Service Design Project Manager

AstraZeneca UK

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

Job Type: Full time


At AstraZeneca, we are an equal opportunity employer that puts patients first and strive to meet their unmet needs worldwide. Working here means being entrepreneurial, a team leader, thinking big and working together to make the impossible a reality.

Global Commercial Operations Overview

The Global Commercial Operations (GCO) team provides a range of enterprise wide services (e.g. Omnichannel, Content, Learning Services, Global Meeting & Events, etc) that enables the business to operate at the highest levels in an efficient manner. Our team is part of the larger Global Business Service (GBS) team that aims to do the same across multiple subject areas.

The Service Design Project Manager would work with the Service Design Lead to help uncover, analyze and build new Global Services that are aligned to GCO/GBS’ overall ambition. This individual will need to have a strong ability to create clarity in ambiguity, develop new value through service development/transformation and articulate compelling visualization in support of our endeavors. Delivering in this role you will be expected to be able to:

  • Provide high quality analysis of new service opportunities using data and process maps for existing ways of working
  • Apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills to identify highly repeatable and efficient solutions to new service areas or existing services
  • Challenge convention with thought provoking questions, alternatives and ideas
  • Develop position papers, visualizations via presentations etc to explain options, approach and provoke the right level of solution discussions in pursuit of new service development
  • Identify and anticipate areas that could be problematic in the course of new service development, facilitate challenge sessions with team members to isolate and resolve solution weaknesses
  • Partner with other areas of GBS, GCO, IT, etc in the development of simpler, faster more effective business solutions
  • Gather external perspective and seek outside council from experts in respective area(s) of opportunity to provide balance and contrast in our solutions
  • Facilitate information gathering sessions with any market or function that AstraZeneca operates within
  • Provide project management and hands on development of the new services throughout the development lifecycle – implementation plans, change management approach, financials (as appropriate), process mapping (L0-L3), change content, etc
  • Partner with Service Delivery teammates as needed in the course of new service development
  • Develop cases (where appropriate) for situations within a project or in the case of new services overall stories suited to the scale of the opportunity inclusive of financial, resource, compliance and business process components

This role will be responsible for following a specific methodology used in this area and where necessary updating to align with organizational changes. During the course of this work you will be expected to work closely with the GCO Service Implementation Lead and team members, other relevant areas of GCO/GBS, AZ employees within the markets, outsourced service delivery partners and AZ Information Technology partners.

In addition to identifying new opportunities, this role will need to ensure the Implementation Lead is kept apprised of what is in the pipeline – vision, objectives, benefits to minimize disruption in transition. Therefore, the two roles may overlap at points along the service development process in areas like business case reviews, piloting, etc. This role may also be responsible for service line extensions, updates or adjustments to existing services.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Manages and develops new GCO Services, using techniques such as service blueprints, process modeling, requirement gathering and metrics analysis and financial modeling.
  • Utilizes established standards and methodologies for service shaping
  • Works closely with business team members, outsourced delivery partners and Information Technology experts to design and build new or revised services.
  • Identifies and ensures the relationship between GCO Services other internal or external customers or delivery partners is clear and aligned
  • Gathers external insight from within and outside of the pharmaceutical industry to model services that challenge existing convention while holding true to AstraZeneca’s values
  • Acts as an internal consultant to the GCO team at large to refine our offerings and methods for delivering services.

Minimum Requirements:


  • Bachelor Degree


  • 5-10 years of experience in process design or equivalent experience
  • Proficiency in utilization of process design techniques
  • 5+ years Pharmaceutical Commercial business
  • Effectively interact with partners in any area of the business to gather requirements, partner on service design etc
  • Demonstrated successful collaboration with cross functional teams and environments
  • Demonstrated track record of designing and building global business services – new or replacement
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate complex processes and ideas in simple terms
  • Ability to facilitate design meetings and requirements gathering sessions
  • Strong Project Management
  • Self-motivated and self-directed
  • Strong visualization, written and presentation skills
  • Oral and written fluency in Business English


  • Masters Degree
  • Understanding of commercial service offerings in the areas of: Pharmaceutical Sales and Marketing Operations, Digital, Omnichannel Campaigns, Content Creation, Meetings/Events.
  • Global Experience
  • Global Service design
  • Prior consulting experience in BPO or service transformation
  • Experience in prototyping and simulation, proof of concepts, pilots

Why AstraZeneca?

At AstraZeneca when we see an opportunity for change, we seize it and make it happen, because any opportunity no matter how small, can be the start of something big. Delivering life-changing medicines is about being entrepreneurial - finding those moments and recognizing their potential. Join us while we continue to build a new kind of organization to reset expectations of what a bio-pharmaceutical company can be. This means we are developing new ways to work, ground breaking methods, and bringing unexpected teams together. Interested? Come and join our team!

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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 authorisation and employment eligibility verification requirements. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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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