OBU Business Unit Director

AstraZeneca UK

Location: County Dublin

Job Type: Full time


Business Unit Director - Oncology

Location: Dublin, Ireland

Competitive salary & excellent benefits

Closing date: 29th Setptember 2023

Do you have expertise in, and a passion for, Sales & Marketing?

Business Area

Change the way cancer is treated by making an impact at every point in the patient journey. We are thinking and acting faster than anyone to ensure the data we're producing helps physicians care for patients better. To ultimately deliver clinical promises to the real world, improve patient outcomes and their quality of life.

Join our globally-renowned Oncology area, which is leading the rapid business growth of our enterprise and ever-evolving industry. It's an exciting time to join as we work towards our big ambitions with entrepreneurial thinking and innovation. Leaders for the business and the industry, we are not afraid to step out of our comfort zone to make things happen.

We are committed to advancing the science of oncology to deliver life-changing medicines to people most in need. Our broad pipeline of next-generation medicines is focused on the disease areas of: breast, ovarian, lung, gastrointestinal, genitourinary and haematological cancers, using four key scientific approaches: immunotherapy, tumour drivers and resistance mechanisms, DNA damage response, and antibody-drug conjugates.

Our ambition is to eliminate cancer as a cause of death through scientific discovery and collaborations. We see the oncology revolution as a once in a lifetime scientific opportunity with the potential to be the biggest step change since combinatorial chemistry and antibiotics, with 20 years of growth to come.

We seek dedicated commercial leadership for our franchises across functions and markets, maximizing the regional potential of our leading Oncology portfolio, delivering commercial excellence in close collaboration with a wide variety of in- and external partners.

Our regional organization is well set and empowered to operate as a key catalyst between our global business strategies and the local healthcare systems, enabling and evolving a dynamic and swift commercial, access and medical implementation in the respective markets.

What You'll do

The Business Unit Director (BUD) of Oncology is the most senior Oncology leadership role in the local marketing company, playing a meaningful role within the Senior Leadership Team and reports directly to AstraZeneca Country Director of Ireland. With AstraZeneca's robust Oncology portfolio, this strategic leader will play a key role resource planning and the continued build out of our team and capabilities.

Your mission is to achieve Oncology P&L targets through the strategic cross-functional planning and perfect execution of creative marketing, sales, diagnostics, innovation, medical and clinical development activities. The BUD of Oncology has reporting lines across the Commercial Oncology

Franchises dedicated collaborative resources within Medical Affairs and across Market Access, Government Affairs, Communications and Patient Advocacy, Regulatory Affairs, Finance and Commercial Operations.

Accountabilities include:

  • Lead the Oncology team in delivering our strategy and ambition of eliminating cancer as a cause of death always putting the patient first
  • Lead and role modelling of AZ culture and values.
  • Accountable for the Oncology P&L, including topline targets (volumes and price) and investments/expenses across all departments
  • Accountable for the strategic mid-term planning (MTP) and for the delivery of all BSPs (Brand Strategic Plans)
  • Full Management of Commercial franchises and leading our collaborations
  • Help define and support Market Access, Governmental Affairs, Communication and Patient Advocacy objectives
  • Constant monitoring of direct and indirect (shared) resources: prepare the structure and capabilities for the future pipeline and external environment
  • Provide direction, coaching and development opportunities to all members of the Oncology BU
  • Maintain a positive ambitious and motivational atmosphere such that all feel that they can contribute to the unit's development and receive appropriate recognition
  • Cultivate a culture of cross-functional work and ownership
  • Develop strong relations with key external partners across the Oncology ecosystem; maintain contact with relevant advocacy groups in support of AZ Oncology interests
  • Liaise closely with all corporate colleagues, maintaining a strong contribution in relation to product development
  • Provide local strategic feedback into global brands and projects
  • Active contribution to advancing, accelerating, simplifying the WESE Area and local working and partnering models and processes towards maximum value creation for patients, healthcare, societies and AstraZeneca

Essential experience:

  • University degree qualification
  • Substantial pharmaceutical proven experience across multiple functions
  • Business unit management experience, incorporating responsibility for sales and marketing
  • Market access and/or governmental affairs experience
  • In-depth understanding of Medical Affairs activities
  • Expertise in Oncology
  • Successful launch experience
  • Extensive oncology high level network (scientific societies, national institutions)
  • Management experience over cross-functional teams
  • Proven track record to navigate the local and international matrix

Why AstraZeneca?

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, 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?

If you are inspired by the possibilities of science to make a difference and ready to discover what you can do by joining us on this exciting journey and believe you can contribute to this bold ambition - join us!

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