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Senior IT Project Manager

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Cheshire East, Gaithersburg, Maryland, Luton, Wilmington, Delaware

Job Type: Full time


Senior IT Project Manager

Macclesfield, Luton (UK) Gothenburg (Sweden) Gaithersburg, Wilmington (USA)


In this exciting opportunity, the Senior Strategy Programme Manager will lead one or a set of interrelated enterprise IT and CIO projects/programmes focused on strategy deployment, business performance management, portfolio management and transformation. As an influencer of people, this program leader will manage the programme to deliver of our multi-year Global IT strategy whilst, maintain transparency of achievement of strategic outcomes, and lead by example in modelling our new ways of working.

As a change ambassador and practitioner, this programme manager must have extensive experience in both developing strategic plans and delivering them at scale in a complex, global organization, and be fluent in measuring tangible outcomes and determining and delivering solutions to approved budget and schedule commitments. Focus areas include stakeholder management (varies by organization), performance reporting, risk management and delivery of business benefit. This role is also required to follow established project management standards and lead / contribute to continued development of the project / programme management capability.


As one of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies, our business is focused on providing innovative, effective medicines that make a real difference in important areas of healthcare. At AstraZeneca, innovation is about more than just research. We aim to stimulate continued creativity throughout our organization by maintaining a culture in which our people feel valued, energized and rewarded for their ideas and contribution to our success - ideas which can make a difference in all aspects of our business. And we support and encourage our people in discovering their own potential, through excellent learning and development opportunities that are available to them throughout their careers.


  • Manage the IT Strategy Life Cycle, continuous alignment of corporate and IT strategies, and IT strategic programs

  • Ensure expected benefits are consistent with project deliverables and understood by all stakeholders

  • Manage the strategic IT relationship with senior IT leaders

  • Build cohesive cross-functional teams and provide the leadership necessary to maximize the team’s success

  • Illustrate connections between business and IT strategies, priorities and challenges, building organizational understanding of the relationships between business priorities and IT needs

  • Interlock & manage interdependencies between projects and programme workstreams, maintaining a set of visualizations for on-demand status communications

  • Manage issues, escalating as needed, and ensure standardized change and other programme processes are in place to effectively deliver programme outcomes

  • Manage changes to project/programme scope, ensuring all impacts and changes are approved and appropriately communicated to stakeholder groups

  • Assure / develop service transition plans to ensure deliverables are sustainable within a BAU operations environment

  • Create & deliver internal “marketing campaigns” that highlight achievement of strategic outcomes and new ways of working to build excitement and engagement that drives deeper cross-functional participation— “bringing the strategy to life”

  • Proactively manage budgets, forecasts, tasks, schedules, quality, risks, change management, and status

  • Support effective decision-making through steering / stakeholder / review board meetings and reporting

  • Manage tools and processes to measure strategic delivery


  • Technical or Business Degree or proven relevant experience

  • Proven skills and experience managing and controlling large project and programme budgets.

  • Experience managing and leading global project teams

  • Evidence of shaping innovative solutions that have a major impact within the business area and organisation

  • Experience working in a global organization where stakeholders and project team members are geographically dispersed.

  • Proven relevant experience as a PM or equivalent role

  • Strong Project and Progamme Management Skills

  • Strong Change Management/Leadership skills

  • A capable knowledge of Financial Management and Benefits Delivery practices

  • Broad understanding of IT systems and technology implemented within a business context.

  • Excellent communication and relationship management skills

  • Excellent business acumen with sensitivity to environment


We’re a network of entrepreneurial self-starters who contribute to something far bigger. There’s a diversity of expertise in our Technology group that’s unique to AstraZeneca – it allows us to dive deep into exploring new leading-edge technology. We enable AstraZeneca to perform at its peak by delivering world-class technology and data solutions, unlocking the potential of science. We optimise and evolutionise AstraZeneca by maximising efficiencies and finding new ways to drive productivity. From automation to data simplification.

A place to be open and transparent – we speak up, think creatively and share ideas. Our diverse contributions help us to make better decisions. But we have a constant drive to innovate, and an appreciation for high standards. It takes challenging the status quo to add value in our ever-evolving environment. We love it here because put simply, we make a meaningful impact.

Technology at AstraZeneca is a home for purposeful disruptors!


If reading the above has tickled your senses and you’re ready to join us, hit the apply button and we look forward to reviewing your application soon.


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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.