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New Technology Introduction Director (Continuous API)

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Cheshire East

Job Type: Full time


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New Technology Introduction Director (Continuous API)

Macclesfield, UK

Make a positive impact, in a team where it means more.

We are driven by our commitment to deliver accelerated growth for AstraZeneca and to make people’s lives better. It pushes us to keep building on our foundations and progressing as we turn our ever-growing and increasingly complex pipeline from molecule to medicine. Be part of evolving how we work with Lean, cutting-edge science, digitalisation and sustainable practices.

We now have an exciting new opportunity for a New Technology Introduction Director (NTID) within our Pharmaceutical Technology and Development business area.

This opportunity will see you leading global transformation programs, to prepare new and innovative technology platforms for successful introduction into commercial operations. We are building an exciting API commercialisation capability including a $400M+ investment in Dublin, Ireland.

You will be required to shape often high level risk program visions and ensure business requirements are effectively translated into implementable solutions.

We’ll need you to be accountable for program planning, management of resources and risk and lead teams which support the delivery of programs.

What you’ll do:

We’ll ask you to lead cross-functional program delivery (interconnected portfolio of projects) to establish new enterprise capability, linking the planned development capability in Macclesfield with the launch capability in Ireland. This will involve being responsible for program schedule, budgets and resource allocation.

Through the provision of overall direction, leadership and decision-making to your team, you will be confident in identifying critical success factors across technology projects (in areas where limited knowledge exists in the company).

You’ll be proficient in business case creation with discernment derived from knowledge of commercialisation and supply.

Through the preparation of mitigation plans and reports risk issues, you'll manage the strategic aspects of large projects.

We'll expect you to define project resources, performance reviews and post implementation evaluations and review high-level results across your business area.


  • In this specific NTID role you'll be accountable for delivery of both a new Continuous technology platform for manufacture of active pharmaceutical ingredients and for delivering a next generation oligonucleotide manufacturing platform . It will involve leadership of a matrix team covering all aspects required for successful technology implementation to ensure robust supply of projects and future products. Notably you will ensure capital project execution, technical capability development and alignment with development and supply strategies.

  • Ideally you’ll have experience from API process development or manufacturing. Experience with manufacturing supply chain establishment would also be beneficial.

  • Extensive experience in Project and Program leadership, including experience and awareness of Capital Project Execution.

  • Ability to demonstrate change management skills, especially leading people through change.

  • Ability to influence strategically and persuade considerately, to acquire desired outcomes while maintaining effective, positive organisational relationships. We are looking for an engaging and confident communicator who is able to network optimally cross functionally and at all levels

  • Knowledge of Drug project delivery (connecting pipeline needs to technology platforms - integrate plans)

  • Educated to degree level or higher (or equivalent) in a relevant technical subject area (chemistry or chemical engineering)

Please note this role will be based in Macclesfield, however you will be expected to travel to additional AZ sites such as Dublin where we are currently investing in an API facility

Interested in this opportunity? Apply today!

Interviews are likely to take place week commencing 3rd or 10th October.

Positions open: 12/09/2022

Position closes: 25/09/2022

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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.