Statistical Science Director, Supervisor – Data Science & AI

  • AstraZeneca
  • Cambridge CB23, UK
  • 01/09/2021
Full time Data Science Data Engineering Data Analytics Big Data Artificial Intelligence Data Management Statistics

Job Description

Do you have a passion for science, statistics and leadership? Are you up for the challenge to impact a company that follows the science and turns ideas into life changing medicines? If yes, we welcome you to join AstraZeneca!

At AstraZeneca, we put patients first and strive to meet their unmet needs worldwide, while applying leading edge approaches to science across many business areas. Working here means being entrepreneurial, thinking big and working together to make the impossible a reality. If you are swift to act, confident to lead, willing to collaborate, and curious about what science can do, then you’re our kind of person.

We hope that you are our new Statistical Science Director (Supervisor) to join and play an important part in our growing Early stage portfolio in the Cardiovascular, Renal, and Metabolism (CVRM) therapeutic area. This role combines individual statistical design and strategic contributions with the opportunity to lead, manage, and develop a group of Statisticians.

In this role, you will belong to the Early Biometrics & Statistical Innovation (EB&SI) department, where our data-centric focus helps us work efficiently and creatively to bring the right medicines to the right patients. Our teams use their expertise in statistics and programming to address drug development objectives and reduce uncertainty in product development, driving better business decisions with quantitative reasoning. As part of Data Science & AI, you’ll use technology at the forefront of science in a creative environment, with the scope to develop new statistical ideas and apply them in your work.

What you will do:

As a Statistical Science Director (Supervisor) you will line manage and develop a team of statisticians. You will be expected to:

  • Take on a leadership role and drive statistical thinking in cross-functional team projects
  • Lead, manage, and develop a global group of statisticians, ensuring the successful delivery of projects while also considering the development needs of the team
  • Contribute to strategic planning and quantitative decision making
  • Participate in adapting and developing statistical methodology
  • Contribute to development of new procedures and standards to increase quality, efficiency, and effectiveness
  • Influence key stakeholders and governance
  • Act as a technical expert in interactions with external providers and collaborators
  • Work with regulatory agencies, e.g. attending meetings, answering questions
  • Provide mentoring to more junior staff and present at internal training seminars

Essential in the role:

  • The minimum required education is a M.Sc./PhD degree in a relevant discipline such as statistics, biostatistics, or mathematical statistics, with exemplary technical skills.
  • Knowledge of technical and regulatory requirements with experience in pharmaceutical development, health care, or other relevant areas.
  • Excellent communication and influencing skills.
  • A track record of independent leadership and initiative, previous managerial experience is not essential.
  • Excellent collaborative skills
  • Forward thinking awareness of the pharmaceutical landscape
  • Willingness to travel domestically and internationally

Why AstraZeneca?

It’s a place to think differently – to find new ways of handling and treating diseases. We are trusted and empowered to explore. Ultimately, it’s more than a job. We know that our work impacts people with serious conditions, many of whom have no other alternatives. That’s what drives us – the potential to impact over one billion patients worldwide.

So, what’s next! If this sounds like your next challenge - apply today! We look forward to get to know you better. Welcome to send us your application through our website at your earliest convenience, but no later than 31st August, 2021.

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