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Global Product Lead (GPL) – COVID-19 Vaccine

Plats Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA Durham, North Carolina, USA Cambridge, England, Storbritannien Jobb-id R-099485 Datum inlagd 02/02/2021

Opportunity:     Global Product Lead (GPL) – COVID-19 Vaccine

Location:           Gothenburg (Swe), Cambridge (UK), Gaithersburg or Durham (US)

Salary:  Competitive, with Excellent Company Benefits

At AstraZeneca, we are not afraid to do things differently. We are resetting expectations of what a bio-pharmaceutical company can be. This means we are opening up new ways to work, pioneering cutting edge methods and bringing unexpected teams together.

We pride ourselves on making sure that each decision we make puts patient needs first. This mindset means that our people have permission to take the more unusual path. If they can think of a better, smarter way in which we can change lives through science, we want to hear it.

The Global Project Lead (GPL) will be accountable for the development strategy of the COVID-19 vaccine with the focus on transitioning from the pandemic phase to commercial and in life-cycle management. You will provide strategic leadership to the cross-functional Global Product Team (GPT) to deliver successful global product strategy aligned to the global brand strategy through the brand’s life cycle management (LCM). You will also ensure that functional expertise is brought to bear on the Global Product Team (GPT) discussions.  You will lead the cross-functional execution of the approved development strategy once approved by the GPT and governance.

The Global Product Lead is responsible for:

  • Shaping the molecule’s integrated strategic science story through the product lifecycle
  • Defining and driving strategic and scientific value creation across lifecycle including approval, launch, growth and even maturing / expiry
  • Working collaboratively with Global team to generate a commercial and Brand strategy
  • Leveraging expertise across the AZ organization to maximise potential Brand value
  • Ensuring and facilitating links between COVID-19 teams and indications across the company
  • Inputting into the functional strategy on behalf of global projects
  • Delivering the product Target Product Profile (TPP) and Target Product Claims (TPC)
  • Defining and creating the content of product business cases that deliver regulatory approval worldwide (health authority needs) as well as stakeholder and reimbursement (Payer) as needed
  • Delivering of governance-approved business cases within tolerance on time, cost and quality, working with functional management as required to resolve issues
  • Delivering product information to support internal and external business portfolio reporting (eg. CEO briefings, annual results communications etc)
  • Partnering with Investor Relations to develop and actively manage the external messages for the analyst community for end of year results and all other material business interactions
  • Ensuring role modelling for internal stakeholders and KEE engagement in strategy development and science cascade
  • Ensuring effective and transparent risk, opportunity and issue management at strategic, tactical and operational levels
  • Simplifying the complex, anticipating obstacles and barriers and working around them by integrating robust scientific, competitive intelligence, KOL and payer insights. Seeking partners and collaborators that share our passion for science.
  • Ensuring appropriate Governance and Compliance and protects AZ’s Rights, Data and Intellectual Property
  • Managing performance with cross-functional team. Building and effectively leading high performing cross-functional teams

You must meet the essential qualifications and experience listed below:

  • Solid prior project leader experience in late phase (2b-4) projects
  • MD or PhD in a scientific or technical discipline, virology expertise is preferred
  • Ability to become expert in the latest research and thinking in COVID-19 and infection candidate drugs
  • Solid understanding of the public healthcare environment and vaccine landscape
  • Ability to build strong KEE networks
  • Solid knowledge of the competitive landscape and activities
  • Conceptual, analytical and strategic thinking
  • Ability to influence strategically across all levels of the organisation
  • Proven matrix leadership to accomplish team and organizational objectives
  • Experience of leading a development team and working in a Global environment
  • Significant understanding of the overall drug development process
  • Demonstrated ability to shape and deliver business cases
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills as well as proven negotiation, collaboration and interpersonal leadership skills
  • Mastery of Project Management with an ability to lead cross functional working groups and teams
  • Hands-on experience of managing project budgets

If you are interested in this position, please apply by submitting your CV by Friday 23rd March 2021



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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