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Senior Digital Strategy Director, Digital Health R&D

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Cheshire East, Gaithersburg, Maryland

Job Type: Full time


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!

We are now recruiting a Senior Digital Strategy Director.

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 supports our full R&D clinical development and commercial drug portfolios in partnership with R&D, IT, and other cross-functional 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

What you'll do

In collaboration with GPTs and Franchise Teams, the Senior Digital Strategy Director is accountable for setting, implementing and delivering the overall Digital Health Strategy for multiple related Drug Products. The role encompasses Digital Health Strategy in study design/execution and Digital therapeutics and is accountable for leading cross product strategic initiatives within an indication/ disease area.

The role is critical to the successful development of AstraZeneca’s products and requires significant leadership and business acumen capabilities.

Your key accountabilities will be:

  • Work closely with key partners across the enterprise including BioPharma Digital Health (COA, Science, Data Science and Implementation), IT, BioPharma R&D and expert functions to build program and study level Digital Health strategies.
  • In partnership with the Global Clinical Operations Program Directors, define demand ($ and FTEs) and timelines to deliver digital health strategies. Ensure functional sign-off of the demand proposal(s) and the incorporation of the proposal(s) in the overall Drug Development Program proposal for ESPC/LSPC governance approval
  • In partnership with Implementation Lead, ensure the Operational implementation of the digital strategies approved by GPT are delivered within the agreed scope and project budget
  • Demonstrate value of the digital solutions to the programs, ensuring that these are presented in governance and captured as part of the overall DH value story – tracking and reporting benefits throughout the process
  • Working closely with Head of Digital for the respective Therapy Area, lead development and implementation of TA-wide digital strategic initiatives for a specific disease area.
  • Seek to establish cross project collaborations and change initiatives that drive the adoption of digital health technologies and bring greater return on investment for AZ
  • Serve as extended member of DPHI LT, actively leading broader strategic change initiatives across the organisation
  • Lead cross-functional Digital Project teams tasked with development, approval and delivery of the Digital strategy
  • Ensure proactive, effective and transparent risk, opportunity and issues management at strategic, tactical and operational levels
  • Develop and manage relationships both internally across Digital Health to drive a ‘one team’ experience for our customers
  • No direct reports, but accountable for leadership/direction of 2-5 project teams of 5-10 team members
  • Mentor and coach project team members to uplift team capabilities
  • Help build a learning organisation: ensure that any learning associated with the programs is shared within the Digital Organisation, including benefits realisation

Essential for the role

  • Bachelors Hons Degree in scientific field*
  • At least 7-8 years of relevant experience of R&D and strong knowledge of Drug Development processes*
  • Knowledge of Digital Health*
  • Demonstrated strong leadership with enterprise mindset, learning agility, networking and negotiation skills and collaborative approach supportive of delivery of project objectives
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal and communication skills (credible and persuasive) with ability to set clear direction and objectives for the team and to influence at a senior level in the organisation including Governance groups (GPT/ESPC/LSPC/TALT/Supply Committee and beyond)
  • Capable of managing the responsibilities for a diverse range of activities, including managing vendors, budgets, timelines and risks
  • Excellent negotiation and influencing skills in order to influence and contribute to the cross-project/product strategies and deliverables within the Therapy Area
  • Senior Stakeholder management: proven ability to influence decision making processes in an ecosystem with multiple influential senior stakeholders.
  • Ability to develop & implement end-to-end Digital Health strategy aligned with the overall GPT strategy
  • Significant experience leading multi-disciplinary teams with an ability to ensure correct structure and team composition for efficient delivery and transition across the value stream
  • Knowledge of regulatory requirements as it relates to the implementation of digital projects*
  • High change and learning agility, a can-do attitude with demonstrable experience as a change agent, able to influence groups to adopt new mindsets and behaviours

So, what’s next?
Are you already imagining yourself joining our team? Good, because we can’t wait to hear from you. We will go through the applications continuously so please apply as soon as possible. Welcome with your application!

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