Pre Commercial Director - Global Supply Chain & Strategy

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Cheshire East, Gaithersburg, Maryland

Job Type: Full time


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 expansive culture that champions diversity and collaboration. Always committed to lifelong learning, growth and development.

Join the team where everyone feels a personal connection to the people that we impact. From our science labs to manufacturing at scale, we are committed to delivering at the highest quality. It’s inspiring and rewarding work, influencing every part of the product lifecycle to deliver life-changing medicines. To ultimately make people’s lives better – from patients and their families to all of us in society!

Global Supply Chain & Strategy (GSC&S) is responsible for driving and delivering value from AstraZeneca’s product supply chains. Its focus is on demonstrating maximum competitive advantage by enabling end-to-end supply chain integration and embedding Lean among Global Operations’ key strategic drivers.

The Pre-Commercial Operations Team, which sits within the GSC&S team, leads the Operations activities that are required to establish new product supply chains and successfully execute global launches of new products.

The Pre-commercial Director will lead GOLT teams for complex portfolios. The role has responsibility for both people and shaping programme solutions and acts as a liaison between the programme and business stakeholders to ensure that business requirements are effectively translated into solutions and benefits are understood.

What you'll do:

  • Lead the Global Operations Launch Teams (GOLTs)

  • Create and execute project/programme work plans and revise them as appropriate to meet changing needs and requirements to ensure deliverables are met effectively and efficiently

  • Mobilise project resources for the project/programme

  • Manage relationships with key business stakeholders and ensure that business requirements are effectively captured and the impact of project/programmes are understood by the business

  • Build and lead project teams, communicate roles and responsibilities whilst encouraging teamwork and collaboration amongst the team and business stakeholders

  • Review deliverables prepared by the team and provide sign-off prior to engaging business stakeholders

  • Identify and drive resolution of risks

  • Develop project/programme planning including action logs, risks and issues reports

  • Develop transition plans into business areas and ensure controlled hand-overs to users and business as usual processes

Essential skills & experience:

  • Business Degree or equivalent experience

  • Experience in Supply Chain and the Pharmaceutical industry

  • Experience delivering high risk programme/projects

  • Strong communication and relationship building skills with experience of collaborating and sharing knowledge between teams

  • Evidence of shaping and developing innovative solutions that have a major impact within the business area and organisation

  • Strong networking/consulting skills with good internal/external links

  • Experience of managing and controlling a budget

  • Ability to interpret and communicate technical information into business language and in alignment with AZ business

  • Excellent business engagement and business acumen with sensitivity to political/economic environment

  • Experience of working within a quality and compliance environment and application of policies, procedures and guidelines


  • Project Management qualification

  • Experience of working in a global organisation with complex/geographical context

  • Product launch experience

At AstraZeneca, we work together across global boundaries to make an impact and find answers to challenges. We do this with the upmost integrity even in the most difficult situations because we are committed to doing the right thing.

Are you already imagining yourself joining our team? Good, because we can’t wait to hear from you!

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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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