R&D Data Policy Manager

R&D Data Policy Manager

Cambridge UK, Gothenburg SWE

Competitive Salary + Benefits

Make a more meaningful impact to patients’ lives around the globe

Here you’ll have the chance to create a meaningful difference to patients’ lives. With science at its heart, this is the place where breakthroughs born in the lab become transformative medicines – for the world’s most sophisticated diseases.

Answer unmet medical needs by pioneering the next wave of science, focusing on outcomes and shaping the patient ecosystem. With our ground-breaking pipeline, the outlook is forward-thinking. Be proud to be part of a place that has achieved so much, yet is still moving forward.

There’s no better time to join our global, growing enterprise as we lead the way for healthcare and society.

A place that’s investing in the latest technology, data and innovative ways of working.

Here you’ll be backed with everything you need to be at the forefront of digitising our organisation.

Whether that’s working on the leading-edge, defining the future of Pharma or upskilling yourself in our Digital and Data Academy.

The job holder will be working on crafting, implementing and leading a Data policy that balance benefit and risk for responsible reuse and will be required to employ a range of skills including policy expertise, project management, knowledge of external regulations e.g. GDPR and have an ability to develop strong relations and effective business processes with internal partners.

Critical member of the Policy Operational Team and contributor to wider R&D Data Policy strategy.


  • Accountable for designing legal & ethical review processes for R&D Scientific Data

  • Perform legal and ethical review of data as well as advising a team which will perform legal & ethical review of data!

  • Lead collaboration projects where data is shared to third parties

  • Lead all aspects of tagging of data assets as needed after legal & ethical review is complete

  • Provide Subject-Matter-Expertise related to the legal & ethical review processes involving Informed Consent, legal holds etc!

  • Lead defined policy implementation projects e.g. Legal and Informed Consent Framework and provide strategic direction and advice for automation to enable operational scale-up

  • Provide support and advice for ongoing studies related ICF language to support re-use of data and provide strategic direction on how new studies can be future proofed for re-use

  • Collaborate with other members of the Data Office team, functional units, & the DS & AI community to aid the Data FAIRification process.

  • Lead projects, helping internal partners with shaping data sharing projects according to policy

  • Lead / mentor junior staff

  • Own the shaping and development of Policy based on internal and external influences, including writing of policy documentation

  • Lead prioritised strategic projects/initiatives, as agreed with leadership, to future-proof the processes applied for responsible re-use of data

  • Deliver and maintain practices on sharing clinical information within AstraZeneca and be the exemplary leader with vision in this area, within AZ.


  • Relevant degree in Information/Data Science, Computer Science, Informatics, IT, Medical, life sciences, Legal or other related subject area.

  • Experience of pharma and the life sciences

  • Solid experience in legal & ethical review of data and hands-on implementation processes

  • Operational understanding of legal & ethical compliance frameworks, data repositories, data management principles, and analytic tools.


  • Superb communication skills and ability to build positive relationships. Ability to collaborate closely with people at all levels.

  • Strong project or programme management skills

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

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

Why we love it

If your passion is science and you want to be part of a team that makes a bigger impact on patients’ lives, then there’s no better place to be. Here we truly understand science and apply it every day to strengthen and grow our pipeline.

So, what’s next?

  • Are you already imagining yourself joining our team? Good, because we can’t wait to hear from you.
  • Are you ready to bring new ideas and fresh thinking to the table? Brilliant! We have one seat available and we hope it’s yours.

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