Senior Group Director, Late Vaccines and Immune Therapies

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

Opportunity:       Senior Group Director, Late Vaccines and Immune Therapies

Locations:           Cambridge (UK), Gothenburg (Sweden), Warsaw (Poland), Gaithersburg (US), Durham (US)

Salary:                 Competitive, with excellent benefits

In this anticipated role as a Vaccines and Immune Therapies (V&I) Senior Group Director, you will have responsibility for line managing scientists and physicians, including performance management and professional development activities. The Senior Group Director is accountable to the Executive Group Director of V&I for maximizing efficient utilization of their group's scientists and physicians and to deliver the agreed V&I objectives.  

You will lead your team by example displaying AZ values and helping shape an inclusive culture of growth and development. You will participate in drug program activities as agreed with the Executive Director or VP of V&I. You may also have accountability for additional non-program project work in support of optimizing Clinical Development within the organization. 

Your key role is to achieve these aims by efficiently resourcing program(s) and providing strategic and operational leadership within V&I, supported by the Executive Director or VP of V&I. 

Typical Accountabilities 

Provide strategic and operational leadership to assigned scientists and physicians. Ensure consistent practices, compliance with internal SOPs, local regulations and laws, talent development, leadership development, best practice sharing, mentoring programs, coaching, training, and medical education in collaboration with the Executive Group Director V&I and across Biopharmaceuticals. 

  • Line management responsibility for scientists and physicians: 

  • Deliver performance management 

  • Guide professional development 

  • Ensure expectations for success are clearly understood and agreed 

  • Ensure individuals are rewarded and recognized appropriately for success 

  • Actively manage poor performance 

  • Efficiently utilize resources and capabilities within their group in alignment with agreed Late R&I resource deployment principles. 

  • Responsible for working with Late R&I capacity management team to ensure that program resource allocations and requests are accurately reflected in capacity management systems. May work with capacity management team to modify resource algorithms as business need evolves.  

  • Recruitment and retention of internal and external talent to support capabilities. 

  • Collaborate with peers to ensure consistency of approach and implementation of best practices in capability development, including on-boarding processes for new hires. 

  • Ensure pipeline of successors to Global Clinical Program Leader, Global Development Scientist/Medical Director, and Senior Group Director roles. 


  • Medical and scientific background with MD, Ph.D., PharmD degree or equivalent 

  • Relevant experience in line management and/or leading a team 

  • Broad clinical and research background and a comprehensive understanding of medical aspects of drug development 

  • Experience in pharmaceutical drug development Generally, at least 3-5 years of pharmaceutical company experience is required although in exceptional cases, other relevant experience may be substituted 


  • Infectious diseases experience e.g. COVID, RSV &/or Influenza

  • Working knowledge of performance management, capacity management, budget management, and employment legislation 

  • Specific experience in late stage pharmaceutical drug development 

So, what’s next?

Are you already imagining yourself joining us? Good, because we can’t wait to hear from you!

Advertising opens on 26 May 2022 and we welcome with your application; CV and cover letter, no later than 25 June 2022.

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Additional information

Our Company Values & Behaviors underpin everything we do so please take a moment to familiarize yourself with them. You may also want to check out our new R&D Video showing how we turn Science into Medicines. Covid-19 Resources

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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.

AstraZeneca requires all US employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 but will consider requests for reasonable accommodations as required by applicable law.

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