Cambridge, UK
Posted by: Astra Zeneca
12 Apr
11 Jun expires

Oncology Genomics Therapy Area Lead

Cambridge, UK
Job Description

In this single contributor role you will use your oncology disease area and genetics expertise, working in collaboration with Genome Analysts and other CGR specialists. Your accountability will span across the scientific leadership and strategy of all oncology genomics projects. Additionally, you will be the senior representative of the CGR at therapy area research boards and governance bodies, having a seat in the CGR leadership team and reporting to the Head of CGR.


You will have matrix management responsibilities delivering through collaboration with CGR and disease area specialists. Both new and ongoing genomics collaborations within oncology disease area, as well as counselling senior partners on genomics aspects of projects and business plans will be part of your responsibility. We will also rely on you to ensures scientific innovation, strategic alignment, prioritisation and communication of genomic results to transform drug research and development. Depending on your previous experience and expertise, this role could be at either Associate Director or Director level.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Therapy area strategy and delivery of Genomics projects, working with disease and functional specialists
  • Identify new external collaborations and manage existing collaborations with Academic partners
  • Communication with respective Therapy area Senior Management, including presentations at Review Boards/Leadership team meetings for strategy alignment and agreement, prioritisation and reporting of results, enabling follow up of findings by the Therapy areas ensuring effective integration into the drug discovery pipeline
  • Work with required CGR functions to ensure delivery, including genome analytics, portfolio management, business development, finance and communications
  • Lead CGR cross-functional interpretation of results and contributing to scientific publications in high-quality peer-reviewed journals and presentations at scientific conferences
  • As part of the CGR LT, define the CGR strategy and goals, including required budget and resources
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Desired Skills & Experience

Essential Criteria

We believe that you have a MD and or PhD degree in a genomic, genetics or other relevant subject area, or equivalent experience. You have a good understanding of oncology drug research and development and experience in oncology related genomics' research, which is evaluated by your track record, publications and presentations. Furthermore, you are a leader with experience in and passion for developing, motivating and empowering others and you do this by excellent communication.


  • A Background of line or matrix management promoting, motivating and empowering others to accomplish individual, team and organisational objectives
  • Demonstrates conceptual, analytical and critical thinking
  • Capability to formulate strategic genomics' direction for the Therapy area, communicating sophisticated scientific topics clearly to non-experts
  • Effective influencing, communication and partner leadership skills, including effective delivery through academic collaborations
  • High levels of integrity, patient-centric thinking and collaborative values


Desirable for the role

  • External recognition as specialist in own specialism, confirmed by publications, external scientific presentations, awards, etc.
  • Demonstrated scientific leadership of how genomics can benefit the overall drug development process
  • Expertise in risk management and prioritisation relevant to genomics studies, such as regulatory, human bio samples and privacy aspects
  • Ability to influence strategically and persuade subtly, to acquire desired outcomes while maintaining effective, positive, organisational relationships
  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