AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP Alliance Director - External Innovation IMED RIA in Gothenburg, Sweden

Placement: Gothenburg, Sweden

At AstraZeneca we turn ideas into life changing medicines. Working here means being entrepreneurial, thinking big and working together to make the impossible a reality.

The IMED RIA (Innovative Medicine Respiratory Inflammation & Autoimmune) External Innovation department is an instrumental part of the IMED. It will have a direct impact on RIA output through effective partnerships and collaborations with external and internal stakeholders. It will have a major impact on the strategic development of the IMED RIA, ensuring that the current portfolio is delivered efficiently and that IMED RIA science and capabilities are fit for future challenges and opportunities

As External InnovationAlliance Director you have a key role in the IMED and you have a direct impact on output through effective partnerships and collaborations. You will have a major impact on the future strategic development of the IMED RIA, ensuring that key external innovative opportunities are brought into the RIA portfolio and the collaborations are steered effectively to ensure optimal return on the investments made.

If you have a solid scientific background, deal making know-how and excellent communication skills. And in addition, an ability to engage and collaborate across boundaries with an entrepreneurial attitude and delivery focus, join us!

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Play a major role in creating an entrepreneurial and externally facing IMED RIA, which enables an internally and externally collaborative culture with calculated risk taking.

  • Evaluate and deliver external in-licensing opportunities from academia, biotechs and peer-pharma.

  • Lead scientific evaluation of assets (target to Phase 2) and work closely with scientific experts, Scientific Partnering & Alliances (SP&A) and Business development (BD) through the deal flow process to completion. Ensure that the IMED is considered a partner of choice in its areas of interest.

  • Out-license assets to ensure value for terminated projects or set up innovative collaboration models to help deliver our projects with external support.

  • Secure and manage collaborations of strategic interest to maintain a scientific edge. Partners with the best, independent of location and help build this using innovative models of funding. Act as conduit between external stakeholders and internal scientists

  • Support the scientific leads and Head of External Innovation to enhance and sustain the scientific reputation and external visibility of the IMED.

  • Collaborate closely with colleagues in SPA and GPPS, and across business to identify and exploit cross-business opportunities and embed best practice.

Essential Requirements

  • PhD or MD and post-doc or MBA experience

  • Proven entrepreneurial and innovation driven leadership abilities in a drug discovery environment with demonstrable knowledge of pre-clinical and early clinical R&D.

  • A strong track record of consistently building successful internal/external partnership and collaboration relationships, demonstrating cultural sensitivity and awareness.

  • Extensive experience in pharmaceutical R&D, demonstrating international experience in multiple cultures and drug discovery environments

  • Experience and excellent understanding of the Therapeutic Area and or Drug discovery process. Understanding of payer, regulatory and commercial issues in the pharmaceutical industry

Leadership and behaviours

  • Fulfil leadership and behaviour criteria for roles on lower GCLs

  • Excellent communicator who take responsibility for decisions made. Role model engagement, commitment and working collaboratively across functions.

  • Able to lead culture shift and raise the bar in performance at all levels in the organization

  • Able and accountable for driving business performance. Don't accept status quo, but push the boundaries in performance.

  • Lead change based on future business demands

  • Understand the wider business and can see the internal and external AZ picture

  • Appreciate that scientific expertise needs to be balanced with business leadership

  • Able to actively seek collaboration and partnerships in a complex matrix structure

Global Career Level: G

If you are interested, apply now!

Welcome with your application no later than May 30th, 2017

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