External Operations Lead

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Cheshire East

Job Type: Full time


External Operations Lead

Competitive salary and benefits

Ready to make a positive impact in a team where it means more? Join our team and be part of our ambitious journey to deliver more medicines to patients, quicker and more affordably!

At AstraZeneca, our External Supply and Manufacturing (ESM) team plays a pivotal role in establishing and managing suppliers across the world that meet our global standards. Through external suppliers, we manage approximately one third of AstraZeneca’s value of production, ensuring robust supply chains that deliver value to our company. Our ESM team also supports New Product Introduction through external supply, integrating companies and products that AstraZeneca acquires, and driving innovation through supply chain programs.

We are seeking an External Operations Lead who will have ultimate accountability for the overall supply performance of assigned external suppliers within AstraZeneca’s ESM network. Working with key functions (Quality, Technical, Regulatory, Global Supply Chain, etc.) within ESM and the supplier, you'll ensure timely delivery of high-quality products to customers and patients at the most effective cost. Your primary responsibilities will include supply performance, issue resolution, risk management, change management, continuous improvement, strategy development and overseeing supplier compliance to company and external requirements.

Do you have what it takes to succeed in this role? Essential skills and capabilities include:

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, pharmacy, chemistry or related science, or business-related field (equivalent experience considered)

  • Experience in and demonstrated knowledge of various aspects of the pharmaceutical industry including experience in at least three of the following areas: Manufacturing management, Science Leadership, Supplier Management, Project Management, Supply Chain Management, Pharmaceutical development, Regulatory/Quality Assurance, Process Technology, Engineering, Logistics and Distribution or Procurement.

  • Demonstrated excellence in leadership, stakeholder management, and business impact

  • Proven experience in delivering business-critical projects/programs involving external organizations

  • Understanding of quality principles and GMP requirements

  • Sound financial skills and budget management

  • Experience identifying, implementing, and managing business metrics

  • Lean Manufacturing/OpEX/CI Experience

  • Ability to lead specific strategic initiatives

Desirable skills include potential line management of a team and/or mentoring colleagues.

Why join AstraZeneca? With constant new products and launches, there's never been a better time to join us and shape our future with a big contribution to life-changing medicines. We offer a safe and positive space where ideas are welcomed and rewarded. As part of an agile team, you'll work together to problem-solve and progress towards a common goal.

Don't miss this opportunity to make a big impact on life-changing medicines! Apply now to join our thriving 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 authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements.

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