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Director, Data Provisioning Operations

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Cambridgeshire, Cheshire East

Job Type: Full time


Director, Data Provisioning Operations

Cambridge or Macclesfield (UK); Warsaw (Poland); Barcelona (Spain)

Competitive Salary + Benefits

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 bright. 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.

Would you like to be a part of a Data Science & Artificial Intelligence (DS&AI) group who has direct strategic impact on drug development, playing a key role in getting medicines to patients?

At AstraZeneca, we are constantly pushing the boundaries of science to deliver life-changing medicines to patients, with a real passion for discovery and a pipeline to show for it. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives every single day.

AstraZeneca is investing in data management and analysis capabilities, through its long-term Growth Through Innovation Strategy. The DS&AI team collaborates across R&D to drive innovation through data science and AI. Together we seek to:

  • Improve our understanding of disease and uncovering new targets

  • Transform R&D processes

  • Speed the design and delivery of new medicines for patients

The R&D Data Office, within DS&AI, is a key organisation to deliver upon AstraZeneca’s strategy. Data Office operates a central capability, with R&D wide accountability, to ensure that we harness the power of data to drive innovative science. Data Office will govern data, drive data quality and ensure our data is readied for analytics, creating paved-paths for scientists to perform data-driven research, without compromising our legal restrictions or ethical principles.

Within Data Office, you will direct Data Provisioning Operations. Your team are responsible for enabling and accelerating innovative science in R&D business units through the efficient coordination and delivery of data provisioning services to R&D customers.

This is a leadership and management position. You will report to the Head of FAIR Data Services and will use their guidance and strategic leadership to run the Data Provisioning Operations team and line-managing the associated staff, who will perform daily delivery activities. The efficient operation and staffing of the operations team will be your responsibility and you will be accountable for their ability to deliver.

In this role you will be empowered to devise an operating strategy and introduce a delivery model for your team that drives data provisioning services to internal AstraZeneca customers, and also our research collaborators.

Your team’s activities will directly enable research in multiple therapy areas across AstraZeneca, in turn allowing AstraZeneca to bring new medicines to patients.

The role holder will also support introduction of innovative technological tools to develop new approaches to broaden the search-ability usability and efficient management of data provisioning processes to maximise business value from data assets.

Typical Accountabilities

  • Responsible for running the Data Provisioning Operations team with the objective of ensuring all services and associated projects are delivered using best-practice and are delivered within the agreed scope, time and quality.

  • Responsible for line management and support for hiring and development of team staff.

  • Responsible for coordinating the overall portfolio of data provisioning requests, providing expert knowledge & support to team staff and monitoring progress and reporting on

  • Accountable for e2e process, measurement of and continually evolve and improve the process that will strengthen AstraZeneca & group companies’ ability to re-use data

  • The role must provide strong leadership to promote standard methodologies in managing requests to ensure successful delivery.

  • Accountable for ensuring that your team have the resources, tools, processes and training to deliver successfully.

  • Identify and implement strategies to drive increased re use of data to deliver innovation to the AstraZeneca drug portfolio.

  • Own business and process change accountability for introduction of new tools and technologies your team will employ.

Education, skills and experience required

  • Strong Project / Programme Manager skills with 10+ years in managing a global operational delivery team

  • In-depth knowledge and experience in information and knowledge management systems and their application in data sharing, including of clinical data. GxP experienced and demonstrated experience in data governance and data privacy.

  • Post-graduate qualification in a scientific, medical, technological or life sciences subject or equivalent (First Degree, professional qualification and extensive experience)

  • Lean Six-Sigma experience desired

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and facilitation skills with the ability to work with others to achieve objectives

  • Extensive experience in the pharmaceutical industry working in the clinical information arena and clinical development processes

  • A consistent record of delivering business value and experience of defining and implementing and achieving or exceeding agreed service levels

  • Experience of working in a global organisation with complex/geographical context

  • Strong networking and consulting skills with ability to develop links across R&D functions (Development Operations, Digital Health, Alliance Management, CTT, Legal, Data Privacy)

  • Demonstrate strong communication skills with the ability to influence others to achieve objectives

  • Task and preferably line management of a team, with accountability for their successful delivery.

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.

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.