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Location: Cambridge, England, United Kingdom Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Job reference: R-005859
Posted date: Apr. 10, 2017

Associate Director, Study Management

Location: Cambridge, UK or Boston, USA

Salary: Competitive

At AstraZeneca, innovation is more than just research. As one of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies, we are focused on developing medicines that make a real difference in patient care. This is a place with an entrepreneurial and collaborative culture, where you will feel valued, energised and rewarded for your ideas and contributions. A place where talented people can immerse themselves in their work and make significant contributions towards scientific and commercial excellence.

We push the boundaries of science to deliver medicines that transform the lives of people around the world. So, join us as an Associate Director, Study Management (oncology) and work with a company that's expanding rapidly, in one of the strongest science hubs in the world, with an incredibly strong early stage portfolio. Our planned new site in Cambridge is set to become our largest centre for oncology research, as well as hosting scientists working in other disease areas.

In this role, you will make key contributions as the operational leader for the set-up, delivery, reporting and archiving of global studies within assigned programmes to time, cost and quality through leadership of international, multi-disciplinary, cross-functional study teams.  You will work primarily within the Oncology therapy area, focusing on early, typically Phase 1, 2a, and 2b Proof of Concept studies.  You will work in a broad position which is science led, but operationally focused; influencing stakeholders from across the project team such as the Translational Scientist.


As an Associate Director, Study Management your overall objective is to lead the study delivery team(s), by planning and driving the delivery and reporting of all components of AstraZeneca sponsored Early Clinical Development (ECD)-led global clinical studies to time, quality, budget, project standards and scientific requirements.

By liaising with the Global Medicines Development Clinical Operations Group, you will identify and resolve operational feasibility issues, and facilitate study start-up activities.  In addition to this, you will be responsible for forecasting and ensuring the day-to-day management of study timelines and budget, materials, and the development of detailed study level plans and feasibility assessments.  Your broad remit will also involve implementing globally agreed study level process and technology for clinical studies.

Essential Skills, Qualifications and Experience

To be successful in this role, you should be able to demonstrate an Agile approach to your work, being able to act and modify your plans based on emerging data that comes out of the studies.  You will need to be pioneering, and, and not overly reliant on hard processes, with a confidence to seek out solutions, often novel ways of working to address problems as you encounter them.  AS you will be leading cross functional teams within and outside of the clinical group, you will need to use your collaboration skills to influence stakeholders, to identify win/win scenarios for all parties.

You will also be expected to have;

A university degree in a related discipline, preferably in biological science, or an area associated with Clinical Research

  • Proven experience leading international studies in early stage oncology clinical development
  • A background of delivering through strategic partners and third-party vendors
  • Established people and project leadership skills
  • Clinical drug development project management experience.

AstraZeneca is an equal opportunity employer. AstraZeneca will consider all qualified applicants for employment without discrimination on grounds of disability, sex or sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity leave status, race or national or ethnic origin, age, religion or belief, gender identity or re-assignment, marital or civil partnership status, protected veteran status (if applicable) or any other characteristic protected by law. AstraZeneca only employs individuals with the right to work in the country/ies where the role is advertised.

Position Opening Date: 10th April 2017

Position Closing Date:  12th May 2017

Associate Director, Study Management
Clinical Development

AstraZeneca in the UK

Our 6,700-strong UK workforce is based across seven sites in the UK, including our new research facilities and global corporate headquarters in Cambridge. The Cambridge Biomedical Campus (CBC) is globally renowned as a leading centre of research, education and patient care. For AstraZeneca, the campus is the perfect environment in which to foster a vibrant culture of open innovation and collaboration.

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