Associate Principal Subject Matter Expert – Electrical & Controls

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Cheshire East

Job Type: Full time


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Associate Principal Subject Matter Expert – Electrical & Controls

Location: Macclesfield, UK

Competitive salary and benefits

Opening date: 15/09/2022

Closing date: 29/09/2022

Are you an experienced Electrical Power and/or Control Engineer, ready for your next challenge? If so then this fantastic opportunity at our Macclesfield campus could be what you have been looking for!

At AstraZeneca, we’re not afraid to do things differently. We’re resetting expectations of what a bio-pharmaceutical company can be. This means we’re opening up new ways to work, pioneering cutting edge methods and bringing unexpected teams together. To develop life-changing medicines we approach problems in a different way – agile and forward-thinking, and focused on what our people need to make ground breaking discoveries.

Business Area:

Global Engineering works closely with the Operations, R&D and Commercial functions within AstraZeneca to deliver major capital investments for the company (typically over $10million). The capital expansion program involves the engineering, construction and qualification of both new and growing assets. In addition to the asset provision activities, Global Engineering supports the Business by providing technical support to sites and other global functions. Global Engineering is made up of a mixture of Project Managers, Project Control Specialists, Project Technical Managers and Subject Matter Experts. These positions fit into project teams and work directly with third party design and construction partners to deliver facilities that meet AstraZeneca’s requirements for safety, quality, time and cost.

This exciting role within Global Engineering, will be centred on working either within project teams or on your own initiative in support of overseeing design, installation and commissioning of Electrical & Control systems within the EMEA region.

Approximately 20% of your time will be spent travelling within the EMEA region.


Your technical knowledge and experience will enable you to prioritise your efforts into areas of high risk, to review and comment on designs effectively and to quickly resolve any issues which may arise. Stakeholder engagement and management is key to the success of this position.

You'll work closely with Project Managers and Project Technical Managers to ensure the technical scope of any projects are aligned with both business and project needs. You'll be involved in setting technical direction for the design work carried out by external consultants and contractors.

Responsible for evaluating the technical competence of design and construction contractors supporting the Project Manager in their selection for projects.

You'll provide engineering technical support for AstraZeneca due diligence projects, ensuring that standards, processes and validations are all appropriate and that technical learnings are captured and disseminated post project completion.

You'll be involved in multiple projects concurrently and will need to effectively communicate with clients / end users and designers to ensure efficient technical solutions are provided.

Essential requirements:

  • A Degree qualified Electrical Power and/or Control Engineer with extensive professional experience with Chartered Engineer status, or actively working towards Chartered Status.
  • Experienced in the specification, procurement, installation and commissioning of electrical/control systems in the pharmaceutical R&D and Operations environment (or other comparable industries such as chemical, oil/gas, health care, automated manufacturing etc).
  • Proficient communicator (written and verbal) in English.
  • Strong influencing and stakeholder management skills
  • Mobility within EMEA region.
  • Self-motivated and able to work on own initiative but also able to be a strong team interaction skills.
  • Flexible and with the ability to work under pressure at times.

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. Always committed to lifelong learning, growth and development.

There are so many excellent employee benefits that AstraZeneca offer. AstraZeneca can offer you a competitive salary, private healthcare, a generous holiday allowance, excellent training and development opportunities, and much more.

Interested? Come and join our journey!

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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.

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