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Diagnostic Partnerships Director, Oncology Business Unit

Location Cambridge, England, United Kingdom Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States Job ID R-123867 Date posted 16/11/2021

Job title: Diagnostic Partnerships Director, Oncology Business Unit

Location: Cambridge, UK or Gaithersburg, US

Salary: Competitive with excellent benefits

Job posting start date: 16th November 2021

Job posting close date: 30th November 2021

Be part of fulfilling our ambition to be world leaders in Oncology. We are already the fastest growing team within AstraZeneca and across the industry, and there are countless new indications and targets in our game-changing pipeline. We deliver this value through launch excellence, commercial effectiveness and maximising the lifecycle. By leveraging our commercialised portfolio we are confident we can change the practice of medicine and redefine cancer treatment.

A dedicated Oncology unit, this is the place to build a world-class career. Here we are always looking to learn more, welcoming the varied opportunities to expand our horizons or develop niche expertise. Embrace the unparalleled access to industry-leading research, technology and pipeline product launches with a footprint in every region. Coupled with our agility and sharp focus on talent development, there is an exciting opportunity to accelerate a rewarding and meaningful career.

What you’ll do - Diagnostic Partnerships Director, Oncology Business Unit

The Diagnostic Partnerships Director, Oncology Business Unit (OBU) reports into the Senior Director, Business Development & Partnerships - Global Oncology Diagnostics. In this role you will be accountable for leading all aspects of a portfolio of oncology diagnostic partnership and strategy projects. 

The post holder will be accountable for the end-to-end oversight of key strategic projects, the identification and prioritisation of business needs, the engagement and evaluation of prospective partners, and collaborating on negotiation, deal closure and solution implementation.

  • Accountable for  ensuring that diagnostic partnering opportunities are identified, evaluated and, as appropriate, presented to the business effectively and efficiently across a portfolio of oncology opportunities

  • Lead on establishing external and internal networks to ensure early identification and capture of relevant opportunities

  • Represent the OBU Diagnostic function at key external scientific congresses as part of searching for and identifying opportunities

  • Work collaboratively and flexibly to accommodate the various routes through which projects of different natures may arise, including alongside given Global Diagnostic Marketing colleagues to identify in-market diagnostic solution needs

  • Establish and lead international, multifunctional teams for the technical, commercial and corporate evaluation of diagnostic partnership opportunities and their execution into the market

  • Responsible for identifying and prioritising opportunities and to direct projects towards meeting business requirements, fitting into overarching strategies taking into account  cost, quality and timeline requirements

  • Lead on the development and Management of relationships with potential external diagnostic partners in a compliant and professional manner, ensuring AstraZeneca is regarded as a partner of choice by third parties

  • Work with Business Development colleagues in the negotiation, contracting and deal-closing processes

  • Accountable for ensuring post deal activities are fully completed and optimal handover of solutions to Global and Market colleagues for implementation

Essential for the role

  • Post-graduate level education in a relevant subject (e.g. Masters/MBA/MSc or above)

  • Relevant experience from consulting, strategy, business development and/or pharma/diagnostic partnership experience

  • Broad knowledge of pharmaceutical and diagnostic company businesses, processes and activities

  • An understanding of governance procedures relevant to deal progression and business development work (CDAs, agreement structures, delegation of authorities, due diligence processes, etc.)

  • A flexible, team orientated attitude, willing to contribute own skills to deliver priority projects

Desirable for the role

  • Experience through education or work in a relevant area of oncology diagnostics, providing credibility to scientific audiences

  • Experience in leading multiple, large, international, multi-functional project teams of senior professionals to deliver to time, cost and quality

  • Experience of diagnostics commercialisation and launch working with third party companies

  • A working understanding of diagnostic regulatory frameworks worldwide

  • Understanding of various complex in-market needs for novel oncology diagnostics

  • Knowledge of alternative deal structures and legal principles applicable to a range of deal types

  • Proven negotiation skills and experience of working in a deal environment

  • Good knowledge of disease areas, and drug/diagnostic development activities and commercial processes

  • Existing deep diagnostic scientific knowledge and an established external network is an advantage

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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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