Cambridge, UK
Posted by: Astra Zeneca
20 Jun

Global Development Scientist Director, Clinical Excellence and Innovation

Cambridge, UK
Job Description

The Global Development Scientist Director, Clinical Excellence and Innovation will report directly to the Head, Clinical Excellence and Innovation and is an important part of the Late Development Oncology (LDO) Clinical Excellence and Innovation (CEI) team.  Our LDO CEI team is an innovative, entrepreneurial team shaping and conducting the LDO R&D mission in all matters relating to clinical excellence, including performance, knowledge sharing, external engagement, innovation, data technology, and digitalization.

Accountabilities include clinical support for the development and implementation of late phase AstraZeneca sponsored clinical strategies and drug development initiatives. You will provide clinical/scientific expert input, lead functional process improvements, and provide contributions to cross-asset or cross-tumor area working groups. You will act as a resource related to clinical excellence and innovation for oncology physicians, scientists, and study teams.  There will be a heavy emphasis on innovation/technology and data with  AI, automation, digital across multiple areas. 


You will contribute collaboratively to LDO Clinical Development and broader cross-functional teams, to ensure clinical strategy is translated in the adoption of technology in oncology clinical trials. You will share responsibility with LDO Clinical Project Teams, Clinical Operations, and Digital in the planning, execution, scaling, and delivery of initiatives across assets and across tumor areas. You will maintain and expand current professional knowledge in innovation and technology as applied to patients with cancer and oncology clinical trials. You will mentor others, and participate or lead review as needed for new opportunities, depending on level of experience.

This position demands strong collaborative communication skills, including the ability to engage with and influence a diverse range of stakeholders both within and external to AstraZeneca. The individual will operate according to the highest ethical standards in compliance with internal SOPs, local regulations, laws and adhere to Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and regulatory requirements.


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Desired Skills & Experience


Essential for the role

  • Bachelor’s degree with focus on life sciences or equivalent required
  • Significant Industry or academic experience in drug development required with significant oncology therapeutic experience  
  • Possesses sound foundational knowledge of FDA and other major country regulations.
  • Possesses detailed knowledge of Good Clinical Practice other regulations governing clinical research.
  • Possesses general knowledge of 1) clinical data review and medical monitoring; 2) Regulatory approval process in relevant countries; 3) pharmaceutical industry/R&D operations; 4) marketing and commercial fundamentals.
  • Drug Development/Clinical Development Planning: Demonstrates a proven ability to both independently complete, and lead peers in completion in components of complex plans, related documents, appropriate methodologies, measures, analytical plans and evaluation tools.
  • Ability to drive/contribute to study document design, writing and implementation
  • Strong communication & presentation skills to clearly communicate scientific concepts /data to leadership committees both internally or externally

Desirable for the role

  • Either Ph.D. degree in life sciences or MD or other healthcare degree preferred
  • Maintains a high degree of understanding and awareness of new and emerging clinical developments
  • Strong leadership skills with the ability to influence others and drive consensus building
  • Ability to contribute to, and as needed, lead development of clinical reports and integrated summary reports for complex projects
  • Ability to take ownership and execute initiatives from idea to launch, including problem identification and prioritization, data gathering, problem solving, communicating recommendations, and driving results within an agile delivery model
  • Ability to make data-driven decisions, hands-on action, and break down complex and ambiguous problems into steps
  • Technology and digital experience
  • Experience in several organizations and geographic locations
  Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA
AstraZeneca is an exciting global, innovation-driven biopharmaceutical company. We’re inspired by what science can do. Driven by the desire to meet unmet patient needs in our core therapeutic areas. Bold in our thinking. Proactive in pursuing discoveries beyond imagination. At sites across the world, we bring teams together in a spirit of collaboration to turn great ideas into life-changing medicines – strengthening our product portfolio and harnessing the potential of a pipeline across all stages of the drug development process.
You’ll be part of a team that’s rolling back the frontiers of science to turn yesterday’s impossible into the normal of tomorrow. So, if you share our focus and passion, join us and make a difference to patients – and in return, we’ll help you develop way beyond what you thought possible.
 Cambridge, UK