Process Leader Opportunities

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Cheshire East

Job Type: Full time


Process Leaders Opportunities

Location: Macclesfield, UK

Competitive salary and benefits

Opening date: 21/11/2022

Closing date: 05/12/2022

At AstraZeneca, we put patients first and strive to meet their unmet needs worldwide. Working here means being ambitious, thinking big and working together to make the impossible a reality. If you are swift to action, confident to lead, willing to collaborate, and curious about what science can do, then you’re our kind of person!

Macclesfield is one of over 400 sites here at AstraZeneca, providing an excellent environment where everyone feels comfortable and able to be themselves is at the core of AstraZeneca’s priorities, it’s meaningful to us that you bring your full self to work every day.

In Operations we have a big ambition – to deliver more medicines to patients, quicker and more affordably. Backed by the investment, leadership and a clear plan to get there, we bring personal dedication and out of the box thinking.

Due to business transformation, we have exciting interim leadership opportunities as Production Managers (Process Leaders) until the end of 2025 in our sterile manufacturing facilities on our evolving Macclesfield campus.

We have both weekday and shift based positions for first line manager roles working across a range of sterile formulation and filling processes suitable for leaders looking to take the next step in their career path with a global bio-pharmaceutical company.

This is an excellent opportunity with AstraZeneca to lead a diverse team and to join a fast-growing manufacturing environment. If you are looking for an exciting professional challenge and opportunity to craft and implement the future strategy of your own area then this is the role for you.

You will carry responsibility for the day-to-day performance of defined processes in terms of adherence to plan, operational standards, cost, asset, cGMP and safety.

A capable leader and coach, you will develop a team and lead and mentor the shift supervisors who are responsible for plant routine performance and short term planning.


A strong, confident leader you'll be responsible for leading people, equipment and material resources and processes. This in turn will ensure a high-quality product in accordance with the departmental operating strategy.

Working with a team in a sterile production facility, you will lead the development of your team whilst managing our compliance of cGMP, safety, health and environment, as well as AstraZeneca standards.

You will exercise end to end leadership accountability for the supply chain in which you operate, whilst supporting process and operational improvements in the AstraZeneca lean culture.

We'll expect you to lead your team, know and run your business area – achieving your balanced scorecard, whilst maintaining supply in line with customer demand.

Resilient and used to working in a dynamic, changing environment, you'll be comfortable networking with varying partners both internal and external to AstraZeneca. This will include being creative and researching standard methodology from other regulated industries where required.

Essential Requirements:

  • A degree in a science, engineering, manufacturing or a supply chain related subject, or a considerable amount of proven experience is required.
  • Previous line management experience within manufacturing.
  • Understanding and application of Lean or Manufacturing Excellence principles. We'll need you to have the ability to deploy process improvements, in a highly regulated environment.
  • We're looking for experience of working within a unionised environment.
  • Knowledge of sterile manufacturing principles and their application.
  • Tenacious, you'll embrace conceptual and tactical thinking.

Please note:

Successful candidates who will be joining AZ as employees will be offered the roles on a Fixed Term Contract to expire when the facility closes; existing employees will be offered the opportunity on a permanent basis. All employees at AZ will benefit from redeployment support.

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.

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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