Biologics Discovery Platform Lead

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Cambridgeshire

Job Type: Full time


Biologics Discovery Platform Lead,

Introduction to role:

Are you ready to accelerate AstraZeneca’s biologics discovery activities by providing innovative tech, data, and AI solutions? We are seeking a leader to join R&D IT to build and own the Biologics Discovery Platform. This is a once in a career opportunity to own the full lifecycle of a platform – design, build, run, utilisation - in an exciting and rapid-evolving area of science.


As the Biologics Discovery Platform Lead, you will have overall IT accountability for the platform. You will define and implement a technology strategy that anticipates and meets the current and future needs of AstraZeneca’s scientific community. You will form productive relationships with AstraZeneca senior scientific leaders and science communities to develop an aligned understanding of their use cases and needs. You will lead, build and develop a distributed team of tech, data, and AI specialists. You will also effectively control and coordinate activities across this platform, other R&D teams, and multiple vendors.

Essential Skills/Experience:

- An expert with over 10 years’ experience in applying technology, data, and AI in the pharmaceutical industry.
- Extensive knowledge of biologics and biologics drug discovery processes.
- A current people leader with line management responsibility for a large, distributed and diverse team.
- Able to communicate, influence and inspire stakeholders up to board level around a vision for tech, data, and AI in biologics discovery.
- Experience in working in a complex global organisation – leading a distributed team and proactively managing an extensive network of global customers.
- Experience of building, leading, managing and motivating a large team of technical experts across multiple locations.
- Definition and implementation of IT delivery and service operating models – with a focus on continuous and measurable improvement of delivery practices and user experience.
- Budget (finance and resource) ownership for programmes of more than $5m per annum.

When we put unexpected teams in the same room, we unleash bold thinking with the power to inspire life-changing medicines. In-person working gives us the platform we need to connect, work at pace and challenge perceptions. That’s why we work, on average, a minimum of three days per week from the office. But that doesn't mean we’re not flexible. We balance the expectation of being in the office while respecting individual flexibility. Join us in our unique and ambitious world.

Why AstraZeneca?

At AstraZeneca, we connect across the whole business to power each function to better influence patient outcomes and improve their lives. We play an increasingly crucial role in driving exciting transformation on our journey to becoming a digital and data-led enterprise. We bring together diverse areas, different functions as well as external partners. Our diversity is our strength. We thrive on being exposed to multiple fields. Constantly decoding business needs and applying our knowledge to technical challenges. We take data seriously. Driven by the impact we know we can have; our high ethical standards never slip. This is the place where innovation meets large-scale impact.

Ready to make a difference? Apply now and join us in our journey to create life-changing medicines!

Date Posted


Closing Date

22-May-2024Our mission is to build an inclusive and equitable environment. We want people to feel they belong at AstraZeneca and Alexion, starting with our recruitment process. We welcome and consider applications from all qualified candidates, regardless of characteristics. We offer reasonable adjustments/accommodations to help all candidates to perform at their best. If you have a need for any adjustments/accommodations, please complete the section in the application form.