Search and Evaluation Director
Do you have a scientific or clinical background combined with an entrepreneurial attitude and business know-how? Would you like to apply your expertise in a company where we are following the science and turn ideas into life changing medicines? Then you might be the one we are looking for!
We are now recruiting a Search and Evaluation Director to join the Search and Evaluation Department within Business Development and Licensing, Biopharmaceutical R & D with focus on CVRM at AstraZeneca in USA.
The Search and Evaluation Director, Cardiovascular, Renal and Metabolism, in Business Development and Licensing is a key role in Biopharmaceuticals R&D, AstraZeneca, where the role holder supports global Business Development initiatives and has a direct impact on the scientific strategy and portfolio. The Search and Evaluation (S&E) group is responsible for driving search efforts of external innovation throughout the Biopharma R&D CVRM community and conducting technical due diligence activities that ensure an in-depth understanding of investment opportunities and provide effective decision-making tools for the organization. The role holder will have a major impact on strategic development of Biopharmaceuticals R&D, CVRM, ensuring that the portfolio is delivered and that the science, capabilities and portfolio are fit for future challenges and opportunities.
The successful candidate has a strong R&D scientific and / or clinical background, business and strategic acumen and excellent communication skills. In addition, an ability to engage and collaborate across boundaries with an entrepreneurial attitude and delivery focus.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
•Reporting to the Global Head of S&E, CVRM, he/she is responsible for identifying and evaluating of all external in-licensing opportunities from academia, biotech’s and peer-pharma including early research projects, new modality platforms, early and late clinical stage candidates and Life Cycle Management (LCM) opportunities
•He / She will be responsible for representing the Business Development strategy at partnering meetings to identify and triage external assets and opportunities related to CVRM.
•He / She will be responsible for integrating input from various functional areas across the organization to create high quality, clear and concise due diligence reports of external assets and will provide recommendations to senior governance bodies.
•The candidate will be responsible for identifying and evaluation of key academic collaborations and technical platform capabilities that can enhance the scientific credibility and portfolio of Biopharmaceuticals R&D CVRM.
•He / She works constructively with key stakeholders and cross-functional teams including commercial to ensure effective communication, efficient decision-making, to support completion of transactions with BD teams in a timely manner
•He / She will track breakthrough innovation, ongoing clinical trials and market trends of existing external CVRM opportunities using competitive intelligence tools to identify opportunities, threats and risks in a timely manner.
•Create a dynamic, entrepreneurial and externally facing organization which enables an internally and externally collaborative culture with calculated risk taking.
•Collaborate closely with colleagues in CVRM and BD teams, and across business to identify and exploit cross-business opportunities and embed best practice.
•10 years MD or PhD or MBA experience.
Requirements and Qualifications:
•Strong scientific reputation in drug discovery and clinical development
•Basic understanding of deal making
•Ability to interact and communicate effectively
•Proven leadership abilities in a R & D environment
•A strong understanding of late stage clinical development experience in CVRM , demonstrating cultural sensitivity and awareness.
•Extensive experience in pharmaceutical R&D, demonstrating international experience in multiple cultures and R & D environments.
•Ability to think critically, creatively and to anticipate and solve problems
•Ability to navigate and be successful in a fast-paced, highly-matrixed work environment
Leadership and behaviours
•Excellent communicator who take responsibility for decisions made. Role model engagement and commitment.
•Able to lead culture shift and raise the bar in performance at all levels in the organization
•Able and accountable for driving business performance.
•Understand the wider AstraZeneca business priorities
•Appreciate that scientific expertise needs to be balanced with business leadership
•Able to actively seek collaboration in a complex matrix structure
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 ready to bring new ideas and fresh thinking to the table? Brilliant! We have one seat available and we hope it’s yours.
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