Data Policy Specialist

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Cheshire East, Gaithersburg, Maryland

Job Type: Full time


Data Policy Specialist

Barcelona (Spain), Toronto (Canada), Gothenburg (Sweden), Macclesfield (UK), Gaithersburg (USA)

Salary plus Benefits - Competitive

Make a more meaningful impact to patients’ lives around the globe

Here you’ll have the opportunity to make a meaningful difference to patients’ lives. With science at its heart, this is the place where breakthroughs born in the lab become transformative medicines – for the world’s most complex diseases. Answer unmet medical needs by pioneering the next wave of science, focusing on outcomes and shaping the patient ecosystem. With our ground-breaking pipeline, the outlook is forward-thinking. Be proud to be part of a place that has achieved so much, yet is still moving forward. There’s no better time to join our global, growing enterprise as we lead the way for healthcare and society

Sustainable, FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable & Reusable) data is the lifeblood of AstraZeneca as a science-led, pure-play pharmaceutical company and critical for the delivery of the AstraZeneca corporate strategy, in which Data, AI and Digital is a foundational value driver for Innovative Science and a potential corporate differentiator.

Job holder will contribute to shaping implementing and managing a Data Policy that balance benefit and risk for responsible reuse - in concert with data customers, CMO, legal, data privacy, information security, and corporate risk and compliance offices.

Contributing to strategy and execution that builds strong relations and effective and efficient business processes with internal and external partners and collaborators, based on excellent insight of customer needs, Legal, Ethical, and Security considerations, and standard methodology for Data Policy.

Critical member of the Policy Operational Team and contributor to wider R&D Data Policy strategy.


Job holder will be working on shaping, implementing and managing a Data policy that balance benefit and risk for responsible reuse and will be required to employ a range of skills including policy expertise, project management, knowledge of external regulations e.g. global data privacy regulations such as GDPR and clinical trial regulations and have an ability to develop strong relations and effective business processes with internal partners.

Job holder will be working together with a broad set-of partners, including members in the Data Office but also together with data customers, data privacy, legal, information security, and corporate risk and compliance offices. Job holder will be working on projects to continuously improve R&D / Enterprise-wide processes for Data Policy and reuse;

  • Contribute to forums shaping policy

  • Maintain and co-ordinate key data protection assurance activities – Record of Processing Activities (ROPA) / Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA)

  • Lead defined projects related to risk mitigation and compliance for data re-use and use

  • Support internal partners with advice and guidance relating to data protection and shaping data sharing projects (internal & collaboration) according to policy

  • Lead defined policy implementation projects e.g. Legal and Informed Consent Framework

  • Contribute to compliance checks to ensure data re-use / use processes follow policy


  • Relevant degree in Information/Data Science, Computer Science, Informatics, IT, Medical, life sciences, Legal or other related subject area.

  • Experience of pharma and the life sciences

  • Experience working in Data Protection

  • Excellent communication skills and ability to build strong relationships.

  • Strong project or programme management skills

  • Excellent organisational skills, and ability to juggle different projects/priorities and deliver high quality outcomes under pressure


  • Experience of achieving tangible and acknowledged value in a similar position and scale of challenge and opportunity.

  • Change Management track record.

Why AstraZeneca?

At AstraZeneca we’re dedicated to being an excellent Place to Work. Where you are empowered to push the boundaries of science and unleash your ambitious spirit. There’s no better place to make a difference to medicine, patients and society. An inclusive culture that champions diversity and collaboration, and always committed to lifelong learning, growth and development. We’re on an exciting journey to pioneer the future of healthcare.

Why we love it

If your passion is science and you want to be part of a team that makes a bigger impact on patients’ lives, then there’s no better place to be. Here we truly understand science and apply it every day to strengthen and grow our pipeline.

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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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.

AstraZeneca requires all US employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 but will consider requests for reasonable accommodations as required by applicable law.

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