate Director, Data Product Owner (18 months secondment/fix-term)

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Cambridgeshire

Job Type: Full time


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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.

HBS Data Lead is responsible for the effective implementation of a range of activities to protect HBS data assets within Biosamples. They can be used with confidence to maximise value while legal, ethical and security aspects are safeguarded.

The role will either work individually, managing projects within own specialist area, or contribute to the effective operation of the whole team through collaboration and engagement with peers and leading key projects and initiatives. The job holder applies data, business, regulatory and soft skills to lead governance and policy implementation in the Biosamples.

The role will coordinate and support aspects of data projects within own area of expertise through collaboration and engagement with business users, IT, internal and external data providers. Applicants must be experienced in data governance processes and have strong knowledge and experience of data and the business processes that consume the data. Technical abilities in analysing large data sets will be a key focus.


  • Working with key stakeholders in Biosamples, Clinical Development Operations, Digital Health, TAs, Data Office and IT you will support the implementation of a strategy for biosample data products.

  • You will help liaise across the enterprise, ensuring the right data products are set up for use across AZ

  • You will ensure coordination between data platforms, solution architecture, information architecture and data governance so that the final products meet business, technical and Regulatory requirements.

  • You will need to understand and clearly articulate the business value of the products and how they are used by multiple systems and functions across AZ (within and beyond Biosamples).

  • You will own the Data Product roadmap and prioritise building what matters most to achieve its strategic goals and initiatives.

  • You will own and manage the Data Product’s agile backlog to ensure all consuming systems and products are able to leverage data as needed. This will also include the timely reversal of technical debt.

  • You will identify and manage partnerships required to ensure innovative capabilities at the intersection of data science, technology and healthcare.

  • You will act as a Champion for an agile, iterative development process driven by design thinking, frequent end-user input, and constant insight generation from data.

  • You will manage dependencies in and across releases to complete release phases and milestones.

  • You will promote and govern the use of the Data Products across the organisation, ensuring that duplicate data flows are not set up.



  • Degree(s) in business and/or sciences, or equivalent. 5 years of proven experience in the pharmaceutical/medical/healthcare industry, consulting, technology, development and/or commercial planning, and global coordination roles

  • Familiarity with the key principles and processes of Data Management (Governance, Architecture, Modelling, Reference and Master Data, Integration, Storage, and Business Intelligence).

  • Ability to take business requirements and translate these into technical requirements

  • Ability to rapidly grasp concepts and to manage complexity by simplifying it for others and providing clear directions to delivery teams.

  • Leadership skills, including the ability to solve problems that involve many decision-makers, and develop multiple options/recommendations

  • Extensive networking skills, ability to interact widely and effectively both within the company (on both an interdepartmental and interdisciplinary basis) and externally

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and ability to build strong relationships

  • Demonstrate strong, communication and relationship-building skills with experience in collaborating and sharing knowledge between teams


  • Knowledge of Drug Development Processes and the diverse sources of information that support, inform and assist in healthcare/clinical research.

  • Familiarity with the latest research and thinking and understanding of dynamics affecting the pharmaceutical industry and needs for transformation.

  • Agile product owner training and certification.

  • Solid Project and/or Product management skills, including managing product backlogs, vendors, budgets, timelines and risks.

  • Experience leading a development team and working in a global environment.

  • Experience bringing innovation to bear on solving complex and multi-dimensional issues from an operational, technical, financial and human perspective.

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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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