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IT Project Manager

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Cheshire East, Gaithersburg, Maryland, Wilmington, Delaware

Job Type: Full time


IT Project Manager

Macclesfield – UK/ Gaithersburg; Wilmington- US

Competitive salary and benefits

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 diseases. But we’re more than one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies.

About the Operations IT Team

Operations IT is a global IT capability supporting the Global Operations organisation. We business partner with Operations capability areas: Pharmaceutical Technology Development, Manufacturing & Global Engineering, Quality Control, Sustainability, Supply Chain, Logistics and Global External Sourcing and Procurement. We operate out of sites in the UK, Sweden, US, and China, and out of our Global Technology Centres in India and Mexico.

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

It’s a multifaceted and challenging environment to work in – but that’s why we like it. There are countless opportunities to learn and grow, whether that’s exploring new technologies in hackathons, or redefining the roles and work of colleagues, forever. This is your chance to be part of a team that has the backing to innovate, redefine an industry and change lives.

Job Description

The IT Project Manager leads one or more projects with a value of up to $3M. The role reports to a Capability Lead and maintains project accountability, from initiation to close, to deliver effective solutions that meet approved customer and business needs. The role is accountable for developing and delivering solutions to approved budget and schedule commitments whilst meeting required quality and compliance standards. Focus areas include collaborator management, risk management and delivery of business benefit. The project implementation approach may follow a waterfall or an Agile approach so practical experience with both approaches is meaningful.

Project Manager Accountabilities

  • Preparing and completing project plan, including activities, resources, costs, roles, responsibilities, and quality as defined in the IT Project Management Methodology (ADF)

  • Handling project budgets, forecasts, tasks, schedules, risks, organisational change, and status to support effective decisions and project reporting

  • Handling relationships with business partners to ensure the effective capturing of business requirements and commitment to project objectives

  • Responsible for steering / customer meetings, communication of status, issues, risks

  • Driving effective risks & issues management, ensuring processes are in place and used in an efficient way

  • Building a cohesive project team and provide the leadership vital to improve the team’s success

  • Managing changes to scope, ensuring that all impacts and changes are approved and appropriately communicated to partners and review boards

  • Assuring / developing service transition plans to ensure project delivered solutions are balanced within a business-as-usual operations environment, including controlled hand-over into operational support

  • Ensuring the project team adheres to all standards including ADF, quality, and compliance, as well as processes, defined technical capabilities

  • Ensuring encouraged benefits realisation is consistent with project deliverables and clearly understood

Agile Accountabilities

  • Completes the Product Backlog as per the Product Owner prioritization

  • Mediator between the delivery team and the product owner, coaching team members. Facilitates stand-ups between the product owner and delivery team as required

  • Plans meetings and provides meeting cadence, determines who attends, including daily stand-ups.

  • Plans and review sprints and captures delivery team and product owner feedback

  • Coaches the delivery team activities aligned to product owner specification and priorities

  • Resolves barriers and controls the Scrum processes. Monitors the Scrum processes to increase efficiency

  • Provides reports for product owners and collaborators to present progress

  • Solves team conflicts with good communication skills

Required Skills & Knowledge

  • Technical or Business Degree or equivalent experience

  • Previous experience controlling IT project budgets up to $3M

  • Experience managing and leading global IT project teams

  • Experience working in a global organisation where stakeholders and project team members are geographically dispersed

  • Project Management and / or Agile Certifications


  • Experience with Supply Chain projects – efficient candidates have knowledge of Deliver Domain (Logistics, Warehousing, External Logistics Providers, Global Serialization and Traceability)

  • Experience with SAP project

Why AstraZeneca?

At AstraZeneca, we 're dedicated to being an outstanding Place to Work. Where you are empowered to push the boundaries of science and spark your high-reaching spirit. There’s no better place to make a difference to medicine, patients, and society. An inclusive culture that champions diversity and partnership, 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 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.

AstraZeneca requires all US employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 but will consider requests for reasonable accommodations as required by applicable law.