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 diseases. AstraZeneca is one of only a handful of pure-play biopharmaceutical companies to span the entire value chain of a medicine from discovery, early- and late-stage development to manufacturing and distribution, and the global commercialisation of primary care, speciality care-led and speciality care medicines that transform lives. Our main focus is on three key areas of healthcare: Cardiovascular and Metabolic disease (CVMD); Oncology; and Respiratory, Inflammation and Autoimmunity (RIA). We are also active in the Infection, Neuroscience and Gastrointestinal (ING) disease areas.
About Commercial IT
Commercial IT is a global IT capability supporting the Commercial organisation. We business partner with Commercial areas: Biopharma, Oncology, International and Japan – and also Rare Disease Unit. We operate out of hubs sites including in the UK, Sweden, US and out of our Global Innovation Technology Centres in India and Mexico – and in markets all over the world.
In Commercial IT, we are focussed on smoothing the Patient and HCP journey through Digital Innovation and supporting the growth of the business through impactful launches, field effectiveness and digital/omni channel capabilities – all founded on deep partnerships with our business colleagues. Our internal capabilities are predominantly created and delivered by our global IT organisations and are cloud based and mobile enabled – this includes Infrastructure.
International Commercial consists of markets in Asia, MEA, LATAM, Australia, New Zealand and Russia with a revenue of close to USD 6bn. International is a dynamic, collaborative and fast-growing business.
We are looking to appoint an Artificial Intelligence lead accountable for partnering with the Region, Area and Market level Commercial and Medical teams for creating, driving adoption of, and delivering value from AI powered capabilities.
This role works with business and IT teams across the International region to own and drive engagement around new AI technologies, partnerships and projects. You will also drive developing and maturing a region wide approach to Artificial Intelligence and Data Science in enabling and redefining business processes, as well as towards improving patient outcomes. The role will be partnering with Commercial IT, and Enterprise Data & AI leaders in developing an aligned strategy for AI service and delivery, including build, buy or partner decision making. Provide thought leadership of what AI & Data Science can do to advance our business, own the identification of business problems, develop and present cases, ensure successful delivery and life cycle management of solutions, and leverage internal and external technology ecosystem to create maximum value.
The ideal candidate will have industry experience working on different types of artificial intelligence projects in healthcare settings, but also leading enterprise IT systems and projects. Successful delivery in this role requires effectively shaping the strategy and proficiency in enabling impact through strong partnering with multi-functional teams in a matrix organisation. Partner with business collaborators to identify business or patient journey problems that can be solved via AI solutions provisioned with internal capabilities and/or sourced externally. Scout and assess AI partners using exacting technical, regulatory, ethical, and business criteria. Maintain a repository of business needs and potential solutions to support prioritisation of investment into AI. Support the enhancement, delivery and adoption of our AI framework, which formalises assessment of AI solutions to business/patient problems as well as ensures AI solutions are ethically developed and applied.
Manage, update and enhance our global AI catalogue with a region wide inventory of AI enabled partnerships, projects and processes, and create a mechanism to capture of value consistently across AI projects.
Provide AI domain expertise and consulting support to all business functions, areas, and markets in assessing and applying AI solutions to their needs
Establish go-to-market strategy for AI solutions, create right governance for lifecycle management, define metrics to collect value realisation, and support scaling of solutions/partners meeting or exceeding business needs
Support publications, presentations, and communications – both internally and externally, on AI thought leadership by AZ
Establish close collaboration with all AI partners across the Enterprise to ensure input and adoption of AI services
Work closely with compliance, information security, audit, privacy and regulatory functions to ensure existing and planned AI projects and partnerships meet all governance requirements, and pass any requisite internal/external audits as required by our standard operating procedures, risk management frameworks, responsible use of AI principles, FAIR use of AI principles, Software as a Medical Device etc.
Ensure success and usage of developer tooling within our data science and AI area
Liaise with other teams to enhance our technological stack, to enable the adoption of the latest advances in data pipelines and AI
Facilitate AI excellence among relevant business roles in International region by using global AI upskilling programmes and create educational pathways to upskill business and IT teams on AI
Essential skills & experience
A Bachelor’s in Computer Science, Mathematics, Data Science, Statistics or related subjects
Experience working in the pharmaceutical industry with data or AI related background
Experience and demonstrable skills on project in one or more of the following areas: classical machine learning, recommendation systems, natural language processing or computer vision.
Been involved in AI projects from ideation to proof of concept to pilot/go-to-market to scaling.
Experience running enterprise technology projects, including engagement with technical and non-technical partners
Ability to work with loosely defined objectives and turning these into requirements and cases for enterprise investment
Creative, collaborative, & product focused.
Demonstrable experience in successfully deploying and scaling AI solutions in an enterprise or healthcare setting
Communication and influencing across very broad base of cultures (Asia, Latam, Western etc) and to senior levels
Strong track record of delivering Digital solutions with clear outcome metrics
WHY JOIN US?
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 groundbreaking 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 contribute 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!
SO, WHAT NEXT?
If reading the above has tickled your senses and you’re ready to join us, hit the apply button and we look forward to reviewing your application soon.
Closing date: 31st January
Competitive salary & benefits on offer.
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