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Royston, England, United Kingdom
Job reference: R-038514
Posted date: Jan. 03, 2019

Opportunity:     Business Analyst, Centre for Genomics Research

Location:            Cambridge, UK

Salary:               Competitive & Excellent Benefits Package

At AstraZeneca, we turn ideas into life changing medicines. Working here means being entrepreneurial, thinking big and working together to make the impossible a reality.

AstraZeneca’s Centre for Genomics Research (CGR) is now looking for a Business Analyst to support the growing data, informatics and analytics capabilities of the Centre. The Centre was launched in April 2016 and has the bold ambition to analyse up to two million genomes by 2026. Using genomics data and state-of-the-art methods for genomic analysis, CGR will investigate underlying genetic causes of disease and integrate genomics across the entire drug discovery and development platform. This work is fundamental to driving the discovery of novel precision medicines.

In this role, you will be part of a dynamic team in CGR’s multidisciplinary genomics research environment. You will be responsible for identifying and documenting requirements related to the Centre’s growing and evolving informatics and data analytics capabilities. You will work alongside bioinformaticians, genome analysts and software scientists to ensure that business objectives are clearly documented, and that project activities are aligned to deliver the expected business value. You will interact with therapeutic area project leads and genome analysts to understand study requirements and contribute to preparing analytic plans and internal and external scientific reports.

Entry-level, recent graduates and persons with a strong scientific background in genomics whose intention is to develop a career in business analysis are also encouraged to apply.

AstraZeneca is a science-led, global biopharmaceutical company, with a focused portfolio in core therapies. We are committed to improving the health and lives of people across the globe, through our broad research and development platform, and a growing late-stage pipeline. Working in over 100 countries, we have strength in emerging markets, and our medicines are used by millions of patients and clinicians worldwide.


  • Gather and document requirements for delivery of genome informatics and analytics projects
  • Identify business requirements and objectives and translate these into ‘user stories’ for new genome analytic and informatic capabilities
  • Contribute to project planning and prioritisation
  • Contribute to analytics planning and documenting the project
  • Supporting the preparation of research findings for internal and external scientific communication
  • Ensuring own work, and work of team, is compliant with Good Laboratory Practice, Safety, Health and Environment standards and all other internal AstraZeneca standards and external regulations

Qualifications, Skills and Experience Required:


  • Ability to understand complex scientific problems and break them down into manageable work packages
  • Ability to prioritize, problem-solve and perform difficult tasks while managing conflicting schedules/projects.
  • Ability to proficiently communicate with team members and non-experts, both verbally and through documentation
  • Interest in the potential of genomics to impact drug discovery
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and willingness to work within a team in a quickly evolving environment
  • BSc degree (or equivalent experience) in a scientific field of research, including but not limited to: biosciences, bioinformatics or other field with strong component of DNA or RNA analysis


  • Previous experience working with patients’ data in a regulated, clinical research environment (incl. but not limited to EU privacy regulations, informed consent, Good Clinical Practice)
  • Experience with JIRA or other project management and requirement tracking system
  • Business Analysis qualification (e.g. IIBA or BCS)
  • Experienced in agile delivery of projects
  • Experience developing and deploying data analytics solutions in pharmaceutical environment

AstraZeneca is an equal opportunity employer. AstraZeneca will consider all qualified applicants for employment without discrimination on grounds of disability, gender or gender 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.

Business Analyst, Centre for Genomics Research
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