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Director, Patient Advocacy BioPharmaceuticals R&D 1 year fixed term contract

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Cambridgeshire

Job Type: Full time


Director, Patient Advocacy BioPharmaceuticals R&D 1 year fixed term contract

Cambridge, UK or Gaithersburg, US

Competitive salary and benefits

Introduction to role:

Are you ready to be instrumental in delivering against AstraZeneca’s ambition to engage with patient advocacy groups (PAGs) in research and development (R&D) to transform patient outcomes? We are seeking a Director, Patient Advocacy BioPharmaceuticals R&D who will focus on AstraZeneca’s BioPharmaceuticals unit. This role is pivotal in developing and delivering a framework for patient advocacy group engagement that enables patient communities’ experiences, perspectives, needs and priorities to be relevantly incorporated into R&D.


As the Director, you will develop a framework for patient advocacy group engagement in BioPharma R&D. You will demonstrate this framework to scale and drive increasing value to BioPharma R&D and delivery of pipeline. You will work with various teams to define governance, standard operating procedures, mentorship and training patient advocacy in BioPharma R&D. You will also play a key role in developing and enabling standard methodology involvement of PAGs related to clinical trial recruitment.

Essential Skills/Experience:

  • Significant experience working with PAGs whether through work for the pharma industry and/or working within a PAG

  • Experience leading multiple long-term, collaborative relationships with Global, Regional and local level PAGs, including those sitting within larger organisations

  • Significant understanding of pharma industry R&D and experience working with large pharma organisations

  • Understanding of external trends in patient focused drug development and patient-relevant research

  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills

  • Strong organisational, presentation and facilitation skills

  • An understanding of compliance and industry code-of-conducts, as relate to engagement and partnerships with PAGs

  • Ability to navigate sophisticated and matrixed organisations and act as both a strategic counsellor and strong individual contributor

  • Politically astute, with an ability to horizon scan for opportunities and challenges

  • A dedication to living the AZ value of Putting Patients First

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.

At AstraZeneca, we are committed to investing in our growth and development. We are a diverse and inclusive community that works together seamlessly to solve challenges and make a meaningful impact. We value wellbeing and flexibility. You can expect to feel at home from the moment you join. We are trusted to take personal accountability and work in our own way. We are an agile team with a flat structure, so it takes freedom fused with drive to keep progressing and moving forward.

Ready to challenge the status quo? Join us now!

Date Posted


Closing Date

28-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.
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