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Director of Digital Innovation, Digital Health Full-time

at AstraZeneca Maryland in Maryland (Published at 10-08-2022)

Location: Cambridge, UK

Gaithersburg, MD, USA


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. If you are swift to action, confident to lead, willing to collaborate, and curious about what science can do, then you?re our kind of person.

The Oncology therapy area at AstraZeneca is unparalleled. We have built and strategically acquired one of the most promising Oncology pipelines in the industry. You will be among inspiring oncology industry leaders who will keep you engaged and empower you to be the best. We seek out opportunities to do dynamic and significant work which means we won't just follow the same course of action time and again if we can see potential in a different way of building life changing medicine.

Advances in digitalization, data, and advance analytics are changing health care, and pharma is positioned to capitalize on these advancements to improve patient care and outcomes. AstraZeneca would like to lead in this area and has prioritized digital in OBU Medical as a critical strategic area of focus. OBU Medical?s ambition is to transform healthcare, powered by digital, science and collaborations, to deliver the healthcare outcomes and experience that patients care about the most.

The successful individual will be reporting directly to the Head of Medical Digital Innovation and will be accountable for driving the management and delivery of key Oncology Digital Medical Innovation initiatives across Digital Health. The role will work across geographies, working closely with Global and Market cross-functional teams and external key stakeholders to drive drive strategies that maximize opportunities across AstraZeneca?s portfolio and patient outcomes.


You will be surrounded by people who share your determination to improve and extend the lives of patients living with cancer. Accountabilities fall into several key areas;

Lead GMA Digital Strategy

Work collaboratively with Medical Leadership Teams, regions, and other functions team to define, pioneer and drive digital strategies that maximize opportunities in AZ?s (digital) portfolio, across lifecycle

Serve as the dedicated point-of-contact for OBU GMA, business and associated digital agencies to enable seamless execution of strategy and tactics

Design and Deliver New Digital Solutions

Work closely with Medical Affairs teams to identify key areas to focus design and co-create scalable digital solutions that support the transformation of medical activities for patients and HCPs

Maintain view of the competitive landscape and a broad perspective across AZ and pharma industry to identify and drive best practice

Ensure oversight, project management and delivery of major programme initiatives that link the strategic directives of Medical Digital Innovation

Evolve the Medical Affairs Function

Drive the development of digital competencies to evolve the Medical Affairs model, meet the demands of the changing healthcare landscape, embedding a Digital First mindset and uptake of initiatives that support an innovation culture

Identify long-term process needs of the medical team focused on digital capabilities and develop/execute a plan to address these.

Provide digital expertise into the ongoing evolution of customer model by working with business/medical leads on critical business priorities

Forge Internal/External Partnerships

Develop effective internal links with other AZ functions including Oncology R&D, IT, RCC, Commercial, Global Commercial Digital Innovation teams to maintain awareness of developments and seek opportunities to drive innovation and simplification.

Shape the external environment in support of digital innovation, working with experts, technology partners, and other stakeholders to accelerate efforts.

Partner with other digital specialists to identify opportunities for synergies and collaboration across therapeutic areas / Franchises to drive platform re-use.

Develop themselves as a subject matter expert and one of the medical ?faces? of AZ for Digital Innovation though engagement and collaborations with External Agencies, Professional Societies, Key External Experts, Healthcare Organizations and Consumers


Accountable for project specific medical governance ensuring compliance with AZ SOPs, expectations and values.

Monitor project status and budget and provide regular reporting on progress, recommendations and estimates for digital tactical plan

Minimum Requirements:


Bachelor?s degree in a scientifically relevant discipline


Significant experience in Medical or Commercial roles, with demonstrated expertise driving disciplined execution of Digital Health initiatives and facilitating transformative change across key markets, communicating and partnering with teams on a global scale

Experience designing, building and owning end to end customer experiences dependent on complex corporate structures and multiple stakeholders.

Strong project management skills, can develop and execute structured project plans to a high standard, ability to establish strategic direction for cross-functional project teams.

Demonstrated ability to synthesize information to develop recommendations, strategic imperatives and actionable solutions

Problem Solving & analysis; great at gleaning meaning from whatever data is available;

Ability to effectively drive results in a matrix environment, navigating change and ambiguity

Budget responsibility

Open-minded and motivated by cross-culture and cross-geographical team working


Demonstrated ability to synthesize information to develop recommendations, and ability to persuade/influence organization pursuit of recommended path

Desirable qualifications/skills:

  • PhD, PharmD or professional qualification (MD or equivalent)
  • Oncology experience within a pharmaceutical or life sciences organization
  • Healthcare innovation and delivery
  • Established network of digital health technology innovators

Direct Reports: None

Global Remit: 4 of more countries at a minimum of 40% of the time

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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