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Associate Director, UK Science and Innovation Policy

Location Cambridge, England, United Kingdom London, England, United Kingdom Job ID R-105063 Date posted 30/04/2021

Associate Director, UK Science and Innovation Policy

Cambridge/London UK

Competitive Salary and benefits package

At AstraZeneca we win through science and innovation, it’s at the heart of our every success. That science is only possible when we all work together – we’ll always make sure you’re clear about how your role is connected to our wider mission to really show what science can do.

We are seeking an Associate Director, UK Science and Innovation Policy to join our UK Corporate Affairs Group. The successful candidate will work in the UK Corporate Government Affairs team alongside the UK Communications and Policy team and engaging closely with the Science Unit and UK Leadership Teams to shape science policy in the UK to create an ecosystem that is supportive of the life sciences and innovation that underpins our business.

The person will be active in three main areas:

  • Public policy development supporting UK research and innovation funding and policy – covering issues such the UK Government’s ambition to increase R&D funding; the establishment of ARIA; the future focus of UKRI funding; developing the use of health data, genomics and digital technology to empower research; revisions to the tax and fiscal environments supporting science; protecting IP; and encouraging a UK regulatory environment supportive of new ways of working that support innovation in healthcare delivery, and product and facility development and regulation

  • External engagement to build AZ and UK reputation in life sciences research and innovation – including acting as principle point of contact with external science policy organisations, Government and industry working groups and supporting AZ’s UK leaders in science and innovation outreach activities at the national and regional levels (particularly Cambridge).

  • Contributing to the broader global and EU science policy agenda working with the Science Policy and Relations Director Europe (based in Sweden) including input to European industry and science policy organisations, and supporting bilateral life sciences collaborations with countries key to AZ’s business

This role will require an individual with a deep understanding of science and innovation policy and a demonstrable track record of strategically shaping UK policy with impact. As such, the successful candidate should have a strong existing network into government, the civil service, regulatory and science bodies.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Develop and deliver a strategy to shape the UK science policy environment in line with AstraZeneca’s research and innovation and corporate priorities. Provide written briefings, position papers and presentations for seniors in line with our policy asks.

  • Understand and influence the Life Science Industrial Strategy and its successors and support and promote AZ’s senior leaders to maximise the impact of their involvement in Government and Parliamentary meetings and platforms as well as their involvement with learned societies, trusts, foundations and academia.

  • Collaborate with colleagues in external organisations (industry, academia, trade associations, professional bodies, research funders etc) and identify opportunities to leverage the science policy and advocacy work of AZ through joint activities.

  • Support local leadership team in Cambridge on all aspects of national and regional policy impacting upon the successful growth of AZ within the Cambridge life sciences cluster

  • Identify and prioritise external speaking opportunities for key senior R&D staff and develop key messages and policy asks. Be well known and connected externally and represent AZ positions at relevant events, meetings and conferences.

  • Build an effective internal network to identify AZ R&D priorities and positions for inclusion in external engagement opportunities. Be a visible and effective point of contact for internal stakeholders on external UK R&D policy issues.

  • Work in collaboration with relevant AZ subject matter experts to develop new policy positions where needed.

  • Understand how to leverage our R&D investment and scientific platforms to advance our corporate and commercial priorities in the UK.

  • Work closely with internal experts to facilitate external research collaborations and partnerships . Understand, influence and leverage R&D funding opportunities aligned to the AZ innovative product pipeline and advanced manufacturing needs.

Candidate Profile: Minimum Requirements

  • Solid experience in the science policy/R&D environment gained within Government, industry, academia; healthcare and/or NGO sectors

  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills, high emotional Intelligence and the ability to work collaboratively and influence externally and internally

  • Ability to interact with senior members from key government agencies, policy makers, professional bodies, leading academic groups

  • Effective at leading without authority in cross-functional matrix settings

  • Deep understanding of importance of science policy on the pharmaceutical business

  • The ability to advocate strongly and credibly with a variety of audiences

  • Expertise and experience in managing multiple complex internal and external stakeholders

  • Able to make (and defend) sound judgements on potentially sensitive or controversial issues

  • A minimum a bachelor’s degree in a scientific discipline

Why AstraZeneca?

At AstraZeneca we’re dedicated to being a Great Place to Work where you are empowered to push the boundaries of science and unleash your entrepreneurial  spirit. There’s no better place to make a difference to medicine, patients and society. We have an inclusive culture that champions diversity and collaboration and are committed to lifelong learning, growth and development. We’re on an exciting journey to pioneer the future of healthcare.

So, what’s next?

Are you ready to bring new ideas and fresh thinking to the table? Brilliant! We have one seat available and we hope it’s yours.

Where can I find out more?

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Job advert open: 09/04/21
Job advert closes: 30/04/21



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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