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Medical Director, Senior Patient Safety Physician Vaccines & Immune Therapies

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Luton

Job Type: Full time


Medical Director, Senior Patient Safety Physician, Vaccines and Immune Therapies

Location: On site - Luton UK

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. Always committed to lifelong learning, growth and development.

Patient Safety at AstraZeneca is growing a new and exciting group focused on Vaccines & Immune Therapies. We are building a global team of scientists and physicians who are passionate about patient safety in the drug development process.

Your previous experience, skills and interest are needed within the therapeutic areas of Vaccines & Immune Therapies. The core purpose of AstraZeneca Patient Safety is to add value to AstraZeneca products, provide clear science-based guidance for investigators and prescribers to safeguard patients as well as the success of our business. Patient Safety covers the entire clinical life cycle of a drug from first time into man to withdrawal of a product from the market.

What you’ll do
You will get the opportunity to engage with key internal and external stakeholders to provide scientific leadership and channeling our scientific capabilities to make a positive impact on changing patients’ lives. You will get a broad global exposure to other functions involved in the R&D process within AstraZeneca, as well as an overview of how strategic direction is set within the Clinical function and how decisions are made during drug development. Your work will be integrated with cross-functional teams in Clinical Development using your expertise to put a wide variety of issues into a clinical context to make informed decisions.

You will be responsible for providing medical expertise regarding the safety profile of the product(s) and the disease area while representing the patient and Health Authority perspective. This involves working closely together with global colleagues both from within the Patient Safety Department as well as other groups in AstraZeneca. Your key tasks will include using medical judgment to understand case histories, reviewing safety data in various formats to determine any findings of potential importance, helping identify, communicate and manage safety risks and providing a Patient Safety position in meetings and documents.

Essential education and experience required for this role:

  • A minimum of a Medical Doctor degree or international equivalent, board certification in Pharmacovigilance is a real plus

  • You will have 3-5 years experience from clinical practice but what we prefer and look for is working experience from within drug development in the pharmaceutical or biotech industry or industry providers.

  • You have a broad understanding about Health Authority regulations and Good Clinical Practice Standards

  • At AstraZeneca you will fit right in if you are: fluent in written and spoken English; thrive in a collaborative environment, you enjoy networking, learning and growing your skills in influencing both people and science as your expertise grows along with your confidence

Preferred education and experience for this role:

  • A PhD degree is a strong plus meriting.

  • If you have experience working with safety evaluation and risk management - that’s great!

  • This is an exciting opportunity for a medic who enjoys professional growth in areas of drug development, science, and leadership.

If you’re inspired by the possibilities of science to make a difference and ready to discover what you can do – join us.

Why AstraZeneca?
Our purpose is ambitious and so is our approach. Becoming a more agile and innovative company means building a dynamic, inspiring culture where we celebrate forward thinking and act with a sense of urgency. We are ambitious, take informed risks and learn from both success and failure. We are curious, creative and open to new ideas and ways of working. Above all, we are passionate about science and driven to always put patients first. Are you ready to move forward in your career?

So, what’s next!
We would like to know more about you. If you are interested, apply now! 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.