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AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP Senior IT Business Relationship Manager – Medical & Real World Evidence in Cambridge, United Kingdom

Our Science and Enabling Units IT vision is to deliver the best science IT capabilities in biopharma, which we define as agile, responsive and fit-for-future. Our goal is to engage with the business as a strategic partner in delivering life-changing medicines to our patients. The desired effect of your role is to take accountability as a leader for delivering a ‘Best in Class’ IT experience for the Medical Evidence generating function within the AstraZeneca Medical Affairs organization.

The Senior IT Business Manager will develop strategic relationships within our Medical Evidence organization; identifying ways for IT to partner with them in achieving and exceeding business objectives. You will drive the delivery of innovative business solutions to create maximum advantage. The role combines in-depth understanding of AstraZeneca, business area strategy and domain knowledge of Medical Evidence generation functions, and relevant technical expertise to drive the generation of new innovative technology solutions and continuous value from existing solutions.

This role requires a hybrid set of technical, business domain, and leadership skills. You will perform as a leader-doer with the talent to inspire and motivate an agile and diverse team of specialists in a complex matrix organization. This role is a mix of leading a team and building a relationship of trust with our partners, anchored by good technical and domain expertise and continuous learning and development.

In your role, you will be accountable for developing and delivering on the long-term technology strategy/vision for the Medical Affairs Medical Evidence lifecycle. Generation of new Medical Evidence is critical to supporting internal decision-making, and more importantly, providing healthcare decision makers the scientific insight they require for confidence in providing access to AstraZeneca medicines to patients. This is an exciting opportunity to partner with our Medical Evidence Real World Science & Digital team to drive our data & analytics strategy maximizing AstraZeneca’s investment in both prospective and retrospective medical studies. You will drive forward analytics initiatives, advancing capabilities in machine learning, artificial intelligence and knowledge management. You will deliver roadmaps that focus on optimizing the operational aspects of planning, execution and publication of medical evidence generation activity globally. AstraZeneca is focused on continually uplifting our capabilities in Medical Evidence to meet the changing needs of our stakeholders and are excited to bring on a talented individual to drive this space forward.

You will work with the Medical Evidence business unit in Medical Affairs and will be a leader and advocate for this organization; working collaboratively as part of a customer-facing Data Science & Artificial Intelligence (DS&AI) IT team. You will also work collaboratively with other BRMs in the broader DS&AI domain, and be expected to develop and leverage relationships with strategic external partners and a global IT matrix spanning 3,000+ people across the US, UK, Sweden, China, Japan, Poland, Mexico and India. All DS&AI business engagement team members are expected to develop domain and technical expertise across all Science domains and take on special/opportunistic projects outside of his/her core domain.

The core accountabilities of the role include:

  • Building strong strategic relationships with complex customer groups and senior stakeholders, developing a deep understanding of the short-term and long-term business direction.

  • Developing and maintaining the stakeholder management plan, conducting continuous stakeholder analysis, and working cross-functionally to align on strategy and plans

  • Assessing and prioritizing Medical & Real World Evidence requirements in line with IT strategy, and influencing IT strategy where appropriate

  • Leading a portfolio of IT investments, prioritized to align with emerging business strategy

  • Facilitating accurate IT demand forecasting, planning, and delivery collaboratively with other supporting IT team roles

  • Leading high-level investigations on requirements specifications and feasibility studies, developing a range of options aligned to business and IT strategy

  • Leading business impact assessments, identifying risks and issues that may affect current and future business units and roles, and create business readiness plan

  • Partnering with key stakeholders on the development of detailed business cases for new IT solutions

  • Dedicatedly finding opportunities for IT to deliver innovative technology solutions to provide daring advantage

  • Presenting and gaining agreement from senior leaders for IT initiatives, using domain knowledge to gain credibility, trust, and commitment

Works closely with:

  • Business and IT leadership teams and other senior stakeholders to build their understanding of IT strategy, programs and challenges

  • IT Strategy, Architecture, Portfolio Management and Project/Program Management to agree the future shape of proposed solutions and initiate projects in partnership

  • Other stakeholder area Senior IT Business Managers to create alignment and identify cross-functional collaboration and/or innovation opportunities

  • Business analysts to define detailed requirements, conduct business analysis, and build business cases

  • Portfolio Managers and solution delivery leads to initiate projects, clearly define scope and monitor the delivery of project value compared to the promised benefits

  • Service Management teams to ensure the IT services plans are established for the customer group, actively monitored, and effectively handled in line with established service levels

Could be considered for either internal Grade E or F based on candidate experience.

Education, Qualifications, and Experience


  • Experience in and knowledge of bio-pharma industry

  • Deep knowledge and understanding of the Medical Evidence domain, including utilization of Real World Data to generate evidence.

  • Demonstrated delivery of advanced analytics capabilities focused on scientific information

  • Extensive knowledge of scientific and clinical pharmaceutical processes.

  • Proven ability to interpret and communicate technical and scientific information.

  • Significant experience in developing the vision and strategy for data and analytics projects in a life sciences domain.

  • Substantial experience in managing and delivering business change through IT projects and delivering results.

  • Broad understanding of global regulations in the bio-pharma domain

  • Experience of building high value business cases & mobilizing prioritized investments.

  • Experience of leading teams with a demonstrable track record of motivational and achievement-oriented leadership.

  • Proven ability to operate across multiple domains and ambiguity.

  • Demonstrated ability to build strategic working partnerships with senior AZ internal customers, peers and partners.

  • The ability to travel both domestically and internationally.

  • Bachelor’s Degree or relevant business qualification


  • Master's Degree or more

  • Involvement in pharma thought leadership networks and organizations

  • Agile development methodologies

Skills and Capabilities


  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Strong influencing, networking and team working skills

  • High level awareness of developments in the Information Technology marketplace

  • Demonstrate strong relationship building skills with the ability to influence others to achieve objectives

  • Proficiency in planning, change management and problem solving and able to resolve issues of a highly complex and strategic nature

  • Proven ability to relate and respond to business needs in an IT environment

  • Ability to manage negotiations, expectations and solutions across complex groups


  • Ability to work well in and across diverse global teams

  • Ability to partner and work in a matrix organization

Next Steps – Apply today!

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