Senior Director, Clinical Study Supply - Oncology

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Cheshire East, Gaithersburg, Maryland

Job Type: Full time


Senior Director, Clinical Study Supply - Oncology

Macclesfield (UK) Warsaw (Poland) Gaithersburg (USA) Gothenburg (Sweden)

Introduction to role:

Are you ready to direct a team and make a real impact? We are looking for a dynamic Project Manager to join our Operations team. This is an exciting opportunity to build a long-term career with global knowledge and opportunities.

Senior Director, Clinical Study Supply – Oncology will own an R&D therapy area clinical study management team with a portfolio spanning significant portfolio of internally and externally sponsored clinical trials and will be fully accountable for the design, planning and execution of primary and secondary kit supply to all clinical studies in their therapy area ensuring no delays to new study start up and no disruption to supply to patients throughout the life of a study.

The role is a global line leadership role within Clinical Manufacturing & Supply accountable for leading one of the TA Clinical Supply Study functions to ensure effective balancing of demand and supply whilst delivering functional budgets. The role will report into the Oncology Clinical Supply Executive Director, supplying clinical studies for Oncology portfolio. This leader will drive improvements to clinical supply chain planning through the development and management of Team Leaders and their direct reports.

They will need to inspire, direct, and collaborate to broaden current capabilities to deliver the clinical portfolio, ensuring no delays to new study start up and no disruption to supply to patients throughout the life of a study.

The Senior Director, Clinical Study Supply - Oncology plays a pivotal leadership role in bridging the relationship and partnership with the Clinical Operations partners (Study management and Monitoring; Study Operations) to influence feasibility study, drive aligned strategy and innovation, improve outcomes, and deliver business results.

Key Accountabilities

Line Management of globally based clinical supply study teams.

  • Responsible for line management, mentor and development of team managers and direct reports.

  • Accountable for the recruitment, training, and capability uplift of the group.

  • Translating strategy and objectives into a meaningful direction for the group that every individual connects with and fosters a great place to work climate.

  • Provide leadership, coaching, mentorship, and direction to team members and drive a strong lean culture that promotes standardization, simplification, and continual improvement.

  • Input into financial budgeting processes and delivery of group to budget.

Global Leadership and Orchestration of supply for Clinical Studies

  • Ensuring effective supply of primary and secondary kits to all clinical studies meeting agreed portfolio, project and clinical landmarks and objectives, ensuring alignment with Clinical Operations strategies.

  • Partnering with key groups in design, planning, and execution of clinical trial supply to meet targets.

  • Ensuring required capability for all aspects of clinical study supply is developed and maintained.

  • Accountable for an efficient collaboration process with all relevant internal and external partners within the scope of clinical study design, planning, and delivery.

  • Accountable for partnering with planning function and growing study planning capability.

  • Portfolio and capacity management for group fully aligned with budgeting processes

  • Delivery of year-on-year efficiency tracking and improvements, linking with appropriate resource forecasting in PLANIT.

Accountable for the Study Drug Working Group

  • Ensures effective study drug working groups are established across the portfolio of studies working in partnership with the supply chain teams that have the responsibility to set up and manage an effective and efficient study supply chain to ensure on-time delivery of investigational product

  • Responsible for prioritization within the sub-therapy area to meet clinical requirements.

  • Manage functional KPIs and metrics and monitor clinical targets, advance, and communicate issues, risk, and recovery plans to relevant partners

Accountable for management of the external study lead service

  • Accountable for effective supplier management of 3rd party providers of external study management, leading business review meetings.

  • Management of the 3rd party providers of external study management to ensure effective supply to all clinical studies meeting agree portfolio, project, and clinical turning points.

  • Accountable for performance metrics for 3rd party providers of external study management, to ensure delivery of the AZ portfolio timely, In full, Right quality and at cost for clinical supply requirements.

Strategy Development

  • Collates the future business requirements for study setup and delivery that feed as a demand into the appropriate network strategies, business process owners and the strategic workforce plan to develop clinical supply capabilities.

Business Process Management

  • Accountable for working with the Biopharma Study Supply Team and BPOs (Business Process Owner) to implement study process standardization and engaging with the BPOs to ensure processes are more efficient or adapted to new business needs.

Essential Skills & Education

  • Degree or equivalent experience or equivalent professional qualification

  • Extensive supply chain experience covering planning, logistics and manufacturing.

  • Strong communication and stakeholder leadership skills.

  • Evidence of leading in a matrix environment with outstanding partner management

At AstraZeneca, we are driven by our commitment to deliver accelerated growth and to make people's lives better. We thrive in our often intense and ambiguous environment, seeking out new challenges and working towards new solutions. We are part of an inclusive and giving community, where we support and help each other on our journeys. We are intellectually stimulated by constant learning and there's potential for multiple, global careers and great rewards, for those who embrace the diverse opportunities.

Are you ready to make a positive impact in a team where it means more? Join us at AstraZeneca, where we are truly changing the business. Apply now!

Closing date: Friday 1st December

Competitive salary & benefits offered

Date Posted


Closing Date


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 (e.g. race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status). 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.

AstraZeneca requires all US employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 but will consider requests for reasonable accommodations as required by applicable law.

You’ve got this!