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Process Leader - FTC until 31/12/2025

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Cheshire East

Job Type: Full time


Process Leaders


Full Time, Fixed Term until 31/12/2025

At AstraZeneca, we’re not afraid to do things differently. We’re building a new kind of organisation to reset expectations of what a bio-pharmaceutical company can be. This means we’re opening up new ways to work, pioneering cutting edge methods and bringing unexpected teams together.

Are you an experienced leader, looking for a new and exciting challenge within a fast paced manufacturing environment? If so this could be the ideal opportunity!

We are looking to recruit Process Leaders (First Line Manager) to join our sterile manufacturing plants at our Macclesfield campus.

At 100 acres Macclesfield is AstraZeneca's largest UK campus with a variety of work environments including laboratories, factories and offices. We are currently undergoing an ambitious campus redevelopment driven by AstraZeneca’s pipeline and grounded in our three core key value propositions – Chemistry, Packing and Complex Parenterals.

This is an excellent opportunity with AstraZeneca to lead a diverse team and to join a fast-growing manufacturing environment. If you are looking for an exciting professional challenge and opportunity to craft and implement the strategic direction of your own area then this is the role for you.


A strong, confident leader and mentor you'll be responsible for the Line Management of a Team of Operators and the daily, weekly and monthly performance of defined processes in terms of Safety, cGMP, Supply, Cost and People.

Working in a highly regulated environment you will understand relevant policies, procedures, laws, regulations and codes of business. You will ensure that they are adhered to both personally and by those you will work with.

All performance management activities for your team.

Reviewing and approving the process related documentation including batch records.

Performing SHE investigations and Quality Deviation investigations as required.

Improving the performance of your processes by the use of Manufacturing Excellence/Lean Principles including Visual Management, Standard Work, Problem Solving, Layered Audits and Process Confirmation.

With a digital mindset, you will embrace new technology using a variety of digital platforms to improve performance.

Resilient and used to working in a dynamic, changing environment, you will be comfortable networking with varying partners both internally and externally to AstraZeneca.

Taking initiative and leading improvements on behalf of your wider team.

  • Essential Requirements:

  • Proven Line management and people development experience.

  • A Degree in a Science, Engineering, Manufacturing or a Supply Chain related subject or equivalent practical work experience.

  • Experience of working within a highly compliant or cGMP environment

  • Proven track record of delivering continuous improvement and problem solving

  • Desirable Requirements:

  • Experience of working in a highly digital and automated environment, preferably with experience of electronic batch records.

  • Experience in either formulation, filling, packaging, validation, technology transfer or change control

  • Experience in a Sterile/Clean Area or a Laboratory Environment.

  • Proven application of Lean/Manufacturing Excellence principles, with the ability to lead process improvements and deliver business benefit in a highly regulated environment

  • Experience of working within a unionised environment

Please note:

Successful candidates who will be joining AZ as employees will be offered the roles on a Fixed Term Contract to expire at the end of 2025; existing employees will be offered the opportunity on a permanent basis.

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…

Are you already envisioning yourself in this role? Good, because we can’t wait to hear from you!

We look forward to receiving your application no later than midnight on Monday 29th May.

Competitive Salary and Benefits

  • Opening date: 10/05/2023
  • Closing date: 29/05/2023




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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.