Associate Director, Patient Advocacy

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At AstraZeneca every one of our employees makes a difference to patient lives everyday. Our science lives beyond our labs - our global perspective means we use talent and expertise from all over the world to make our medicines a success. The Associate Director, Patient Advocacy (ADPA) is responsible for leading the continuing development and delivery of the patient advocacy relations strategy at AstraZeneca, building an "Excellence as standard" approach to our engagement with Patient Advocacy Groups (PAGs). Sitting within the Policy and Advocacy team within the wider UK Corporate Affairs department, the ADPA ensures that AstraZeneca builds relationships with the Patient Advocacy community in a way that advances the company towards an ambition to be the most patient centred UK company and works in partnership with PAGs and patients to improve the UK healthcare environment for the benefit of all. This role reports to the UK Policy Director. The UK Corporate Affairs department consists of Communications, Policy & Advocacy and Government Affairs teams. The teams work closely with both the NHS-focused business in the UK and our wider UK footprint of research and manufacturing, and team members are part of a broader Global Corporate Affairs network across the company that takes a strong interest in the UK as a "home country". In Communications and Policy & Advocacy teams are individuals with defined responsibilities for particular disease areas, with whom the ADPA will work closely, and these are all integrated into advancing AstraZeneca as a preferred, solutions-oriented partner. This role is newly-created, bringing together responsibilities previously shared across different individuals and functions, and represents a significant opportunity to shape new programmes and new ways of working. Responsible for strategic leadership on UK company wide PAG relations. Accountable for ensuring robust processes for engagement of PAGs and patient representatives and new innovative ways to bring the patient voice into the work of AstraZeneca and inform PAGs of advances in our science. Identify, consolidate and evaluate all therapy area needs for patient engagement and ensure a joined up consistent approach across the business. Provide support to the wider UK Corporate Affairs department and particularly the Policy team members in developing and maintaining appropriate relationships with PAGs with direct links to our core disease areas. Manage engagement with above disease PAGs such as National Voices and The Patients Association. Lead in ensuring the UK Corporate Affairs team, and wider business, has strong, current insights into pressures and priorities of our key patient communities. Build and develop the UK Patient Advocacy Relations Strategy, liaising with global Patient Centricity leadership, to ensure we leverage AstraZeneca's footprint in the UK and support UK PAGs in their ambition to guide the industry and shape how to deliver to patient needs. Identify and develop long term partnerships with PAGs that benefit the wider AstraZeneca company as well as the patients the PAGs look to serve and support. Own the process by which we appropriately engage with PAGs as the seek to inform decisions on patient access to the latest innovations, working closely with the Market Access team. Identify and direct appropriate activities to enhance the visibility of the company leadership to build on our reputation in this space. Work seamlessly with internal communications to ensure company leadership on patient engagement is communicated to staff at the right times, bringing in the patient and/or PAG voice where appropriate to various company events and through various company channels of communication. Work closely with relevant colleagues in AZ's Global Corporate Affairs to contribute to the further development of AstraZeneca's Patient Centricity and Patient Advocacy work globally, ensuring that all external and internal activities are well coordinated and synergistic. Ensure all transfer of value reporting of funds to PAGs is dealt with correctly and in a timely manner. Provide relevant training and guidance/counsel for staff to help them understand where compliantly, we can engage with patients. Essential Patient Group experience OR Pharmaceutical Industry Experience Proven relationship development/management skills Clear strategic thinker with evidence of development and management of robust processes Experience of successful leadership without authority Desirable Experience of working within one or more of our core disease areas Relevant vocational qualifications or equivalent experience

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