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Portfolio & Project Governance and Assurance Lead

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Luton

Job Type: Full time


Portfolio & Project Governance and Assurance Lead

Location: Luton, UK / Warsaw, Poland

At AstraZeneca, we put patients first and strive to meet their unmet needs worldwide. Working here means being entrepreneurial, thinking big and working together to make the impossible a reality. If you are swift to action, confident to lead, willing to collaborate, and curious about what science can do, then you’re our kind of person.

In GBS we dare to change the way we work – we are brave, resilient and take smart risks with a focus on simplifying the way we work. Through our global scale and diverse services, we look to drive value through our innovation and expertise. This requires a team who see no boundaries, can collaborate and challenge the norm and feel empowered, motivated and engaged.

In our role as a global business services group, we are passionate about working smarter, to free up time, free up money, protect value and provide new capabilities to the enterprise – all to push the boundaries of science to deliver life-changing medicines. Reporting to the Head Productivity Initiatives (PI), this is a fantastic opportunity to be the architect of functional processes, orchestrating, and implementing high standards, designed to transform our efficiency and effectiveness as a team.

This role will be responsible for leading the design, development, implementation and ongoing maintenance of the Governance and Assurance frameworks and processes that will enable GBS Productivity Initiatives to initiate and deliver projects on-time, on-budget and in adherence with quality and compliance standards. To be successful in this role, you will need to be proactive and have expert knowledge of best practice governance and assurance processes and standards.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead development, implementation and maintenance of the programme and project governance framework, processes and standards, including governance mechanisms e.g. change control
  • Design, develop, implement and maintain programme and project assurance processes
  • Ensure that governance is operating appropriately and efficiently and progressing in line with the governance framework and requirements/policies/procedures where applicable
  • Ensure consistency in approach and adherence to governance standards and deadlines
  • Monitor processes and performance, in order to identify, recommend and implement strategic solutions for process improvement initiatives within governance and assurance
  • Facilitate the identification, promotion and implementation of best practice
  • Review and revise practices to ensure their compliance with established statutory requirements, policies and procedures
  • Produce high-quality deliverables that can be socialised with business stakeholders

Education, Qualifications, Skills and Experience:


  • Degree level qualification or professional Project Management qualification
  • Experience in programme and project management governance and assurance
  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects/tasks effectively
  • Proven experience of change control management
  • Ability to work successfully across teams
  • Experience of operating at a senior level in a global organisation.
  • Proven ability of working in a complex environment, effectively managing multiple and frequently changing priorities
  • Impact, influence and collaborative partnering
  • Demonstrated ability to drive a process with no supervision


  • Knowledge of the AstraZeneca operating model and organisation
  • Understanding of external good practice
  • Experience of working within a quality and compliance environment and application of policies, procedures and guidelines

Why AstraZeneca?

At AstraZeneca, we 're dedicated to being a Great Place to Work. Where you are empowered to push the boundaries of science and fuel 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, and always committed to lifelong learning, growth and development. We’re on an exciting journey to pioneer the future of healthcare.

Please note that AstraZeneca has a flexible working policy, this is an office-based role and the expectation is that you are in the office 3 days per week.

So, what’s next?

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