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Associate Director, Senior Patient Safety Scientist

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Luton

Job Type: Full time


Associate Director Senior Patient Safety Scientist V&I

Location: On site - Luton UK

At AstraZeneca, we work together to deliver innovative medicines to patients across global boundaries. We make an impact and find solutions to challenges. We do this with integrity, even in the most difficult situations, because we are committed to doing the right thing.

This is an opportunity to further develop your pharmacovigilance (PV) experience in safety programs globally. Your involvement spans the entire life cycle of drug development and peri-/post-submission. Our Scientists and Physicians play a strategic role in developing our medicines and the safety science of the program. AstraZeneca’s drug development pipeline includes novel combinations and modalities, and provides an intellectual challenge to the safety teams, requiring a broad portfolio and scientific management approach to projects. Our teams’ experience develops as our portfolio does.

We are looking for an Associate Director, Senior Patient Safety (PS) Scientist to join our Patient Safety department, working in the Vaccines & Immune Therapies Area. In this exciting and challenging role, you will work collaboratively with the Global Safety Physician (GSP) and other PV Scientists and physicians. You will play a role supporting the safety strategy and requirements for your assigned drug project(s). Your ability to work collaboratively will facilitate cross-functional interactions with colleagues from across AstraZeneca, including counterparts within Clinical Project Teams, Global Regulatory Affairs, and Global Commercial teams.

As an Associate Director, Senior PS Scientist, you will be involved in aggregating, reviewing, analyzing and interpreting safety-related data to generate information to support safety decision-making by prescribers, patients and payers, with the ultimate goal of protecting patients. You will apply your PV, therapeutic area and scientific experience, knowledge and skills to deliver all aspects of safety documentation, including authoring and / or providing strategic safety input to regulatory documents, e.g., regulatory reports, health authority responses and the safety content of marketing authorization applications.

Patient Safety sits within the Chief Medical Office where we have a crucial role to play. This is an exciting period for us, as well as for those poised to join us. Our strategy and ability to transform our medicines portfolio means we have a drug-development pipeline that presents incredible opportunities to push the boundaries of science to deliver life-changing medicines. Faced with complex disease challenges, we focus on exceptional performance to drive the best and most progressive drug development programs ever!

Minimum Education, Skills and Experience Required

  • A Bachelor’s in sciences/pharmacy/nursing degree or related field

  • 3+ years of proven experience (industry experience is preferred)

  • Patient Safety and/or Clinical/Drug Development proven experience working in safety &/or scientific activities in at least 3 of the following areas:

  • Clinical drug development (Early and/or Late Phase: develop & deliver program level safety strategy, including proactive risk identification & mitigation planning)

  • Post-Marketing Surveillance (including signal detection & evaluation)

  • MAA/BLA submissions (preparation and authoring of the safety related aspects of the Common Technical Document)

  • Periodic Safety Reports (deliver strategy, preparation and authoring)

  • Risk Management Plans (deliver strategy, preparation and authoring)

  • Governance board interactions and communication across a range of activities

  • Good knowledge of PV regulations

  • Demonstrated ability to handle more than one activity simultaneously, prioritizing well and recognizing key issues

  • Ability to work effectively in an advanced matrix structure

  • Proficient in written and verbal English

Preferred Education, Skills and Experience

  • MSc/PhD/PharmD in scientific field

  • 3+ years of relevant industry experience

  • Understanding of epidemiology

*** We will be reviewing applications and shortlisting on a rolling basis - as such we reserve the right to withdraw this vacancy ahead of the stated closing date

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 already envisioning yourself joining our team? Good, because we can’t wait to hear from you!

Competitive salary and benefits package on offer.

The successful candidate will have access to a flexible employee benefits fund, including holiday purchase and flexible time off, pension contributions, Share Save Plans, A performance recognition scheme and a competitive, generous remuneration package.

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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.