Data, Analytics & AI Lead - Operations IT

  • AstraZeneca
  • Macclesfield SK10 2NA, UK
  • 17/09/2021
Full time Data Science Data Engineering Data Analytics Big Data Artificial Intelligence Statistics

Job Description

Gaithersburg (US), Macclesfield (UK), Sodertalje (SWE)

Would you like to apply your expertise to impact the Operations IT Data & AI in a company that follows the science and turns ideas into life changing medicines? If so, AstraZeneca might just have the job for you! Join us at a crucial stage of our journey in becoming a digital and data-led enterprise.


AstraZeneca is a global, innovation-driven BioPharmaceutical business that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialisation of prescription medicines for some of the world’s most serious disease. But we’re more than one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies.

At AstraZeneca we’re dedicated to being a Great Place to Work. Where you are empowered to push the boundaries of science and unleash your entrepreneurial spirit. There’s no better place to make a difference to medicine, patients and society. An inclusive culture that champions diversity and collaboration. Always committed to lifelong learning, growth and development.


Here our work has a direct impact on patients – transforming our ability to develop life-changing medicines. We empower the business to perform at its peak and lead a new way of working, combining cutting-edge science with leading digital technology platforms and data. All with a passion to impact lives through data, analytics, AI, machine learning and more.

It’s a dynamic and challenging environment to work in – but that’s why we like it. There are countless opportunities to learn and grow, whether that’s exploring new technologies in hackathons, or transforming the roles and work of colleagues, forever. This is your chance to be part of a team that has the backing to innovate, disrupt an industry and change lives.

Operations IT is a global IT capability supporting the Global Operations organisation. We business partner with Operations capability areas: Pharmaceutical Technology Development, Manufacturing & Global Engineering, Quality Control, Sustainability, Supply Chain, Logistics and Global External Sourcing and Procurement. We operate out of Operations hubs sites including in the UK, Sweden, US, and China; and out of our Global Technology Centres in India and Mexico.

Data & Artificial Intelligence (D&AI) provides data insight, advanced analytics, and data science services and solutions critical to the Data, AI and machine learning emerging strategy and mission of Operations IT and AZ.


We have an exciting opportunity for a dynamic, engineering leader experienced in Data & AI to join our growing Data & AI team as the Head of Operations D&AI. This senior, strategic role is accountable for the delivery of D&AI services to activities across Operations, as well as partnering with Operations IT and Enterprise Data & AI leaders in developing an aligned strategy for Data &AI investment and delivery to support Operations.

The role will lead the analytics and AI delivery capability for Operations IT, delivering Operations use cases on our standard enterprise platforms including the Operations Data Hub. The leader will be accountable for the delivery of conformed, integrated data products and solutions to Operations, working closely with embedded Data Science teams in the Operations business. Working with Enterprise Data & AI (specifically the Operations Data Foundation Lead), the leader will influence and shape the operations wide D&AI platforms such as the Operations Data Hub; strategic QlikSense & PowerBI dashboard and visualization tooling; data science workbench, and citizen data science platform, e.g. Dataiku. The role holder will partner closely with the Operations IT Capability Leads to ensure a unified, integrated data and AI capability across Operations IT. The role will sit on the Operations IT Leadership team and will also work collaboratively with the Senior Director for Enterprise Data & AI and the Operations Data Foundation Lead, to ensure an integrated IT delivery to Operations.


  • Undergraduate degree in a Computer Science or Informatics, or relevant related experience or education
  • 8+ years experience in a Data & Analytics IT or Data Science role with practical examples in using modern data and AI platforms to build, deploy, and maintain applications
  • Proven experience of the application of advanced analytics and AI to Operations relevant business processes and systems – including experience in at least two or more of the following business domain areas: Pharmaceutical Development, Manufacturing, Quality Control, Supply Chain & Logistics, Procurement, Sustainability.
  • Demonstrable experience leading a team of analysts and engineers in a DevOps model
  • Demonstratable managerial experience in matrix and other structures of technical staff.
  • A strong understanding of and insight into Operations strategies, processes, data and technologies
  • The role holder will possess a blend of design skills needed for Agile data development projects
  • Proficiency in managing complex stakeholder networks, conflicting demand, mis-aligned local strategies with ability to develop common approaches and roadmaps
  • People leadership – ability to motivate and develop both talent and under-performers across teams
  • Strategic thinking – ability to see beyond the tactical day to day noise and shape long term D&AI strategy in line with long term business strategy
  • Excellent communication and influencing skills in order to communicate with senior stakeholders across IT & Operations business.


We’re a network of entrepreneurial self-starters who contribute to something far bigger. There’s a diversity of expertise in our Technology group that’s unique to AstraZeneca – it allows us to dive deep into

exploring new leading-edge technology. We enable AstraZeneca to perform at its peak by delivering world-class technology and data solutions, unlocking the potential of science. We optimise and evolutionise AstraZeneca by maximising efficiencies and finding new ways to drive productivity. From automation to data simplification.

A place to be open and transparent – we speak up, think creatively and share ideas. Our diverse contributions help us to make better decisions. But we have a constant drive to innovate, and an appreciation for high standards. It takes challenging the status quo to add value in our ever-evolving environment. We love it here because put simply, we make a meaningful impact.

Technology at AstraZeneca is a home for purposeful disruptors!


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