Senior Director, External Science Engagement Strategy

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Gaithersburg, Maryland, Greater London, Waltham, Massachusetts

Job Type: Full time


AstraZeneca is a global, science-led biopharmaceutical company and our innovative medicines are used by millions of patients worldwide. This is the place to make an impact. Here we ensure everyone can reach their full potential, perform at their best and make a valued contribution to the enterprise.

Within Oncology R&D, we are empowered to be bold, take calculated risks and use our intelligence and courage to always follow the science. This approach has enabled us to successfully deliver 7 new Oncology medicines in as many years.

It is the breadth and strength of our innovative pipeline that offers both security and stability. And with the goal to deliver 6 new molecular entities by 2025, it’s up to each of us to keep pushing our industry-leading Oncology pipeline forward and build the future.

As a member of the External R&D Leadership team, this role is part of a concerted cross-functional global effort to enhance and optimize the company’s relationship between External Science and Strategy.

The Senior Director, External Science Engagement Strategy Lead will report to the VP External R&D and primarily will support the External R&D strategy in defining and leading the global External Science Engagement strategy.Specific responsibilities includeestablishing process to generate strategic insights aligned to TA Strategy and synchronize “One Voice” external approach at enterprise level (across ORD, GMA, OBU) in sync with ORD Strategy.

The person in this rolewill utilize their experience, leadership and extensive expertise in oncology to promote an effective cross-functional work between the main internal stakeholders in the Hematology/Oncology R&D (Early Oncology, Late Oncology, Tumor Councils, SBDA)and Global Medical Affairs organization, to optimally engage with external experts in order to drive and deliver on AZ Oncology strategy.

What you will do:

  • Drive fit-for-purpose External Engagements utilizing multiple delivery models such as External Science Panel, Scientific Symposium, External Seminar Speaker series and lead output summaries with actions and recommendations from each engagement and integrate to strategy.

  • Lead external engagement strategy, portfolio of engagements with KEEs including scientific exchanges for key alliances and collaborate with key senior stakeholder.

  • Working with key Oncology leadership, lead identificationstrategic need for external engagement and apply the best delivery model to achieve the desired outcomes aligned with the Oncology Leadership strategy.

  • Develop enterprise-wide database for KEEs participating in AZ external panels and drive contracting efficiencies for the core KEEs.

  • Keep up-to-date knowledge on key opportunities for AZ ORD strategy and determine if external input is necessary.

  • Lead the scientific impact assessment report for all external engagements.

  • Lead internal R&D opportunity analysis and gather strategic and scientific questions to be addressed with external partners.

  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of AZ pipeline, strategy and vision

  • Manage external relationships andparticipate in governance meetings with strategic partners.

  • Collaborate with other functional areas within the early and late-stage oncology organization.

  • Contribute to budget management.

  • Close collaboration across External R&D LT for strategic alignment

  • Prepare and deliver external presentations

  • Maintain compliance with all company compliance and regulatory guidelines governing external interactions.

Basic Qualifications:

  • PhD and/or MDwith minimum of 3 years’ experience working in pharmaceutical industry OR providing consulting services.

  • Ability to assess issues/risks and effectively implement remediation measurements

  • Ability to understand contractual agreement structure, terms and obligations and be able to translate the terms in a way understood by senior management

  • Demonstrated strong project management, great organizational skillsand cross-function team management skills

  • Ability to manage and/or resolve issues, risks, and conflicts both internally and externally in a timely manner through great listening skills and the capability to ask the right questions.

  • Critical strategic thinker ; ability to initiate, develop and implement new strategies and processes

  • Able to partner well with all functional management.

  • Strong interpersonal skills. Capacity to work cross-functionally and to influence people without direct authority.

  • Comfortable working with senior management

  • Experience working in a matrix organization and demonstrated ability to influence

Preferred Qualifications:

  • MBA
  • Knowledge of Oncology drug development,strategy and process

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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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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