Senior Product Director DCT

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Cheshire East, Gaithersburg, Maryland

Job Type: Full time


This opportunity is available at our Gaithersburg, MD (USA), Gothenburg (Sweden), Macclesfield (UK) and Barcelona (Spain) locations.

Would you like to apply your expertise to transform how we develop medicines and change patients’ lives in a company that follows the science and turns ideas into life changing medicines? Do you thrive on working flexibly at the forefront of science and technology in a rapidly changing global environment? Fancy the chance to deliver patient centric, sustainable and efficient solutions at scale across our portfolio in partnership with patients, healthcare professionals and our R&D teams? Then AstraZeneca Digital Health R&D might be the place for you!

Digital Health R&D’s ambition is to transform Clinical Development and Healthcare Delivery, powered by digital, science and partnerships, to deliver the healthcare outcomes and experience that patients care about the most. Digital Health R&D is reimagining how we work to position AstraZeneca as an industry leader, making the development & delivery of new medicines easier. We’re doing this by harnessing the latest digital innovations working with patients, clinicians and our teams to design and build the technology and working practices at scale.

We are accelerating our transformation efforts to ensure we deliver the best in leading-edge technology capabilities to keep us at the forefront of future drug development.

The Digital Patient Health & Innovation function is part of Digital Health R&D and works across 4 key areas by defining our digital health strategies, developing and deploying novel endpoints as well as digital patient solutions to support our full R&D clinical development and commercial drug portfolios in partnership with R&D and IT teams. Our mission is to:

  • Transform clinical development, through development of patient and site centric digital solutions that improve access to clinical trials for all patients, whilst delivering faster and more efficiently for both site and sponsor

  • Improve outcomes for our patients and trials through remote data collection and patient support, providing enriched data sets to support regulatory submissions and differentiated labelling

  • Partner with the healthcare industry to determine how digital technologies can improve diagnosis, access to treatments and outcomes for patients with CKD, Heart Failure and COPD, including remote diagnosis tools and multi-modal healthcare data and AI approaches

  • Optimise real world medication use by patients and deliver digital interventions to improve clinical outcomes with our medicines

The Senior Director DCT will be responsible for development of strategies and product development related to the end-to-end service for Decentralized Clinical trials, hybrids or full DCT. This role is responsible for an updated landscape for DCT and required technology including aspects like direct to patient deliveries and eConsent. DTP includes IMP, medical devices and other auxiliary equipment required for the execution of a clinical study. In this role you will lead a team of Product Owner/managers as well as process specialists and implementation specialists to deliver an end-to-end service for studies using DCT in close collaboration with other product teams and Unify team specifically.

This role will also have a view of the regulatory landscape and enablement of DCT components across different geographies.

Your key accountabilities will be:

  • Understand and convert business strategies to product strategies and technical requirement

  • Responsible for developing the Product strategy and convert this to a updated product roadmap related to DCT and propose strategic changes in a timely manner.

  • Responsible for stimulating conceptual thinking and creativity and challenging the status quo for continuous improvement.

  • Develop and propose new business cases for DCT related products or services

  • Coach and develop Product Managers/Owners, Implementation Leads and Process specialist to deliver high quality products and services aligned with business needs.

  • Collaborate with SMEs to drive innovations in DCT area and how these technologies can transform clinical study design and delivery.

  • Work closely with Product Managers/Owners within Unify as well as other products in Digital Health.

  • Deliver effective recommendations for prioritisation regarding the product backlog items in order to deliver maximum outcome with minimum input in line with business priorities.

  • Act as a change agent during the global roll-out of new technologies - embed new tools and technologies into the business and measure success.

  • Provide leadership for those leading the day-to-day implementation of new tools through to completion.

  • Interact with TA leads for Digital strategies on TA and DA level

  • In depth understanding of technology and regulatory landscape and other DPS solutions related to DCT

  • Take on all aspects of Line Management including Recruit, Retain & Develop personnel and Manage performance including feedback and rewards

  • Resource planning and assignment of task in group

  • Support DPS Product LT with input and develop the Product development capabilities in the organization

  • Ensure quality and compliance to External Regulations and AZ Standards

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree with 5 years relevant Pharma experience

  • Great leadership skills and experience in developing people

  • Understanding of the drug development process, and the different sources of information that will support, inform and assist in Trial Design and execution

  • Extensive Product Management skills, +5 years, in similar product areas

  • Deep knowledge of DCT components and their utilization in clinical trial settings

  • Knowledge about Clinical trial delivery

  • Knowledge of GCP, 21 CFR part 11, relevant guidelines ISPOR, ISOQOL, FDA, EMA

  • Ability to work collaboratively in a cross functional setting with internal as well as external partners

  • Ability to challenge the status quo, lead through a vision, take ownership and holds self and others accountable

  • Well-developed Senior Stakeholder management skill with together with proven negotiation, collaboration and interpersonal leadership skills

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to deal with ambiguity and create clarity

  • Passion for Customers, representing the needs of multiple customers in decision making.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Thrives in a fast-paced work environment, comfortable with complexity and uncertainty at times, lots of humour, dedication to deliver outcomes and motivated by the opportunity to rethink our approach to healthcare.

  • Comfort and skills operating in a heavily matrixed organizations with excellent skills and intuition to manage the needs of various partners.

  • Ability to rapidly grasp concepts and excellent ability to handle complexity by simplifying it and providing clear directions to the team

  • Ability to manage and influence strategically and persuade tactfully, to acquire desired outcomes while maintaining effective, positive, organizational relationships

  • Comprehensive understanding of dynamics affecting the pharmaceutical industry and needs for transformation

  • Ability to work globally including international travel

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 cutting edge 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 available and we hope it’s yours.

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