Project Director - External Supply & Manufacturing (ESM)

Gaithersburg, Maryland

Would you like to apply your project and program management experience in a company that follows the science and make a meaningful impact on people's lives with life-changing medicines? If so the Project Director - External Supply & Manufacturing (ESM) at AstraZeneca is an excellent fit for you

At AstraZeneca, we're not afraid to do things differently. We're building a new kind of organization. This means we're opening up new ways to work, groundbreaking methods and bringing unexpected teams together. Join us on our journey of building a new type of organisation to reset expectations of what a bio-pharmaceutical company can be!

Build unrivalled capabilities in a place that promotes learning agility and offers development opportunities. We never stand still so you'll have the chance to constantly grow your abilities, skills and knowledge. Here we are a combination of challenging and interesting work, in a dynamic, energising and inspiring environment.

External Supply and Manufacturing (ESM) supports the Operations strategy by establishing global robust, stable processes and standards with our external suppliers across the world. We handle the sourcing, planning and supply of all our externally manufactured products (small and large molecule) into the AstraZeneca network. We currently work with ca 200 suppliers across 28 countries handling ca 2000 Product SKU's with a procurement value of over $1 billion. We also support the introduction of new and in-licensed products.

The ESM Projects team leads a broad range of projects such as establishing external supply for new products, expanded supply for existing products, business continuity planning and projects responding to new legislation.

Our Project Director will lead global program and projects across multiple organizations, geographies and business areas. You will define goals and lead delivery performance to deliver projects or programmes to time, cost, and quality standards and regulatory compliance. Implementing new and redesigning supply chains globally, through a cross-functional team, is key for this role. This will include activities such as in-sourcing, out-sourcing and technology transfer of manufacturing processes, devices and critical materials.

In this role, you, you will bring clarity and solutions to complex situations with high ambiguity and lead the delivery of several, diverse projects at the same time. You will give clear clarity and direction and hold people accountable on time critical activities. Ability to balance business needs and costs for a range of issues across the life-cycle of a project.

What you will do:

  • Identify and handle significant risks and developing associated mitigation plans.
  • Engage with senior internal sponsors/customer, external partners and be their single point of accountability.
  • Actively develop capability across the function and act as a coach and mentor to other members of the teams.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree n a scientific, engineering or business field
  • Minimum 7 years project and program management experience from the pharma industry with validated delivery.
  • Technical experience of small and/or large molecule manufacturing and ideally technical experience across the following technologies -formulation/packing experience, new product launches, excellent partner management, stakeholder management, presentation and influencing skills.
  • Experience in delivering in a global environment through a cross-functional project team across our suppliers and internal functions.
  • Experience of working with external suppliers.
  • Experience of application of Lean and problem solving in a complex environment.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience with active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) / drug substances experience, devices, analytical technology transfers.

Why AstraZeneca...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.

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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.

AstraZeneca requires all US employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 but will consider requests for reasonable accommodations as required by applicable law.


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