Director, Global Sustainability Corporate Affairs

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Cambridgeshire

Job Type: Full time


Director, Global Sustainability Corporate Affairs

Cambridge, UK / Gothenburg, SWE

Competitive salary and benefits package

The Director, Global Sustainability Corporate Affairs will play a pivotal role in advancing our company’s leading sustainability positioning, demonstrating AstraZeneca’s commitment to addressing major societal issues (climate change, access to healthcare, inclusion & diversity) through effective use of corporate channels and spokespersons, campaigns, platforms and partnerships.

The role will be accountable for developing and implementing our global sustainability corporate affairs strategy, working closely with our global sustainability, global media, corporate communications, internal communications government affairs & policy, therapy area, regional and in-market corporate affairs teams. This position will manage our communications and engagement on our interconnected sustainability approach and narrative.

At AstraZeneca, our sustainability approach spans Access to Healthcare, Environment Protection and Ethics & Transparency. By connecting and leveraging our programmes across these three pillars, which include Ambition Zero Carbon (AstraZeneca’s flagship science-based decarbonisation strategy), the Sustainable Markets Initiative Health Systems Task Force (championed by CEO Pascal Soriot), Young Health Programme (YHP) and Partnership for Health System Sustainability and Resilience (PHSSR), we have the opportunity to advance our sustainability agenda globally, regionally and in key markets, whilst driving authentic thought leadership, strengthening our corporate reputation, and enhancing employee engagement.

Importantly, this role will link our sustainability agenda to our core Therapy Areas (Oncology, Rare Diseases, and BioPharmaceuticals, including Cardiovascular, Renal & Metabolism, and Respiratory & Immunology) demonstrating how we are decarbonising patient care pathways and the lifecycle of our medicines while improving health outcomes, including through the latest digital innovations. This role will lead engagement with on our sustainable net-zero healthcare priorities through engagement with media, policy makers, governments & non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

The role will also be responsible for all significant global sustainability announcements, campaigns and milestones, while ensuring timely, impactful communications around quarterly reporting, disclosures and rankings through collaboration with our Investor Relations and reporting teams.

There is the opportunity to make a huge difference in this role, shaping and showcasing the interconnection between climate and health, and the importance of innovation and collaboration to ensure a healthy future for people, society and the planet.

The role will report to the Senior Director, Global Partnerships and Operations, whose team is accountable for best-in-class and consistent delivery of global platforms and partnerships, including the World Economic Forum (WEF), Sustainable Markets Initiative (SMI), COP programmes and multilateral engagement. Sustainability is a critical theme across these platforms.

Typical Accountabilities

  • Develop & deliver global external corporate affairs strategies, communications campaigns and toolkits for global sustainability announcements and/or milestones

  • Identify proactive media and speaking opportunities to drive sustainability thought leadership

  • Leverage global platforms and partnerships to advance sustainability agenda, through close collaboration with Global Media Relations, Corporate Communications, Therapy Areas and other teams.

  • Work closely with Investor Relations and reporting teams to deliver high-quality and impactful communications to investors and other key stakeholders

  • Partner with and upskill Global (incl. Therapy Area), Regional and Local Corporate Affairs teams to enable the translation of global sustainability communications in different contexts and for a range of stakeholder groups.

  • Oversee the strategic direction and delivery of the global Digital and Social Media strategy relating to our global sustainability agenda

  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with key partners, advocates and influencers to protect, nurture and build the corporate reputation of the business; Manage external agency relationships

Education, Qualifications, Skills and Experience


  • Extensive experience working in the corporate affairs/communications field

  • Sustainability / ESG corporate affairs experience

  • Strategic communications and public affairs background, with demonstrated results within a leading company, agency, government or NGO

  • Consistent track record of leading external corporate reputation matters, campaigns and issues and crisis management for a complex enterprise with multiple stakeholders

  • Ability to work under pressure and prioritise accordingly

  • Excellent writing skills

  • Experience with communication of political and complex strategic issues, and ability to translate them into clear and concise messaging

  • Strategic and creative thinker able to see and leverage connections and maximise the value of opportunities in unique and engaging ways

  • Proven ability of influencing colleagues and senior leaders across organisations

  • “Self-starter” with evidence of capability for matrix and cross-functional working

  • Ability to utilise channels for business benefit within resource limits

  • Can effectively delegate and manage 3rd parties to deliver outputs


  • Pharmaceutical industry or multinational company experience

  • Relevant vocational qualifications or equivalent experience

  • Experience working in multiple markets

So, what’s next?

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

  • Are you ready to bring new ideas and fresh thinking to the table? Brilliant! We have one seat available, and we hope it’s yours

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Job open date: 18/11/2022

Job closing date: 09/12/2022

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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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