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Associate Director/Senior Manager, Global Project Management Global Portfolio and Project Management (GPPM)

Plats Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA Cambridge, England, Storbritannien Jobb-id R-101296 Datum inlagd 02/25/2021

AstraZeneca is a global innovation driven biopharmaceutical business and we are investing very heavily in our scientific and clinical capabilities. We discover, develop, manufacture, and market small molecules and biologics for important areas of healthcare, which include some of the world's most serious illnesses: oncology, cardiovascular, infection, autoimmune, respiratory, and inflammation.

The Senior Manager/Associate Director of Project Management in the GPPM organization is accountable for leading and supporting cross functional drug development teams and sub-teams to achieve key strategic objectives and deliver development, regulatory and commercial milestones. 

Depending on the stage of development and project complexity, the Senior Manager/Associate Director of Project Management will work on one or more cross-functional drug development teams.   Stage and project complexity will also define to what extent the role holder works with other Project Managers to drive project delivery.   Working in partnership with project managers and team leads, the Project Manager is accountable for ensuring that the team operates in a way that represents best practice for project management within AstraZeneca.

This position plays a highly visible, critical role in successfully delivering innovative medicines through the drug development process to patients


Cross-functional Team Leadership and Delivery

  • Serve as a core member and drive efficient operation of early and/or late stage project teams including overall plans, priorities, budget and risk management

  • Create a shared sense of purpose, inspire and energise others

  • Coach project team and sub-teams towards successful issue resolution and decision making and focus the team on the right activities at the right time. Identify development opportunities for team members

Project / Program Strategic Alignment

  • Provide project leadership by providing input into the project strategy & vision, ensuring alignment of the project and operational deliverables

  • Lead the drug project strategy or cross-project and portfolio strategies

  • Ensures appropriate linkages between project strategy and key internal processes (TA strategy, TA prioritization, corporate scorecard)

Governance and Investment Decisions

  • Facilitates team towards effective governance decisions (e.g. Phase IDs, project revisions, etc)

  • Provides guidance to both the team and senior management / governance bodies that allows efficient (timely and informed) decision making

  • Leverage broad influential network and ensure engagement at all levels prior to key decisions

Planning, Monitoring and Delivery

  • Ensure that overall team deliverables, budgets, schedules, and performance standards are realistically set, governance approved and attained, and that the project effectively fulfils all business reporting requirements.

  • Maintains plans of the highest data quality, accountable for all Project Management deliverables associated with project team(s) or sub-teams covered


  • Lead by example in learning, innovation, cross-functional collaboration and conflict resolution; seek opportunities to change paradigm and removes barriers within and outside the team.

  • Champion company best practices and adaption of new project management practices.

Senior Manager Requirements

You will have strong leadership skills coupled with a strategic mindset and a sharp focus on drug project delivery to succeed in this role.  Ideal candidate will have strong drug development experience working on and leading cross functional drug development teams.


  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in a scientific or technical drug development subject

  • Experience leading cross-functional drug development related projects

  • Successful track record of delivering complex/ high business impact drug development projects within agreed time, quality and cost.

  • Ability to motivate and lead high performing teams

  • Working knowledge of project management tools and processes.


  • Advanced degree in a scientific discipline and / or MBA

  • In-depth knowledge of drug development process

  • Project Management (PMP) Certification

Associate Director Requirements

In addition to the above requirements, the idea candidate will also have:


  • Previous experience in leading high performing, cross functional drug development teams. 

  • Excellent working knowledge of project management tools and processes.

  • Track record of effective Senior Stakeholder management, demonstrating strong ability to influence strategically


  • Advanced degree in a scientific discipline and / or MBA

  • In-depth knowledge of drug development process

  • Project Management (PMP) Certification

For any internal candidates we will consider career level E or F for these positions.

Competitive rates of pay apply

Opening date: 16th April

Closing date: 30th April

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 authorisation and employment eligibility verification requirements.

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