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Senior Director Physician, Early Clinical Development

Plats Göteborg, Västra Götalands län, Sverige Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA Cambridge, England, Storbritannien Jobb-id R-101555 Datum inlagd 03/01/2021

Are you a senior leader with extensive experience working with clinical drug development? Would you like to apply your expertise to impact project delivery in a Company driven by science to make a true impact on patient´s lives? As a global, science-led biopharmaceutical, we are the beating heart of the business and there’s no better place to work as a physician. At AstraZeneca, your innovative discoveries will ultimately have the potential to reach billions of patients’ in need, all across the globe. That’s why we love it – this is the place to make a greater impact. Are you ready to join us and see what science can do?

At Early Respiratory & Immunology (Early R&I), we are following the science of common pathways and underlying disease drivers from respiratory disease into immunology-driven disease areas. We´re driven by innovation and our dedication to make a real-life difference in patients’ lives. That difference starts with you.

Clinical Development within Early R&I consists of experienced medical directors, clinical scientists and clinical program directors, who, in a collaborative manner, define clinical development strategy, design innovative clinical trials and translate novel scientific ideas to proof-of-concept in target populations. Here, you will get the opportunity to work in a truly international environment and meet and discuss with key opinion leaders, other medical colleagues and authorities in basic science, as well as commercial, regulatory, and other functions.

What you’ll do

As a Senior Director Physician, you will take a leading role and be accountable for all clinical aspects of disease area strategy within your area of expertise. You will be the single point accountable leader for the design, delivery and interpretation of clinical studies in Early stage (up to Ph3ID) within AstraZeneca´s global organization. You will be responsible for the scientific & medical strategy as a disease area expert and deliver the Medical Scientific strategies of the Clinical Development Plan to the project team. As part of your role you will have the opportunity to act as a line manager and/or mentor colleagues to support personal and team development and objectives.

You will operate in a wide range of aspects in pharmaceutical medicine and lead a multitude of contacts within and outside of AstraZeneca such as Senior management team, Regulatory and Finance, Academic partners and CROs.

We rely on you to:

  • Build positive relationships and networks with internal and external medical community to follow developments within areas of expertise

  • Designs or manages the implementation of the medical strategy within Clinical Development globally

  • Ensure that clinical input into the Translational Medicine and development strategies and plans receive adequate peer consultation to assure high scientific quality

  • Closely follows medical developments within assigned areas and disseminates new information within Clinical Development to transform trends and emerging data into new plans

  • Act as Medical Lead for regulatory communication and preparation of higher level documents

  • Ensures internal and external peer review of potential study/programme design

  • Support qualification of pharmacodynamic/disease markers for early assessment of efficacy

  • Liaises with the internal and external medical community to follow developments within areas of expertise

  • Act as Medical Lead for regulatory communication and preparation of higher level documents

  • Make your team a great place to work through provisioning of individualized development opportunities and by role-modelling respectful and inclusive behavior

Essential for the role

We believe that you are a fully qualified physician (MD or MD PhD) with extensive experience of  in early stage clinical drug development from the pharmaceutical industry. You have a thorough understanding of pharmaceutical safety, reporting and surveillance processes as well as experience in designing, monitoring, executing and interpreting clinical trials. Respiratory, Immunology, Rheumatology, and/or Allergy & Dermatology background is desirable, and you are required to travel nationally and internationally.

You have significant leadership experience with demonstrated ability to lead, coach and mentor other physicians/scientists.

You also possess:

  • Phenomenal interpersonal skills

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English

Why AstraZeneca

There are many opportunities to develop yourself and your career. From our diverse portfolio and teamwork to our cutting-edge innovations – it’s a place for lifelong learning. Ultimately, it’s more than a job. We know that our work impacts people with serious conditions, many of whom have no other alternatives. That’s what drives us – the potential to impact over one billion patients worldwide.

So, what’s next!

If you are ready to make a difference - apply today, and we'll make it happen together!

We welcome your application no later than 16 April, 2021

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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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