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Digital Innovation Strategist

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Cambridgeshire, Gaithersburg, Maryland

Job Type: Full time


Do you have a passion for science? Would you like to apply your expertise to impact a company that follows the science and turns ideas into life-changing medicines? Then AstraZeneca might be the one for you!
At AstraZeneca, we put patients first and strive to meet their unmet needs worldwide. Working here means being entrepreneurial, thinking big and working together to make the impossible a reality. If you are swift to action, confident to lead, willing to collaborate, and curious about what science can do, then you’re our kind of person.

About AstraZeneca in Gaithersburg, MD:

Our Gaithersburg, Maryland facility crafts life-changing medicines for people around the world. This campus employs more than 3,500 authorities in our field and is only a short drive from Washington, DC. This modern and vibrant scientific campus is the home of R&D and Oncology in the US. Here, we play host to some of the most cutting-edge technology and lab spaces, all crafted to encourage collaboration and cross-functional science. We believe employees benefit from being challenged and encouraged at work. We are dedicated to crafting a culture of inclusion and collaboration. The Gaithersburg site offers a variety of amenities to help boost efficiency and help keep our employees happy and healthy. This includes a fitness center, employee healthcare clinic, electric vehicle charging stations, dry cleaning, full-service cafeteria and copy center. This is where you’ll find newly decrafted activity-based workspaces to suit a variety of working styles while growing collaboration between teams.

Summary of the group:

At AstraZeneca, we built the Commercial Digital healthcare delivery team to accelerate our efforts to drive and partner on solutions that improve the ability for HCPs, patients, and Healthcare Systems to deliver the highest quality of care, enable patients to maximize the value of their healthcare experience and for AstraZeneca to lead innovation in collaborations across Markets, Institutes, and providers resulting in richer data collation and use, resulting in overall better care provision for the patients we serve.

Roles and responsibilities:

As the DSE Team’s Digital Innovation Strategist, you create customer value for AZ by supporting our mission to make our commercial digital innovation ecosystem more transparent & manageable by the business, more adaptable to internal & external opportunities, & more productive of scaled & impactful new uses of digital technology.

  • Support the discovery, identification, & evaluation of innovative ideas & opportunities. Guide the creation of cases, help build and lead pipeline processes, & help embed simple, effective innovation practices with our internal customers that empower them to invest more effectively in exploratory digital ideas without requiring direct global digital management.

  • Build strong internal networks and use these networks to build an always-on ability to identify, track, & report on commercial digital innovation initiatives & investments across all AZ TA’s and geographies.

  • Build reports, updates, POVs and other documents to support leadership decision-making processes & use your growing familiarity with our digital innovation practices to proactively raise opportunities to improve those practices.

  • Improve our digital innovation readiness by building tool sets & practices to give us consistent & broad proactive awareness of emerging technical advancements. Support the Innovation Mission Lead in the refinement, prioritization, & communication of the opportunities in these advancements.

  • Map, supervise our internal commercial digital innovation processes & collaborate to improve.

  • Co-create with CDH partner teams a shared framework for assessing innovation opportunities and implementing the process of digital innovation \Act as CDH SME/evangelist on user-centered design & work across the CDH verticals and our partners in R&D & Commercial to drive adoption of effective design thinking where it will deliver substantial, measurable impact.

  • Key initial focus and delivery includes:

    • Support or own key deliverables of the DSE Innovation Mission as needed, including Innovation opportunity landscapes & assessments for business leaders.

    • Partner with the DSE team and Mission Leads to support the successful transition/resolution of the current organization into the remit & structure.

Education and experience:

Bachelors with at least 5 years in the commercial digital business

Required skills:

  • Strong digital generalist with strong experience in digital innovation process management

  • Excellent capacity to reduce complicated technical topics to empathic and useful briefings

  • Good validated understanding of the current technology and strategic directions of the healthcare ecosystems we serve across multiple geographies.

  • Solid understanding of the core technologies behind digital marketing and digital health services, good understanding of speciality areas like AI/ML is valuable, and a voracious learning curve for new technology is vital.

  • Hypothesis-driven thinker with a strong attention to detail.

  • Demonstrated ability to “own” the definition & evolution of a new role within an established organization

  • Solid understanding of AZ’s retail & specialty pharmaceutical businesses and therapy areas—speak the business.

  • Ability to structure & deliver on sophisticated, detailed requirements with a strong sense of outcomes ownership

  • Highly developed communication and influencing abilities across interpersonal teams and levels in a large complex operating environment

  • Ability to express complex ideas in clear and compelling way to multiple external and internal team member groups

  • Bold with the highest level of integrity and the ability to foster trust and loyalty

  • Motivated by delivering digital innovation in service of improved patient outcomes and treatment experience

Why AstraZeneca?
At AstraZeneca when we see an opportunity for change, we seize it and make it happen, because any opportunity no matter how small, can be the start of something big. Delivering life-changing medicines is about being entrepreneurial - finding those moments and recognising their potential. Join us on our journey of building a new kind of organisation to reset expectations of what a bio-pharmaceutical company can be. This means we’re opening new ways to work, pioneering powerful methods and bringing unexpected teams together. Interested? Come and join our journey.

So, what’s next!
Are you ready to bring new ideas and fresh thinking to the table? Brilliant! We have one seat , 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 authorisation and employment eligibility verification requirements. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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