Director, R&D Strategic Planning, Clinical Biologics - (Gaithersburg, MD) - Gaithersburg, MD | Biospace
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Director, R&D Strategic Planning, Clinical Biologics - (Gaithersburg, MD)

MedImmune, LLC

Gaithersburg, MD
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Job Description

Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States
Job reference: R-011561
Posted date: Jul. 31, 2017

If you’re inspired by the possibilities of science to change lives and you thrive when making brave decisions – join us.

MedImmune is the worldwide biologics research and development arm of AstraZeneca. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives every day. As one of the world’s premier biotechnology companies, our mission is centered on delivering life-changing products that advance world health, and help fight and cure disease.  As a Director, R&D Strategic Planning, Clinical Biologics in Gaithersburg, MD, you’ll play a pivotal role in channeling our scientific capabilities to make a positive impact on changing patients’ lives.

We’re constantly pushing the boundaries of science to deliver life-changing medicines to patients, with a passion for discovery and a pipeline to show for it. We’re pioneering innovative research and exploring novel pathways across key therapeutic areas including oncology, respiratory, inflammation and autoimmunity, cardiovascular and metabolic disease, and infection and vaccines. And we’re industry-leading in immunology, protein engineering and translational science. We offer a unique and strong collaborative network as part of the AstraZeneca family, as together we explore synergies between small and large molecules.

MedImmune has a dynamic environment that fosters collaboration and innovation. We attract top minds, and we nurture and build top talent.

Main Duties and Responsibilities


MedImmune is the biologics research and early development arm of AstraZeneca.  The Strategic Planning Team is accountable for managing MedImmune’s strategic planning cycle and leading key initiatives within MedImmune and across the broader AstraZeneca organization.  In addition to their enterprise-wide responsibilities, Planning Team staff are aligned to each of the core MedImmune Functions (Research, Biopharmaceutical Development, Clinical Biologics, and Biotech Operations). For this role, the incumbent’s primary client group is Clinical Biologics.  Clinical Biologics is responsible for the development and execution of clinical studies in support of MedImmune’s early stage portfolio (Ph1, Ph2).  The incumbent will be a member of the Clinical Biologics Leadership Team (CBLT), and will support the leadership team as it relates to strategic planning, operational management and implementation of key functional initiatives.


Essential Requirements

  • Partner with the GBPO Strategic Planning Team to manage MedImmune’s planning cycle; lead engagement with Clinical Biologics organization
  • Lead and/or support key cross-functional initiatives within MedImmune and across the broader AstraZeneca organization; lead cross-functional teams and direct staff in a matrixed environment
  • Partner with the CBLT to develop the Clinical Biologics strategic agenda including priorities and goals for each year; facilitate interaction/linkage of objectives between Clinical Biologics and MedImmune/AZ functions
  • Monitor and communicate progress against annual Clinical Biologics scorecard objectives
  • Support CBLT and associated Clinical Biologics Functions (e.g. Clinical Development, Biostatistics, Quality, clinical Operations, Clinical Services) through problem solving, solution development, implementation and tracking
  • Perform internal and external benchmarking assessments and analysis
  • Coordinate and optimize CBLT business meetings; manage and set CBLT agendas, and ensure effective follow-through on actions

Education and Experience

  • Advanced degree or equivalent work experience required; MBA, Ph.D. or equivalent preferred
  • 8+ years of experience in life sciences management consulting or a fast-paced development setting, preferably biotechnology, with experience in business planning, operations and strategy
  • Experience within drug discovery and development, with an emphasis on biologics preferred; familiarity with product development, product launch and exposure to life cycle management preferred
  • Broad business perspective and acumen, goal-oriented approach, process orientation and strategic focus
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and coordinate multiple projects concurrently
  • Sophisticated demeanor, bearing and approach sufficient to position the incumbent for interaction with senior level executives in delivering effective presentations and providing information to influence major decisions
  • Excellent stakeholder management skills and ability to develop strong relationships with senior leaders and other key stakeholders
  • Excellent management and matrix team leadership skills that include the ability to provide direction and lead multi-disciplinary teams on highly collaborative efforts resulting in successful implementation
  • Ability to partner with senior leaders to develop and implement a strategic vision
  • Willingness and proven ability to function in a hands-on capacity when necessary to achieve milestones, resolve issues and build an organization/function capable of driving toward measurable objectives
  • Proven ability to drive projects forward to a successful conclusion in a matrix organization
  • High level of maturity that includes judgment, discretion, self-motivation, and accountability
  • Ability to thrive in an environment that often involves a high degree of ambiguity
  • Strong analytical approach, keen organizational capability and solid time management skills
  • Subject matter knowledge in product development preferred
  • Cross functional, multi-cultural, and global work experience preferred

Next Steps – Apply today!

To be considered for this exciting opportunity, please complete the full application on our website at your earliest convenience – it is the only way that our Recruiter and Hiring Manager can know that you feel well qualified for this opportunity.  If you know someone who would be a great fit, please share this posting with them.

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.