Director/Senior Director, Policy, Cardiovascular, Renal and Metabolism (CVRM) (12-month FTC)

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

Director/Senior Director, Policy, Cardiovascular, Renal and Metabolism (CVRM)

Fixed Term & Permanent Opportunities Available

Are you ready to lead the development and implementation of global policy programmes to support earlier diagnosis of Cardiovascular Renal and Metabolic (CVRM) diseases such as heart failure, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and chronic kidney disease?

About AstraZeneca

At AstraZeneca, we put patients first and strive to meet their unmet needs worldwide. Working here means being entrepreneurial, thinking big and working together to make the impossible a reality. If you are swift to action, confident to lead, willing to collaborate, and curious about what science can do, then you’re our kind of person!

Hybrid Working

When we put unexpected teams in the same room, we unleash bold thinking with the power to inspire life-changing medicines. In-person working give 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. 

Cardiovascular, Renal and Metabolism (CVRM)

The global burden of CVRM diseases on people, economies and healthcare systems is startling. The increasing rates of obesity coupled with an ageing population will dramatically increase the risk of CVRM diseases over the next decade. Many of these conditions remain underdiagnosed and undertreated. Our goal at AstraZeneca is to fundamentally change how CVRM diseases are detected, diagnosed and treated to make a difference for patients. 

What you’ll do

The Policy Director role will be responsible for global CVRM related public policy strategy. The CVRM Policy Director serves as the lead for collaborations focused on shaping government and healthcare system policies, increasing understanding of unmet patient/medical needs and building world class policy evidence and argumentation that support improvements to care and access to medicines.

The role will report to the Senior Director, Global Policy and Advocacy, BioPharmaceuticals with a dotted line to the Global Head of Corporate Affairs, CVRM.


  • Global policy lead for CVRM, including development of global policy programmes to support existing CVRM portfolio and future pipeline

  • Partner closely with CVRM Patient Advocacy Director to support effective integration of CVRM policy & advocacy strategies, and development of impactful partnerships

  • Based on close collaboration with key internal (including Corporate Affairs, Medical, Payer, Commercial) and external stakeholders, define and implement multi-year global/regional/local country policy programmes with quantifiable ambitions aligned to business priorities that improve earlier diagnosis and patients’ access to appropriate treatment and care.

  • Driving implementation against these plans, being co-accountable with priority markets to realize policy change goals at the local level.

  • Drive development of robust evidence and argumentation to support policy shaping initiatives including development of peer reviewed publications, quality standards and consensus on the case for change.

  • Working in close collaboration with CVRM Patient Advocacy Director, setting up platforms and partnerships at the above-country level (e.g., with patient advocacy groups (PAGs), medical societies, public health experts, academia, policymakers) to facilitate high quality policy evidence-generation and stakeholder engagement to support policy & advocacy programmes and objectives at local, regional, and global levels

  • Leveraging AstraZeneca relationships with supra-national organizations and internal capabilities to advance the CVRM policy & advocacy agenda.

Education, Qualifications, Skills and Experience

Essential for the role:

  • 5-10 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry; 5-10 years relevant experience in areas of CVRM 

  • Deep understanding of healthcare systems, how to drive healthcare policy change at country level and experience of successful projects realized across diverse markets

  • Strategic thinker and ability to comprehend complex matters and chart a clear path forward

  • Self-starting, independent, entrepreneurial attitude – a smart risk-taker who thrives on new challenges and on seeing things through to completion

  • Eagerness and ability to collaborate with and mobilize different people and organizations; work effectively in a matrix organization and ability to prioritise effectively

  • Ability to communicate highly effectively with senior leadership, peers, as well as with a variety of stakeholders

Why AstraZeneca

At AstraZeneca we’re dedicated to being a Great Place to Work. Where you are empowered to push the boundaries of science and unleash your entrepreneurial spirit. There’s no better place to make a difference to medicine, patients and society. An inclusive culture that champions diversity and collaboration, and always committed to lifelong learning, growth and development. We’re on an exciting journey to pioneer the future of healthcare.

So, what’s next...

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

Competitive salary and benefits package on offer.

The successful candidate will have access to a flexible employee benefits fund, including holiday purchase and flexible time off, pension contributions, Share Save plans, A performance recognition scheme and a competitive, generous remuneration package.

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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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