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Advanced Analytics Director, Product Owner

Lieu Wilmington, Delaware, États-Unis Job ID R-124770 Date de publication 12/02/2021

At AstraZeneca, we're not afraid to do things differently. We're resetting expectations of what a bio-pharmaceutical company can be. This means we're opening new ways to work, ground-breaking and cutting-edge methods and bringing unexpected teams together.

AstraZeneca is organized around two core business units, Biopharmaceuticals (BBU) and Oncology. The BBU focuses on development and commercialization of AstraZeneca’s Respiratory, Cardiovascular, Metabolic, Renal, and Infectious Disease therapeutic areas.

Global Insights, Analytics & Commercial Excellence (GIACE) is a strategic function, critical for enabling success in the growth of the BBU business. Our ambition is to build an industry-leading organization, empowering our Commercial teams through the generation of compelling evidence and insights, while ensuring they have the tools and skills to deliver impactful launches that change the practice of medicine for the benefit of patients. Within GIACE, the Insights & Analytics function is organized across three teams and supports both the US and Global organizations: Respiratory Insights, CVRM Insights (Cardiovascular, Metabolic, Renal), and the Insights & Analytics Centre of Excellence (CoE).

Insights & Analytics Centre of Excellence (I&ACoE) Overview

The aim of the Insights & Analytics Centre of Excellence is to establish industry-leading capabilities across the core areas of analytics, forecasting, reporting, business planning, and insight capabilities. It will leverage, reapply, and advance best practices in capabilities and operations from Global and US more broadly across geographies. In the area of advanced analytics, the ambition is to accelerate the development and application of advanced analytic methodologies such as Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence to solve business problems. The CoE also aims to scale and deploy these capabilities in a highly efficient manner so that continuous innovation can be pursued.

The Insight Teams and the CoE partner to drive portfolio and brand strategy and performance. Together we strive to uncover deep customer insights in order to drive improved decision-making and business impact. We are looking for leaders who have the passion to drive business results and bring innovation to what we do for greater impact.

The I&A Centre of Excellence is responsible for Global and US across the BBU, and is organized around the following core capability areas:

  • Brand Analytics
  • Advanced Analytics, US and Global (all other markets)
  • Forecasting, Respiratory
  • Forecasting, CVRM
  • Reporting
  • Business Planning & Capabilities

Job description

As a product director in the Advanced Analytics (AA) team you will be responsible for supporting all the BBU brands in the US. In this role you will be responsible for leading the efforts to develop, productionalize, deploy and maintain decision support capabilities that leverage advanced analytics.

The advanced analytics product director is expected to have i) deep technical understanding of advanced analytics methods, ii) broad experience in deploying analytics solutions (including data and infrastructure) and iii) ample experience in building organizational expertise to ease and enable the adoption of advanced analytics by decision makers.

The role requires close cooperation with sales, marketing, IT and other cross-functional business partners. Excellent communication and network management skills are expected with a demonstrated track record of effective business partnership as demonstrated by material business impact and influencing. This position may be required to manage contractors and consultants to complete analytical projects, but will have no direct reports.

Key responsibilities

  • Develop a deep understanding of the markets in each country and their data and analytical needs
  • Provide guidance to internal stakeholders on advanced analytics
  • Help develop AA’s capability/product strategy, synthesizing business needs and advanced analytics expertise into capability/product roadmaps
  • Lead the development and deployment of strategic capabilities/products built around advanced analytics that create tangible business value
  • Coordinate across CoE roles and other business functions (sales, marketing, IT, external vendors, etc.) required to efficiently and effectively deliver new analytics capabilities/products
  • Coordinate across markets the development of analytics capabilities to maximize synergies and efficiencies
  • Collaborate with Data & Insights partners on business adoption, and embedding analytics into business processes 
  • Identify opportunities to evolve analytics capabilities/products and to leverage them across brands
  • Instil a culture of continuous improvement to refine and enhance existing capabilities
  • Monitor the external environment to stay up to date on leading advanced analytic capabilities, both within and outside of pharma, which can be applied within the organization
  • Oversee multiple capability related projects across different countries and markets


Essential requirements

  • 5+ years of hands-on experience in application of advanced analytics and statistical methods on large and disparate datasets preferably in the context of Omnichannel marketing, specifically:
    • Statistical Analysis and Modelling: (e.g. Design of Experiments, Time Series Analysis, Regression Analysis, Bayesian methods, etc),
    • Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence
  • 5+ years of experience in deploying (and maintaining) production-grade advanced analytics capabilities. This includes not only the delivery of solutions but also the building of the business ecosystem (processes, organizational structure, change management, etc.) necessary to leverage any solution
  • Strong organizational skills and time management; ability to manage diverse range of simultaneous projects
  • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a significant number of business leaders and cross-functional business partners
  • Strong communication and influencing skills.

Desirable Requirements

  • Pharma commercial domain understanding
  • Experience with Agile methodology within an IT/business environment
  • Strategic and critical thinking with the ability to engage, build and maintain credibility with Commercial Leadership Team

Educational requirements

  • Quantitative Master’s or PhD degree from an accredited college or university is required in one of the following or related fields: Engineering, Operations Research, Management Science, Economics, Statistics, Math, Physics, Computer Science or Data Science

Why AstraZeneca?

At AstraZeneca when we see an opportunity for change, we seize it and make it happen, because any opportunity no matter how small, can be the start of something big. Delivering life-changing medicines is about being entrepreneurial - finding those moments and recognizing their potential. Join us on our journey of building a new kind of organization to reset expectations of what a bio-pharmaceutical company can be. This means we’re opening new ways to work, pioneering cutting edge methods and bringing unexpected teams together.

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