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Global Clinical Operations Program Director, Late Development Oncology

Location Warsaw, Mazovia, Poland Job ID R-192875 Date posted 28/03/2024

Location: Warsaw

Oncology Research and Development

Join a dedicated Oncology team that’s growing fast and building a strong track record of success.  We have multiple indications and many high-quality molecules at all stages of development – but we see even more potential.

Oncology is driven by speed.  We make bold moves at the cutting edge. Transforming molecules to change the practice of medicine. Here it’s our scale, agility and passion that makes sure we deliver fast, every time.

Late Development Oncology sits within our broader Oncology Research & Development organization.  We take an inter-disciplinary approach including novel biomarkers, AI, novel endpoints and cutting-edge trial designs to shape the future of our business and Oncology.

With one of the broadest and deepest Oncology pipelines in the industry, there are many opportunities to work with new and novel drugs and help discover what’s next. Supportive team players, we draw on diverse knowledge from across the business and external partners to come to bear on the toughest medical challenges.

Introduction to Role:

Join us in our mission to eliminate cancer as a cause of death. As a Global Clinical Operations Program Director (GPD) in our Oncology R&D department, you will play a pivotal role in the development and delivery of our clinical operations. This role offers a broad scope of responsibilities, supporting one or several products in Phase 3 development or on the market. You will provide strategic operational leadership and oversight of a suite of global clinical studies within a program, ensuring new innovative design and delivery models are used appropriately.


As a GPD, you will lead cross-functional teams in the planning and delivery of a defined clinical program of studies. You will provide clinical operations expertise into the project, using new innovative design and delivery models to support governance interactions and project start-up. You will also be responsible for managing clinical plans in business reporting systems, leading large or complex deliverables, and providing project leadership to cross-functional Clinical Submission Teams.

Essential Skills/Experience:

  • University degree (or equivalent), preferably in medical or biological sciences or discipline associated with clinical research. Advanced degree is preferred.
  • At least 8 years’ experience from within the pharmaceutical industry or similar large multinational organizations.
  • Proven knowledge of project management tools and processes
  • Proven experience in clinical development/drug development process in various phases of development and therapy areas.
  • Proven ability to learn by working in multiple phases, TAs, and/or different development situations.
  • Experience from leading clinical projects and deliverables or similar expertise from other areas of drug development (such as pharmaceutical development).
  • Ability to mentor, develop and educate staff
  • Proven leadership promoting motivation and empowerment of others in order to accomplish individual, team and organizational objectives
  • Skilled & experienced in change management
  • Ability to look for and champion more efficient and effective methods/processes of delivering clinical operations components focusing on key performance metrics around reliability, productivity, cost, and quality
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, negotiation, collaboration and interpersonal skills with ability to work effectively with others at all levels of the organization
  • Demonstrated ability to set and manage priorities, resources, performance targets and project initiatives in a regional and local environment
  • Integrity and high ethical standards
  • Excellent stakeholder management skills
  • Adaptability

Desirable Skills/Experience:

  • Project management certification is desirable but not mandatory.
  • Knowledge of process improvement methodology such as Lean Sigma/Change Management is desirable but not mandatory
  • Regulatory submission experience
  • Proven knowledge of clinical operations,
  • Experience with development and implementation of digital health initiatives in Clinical Studies

At AstraZeneca, we are united in our vision to eliminate cancer as a cause of death. We are pioneers, making bold moves that transform the way cancer is treated and truly improve patient outcomes. With one of the broadest and deepest Oncology pipelines in the industry, there are many opportunities to work with new and novel drugs and help discover what's next. We believe in growing together and providing a place where everyone can have a voice. We are diligent and committed to our science-driven approach, with a sharp focus on outcomes. We foster a mindset of courage, where everyone is empowered to step up, innovate and work at pace. We lead through true collaboration, building collective wisdom by giving everyone a chance to input.

Are you ready to push the boundaries of science to change the practice of medicine? Apply now and join us in our mission to save lives!

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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