Project Manager, Oncology R&D

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Cambridgeshire, Gaithersburg, Maryland

Job Type: Full time


Project Manager, Oncology R&D

Location: This role offers the flexibility to be based in Cambridge, UK or Gaithersburg, US

About AstraZeneca

AstraZeneca is a global, science-led, patient-focused biopharmaceutical company that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialisation of prescription medicines for some of the world’s most serious diseases. But we’re more than one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies. At AstraZeneca, we are pioneering new frontiers by identifying and treating patients earlier, working towards the aim of eliminating cancer as a cause of death.

Come and join our AZ team where you will play a pivotal role in this exciting period of development!

What you’ll do

The ORD Project Management Office is a new function within Oncology R&D. There are a number of strategic transformational change initiatives that require robust direction and management to ensure we optimise the delivery and adoption of these programmes of work.

The Project Manager will be responsible for leading 3-5 complex workstreams or projects under the direction of the Programme Lead (Senior Director, Programme Management) who is responsible for multiple large scale, transformational change programmes.

The role provides an opportunity to be involved in critical strategic programmes that will change the way we work in Oncology R&D and beyond. You will have exposure to senior leaders and different disciplines and learn about different functions and departments.

We are looking for curious, proactive and highly collaborative Project Managers with a robust understanding and experience of the drug development lifecycle. You will be able to motivate others, take ownership for projects and maintain high standards for delivery. You will work within programme / transformation teams and the business to ensure workstream and project deliverables fall within scope and budget and coordinate with other departments and / or Project Managers to ensure alignment between different initiatives.


  • Manage workstreams / projects supporting a Programme Lead who has overall accountability for the portfolio of projects and programmes

  • Create, agree and deliver project plans

  • Manage project budgets, forecasts, tasks, schedules, risks, change management, and status to support effective decisions and project reporting to stakeholders and review boards.

  • Develop transition plans to ensure project delivered solutions are sustainable within a BAU operations environment, including controlled hand-over into operational support.

  • Ensure risks are captured and develop mitigation plans with the business workstream or project lead

  • Inform the Project and / or Programme Lead of critical risks, changes in scope, changes to plans in a timely manner

  • Adhere to PMO standards, processes, capabilities, and best practices.

Essential Skills

  • Pharma / drug development experience

  • Very strong stakeholder management skills

  • Ability to identify and maintain tight control over all aspects of the programme

  • Proven problem solving capabilities.

  • A capable knowledge of Financial Management and Benefits Delivery practices.

  • Strong communication, relationship and consulting skills

  • Excellent business acumen with sensitivity to environment

  • Experience with project management and delivery methodologies and standards

Why AstraZeneca?

At AstraZeneca when we see an opportunity for change, we seize it and make it happen, because any opportunity no matter how small, can be the start of something big. Delivering life-changing medicines is about being entrepreneurial - finding those moments and recognizing their potential. Join us on our journey of building a new kind of organization to reset expectations of what a bio-pharmaceutical company can be. This means we’re opening new ways to work, pioneering innovative methods and bringing unexpected teams together. Interested? Come and join our journey.

So, what’s next?

A place built on courage, curiosity and collaboration – we make bold decisions driven by patient outcomes. Empowered to lead at every level, free to ask questions and take calculated risks that write the next chapter for our pipeline. If you are inspired by the possibilities, don’t hesitate in submitting an application today!

Competitive salary and benefits package available.

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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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