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Senior Director, Program Management – Clinical Operations

Ort South San Francisco, Kalifornien, USA Warschau, Woiwodschaft Masowien, Polen Cambridge, England, Vereinigtes Königreich Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA Anzeigen-ID R-082910 Veröffentlichungsdatum 06/30/2020

We are looking for a Senior Director to join our Oncology Clinical Operations team to establish and provide global strategic leadership to a core group of individuals, as well as ensure delivery of operational and clinical development moving pieces of the clinical programs within scope.

Do you have extensive late stage Oncology Drug Development experience and a proven track-record of managing and developing a core team of individuals? Are you seeking the chance to meaningfully move the needle for functional improvements that cross clinical programs? Then AstraZeneca and this role may be perfect for you!

At AstraZeneca, we put patients first and strive to meet their unmet needs worldwide. Working here means being entrepreneurial, thinking big and working together to make the impossible a reality. If you are swift to action, confident to lead, willing to collaborate, and curious about what science can do, then you’re our kind of person.

Business Area:

Oncology Clinical Operations (Late Stage) is responsible for the program and study management of clinical projects designed to generate clinical evidence in support of a registrational strategy. Therapeutic expertise in oncology, project management capability and effective leadership of cross functional teams are critical capabilities that exist within the group to ensure strategic plans are translated into action.

What You’ll Do:

The Senior Director Oncology Program Management reports to the VP Oncology Clinical Operations (Late Stage) and is accountable for the quality of program management and clinical operations activities within the Oncology portfolio. In this role, you will work with the Global Medicines and Global Clinical Leads to ensure robust strategic and operational planning has been incorporated throughout the governance process, to oversee delivery of projects to plan and to drive standardization across a portfolio of work.

The job holder is a key route of issue escalation and problem resolution. They are also responsible for the recruitment, capability build, individual development and performance management of program managers (DCDs and ADCDs) in addition to contributing to functional related activities partnering with other Senior Directors in the group and across functions ensuring high quality contribution to process improvement initiatives.

Accountabilities / Responsibilities:

  • Communicate the business priorities and vision to staff ensuring adoption of globally agreed TA and clinical development strategies

  • Establish, direct and provide strategic global leadership for staff working on clinical studies in scope

  • Ensure delivery of all the operational and clinical development components of the global clinical programs within scope

  • Line manage Directors Clinical Development and Associate Directors Clinical Development

  • Assign capable TA Clinical Operations resources to meet the clinical drug project demands in collaboration with other departments and capacity management.

  • Work across the Oncology Clinical Operations group to develop, maintain and implement a clinical operations TA strategy for delivery of the overall immuno-oncology portfolio

  • Work across the Oncology Clinical Operations group to lead and develop the global customer interface and support model for the TA

  • Act as a key point of escalation for issues impacting across programs

  • Provide strategic leadership to drive projects and foster a performance driven global culture.

Additionally, as part of Oncology Clinical Operations leadership team, you will:

  • Sponsor Clinical Operations nondrug strategy & organizational infrastructures

  • Contribute to the development and maintenance of delivery models/options provided by Clinical Operations, balancing customer needs and efficiency

  • Deliver agreed departmental activities within functional budget target

Essential for the Role:


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent

  • Extensive late stage Oncology Drug Development experience ideally including time in role as a Director Clinical Development (DCD) or equivalent in a previous organization

  • Line management expertise; experience of performance management of Associate Director level staff (experience of managing Director level staff desirable but not essential)

  • Demonstrated development of others, identifying and providing opportunities to improve the capabilities of other people

  • Experience in contributing meaningfully to Clinical Operations functional improvement initiatives that cross clinical programs

  • Functional management experience, managing resourcing, budget planning and functional level activities

  • Established and well-connected network with other TA Leaders, Development Operations Leadership and Early Development Oncology

Skills and Competencies:

  • Professional excellence: Background of high professional achievement and willingness to encourage this in others

  • Manages change with a positive approach; sees change as an opportunity to improve performance and add value to the business

Core Capabilities:

  • Influencing and stakeholder management

  • Supplier/Partnership Management

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Demonstrated ability to set and manage priorities, resources, performance targets and project initiatives in a global environment

  • Creative and Innovative: Seeks to improve continuously where it counts, based on good awareness of external competitive practice, and creativity and initiative

  • Output/delivery focused

  • Maintains high standards, including a commitment to AstraZeneca values, policies and employment principles

Cultural Awareness:

  • Is aware of and sensitive to cultural differences and their impact on communication, expectations and performance.

  • Teamwork and cross functional Collaboration: Is effective in leading and being a member of teams, both locally and internationally.

  • Willingness to travel domestically and internationally

Desirable for the Role

  • Advanced Degree

  • Significant experience in Clinical Development with knowledge of global operational program and study delivery

  • Proven experience in project management

  • Comprehensive knowledge of clinical and pharmaceutical drug development processes in Oncology

  • Experience working internationally: working with major markets/resolution of international issues

  • Business planning skills: has knowledge/experience of planning processes used in managing drug projects

  • Risk and crisis management experience

  • Experience of leading successful teams from more than one national culture

  • Manage of cost center/department budget and contribute to Clinical Operations budget management

  • Manage project budget to threshold for assigned work packages

Why AstraZeneca?

At AstraZeneca when we see an opportunity for change, we seize it and make it happen, because any opportunity no matter how small, can be the start of something big. Delivering life-changing medicines is about being entrepreneurial - finding those moments and recognising their potential. Join us on our journey of building a new kind of organisation to reset expectations of what a bio-pharmaceutical company can be. This means we’re opening new ways to work, pioneering cutting edge methods and bringing unexpected teams together. Interested? Come and join our journey.

So, what’s next!

Are you already imagining yourself joining our team? Good, because we can’t wait to hear from you.

Where can I find out more?

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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. 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.

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