Executive Director, Head of PMB Immuno-Oncology Franchise

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Cambridgeshire, Gaithersburg, Maryland

Job Type: Full time


The Precision Medicine Franchise Lead Immuno-Oncology (IO) is accountable that companion diagnostic tests and precision medicine solutions are delivered to the IO drug product teams and programs. The role holder will achieve this by drawing on confirmed, world-class expertise and experience in companion diagnostic development, drug development and Companion Diagnostics regulatory approval processes across the major markets. The role holder ensures the adoption and implementation of optimized precision medicine approaches within the relevant R&D Unit/Franchise, by closely working with relevant collaborators across Oncology R&D and by providing leadership for Diagnostic Leads and Diagnostic Sub-teams to deliver and implement an optimized and agreed diagnostic strategy for each of the IO drug development programs.

The Head of the PMB Immuno-Oncology (IO) Franchise leads a global cross-functional team across PMB (Precision Medicine and Biosamples) and other global functions including IO Precision Medicine Leads and Global Product Team (GPT) Diagnostic sub-teams, and is accountable to the PMB Leadership team and Oncology R&D teams and governance leaders. The role holder contributes as the highest scientific and Diagnostic technology level for ground-breaking development and strategic investment that impacts broadly across Oncology R&D’s registrational drug portfolio and increases patient access to AstraZeneca drugs in clinical trials and on the market, and ensures that companion diagnostic development for products within the therapeutic area reflects world-class practice in the field and contributes to increased probability of successful drug launch, reimbursement and return on investment

The role holder provides input to the global PMB strategy, leads technical advice in specific area of expertise and diagnostic initiatives to improve quality, integrity and efficiency of work performed within PMB, and improving patient access to AstraZeneca drugs, as well as ensures effective performance, succession planning, recruitment and retention of team members.

The Precision Medicine Franchise Lead works collaboratively with colleagues at all levels within the home function, across AstraZeneca and with external partners. As a leader of PMB, the role holder is accountable for ensuring that the roles and responsibilities of the function are delivered demonstrating behaviors and values aligned to AstraZeneca Code of Conduct and supporting policies, standards and procedures; including accountability for compliant management of Budget, Safety, Health and Environment.

  • Ensure the adoption of precision medicine strategies within the R&D Unit to meet the needs of patients, payers, physicians and contribute to drug products

  • Acquire and lead strategic investment to enable companion diagnostic development for the therapeutic area, based on a forward-looking, externally-focused view of the field

  • Deliver expert advice of high scientific quality on strategic direction for precision medicine approaches and diagnostic development to leadership teams within the relevant therapeutic area

  • Craft the external environment (e.g. government and regulatory interactions) to address barriers and facilitate diagnostic development relevant to the therapeutic area

  • Provide strategic leadership, including communication of a clear and inspirational strategic vision. Attract, recruit, and retain top talent and technical expertise.

  • Lead performance management and personal development of team members through coaching, mentoring, and motivating.

  • Supervise and ensure compliance with all AstraZeneca Policies and Standards and immediately address instances of non-compliance.

  • Build and implement strategy for the delivery of diagnostic tests for use in clinical trials and across the portfolio, regulatory submission and commercialization based on a long-term view of internal project demand and the evolving external environment.

  • Draw upon previous experience and expert knowledge to provide a relevant knowledge base of companion diagnostic development and competitive intelligence. Mentor team members to ensure skills development and provision of expert knowledge

  • Accountable for up to $100m multiple-project budget per annum. Indirectly responsible for the success of the associated drug products (estimated $1bn each)

  • Ensure delivery of objectives, project plans, financial investments and milestones for companion diagnostic delivery to all products within the relevant therapeutic area with the Heads of PMB and relevant R&D Unit

  • Accountable for the delivery of companion diagnostic plans to time, budget and quality

  • Provide updates on all PMB activities in the therapeutic area for progress, risks, issues and opportunities to governance bodies for review, challenge and issue resolution

  • Work with functional representatives to resolve resource, quality and budget issues

  • Ensure that members of the Diagnostic project teams handle risk in an appropriate and compliant manner

  • Provide metrics to senior leaders and to governance bodies (e.g. Early Stage Product Committee (ESPC) or Late Stage Product Committee (LSPC)) as required

  • Ensure that all governance issues are identified and reported appropriately

Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD in a relevant subject

  • Confirmed delivery of companion diagnostic tests or segmentation tools through regulatory submission and launch, within a diagnostic or pharmaceutical setting

  • Demonstrated substantial scientific and business experience of Precision Medicine and diagnostic development approaches within the relevant therapeutic area

  • Broad understanding of CDx regulations in US, EU, Japan and China and proven global regulatory interactions

  • Substantial (10+ years) experience in drug development, diagnostic development and regulatory interactions

  • Evidence of excellent skills in communication, stakeholder management and influencing, program management

  • Effective global leadership, performance management and talent management

  • Comprehensive understanding of the functions involved in companion diagnostic development and how they contribute to achieving the objectives of the business

Desired Qualification:

  • Significant experience in similar role in different companies

  • Delivery of multiple examples of companion diagnostics, regulatory interactions (particularly with FDA) and commercialization

  • High quality scientific expertise in the precision medicine field relevant and therapeutic area as evidenced by publications and external reputation

  • Evidence of crafting the companion diagnostic field e.g. diagnostic partnering, regulation of drugs and linked diagnostics, payer and policy considerations, ethical and legal aspects

  • Led Precision Medicine critical initiatives in similar roles

This role can sit at our Gaithersburg, MD or Cambridge, UK location

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