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Director, Epidemiology (Medical & Payer Evidence)

Lieu Cambridge, Angleterre, Royaume-Uni Job ID R-121524 Date de publication 11/01/2021

AstraZeneca is a science-led, global biopharmaceutical company, with a focused portfolio in core therapies. We are committed to improving the health and lives of people across the globe, through our broad research and development platform, and a growing late-stage pipeline. Working in over 100 countries, we have strength in emerging markets, and our medicines are used by millions of patients and clinicians worldwide.

Epidemiologists support medical and clinical objectives and also work closely with commercial partners to improve the potential of AstraZeneca’s products and ensure support for target claims and messages. In this specific role, the successful candidate will focus on product/s in clinical development and their successful transitions through late stage clinical development, peri- and post-approval.

Progression in the Epidemiology career ladder at AstraZeneca requires an increasingly sophisticated understanding of drug discovery and development, clinical research and epidemiological methods, data sources, informatics tools and approaches, disease pathophysiology, risk management, the regulatory environment in the relevant therapeutic area, and factors that influence product differentiation and commercialisation. Senior staff are also encouraged to educate colleagues in the principles and practice of epidemiology. Additionally, staff will participate in the development of sophisticated medical evidence strategies and drive decisions within a sophisticated matrix drug team environment.

The Director, Epidemiology is a strategic as well as scientific role and involves crafting and implementing effective and efficient Medical Evidence strategy for drug and enablement projects at a global level. It requires interaction with scientific, technical and business experts so as to ensure quality and timely, effective project delivery while adhering to ethical requirements and responding to business needs.

  • The role holder consults with more senior staff to provide guidance and direction to project teams, leaders, and other co-workers to ensure efficient management of project opportunities and risks.

  • You will work independently in the design, execution, analysis, interpretation, and internal and external communication of epidemiological or Ph4 real-world studies. This role requires taking a leadership role in a range of activities.

  • You will be integrated in a product team contributing to clinical development and commercialization through your expertise in real-world data and methods and disease epidemiology.

  • You will deliver highly qualified epidemiology strategy, support, and scientific leadership to project teams and the epidemiology global skills group, at all stages of pharmaceutical development.

  • You will lead externally commissioned research projects and keep abreast of epidemiological developments within academia, regulatory, and among key opinion leaders.

  • You will establish, maintain and expand relationships and work effectively with experts and research groups

  • You will negotiate time frames, provide recommendations on resource requirements, and ensure delivery of the tasks as agreed.

  • You will promote good epidemiological practice and represent the company’s position when interacting with external experts, collaborative groups, or contract research organisations.

Essential Requirements

  • You will have substantial experience in pharmacoepidemiology and/or disease epidemiology.

  • Ph.D. or equivalent in epidemiology or related health science field and substantial experience in the health care environment. Alternatively, an MSc or MPH with consolidated experience in the health care environment.

  • Experience in the pharmaceutical industry or in closely related academic epidemiological research

  • Experience leading sophisticated medical evidence plans

  • Able to provide critical appraisal to study designs and published studies

  • Sustained productivity in epidemiological research as manifest by design, execution, and publication of original epidemiological research relevant to drug discovery and development (e.g., drug safety) or commercialisation in peer-reviewed journal

  • Sustained record of epidemiological efficiency at a strategic as well as an operational level

  • Experience in utilising secondary real world data

  • Emerging recognition by the external scientific communities as an expert in the application of epidemiology to areas relevant to drug development and commercialisation

  • Able to effectively engage and collaborate with recognised key scientific experts

Desirable Requirements

  • Excellent knowledge in epidemiological methodology and ability to apply it within the pharmaceutical industry at an international level

  • Experience conducting primary data collection studies

  • Ability to apply advanced epidemiological theory and techniques throughout the product life cycle

  • Good respiratory therapeutic and disease area knowledge and knowledge of drug development and life cycle management

  • Experience managing complex medical evidence programmes, including interventional studies such as pragmatic trials or/and PASS

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

Salary: Competitive

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Job Posting start date: 13/10/2021

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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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