Clinical Study Supply Lead

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Cheshire East

Job Type: Full time


Clinical Study Supply Lead

Location: Macclesfield, Cheshire - UK

Date Posted: 13th January 2023

Make a positive impact, in a team where it means more

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.

We are driven by our commitment to deliver accelerated growth for AstraZeneca and to make people’s lives better. It pushes us to keep building on our foundations and progressing as we turn our ever-growing and increasingly complex pipeline from molecule to medicine. Be part of evolving how we work with Lean, cutting-edge science, digitalisation and sustainable practices.

We have exciting opportunities for Clinical Study Supply Leads (CSSLs) to join our team! The CSSL is a key role within our Clinical Manufacturing and Supply teams. Based at our Macclesfield site, this role involves planning and project managing a portfolio of studies across all phases of a drug development programme ensuring on time delivery to patients.

This position is placed within Pharmaceutical Technology and Development (PT&D), the bridge that turns brilliant science into actual medicines that help millions of people.

The CSSL plans and executes supply chain for one or more global clinical studies across all phases within drug development. The CSSL holds overall accountability for delivery of Intellectual Property and co-ordinates associated tasks and activities across all relevant functions within the supply chain. The Role will have multiple contacts across internal and external groups including leadership of working groups.

What you'll do

  • Plan and Project manage the delivery of clinical supplies effectively and consistently, and input to the balance of costs and any risks to supply, following defined business processes

  • Lead the Study Drug Working Group and contribute to the Supply Chain Team Meetings enabling continuous cross-functional dialogue with both internal and external partners on study design requirements and associated changes which may impact the supply chain elements of the study

  • Work within GMP Quality Management Systems ensuring that you actively handle any deviations, complaints and change controls

  • Understand customer demand requirements and have the ability to translate this into a supply plan

  • Manage the Interactive Response Technology (IRT) system to execute demand and supply planning

  • Take ownership for Inventory management, utilising systems such as Smart Supplies, including any rework and recalls, extensions of shelf life and expiry date management, or stock destruction

  • Ensure effective communication with project teams and key partners across a global network

  • Support risk management of individual studies with proactive mitigation of risks that potentially impact the quality or delivery of supplies, ensuring consistent on time delivery of drug to patient

  • Monitor the budget for your individual study supply activities and materials for the project including packaging, labelling and distribution costs

Required Skills & Knowledge

  • Bachelor Degree in a scientific or business subject area – equivalent experience will be considered

  • Experience within a supply chain environment or pharmaceutical industry

  • Holistic knowledge of end to end supply chain activities with proven track record of successful demand and supply planning

  • Experience in running projects and influencing customer demands

  • Analytical aptitude, showing strong data analysis skill base and ability to utilise dashboards

  • Strong influencing, negotiating and problem-solving skills, across geographical and cultural boundaries

  • Risk identification and management

  • LEAN capabilities

  • Proficient IT skills with an ability to adapt and operate in bespoke multiple systems

Desirable Skills & Knowledge

  • Awareness of GMP (Good Manufacturing Practise) and GCP (Good Clinical Practice)

  • Knowledge of clinical development processes relevant to the supply of clinical materials

  • Experienced in handling Quality Events (Deviations, Change Controls, Complaints)

  • Use of either SmartSupplies or other advanced planning tools and applications would be an advantage

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.

So what's next?

Apply today! Please include your CV and a Cover Letter in your application.

Competitive Salary & Benefits

Close Date: 29th January 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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