IT Programme Manager (Data & AI)

  • AstraZeneca
  • Melbourn, Royston SG8 6HB, UK
  • 14/09/2020
Full time Data Science Data Analytics Big Data Data Management Statistics

Job Description

IT Programme Manager (Data & AI)

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

AstraZeneca R&D IT is building an outstanding organisation at the forefront of the digital revolution in healthcare. We’re applying technologies such as AI, machine learning, software and data engineering and analytics to provide critical insights. Our goal is to engage with our stakeholders as a strategic partner in delivering life-changing medicines to our patients!

An Overview of the Role

We have an opportunity for someone who is passionate about delivering ground-breaking programmes and projects.

AstraZeneca has recently launched a Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (AI) transformation programme to position us at the forefront of our field over the coming years. This includes meaningful investment in cutting edge machine learning and automation techniques, supported by an uplift in our data quality, standards and data engineering.

Can you help achieve our 3 key priorities? We are focused on:

  • Establish a robust R&D Data Foundation for Science, ensuring our R&D data is F.A.I.R: Findable, Accessible, Interoperable & Reusable. The Data Foundation will implement common technologies, infrastructure & tools, along with the processes, standards & quality assurance – to make data “analytics & AI ready”. In scope is data from omics, clinical trials, ADD, imaging, literature, and real-world data, with more to be added over time
  • Transform our ability to surface key Biological Insights through novel hypothesis generation algorithms deployed over complex knowledge graphs – leading to enhanced validation of our drug targets as well as the identification of new drug targets, and improving our understanding of the biological mechanisms underpinning disease
  • Advance our capabilities in Augmented Drug Design (ADD) for both small & large molecules – employing the very latest in machine learning and automation approaches to our Design-Make-Test-Analyse (DMTA) and biologics screening processes – leading to increased efficiency in lead identification, identification of novel molecules and higher clinical success rates

Help us to realise the unprecedented opportunities afforded by advances in data availability, computing power and AI to improve the way we discover and develop medicines. Be a catalyst for change, someone that wants to work across IT and the business and make a meaningful difference to patients’ lives.

Main Duties & Responsibilities:

You will ensure programme delivery aligns to the vision and business strategy, and that true business value is delivered to the customer as a result. Having a strong partnership with the business customer driving the demand for the solution is crucial to success in this role.

The role views process as guidance and looks for innovative means to expedite delivery. You must ensure that delivery occurs with a sense of urgency and can be completed within the approved programme budget and timelines, whilst continuously assessing risk and balancing the need for flexibility and agility with conformance to standard methods and tools. Focus areas include stakeholder management across Business, IT, and partners, risk management and delivery of business benefit.

Skills & Experience required;

  • Science, Technical or Business degree or equivalent years of experience
  • IT Programme Management experience, ideally in a Pharmaceutical environment with experience of GxP and validation
  • Proven large IT delivery and complex programme leadership skills and experience, i.e. budgets of~$10million or greater
  • Coordinate status and delivery of programme workstreams, including facilitating and running large scale global planning sessions, e.g. chairing Steering Committee meetings

Why AstraZeneca and why IT?

At AstraZeneca, patients are at the heart of everything we do. A global company that pushes the boundaries of science, we all share a big purpose: to discover and develop life-changing medicines that save lives. In IT we make a direct impact on that purpose –enabling the entire business to perform at its peak. Combining ground breaking science with leading digital technology platforms and our own data sets. Here IT has the power to innovate, redefine an industry and change lives. That’s why we’re proud to work here!

Want to join us? We’d be pleased to hear from you…