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Director, R&D Governance Operations and Operating Model

Location Dublin, Leinster, Ireland Job ID R-190959 Date posted 09/04/2024

This is what you will do:

Join us as the Director, R&D Governance Operations and Operating Model, a pivotal role in facilitating R&D pipeline governance decisions at Alexion AstraZeneca Rare Disease. This role is a key member of Alexion’s R&D Global Portfolio and Program Management (GPPM) team, contributing to the Product to Patient (P2P) governance pathway. The role is both demanding but also highly rewarding in being a part of some of the company’s most critical enterprise decisions.

You will be responsible for:

As Director, you will serve as a consultant to Global Program Teams (GPTs) to enable clear program narratives and governance decision making. You will be accountable for Governance meeting preparation, conduct, and documentation management in an efficient and compliant manner. You will oversee daily R&D governance operations to support, document, and implement decisions made by Alexion governance committees (Early-Stage Product Committee (ESPC) & Late-Stage Product Committee (LSPC)), for Alexion’s drug pipeline investments, which directly contributes to the development of new medicines for patients. Additional operating model responsibilities include driving continuous improvement of the R&D Product to Patient (P2P) operating model, including problem solving and influencing with stakeholders to develop solutions that drive efficiency and effectiveness. This includes developing guidance, training, and supportive material for drug development teams.  For major enterprise initiatives, this role will lead or contribute toward the development and implementation of processes that align to Alexion’s ways of working.

You will need to have:

  • Bachelor’s or equivalent with 10 years industry experience required; advanced degree preferred.
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience within one or more functional role(s) in pharmaceutical R&D drug development, biotechnology drug development, pharmaceutical manufacturing operations, or related industry.
  • Broad understanding and experience of Pharmaceutical Industry and drug development process.
  • Experience working in a global organization.
  • In-depth knowledge of Pipeline Governance and application of R&D development operating models
  • Ability to lead and influence with multiple level of stakeholders across the organization.
  • Experience communicating effectively with Senior Management, Leadership teams and cross-functional teams.

We would prefer for you to have:

  • Advanced degree (e.g., MS, MBA, PhD or equivalent)
  • PMP or project management certification
  • Matrix leadership experience
  • Pharmaceutical R&D or manufacturing operations Project Management experience
  • Previous experience managing stage gate processes and governance board logistics.
  • Lean, Six Sigma, or similar process improvement experience

When we put unexpected teams in the same room, we unleash bold thinking with the power to inspire life-changing medicines. In-person working gives us the platform we need to connect, work at pace and challenge perceptions. That’s why we work, on average, a minimum of three days per week from the office. But that doesn't mean we’re not flexible. We balance the expectation of being in the office while respecting individual flexibility. Join us in our unique and ambitious world.

Why Alexion AstraZeneca Rare Disease?

At Alexion AstraZeneca, we are part of the solution, turning our drug development strategies into reality. We think about patients and what it takes to prevent and treat diseases. We constructively challenge, pushing each other to think of the best approach and influencing external and internal stakeholders.

Join us today! Be part of a dynamic team that's empowered to make quick decisions. We can operate independently but know how to influence and work well with others. Trusted and respected, we're often called upon to provide input in shaping drug development strategy across all levels of the business. Curious by nature, nothing stops us from digging into challenges to get to the core of a solution.

AstraZeneca requires all US employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 but will consider requests for reasonable accommodations as required by applicable law.

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 authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements.

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