Platform Delivery Lead

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Cheshire East, Luton

Job Type: Full time


Platform Delivery Lead


Do you have expertise in, and passion for, Platform Delivery? Would you like to apply your expertise to impact the a company that follows the science and turns ideas into life changing medicines? If so, AstraZeneca might be the one for you!


AstraZeneca is a global, innovation-driven BioPharmaceutical business that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialisation of prescription medicines for some of the world’s most serious disease. But we’re more than one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies.

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.

About Commercial IT

Commercial IT is a global IT capability supporting the Commercial organisation. We business partner with Commercial areas: Biopharma, Oncology, International and Japan – and also Rare Disease Unit. We operate out of hubs sites including in the UK, Sweden, US and out of our Global Innovation Technology Centres in India and Mexico – and in markets all over the world.

Here our work has a direct impact on patients – transforming our ability to develop life-changing medicines. We empower the business to perform at its peak and lead a new way of working, combining ground breaking science with leading digital technology platforms and data. All with a passion to impact lives through data, analytics, AI, machine learning and more.


Responsibilities include the following:

  • Oversight and management of project management and agile delivery process execution performed by scrum master, scrum leads, and release train engineers aligned to a domain portfolio of platform release trains and projects.
  • Ensure consistency and managed maturity of SaFE, Scrum and Lean principles within platform delivery team performance and work product quality
  • Maintain project delivery, SaFE and Lean “ways of working” expertise that enables risk-based process tailoring adjustments consistent with Commercial IT operational objectives based on speed, cost and value Maintains
  • Effective relationship, expectation and communications management SSD partners aligned with a COE domain portfolio​


Team Management

  • The Platform Delivery Lead will perform Line and People Management responsibilities for a team comprised of Release Train Engineers, Scrum Master, Scrum Leads and Platform Analysts​ operating across hub and GITC locations​
  • Partners with SSD Platform Engineering Leads, Snr BRMs to plan prioritized business demand establishing roadmaps for delivery​​
  • Manages platform team-level scrum, RTE capacity allocation, utilization, and x-functional profiles sufficient to deliver business requirements​
  • Takes ownership of RT budgets, responsible for ensuring overall domain-level financial targets are achieved​
  • Overall ownership of achieving platform delivery resources recharge financial targets aligned with assigned portfolio of platforms and products
  • Coordination and execution of internal recharging, recovery, and supplier PO/Invoice payments across multiple Release Trains within a single domain area​​
  • Ensure platform team assigned RTE and Scrum capacity coordinate, initiate and plan activities, and ensuring successful transition through CPx stage gates​​
  • Ensure compliance (security, privacy, GxP, etc.) control approaches and factors are included within platform teams as they deliver platform and product portfolio​
  • Ensuring ESD&P is carried out across all delivery​​

Platform Team Delivery Improvements

  • Apply Agile release train success indicators to ensure continuous value delivery​​
  • Will maintain technical familiarity, business insight and context aligned with assigned portfolio of platforms/products/infrastructure
  • Provides input into business cases, Request for Proposals, supplier selection, and evaluation of proposals
  • Partners with Platform Success Lead(s), Platform Engineering Lead(s) to prioritize continuous improvement strategies and roadmap feeding into platform and product level backlogs​
  • Demonstrates qualitative and quantitative data, including SDLC KPIs and applicable metrics to drive continuous improvement backlog updates and maintain continuity of portfolio delivery commitments
  • Identify issues with current processes and provide input on proposed changes to enhance effectiveness of IT
  • Perform analyses to expose and complement case for investment, innovation or corrective actions that represent measurable improvements

Practice Maturity Management

  • Drives continuous improvement and facilitates lean improvement scaling across wider portfolio​​
  • Operate as advocates of Lean / Agile execution practices, and provide expertise of the AstraZeneca Delivery Framework (ADF)​​
  • Maintain as point of entry with the Delivery Excellence team to onboard agile, lean and delivery processes across SSD domain platform teams​

Vendor Management

  • Maintain vendor engagement ownership in managing external RTE and Scrum resources to backfill capacity gaps within platform teams
  • Reviews third party supplier impact assessments and delivery. Reports high-level risks to management


  • Ability to interpret and communicate technical information into business language
  • Solid understanding of Agile Software Development techniques and Methodologies
  • Understanding of Continuous Integration and Deployment methods delivered as part of an agile team
  • Proficient in all aspects of Agile and SaFE (can lead, teach, and run)
  • Good commercial awareness and understanding of the external market
  • Demonstrate initiative, strong customer orientation, and cross-cultural working


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 groundbreaking 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 contribute 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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Competitive salary & benefits on offer.
Closing Date: 10/2/2023

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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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