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Business Insight Director (Oncology)

AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP

Gaithersburg, MD
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Full time
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Required Education:
Bachelors Degree
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Job Description

                                       Location:Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States
Job reference: R-002277

Posted date: Dec. 24, 2016



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. We’re focused on the potential of science to address the unmet needs of patients around the world. We commit to those areas where we think we can really change the course of medicine and bring big new ideas to life. As an Business Insight Director (Oncology) in
Gaitherburg, MD, you’ll play a pivotal role in channeling our scientific capabilities to make a positive impact on changing patients’ lives. North American Commercial is the ‘face’ of AstraZeneca and MedImmune to our many healthcare clients. They represent many of the most well recognized and respected products in the industry, and build strong relationships with healthcare professionals.

   AstraZeneca’s vision in Oncology is to help patients by redefining the cancer-treatment paradigm, with the aim of bringing six new cancer medicines to patients between 2013 and 2020. A broad pipeline of next-generation medicines is focused principally on four disease areas - breast, ovarian, lung and hematological cancers. As well as other tumor types, these are being targeted through four key platforms - immunotherapy, the genetic drivers of cancer and resistance, DNA damage repair, and antibody drug conjugates, underpinned by personalized healthcare and biomarker technologies.  

Main Duties and Responsibilities


   You will be responsible for leading the delivery of customer insight and analytics using best practices to deliver differentiated brands to our customers. The Business Insight Director (Oncology) will oversee all aspects of insight, forecasting, data analytics and market research for the brand(s). This highly consultative role provides strategic business insight to the Brand leadership team to ensure that investment decisions are based on rigorous analyses using the best quality of information available. Keys to success in this position are superlative communication, consultative and influencing skills predicated on a strong foundation of primary market research skills and secondary data analysis proficiency. This job may require occasional travel.  

   Leadership Capabilities:  


   Passion for Customers: Understands one's customers and uses that insight to provide value. (Essential)  


   Thinks Strategically: Quickly identifies and acts on opportunities, combining forethought with action. This is based on an understanding of the external environment and its impact on AZ and the brand(s). (Essential)  


   Drives Performance: Holds self and others accountable for the achievement of performance expectations. Creates an environment that enables others to perform at their best. (Essential)  


   Acts Decisively: Makes and acts on decisions quickly and effectively and fosters the same in others. This is based on an underlying courage to enable risk-taking for the business. (Desirable)  


   Works Collaboratively: Actively creates and promotes cross-boundary collaboration with the aim of achieving better business results. Boundaries can exist between individuals, geographies, cultures, teams, functions, organizations, etc. (Desirable)  


   Develops People and Organization: Demonstrates a genuine commitment to the time and effort needed to develop oneself and others. (Desirable)  

Additional Responsibilities


   Engage as an internal consultant adding value through interpretation of primary market research and secondary data analyses  


   Assemble facts and insight to tell a cohesive story that clearly communicates the health of the brand/business  


   Lead KPI development and performance tracking for the brand, including brand equity and quantitative tracking  


   Collaborate in the development of short and long-term forecasts based on robust assumptions  


   Proactively communicate with multi-functional teams to anticipate future needs and provide teams with strategic recommendations and insights; and identify information and data needs  


   Leverage deep understanding of Pharma/Bio industry marketing and how market research is used to guide product commercialization and lifecycle management  


   Manage and design qualitative and quantitative market research and analytics that deliver insights to enable evidence-driven marketing decisions  


   Utilize secondary research methods and industry resources (i.e. syndicated reports, web-sites, etc.) to provide competitive intelligence, ad hoc information etc. Must know which resources to turn to and understand the caveats associated with them, and have a thorough understanding and ability to provide competitive intelligence to cross-functional stakeholders.  


   Oversee primary research, forecasting, competitive intelligence and analytics, managing projects when necessary and ensuring best practice approaches are always utilized  


   Work with the Pricing and Market Access team to ensure that payer insights are integrated into commercial and clinical strategy and positioning  


   Work with Sr. Business Insight Director to efficiently manage resources  


   Essential Requirements    
  •      BA/BS degree; preferably advanced degree in a relevant field (e.g. MBA)    
  •      5+ years of pharmaceutical or biotechnology experience; Oncology experience preferred    
  •      Experience applying various primary research techniques and secondary to inform business decisions    
  •      Pharmaceutical or consumer Insight experience highly desirable    

   Desirable Requirements  

  •      Demonstrated ability to influence laterally and vertically    
  •      Demonstrated communication and teamwork skills, ability to gain consensus and act within a matrix team environment    
  •      Strong business and marketing acumen and excellent communication and interpersonal skills; consultative background preferred    
  •      Demonstrated ability to influence without authority, motivate teams, and maintain high levels of respect for and from peers    
  •      Demonstrated ability to pull together insights from a variety of sources and develop strategic guidance for brand teams that result in a business decision or action    
  •      Demonstrated success in applying various primary research techniques to inform strategy in the pharmaceutical industry    
  •      Proficiency in secondary data analysis with intimate knowledge of a variety of industry secondary data sources (eg. IMS, WK, IPSOS)    
  •      Demonstrated ability to cope well with change, risk, and uncertainty (Ambiguity) and act decidedly with incomplete or imperfect information    
  •      Ability to work in a collaborative and influencing fashion that drives to business action    
  •      Ability to manage, prioritize and lead numerous projects simultaneously    
  •      Ability to work within AstraZeneca's established policies/procedures and core values    
  •      Ability to travel within the USA and abroad    


Next Steps – Apply today!


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   AstraZeneca is an equal opportunity employer. AstraZeneca will consider all qualified applicants for employment without discrimination on grounds of disability, sex or sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity leave status, race or national or ethnic origin, age, religion or belief, gender identity or re-assignment, marital or civil partnership status, protected veteran status (if applicable) or any other characteristic protected by law. AstraZeneca only employs individuals with the right to work in the country/ies where the role is advertised.