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Clinical Information Team Lead

Location Cambridge, England, United Kingdom Job ID R-082988 Date posted 05/28/2020

Clinical Information Team Lead

Location – Cambridge (UK)

At AstraZeneca our Oncology Biometrics department is an integral part of the Oncology R&D organisation. We drive excellent design in order to generate the appropriate data needed for quality decision making.  The goal of Oncology Biometrics is to deliver value to the pipeline by excellence in delivery, improved decision making and engaging and shaping the external environment whilst accessing and implementing innovative solutions. Would you like to be a part of helping us achieve this ambition? Explore the possibility of joining us as a Clinical Information Science Team Lead within Oncology.

Main Duties and responsibilities

As Clinical Information Science Team Lead (CITL) within the Oncology Information Practice (IP) embedded within dynamic oncology drug project teams you will lead and direct the clinical information work required in making decisions driving the drug development process and line manage a team. You will work collaboratively with both OBM drug project team leaders and drug project members along with cross functional teams. You will also lead IP department as an integral part of the Oncology IP department by establishing IP’s scope of services, goals and deliverables and support business goals in collaboration with senior management and decision makers to oversee and deliver information supporting clinical development and improve our ways of working. You will provide support for regulatory submissions including development of the information submission.

Ultimately, the Oncology IP department delivers information, data and tools to support internal decision making, regulatory submissions for the portfolio of drug projects within the Oncology R&D organisation. 

The significant areas for contribution are:

Clinical Design

  • Using techniques such as: text mining, data visualisation, competitor intelligence, and benchmarking extract key relevant information proactively enabling clinical drug design decision makers to make timely and objective decisions
  • Facilitate access to complex information for the drug project and ensure access to and (re)use of clinical information, documents and data
  • Lead the design team by collaborating with project stakeholders to plan and schedule project timelines tracking project landmarks

Leadership abilities

  • Accountable for Information Practice delivery and value creation across the portfolio area of responsibility, through leadership of Information Practice staff, partners and suppliers
  • Set the vision and priorities for IP scope within the area of responsibility, aligning to the overall TA IP vision, while balancing long-term value creation and sustainable work environment
  • Line manage and lead an IP team, including recruitment, developing people to achieve goals and ensuring a Great Place to Work
  • Strategic assessment, with an enterprise mindset, of overall information needs in a scientific area or franchise, contributing to the TA Information Strategy
  • Drive future innovation and continuous improvement, contributing to TA value creation
  • Lead strategic initiatives for IP and Biometrics within the TA, including driving efficiency for the organisation
  • Proactively engage and influence cross-functional stakeholders internally and externally, and build strong alliances to leverage and promote optimised utilisation of data, information and knowledge
  • Represent skill/project internally and externally at seminars and meetings


To succeed in this opportunity, you will have a real passion for clinical data and information – and proven insightful ability to know what information to seek, how to find it, and how to share it with the teams in a clear and meaningful way. You will be a creative thinker with an appetite for doing things differently.

You’ll be excited by the prospect of playing a lead role within late stage oncology drug development projects. An excellent communicator with great listening skills, who can absorb information and respond in a concise manner.

In addition you will also have:

  • Minimum MSc degree in Life Science, Computer Science or Information Science.
  • Extensive experience in the application of information and knowledge management in a clinical or scientific setting and recognised as an information/data expert with proven ability to influence strategic decision making.
  • Ability to influence strategically and persuade tactfully to obtain desired outcomes while maintaining effective, positive, organisational relationships
  • Demonstrated leadership capability and experience of leading teams in a complex global organisation
  • Good understanding of project management techniques and methods, and ability to drive initiatives within a multi-discipline and multicultural setting.
  • Business Acumen and experience of influencing and controlling budgets
  • Excellent communication skills and facilitation skills

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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