Head of Learning and Capability Development, Oncology Commercial

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Cambridgeshire, Gaithersburg, Maryland

Job Type: Full time


Are you a Learning & Development professional that would like to make a positive impact to the lives of millions of patients around the world? If you would, please read on!

About AstraZeneca

AstraZeneca is a global, science-led, patient-focused biopharmaceutical company that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialization of prescription medicines for some of the world’s most serious diseases. But we’re more than one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies

In the Oncology Business Unit (OBU), we play a key role in driving launch and commercial effectiveness. We are focused on setting the direction and leading the business in shaping the cancer care environment and empowering care teams. Everything we do is to transform the lives of patients living with cancer.

What you’ll do

In this role, you will work to develop and roll out an innovative Oncology commercial learning strategy that helps build & successfully develop the capabilities needed for the business to deliver now, and in the future. As such, you will advise learning and capability development activities to meet Oncology commercial core deliverables, with a high degree of focus on business outcomes and impact. The individual will be accountable for assessing the future learning/capability building needs of our commercial organization and developing effective strategies to deliver appropriate interventions.

As the Head, Learning & Capability Development within Oncology Business Unit, you will prioritize

  • Diagnosing capability gaps

  • Building Oncology commercial foundational & future-ready capabilities

  • Developing the best training design that will enable teams to adopt and embed critical skills for business success

  • Identifying and leveraging learning platforms that improve user experience to access digital learning content

Essential for the role

  • Bachelor’s degree

  • In depth experience in development and delivery of learning and development strategies

  • Strong leadership skills, including a proven ability to manage partners and influence the broader organization.

  • Design thinking, customer-focused and agile attitude to co-create, design and implement interventions to deliver value.

  • Strong communicator with the ability to translate sophisticated business/science issues into an easily understood format.

  • Gravitas and the ability to develop strong mutually beneficial relationships (internal and external) and establish a high level of credibility at senior levels in the organization.

  • Problem-solving using conceptual and data-driven analytical and quantitative skills.

  • Broad and creative thinking with exceptional learning agility.

  • A passion for delivering superior results and outcomes.

  • A track record of delivering successful change programs.

Desirable for the role

  • Experience developing learning & training programs for pharmaceutical commercial businesses

Why AstraZeneca?

At AstraZeneca we’re dedicated to being a Great Place to Work. Where you are empowered to push the boundaries of science and unleash your entrepreneurial 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.

So, what’s next?

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.

Where can I find out more?

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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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