Ethics & Compliance Director, AZ UK

AstraZeneca operates in over 100 countries and its innovative medicines are used by millions of patients worldwide.

Our growth story at AstraZeneca is based on our core therapeutic areas of Oncology,  Respiratory, Cardiovascular/Renal/Metabolics (CVRM) and Vaccine & Immunotherapy. 

Being a fast-paced innovation-driven organization also means assessing and mitigating new and changing risks.  In this role you will be helping the business in the UK  navigate this evolving landscape, navigating risks such as anti-bribery and inappropriate inducement, data privacy, off-label promotion, fair competition and bioethics.

The ability to learn on-the-fly, adapt and generate simple and pragmatic solutions to complex challenges is critical, as well as the ability to balance business needs with informed risk management. Demonstrating a proactive ‘Business Partnering’ mindset and deep understanding of ABPI code and processes is key to establishing the credibility and trust required to exert influence and sustain the elements of our Compliance Framework. 

The Role:

  • Deliver compliance support, including partnering with the business to assess risk, educate and develop controls to be incorporated into business systems and processes
  • Partner with our Global Risk, Assurance & Policy, Compliance Investigations and Education & Engagement teams to execute our “second line of defense” accountabilities (e.g., monitoring, internal investigations, training and awareness, risk management) to support the continuous improvement of our global compliance program and empower the business as the “first line of defense” when it comes to being accountable for compliance and day-to-day risk management.
  • Partner with Line Managers to support them in confidence is taking risk based right decisions through among others co -lead Ambasador Program , continues support in building feet for purpose 1st Line Monitoring
  • Independently interact with leaders, management teams and across different levels of the organization to provide advice, share learnings and influence decision-making, including constructive challenge where needed.
  • Establish diverse and deep networks across the business and within support functions (e.g., HR, Legal, IT, Procurement, Global Business Services, Internal Audit, Media Relations) as an ambassador for our broader enterprise Sustainability strategy and champion of our Code of Ethics.
  • Drive implementation of centrally-driven mandatory compliance training and supports development of business-relevant case studies and tools to assist business stakeholders in the application of global policies and standards, as well as local regulatory requirements.
  • Support awareness and communication activities using innovative and user-friendly resources to drive principles-based decision-making across the global BBU teams; Explores and adopts new communication channels and tools, aligning with the central Education & Engagement team priorities.
  • Champion our broader Global Sustainability Strategy across our three pillars of Ethics & Compliance, Environment and Access to Medicines.


Education & Experience:

  • Deep knowledge of the UK health-care compliance legal framework including ABPI Code and PMCPA proceedings; familiarity with AZ Global Standards
  • Advance degree required (e.g., JD, MBA, etc.); external experience in law, finance, audit or risk management preferred
  • 2-5 years’ experience in biopharmaceuticals or a related industry (e.g., medical device)
  • Demonstrated experience advising in applicable risk areas (e.g., bribery & corruption, healthcare fraud, data privacy, regulations around the promotion of bio-pharmaceuticals and scientific exchange, bioethics, etc.).

Skills & Abilities:

  • Proactive business partner mindset; proven ability to establish credibility and trust with customers across different levels of seniority and different business units
  • Pragmatic and solution-orientated thinker with a track record of developing and delivering simple solutions to complex challenges
  • High level understanding of compliance risks across the discovery, development, manufacturing, and selling and marketing continuum
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; able to develop and maintain effective and collaborative working relationships across different geographies; successful track-record working in global teams (e.g., diverse cultures, time-zone and virtual rather than in-person connections)
  • Strong organizational and communication skills; demonstrated ability to prioritize and deliver; Curious mindset and strong learning agility
  • Practical experience with the elements of effective compliance programs (e.g., tone-at-the-top, policies & procedures, training, monitoring, investigations, remediation and continuous improvement)
  • Uncompromising professional ethics and integrity; able to “stand-alone”; must be able to treat individuals with respect under all circumstances and scrupulously protect confidential information
  • Confident in exercising independent judgment and identifying when to involve other team members with relevant subject matter expertise and/or escalate matters
  • Self-motivated and personally committed to self-development and growth; capable of dealing with ambiguity in a fast-paced and fluid environment  

AstraZeneca is a global, innovation-driven biopharmaceutical business that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialization of prescription medicines for some of the world’s most serious diseases. But we're more than one of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies. At AstraZeneca, we're proud to have a unique workplace culture that inspires innovation and collaboration. Here, employees are empowered to express diverse perspectives - and are made to feel valued, energized and rewarded for their ideas and creativity.

All this to deliver lifechanging medicines to patients. Our purpose underpins everything we do. It gives us a reason to come to work every day. It reminds us why we exist as a company. It helps us deliver benefits to patients and create value for shareholders. It also sets the context for our employees’ activities and the roles of our teams, partners and other collaborators.

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