AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP Director of Strategy & Planning, Respiratory in Cambridge, United Kingdom

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.

GPPS (Global Product and Portfolio Strategy) bridges science and commercial, integrating corporate, portfolio, therapy areas and product strategies, providing strategic direction from early-stage research through to commercialization.

We are looking for a Director of Strategy and Planning, Respiratory to join our Respiratory GPPS team, reporting to the commercial VP, Respiratory.

In this role, you will act as the lead on strategic Respiratory & Respiratory Biologics cross-functional projects. In this capacity, you will coordinate and manage the GPPS Respiratory Biologics meetings, shape the agenda items, set priorities, facilitate meetings, capture the action items and continually improve the ways of working and cross-function collaboration.

The successful individual will demonstrate strong skills in the areas of strategic thinking, judgement and influencing senior stakeholders, as well as strong planning, problem solving and communication skills.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

As the Director of Strategy and Planning, Respiratory & Respiratory Biologics, you will represent GPPS and be accountable to help develop the strategy and roadmap for our Respiratory commercial space in partnership with leadership.


  • Strategy Development & Implementation

  • Supports the Therapy Area Vice President to create the overall portfolio strategy and implementation plans

  • Provide coaching to team members in regards to strategy development and implementation

  • Accountable for Therapy Area deliverables and single point of contact to the central GPPS strategy function

  • Leads special projects as needed

  • Business Planning Cycle

  • Responsible for the long-range strategic planning for respiratory GPPS

  • Create process designs to streamline and simplify business processes

  • Facilitate generation of effective Brand Strategic Plans

  • Leadership Agenda

  • Design annual Leadership Agenda for the cross functional respiratory GPPS team

  • Provide strategic input into quarterly F2F meeting agendas for respiratory GPPS leadership team and monthly operational meetings

  • Facilitate Leadership Team meetings, provide timely minutes documenting output, actions and decisions in collaboration with the tea

  • Support the Therapy Area Vice President in development of the GPPS team including talent management and career development

  • Operational deliverables

  • Responsible for overall functional budget (ABU and quarterly updates) and resource planning across respiratory GPPS

Skills and capabilities

  • Strategic agility

  • Delivery focus with an ability to oversee and control multiple project deliverables, high degree of flexibility

  • Interpersonal skills with an ability to deploy a range of influencing styles

  • Ability to pull together diverse teams over whom they have no line management responsibility in a matrix environment “Lead without authority”

  • Demonstrated knowledge and very wide understanding of global business context

  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal. Able to express complex ideas and strategies in clear and compelling ways to multiple stakeholder groups.

  • Strong business and financial acumen

  • Strong leadership attributes in order to clarify strategic direction, balance short and long-term needs, resolve differences constructively, reinforce expectations and delegate fully

  • Entrepreneurial and simplification mind-set

  • Enterprise mind-set, able to lead and engage across multiple, complex organisations and geographies

  • Strong organizational knowledge, understanding the nature of all the functional areas and how the functions relate to each other

Essential Requirements/Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent degree)

  • Significant exposure/experience of pharmaceutical Sales and Marketing operations/ Commercial IT platforms, risk management and business performance management in a large, complex multi-national organisation minimum 10 years’ experience.

  • Experience of strategy development and business planning experience, ideally within a Commercial environment

  • Previous consulting experience

  • Ability to build trusted relationships with Sr. Leadership and other key Stakeholders

  • Project management experience, highly organized, solutions-oriented

  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects/tasks effectively

  • Strong planning skills and analytical thinking

  • Demonstrated ability to bring ideas to action

  • Strategic thinking, judgement and influencing skills

  • Ability to influence senior stakeholders

  • Proven ability to collaborate across functional boundaries

  • High drive and collaborative mindset

  • Ability to work effectively across diverse and global teams

  • Strong communication at executive level

Preferred Qualifications:

  • MBA preferred in a relevant field (marketing, business, strategy, etc.)

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.