Scientific Data and Platforms - Data Lead



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Barcelona, Spain
Posted on Saturday, February 10, 2024

Job Title: Scientific Data and Platforms - Data Lead

Location, Barcelona

Comprehensive package and flexible benefits

Introduction to Role:
Join AstraZeneca’s R&D Data Office, an industry-leading enabler of data and AI strategy. We are seeking a Data Lead for our newly created Scientific Data Products and Platforms (SDPP) group. This role will serve as a key player in delivering high impact data-driven initiatives, requiring a combination of strategic and organizational skills, technical expertise, and process management.

Together with the SDPP FAIR Data Integration Lead, you will deliver against the SDPP Data Strategy by establishing and operating the Data Product Lifecycle within SDPP. By enabling the delivery of multimodality data products across the drug development pipeline, SDPP will enable scientists to make new correlations, better characterize disease, improve patient stratification, monitor therapeutic response and ultimately accelerate the drug development process.


As a Data Lead, you will contribute to and maintain a comprehensive SDPP product roadmap that aligns with the SDPP data strategy and organizational priorities. You will collaborate with scientists, researchers, and other partners to gather requirements and ensure that our data products support AZ’s scientific objectives. You will manage the data product backlog with a strong focus on data-centric features and act as the interface to the SDPP domain platform owners to implement. You will also develop and manage data curation rules to create high-quality harmonized integrated data products.

Essential Skills/Experience:

  • Hands-on experience from Agile development, preferably in a business context.

  • Relevant degree in Information/Data Science, Computer Science, Informatics, IT, or other related discipline.

  • Experience of pharma and the life sciences

  • Experience of senior data leadership

  • Track record of significant strategic data project delivery with demonstration of clear scientific and/or operational value

  • Excellent communication skills and ability to build strong relationships.

  • Conflict resolution: succeeding in situations where a high degree of business acumen, influencing and tact are required to find a way forward.

  • Needs the energy, experience, and motivation to work across global & functional boundaries.

  • Travel – willingness and ability to travel domestically & internationally.

  • Resilience – ability to overcome and motivate others in the face of a changing environment.

Desirable Skills/Experience:

  • Experience of achieving tangible and acknowledged value in a similar position and scale of challenge and opportunity.

  • An understanding of the application and analysis of radiomics / digital pathology in R&D

  • Knowledge of Drug Discovery and Development practice in BioPharma

  • Strong Change Management track record.

  • Experience project manager with a great understanding of the project phase and the connection between classic project management and Agile ways of working.

  • Experience of running project in a GxP regulated environment

When we put unexpected teams in the same room, we unleash bold thinking with the power to inspire life-changing medicines. In-person working gives us the platform we need to connect, work at pace and challenge perceptions. That’s why we work, on average, a minimum of three days per week from the office. But that doesn't mean we’re not flexible. We balance the expectation of being in the office while respecting individual flexibility. Join us in our unique and ambitious world.

Why AstraZeneca?

Join the team unlocking the power of what science can do. We are working towards treating, preventing, modifying and even curing some of the world's most complex diseases. Here we have the potential to grow our pipeline and positively impact the lives of billions of patients around the world. We are committed to making a difference. We have built our business around our passion for science. Now we are fusing data and technology with the latest scientific innovations to achieve the next wave of breakthroughs.

Ready to make an impact? Apply now and join us in our mission to push the boundaries of science to deliver life-changing medicines!

This role is open from 9th Feb 2024 to the 23rd Feb 2024.

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AstraZeneca embraces diversity and equality of opportunity. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team representing all backgrounds, with as wide a range of perspectives as possible, and harnessing industry-leading skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We welcome and consider applications to join our team from all qualified candidates, regardless of their characteristics. We comply with all applicable laws and regulations on non-discrimination in employment (and recruitment), as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements.

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