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Director Scientific Communications, Data Science and AI

Location Cambridge, England, United Kingdom Warsaw, Mazovia, Poland Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain Gothenburg, Västra Götaland County, Sweden Macclesfield, England, United Kingdom Job ID R-130114 Date posted 22/06/2022

Salary: Competitive with excellent benefits

Our entire business is transforming at pace. We’re on a journey to become a data-led enterprise that disrupts the entire industry and sets the benchmark for others to follow. We’ve come so far, but in many ways we’re just getting started.

There’s no better place, or time, to join. We’re investing like never before in our people, in growth, and in new techniques and technologies. There are opportunities at every turn, with a variety and breadth that is uncommon to find.

Put simply, we take data seriously. It plays a central role in our business – so you can be sure that the work that you do here is valued and important at every level.

But most of all, the work we do is meaningful. Regardless of what you work on, your efforts will accelerate the potential of medicines and science and make a positive impact on patients’ lives. That’s what gets us up every day. That’s what data and AI can do when you harness the potential of great minds.

What you'll do

The role is accountable for internal communications for the Data Science & AI (DS&AI) function, and responsible for coordinated communication for data and AI capabilities across R&D, led by the R&D Data Science and AI Leaders (DSAIL) group. The role holder is a part of the DS&AI extended Leadership Team (LT), and works with the LT to build, lead and implement internal communication strategy in adherence with quality and compliance standards and working closely with Global Corporate Affairs.

The individual will shape the internal narrative of data science success and ensure that partners recognize the impact and value, and that individuals are known both internally and externally for the results they achieve.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Identify the audiences who matter to the success of the DS&AI function, and data and AI capabilities across AstraZeneca, and what those audiences should think, feel and do.

  • Design, author and compile impactful presentations on behalf of the DS&AI LT for senior audiences such as the Senior Executive Team and the AZ Board

  • Plan and implement a multi-channel internal communications campaigns focused around a quarterly strategic roadmap

  • Oversee development of creative content to break through the “noise”, driving audience awareness and action

  • Manage a volunteer team to deliver a program of activities that engage and excite our people around our priorities and progress against them

  • Direct and coach DS&AI LT members to high-impact internal communications

  • Rapidly develop and deliver communications of key announcements for DS&AI such as leadership announcements, official statements from the VP, announcements of significant new projects or activities.

  • Support communications for the R&D Data Science and AI Leaders (DSAIL) group, in collaboration with Communications peers in the relevant functions, to educate R&D on the role and impact of data and AI

  • Support content and material creation to align messaging for broader and external communications with HR and Global Corporate Affairs

  • Oversee and direct design agencies to deliver professional-grade content (e.g. custom images and graphics)

Essential Requirements:

  • Degree in life science or equivalent

  • Background and experience in scientific communication

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English

  • Extensive stakeholder management experience

  • Experience navigating complex organisations

  • Ability to demonstrate strong influencing, networking and team working skills

  • A proven track record of leading teams to deliver in a timely manner


  • Knowledge of data management and policy, analytics, data science, AI and machine learning

  • Knowledge of the pharmaceutical drug discovery and development process

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. An inclusive culture that champions diversity and collaboration. Always committed to lifelong learning, growth and development.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

Next Steps – Apply today

Are you already imagining yourself joining us? Good, because we can’t wait to hear from you!

Advertising opens on 23rd June 2022 and closes on 7th July 2022

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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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