Learning & Development Associate Director - Mississauga, Canada - AstraZeneca

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Mississauga, Canada

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Learning & Development (L&D) Associate Director

Reports to Head of Learning and Development, Oncology R&D (ORD)

Competitive salary and benefits
**Hybrid Work

  • 3 days/week from our Mississauga, Canada office**Are you ready to play a key role in shaping and delivering a daring learning strategy for our R&D business? Help us make AstraZeneca (AZ) a great place to work and drive tangible business outcomes that demonstrate the impact of learning to the organization. We're seeking an independent, highly collaborative, and resourceful Learning and Development Associate Director to join our Oncology R&D team in Canada or the US.
At AstraZeneca, we follow the science and pioneer new frontiers. Our bold aspiration is to be pioneers in science, lead in our disease areas and transform patient outcomes. By 2030 our goal is to deliver 20 new medicines through industry leading growth and be carbon negative. Our Oncology team is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a cause of death.

We fuse cutting-edge science with the latest technology to achieve breakthroughs and have built an unrivaled scientific community both internally and externally.

As part of our team, you'll have the opportunity to build a rewarding and meaningful career while improving the lives of millions with cancer.

Recognizing the importance of individualized flexibility, our ways of working allow employees to balance personal and work commitments while ensuring we continue to create a strong culture of collaboration and teamwork by engaging face-to-face in our offices 3 days a week.

Our head office is purposely designed with collaboration in mind, providing space where teams can come together to strategize, brainstorm and connect on key projects.


In this role, you will lead or project manage a portfolio of L&D projects, including key cross R&D L&D initiatives (e.g. Navigate R&D, Future of Work, R&D Onboarding, etc).

You'll build strong working relationships with business leaders and HR and Talent & Development (T&D) partners while providing learning consultation and expert L&D advice.

Your expertise will be crucial in designing and building high-quality learning solutions that blend education, exposure, and experiential elements to drive employee professional growth and business outcomes

Typical Accountabilities:

Project Management of L&D Activities:

  • Supports the Head of L&D, R&D to facilitate and coordinate networks of business learning representatives across R&D where a component of their role is to represent the voice of the business and evolve the R&D learning strategy ensuring alignment of L&D activities within R&D and to the AZ enterprise T&D strategy.
  • Leads or project manages a portfolio of L&D projects, including key cross R&D L&D initiatives
  • Can identify and align internal resources and drive implementation of agreed solutions at pace.

Business Partnering and Consulting:

  • Builds strong and trusted working relationships with business leaders and HR / T&D partners, interacting with and effectively managing collaborators, including R&D Leadership teams, HR Leadership teams and the Chief Operating Officer (COO) Leadership team.
  • Undertakes learning needs analyses for key groups, articulating enterprise learning needs, and translating these needs into learning offerings and/or recommendations.

Design & Delivery of L&D Initiatives:

  • Brings strong L&D expertise to design and build high quality learning solutions that blend education, exposure and experiential elements to drive employee professional growth and business outcomes.
  • Ensures content is appropriately integrated into AZ learning technology platforms; responsible for maintaining and updating content to meet current and future business needs and aligns with the R&D / AZ approach to learning to ensure a positive, seamless learner experience.
  • Where appropriate works with thirdparty vendors or academic / external institutions to bring bestinclass learning solutions to the business. This also includes working with AZ Procurement, handling budgets, and providing project oversight.
  • Directly (or indirectly) handles and is responsible for the delivery of virtual and/or inperson training events or learning symposia; from venue logistics, arranging speakers / trainers, communication activities, delegate attendance and followup activities.
  • Maintains awareness of current trends in L&D practices and keeps understanding current, fresh, and engaging for the modern employee. Brings innovative approaches to functional learning activities along with leading practices for the R&D enterprise.

Communication and Driving Change:

  • Delivers effective communications to support R&D L&D activities and instils a culture of lifelong learning. Champions and promotes change, using internal networks to extend reach and impact.
  • Strengthens and builds L&D capability within R&D through active participation in AZ and R&D Learning Communities (e.g.,

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