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Robotic & Cognitive Centre (RCC) - Global Pipeline & Delivery Lead

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Cambridgeshire

Job Type: Full time


Job Title: Director, Global Pipeline & Delivery Lead (R&D)

Location: Cambridge, UK / Guadalajara, Mexico / Warsaw, Poland

Grade: F

To support the continued expansion of the Process Solutions team and RCC service tower, we are seeking an additional Global Pipeline & Delivery Lead to provide end to end oversight of the generation, prioritisation, and delivery of an innovative pipeline of process improvement and automation opportunities for one of our dedicated customer groups (R&D) ; partnering with key stakeholders to build strategic relationships and generate a pipeline of opportunities to unlock additional value using the expertise and capabilities across the team.

The role holder should have a strong desire to gain exposure to leading edge automation techniques and process optimisation opportunities; extensive experience of business partnering and team management, coupled with core skills in influencing & dealing with complexity. This experience will be combined with a strong analytical mindset and an ability to communicate simply, with precision and impact across a global user community.

Main duties and responsibilities

Reporting to the Head of RCC, the role will be responsible for the following activities:

  • Accountable for RCC Commercial/R&D annual value targets including financial savings, time saved, and cash flow/cross-charges

  • Senior stakeholder engagement/management – including partnering and alignment on joint-ambition/target areas for automation, briefing/update sessions, reporting on pipeline demand, successful implementations and the resolution of impediments to progress

  • Lead a high performing delivery teams and assigned PS hub team (Warsaw)

  • Generation and oversight of the pipeline of business improvement projects / demand in conjunction with key business stakeholders – driving the effective prioritisation of initiatives, and reporting on associated value creation

  • Drive & support the optimisation of medium to high complexity/value processes through the creation of actionable roadmaps focused on quick wins and short/mid-term implementations through process diagnostics and current state assessments

  • Assessment of process automation scope, business value and accompanying business case

  • Due diligence across risk factors (complexity, business criticality, compliance and regulation)

  • Support adoption & sustainment through embedded change management/user experience

  • Overarching responsibility for ensuring adherence to the standardised RCC approach in collaboration with process solutions operations and enabling teams – including standards, methodologies, tools and best practices

  • Collaborating across the GBS Process Solutions team to embed new agile ways of working and continuous improvement initiatives driving internal efficiencies

Essential requirements

  • Strong leadership skills with line management experience (global line mgmt. experience strongly preferred)

  • Excellent stakeholder management, influencing & presentation / oral communication skills

  • Significant experience of high value change projects including process automation & execution (e.g. RPA, BPM Tools)

  • Proven experience in the analysis & re-design of complex, multi-function business processes, leveraging recognised business process re-engineering techniques, e.g. Lean, Six sigma, Kaizen expert

  • Demonstrated experience of leading high-profile projects / change management activities

  • Energetic and self-motivated, with strong analytical & prioritisation skills

  • Thrives in a fast paced and evolving environment and is willing to adapt responsibilities to meet organisational strategic priorities and scaling needs

  • Willingness to undertake some domestic / international travel (as required)


  • Experience and proven results of change projects within the Pharma industry and within R&D

  • Experience of management consultancy

  • Experience of working in Agile methodology

  • Experience of working globally

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 fuel 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! Are you ready to bring new insights and fresh thinking to the table? Brilliant! We have one seat available, and we hope it’s yours

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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.