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Director & Team Lead, Clinical Pharmacology

Location Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States Job ID R-110950 Date posted 02/01/2022

Do you have a background and experience in Clinical Pharmacology and want to lead a team of Clinical Pharmacologists and Pharmacometricians and contribute to the overall CPQP R&I strategy to ensure best and valued support towards the portfolio?  Would you like to apply your expertise to ensure state-of-the-art Clinical Pharmacology and Model-Informed Drug Development (MIDD) approaches are implemented to influence designs and internal/external decision making? Then this role might be the one for you!

At AstraZeneca in Gaithersburg, our Clinical Pharmacology and Quantitative Pharmacology team is growing. Right now, we have an opportunity to join us and develop as a Director & Team Lead, Clinical Pharmacology including responsibilities to supporting large and small molecule projects across full development within the therapy area of Respiratory and Immunology.

Within the Clinical Pharmacology and Safety Sciences (CPSS) function, we have a state-of-the-art quantitative clinical pharmacology group with a diverse and uniquely skilled team of clinical pharmacometricians and clinical pharmacology scientists.

You’ll thrive in an environment that inspires innovation, encourages multidisciplinary team-working and collaboration with academia, and rewards original scientific thinking.

What you’ll do

As an Director & Team Lead, Clinical Pharmacology, you will be responsible for line management which also includes project accountabilities. You will lead a team of Clinical Pharmacologists (CP) and Clinical Pharmacometricians (PMx) and will be responsible for recruitment, retainment, and contribute to the development of a culture of continuous learning and sharing as well as consistent application of MIDD to help shape clinical strategies and decisions. In this role you report to the TA Head and you will be part of the R&I CPQP Leadership Team


  • Lead a team of CP and PMx scientists delivering quality clinical pharmacology input to projects from pre-CDID to life-cycle management (LCM)
  • In close collaboration with the CPQP TA Head and other CPQP R&I line managers be accountable for resource management, providing flexible, competent and responsive service with appropriate quality and speed according to business needs; continuously enhance productivity and cost efficiency where relevant
  • Accountable for developing a culture supportive of MIDD approaches across the TA influencing key partners, stakeholders and regulators of its value and application
  • Be a CP or PMx individual contributor supporting projects in the R&I portfolio
  • Contribute to ensure a positive collaborative culture and dialogue with key partner functions such as Early and Late TA clinical organisations, Biostatistics, DMPK and Biosciences, Translational medicine, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Regulatory affairs
  • Scientific and strategic input into pre-clinical, clinical, and post-approval development plans across the TA
  • Monitoring external and internal environment in terms of relevant new methodologies and applications
  • Increase AZ profile externally in the area of CPQP by speaking at external events, by publication in recognized external journals and representing CPQP at strategic cross-industry and academic initiative and consortia as necessary
  • Ensure CPQP contributions for the TA are aligned with current regulations and compliant with the principles of GCP and GxP.

Essential for the role

  • Demonstrated broad translational and clinical development experience exemplified by a minimum of 6 years international drug development (early and late) or equivalent life science experience
  • Can develop people, drives performance, holds self and others accountable
  • Record of building successful internal/external partnership and collaboration relationships, demonstrating cultural sensitivity and awareness
  • Experience of leading teams
  • Strong leadership capabilities, including influencing skills
  • Experience in mentoring and developing others
  • Conceptual, analytical and strategic thinking
  • International scientific reputation gained from scientific publishing in the field of quantitative clinical pharmacology
  • Demonstrated ability to identify, develop and execute strategic CPQP activities
  • Relevant TA disease domain knowledge in R&I
  • Relevant regulatory experience (written/oral)
  • A demonstrated knowledge of regulatory, compliance, processes, standards and issues specific to CPQP

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. An inclusive culture that champions diversity and collaboration, and always 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 already imagining yourself joining our team? Good, because we can’t wait to hear from you.

  • 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.

  • If you’re curious to know more then please reach out to us.

Where can I find out more?

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AstraZeneca has taken critical steps to protecting colleagues, loved ones, and patients from COVID-19 and its variants.  COVID-19 vaccination is required for all US employees, and weekly PCR COVID-19 testing is required for those who are unvaccinated or have an approved accommodation.

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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