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Senior Clinical Program Director - Early CVRM

Location Gothenburg, Västra Götaland County, Sweden Cambridge, England, United Kingdom Job ID R-119697 Date posted 01/10/2021

Are you passionate about science and have an extensive knowledge within clinical drug development? Are you also an experienced Leader that wants to combine your leadership skills with your strategical understanding of designing clinical programs? At AstraZeneca, we work at the cutting edge of science to develop the ground-breaking medicines of the future – here we do things that have never been done before. Does this match your skills and ambitions for the future? Then join us to discover future treatments of Cardiovascular, Renal and Metabolic diseases!

At AstraZeneca, we put patients first and strive to meet their unmet needs worldwide. Working here means being entrepreneurial, thinking big and working together to make the impossible a reality, by doing the right things. We truly understand science and use our unique scientific capabilities to deliver what we believe to be one of the most productive pipelines in the industry. If your passion is science and you want to be part of a team that makes a bigger impact on patients’ lives, then there’s no better place to be.  

We are now offering exciting opportunities for talented and highly motivated individuals to join us in the role as SeniorClinical Program Directorwithin Early Clinical Program Development CVRM. This is a senior global role in the organization and you will be working in a diverse and cross-functional environment.

We now have one to two openings as Clinical Program Directors and these roles can be based at AstraZeneca’s dynamic R&D sites in Gothenburg (Sweden), Gaithersburg (US) or Cambridge (UK).

What you’ll do

In the role as SeniorClinical Program Director (CPD) in Early CVRM programs, you will be accountable for the overall delivery of the clinical program to time, cost and quality and be the leader of the Clinical Program Team (CPT). You will work closely with the core CPT members to ensure that the clinical strategy and deliverables for the clinical program are delivered to the Early Global Product Team (eGPT). The role provides strategic oversight and feasibility input into the design of the clinical program and plays a key role in the work required to determine possible program design options. Your focus is across the program level, collaborating with the Development Operations (Dev Ops) organization, Clinical Project Team (CPT) members, eGPT colleagues and all other functions that are key to the development of a compound.

Main Duties and Accountabilities

In the role as the Senior Clinical Program Director you will be:

  • Leading the Clinical Program Team (CPT) and its oversight of clinical program strategy activities and deliveries within assigned programs

  • Providing efficient and effective program management of all CPT deliverables, including project strategy, design and delivery of CPT driven program/studies to time, on budget and with quality

  • Providing strategic and operational input to cross-functional program development plans and be accountable for cross-functional leadership roles as delegated from the eGPT

  • Ensuring initial feasibility assessment and early country and site engagement to optimize clinical program delivery

  • Acting as the initial and program-level AZ interface with externally managed/outsourced partners (e.g. CRO/ARO) and collaboration/alliance partners for program planning and delivery

  • Developing and managing of contingency risk plans within each assigned clinical program, including management of program issue escalation and resolution

  • Proving an accurate budget forecasting, and maintenance, and monitoring to baseline, clinical program resourcing, scenario planning, plus overall timelines for trials within assigned program, including setup and maintenance within Company systems

Essential for the role

  • Master/PhD of Science degree in natural sciences or medicine (advanced degree is preferred)

  • At least 10 years global pharmaceutical drug development and leadership experience demonstrated in a variety of roles and at least 5 years clinical development experience

  • Proven ability to develop clinical programmes to meet business goals and to assess business risk versus potential value

  • Verified ability in problem solving and issues management that are solution focused

  • Proven experience of leading delivery through collaboration within globally matrixed teams, including internal organization and external providers and drive delivery to timelines, cost and quality

  • Significant experience of program management and use of project management techniques in complex projects, including resourcing, financial management and business case development

  • Strong strategic influencing skills; ability to influence broadly within and outside the organization

  • Excellent communication skills; proven teamwork and ability to work collaboratively across a wide range of disciplines and a track record of planning and delivery success

So, what’s next?

Are you already imagining yourself joining us? Good, because we can’t wait to hear from you! Welcome with your application (CV and cover letter) no later than Oct 15, 2021.

We will review the applications continuously so please apply as soon as possible.

Opportunity: Senior Clinical Program Director

Locations: Gothenburg, (Sweden), Cambridge (UK), Gaithersburg (US)

Salary:    Competitive, with excellent benefits



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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