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Associate Director, Project Information Management

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Cambridgeshire, Gaithersburg, Maryland, Waltham, Massachusetts

Job Type: Full time


The Associate Director, Project Information Management provides support to users of the system to ensure that the information required by the business (activities, cost and value) is available for decision making at the project and portfolio level. This role is responsible for providing systems support in the drug development project planning process and the PLANIT tool set (Planisware and reporting). The role is also responsible to facilitate the delivery of project objectives by utilizing the program and project management techniques available within the tool set.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Identification of process/tool issues and recommended solutions
    Development and management of PLANIT Business Processes, e.g.:

  • Monthly Reference Line Process

  • Project Base-lining

  • Portfolio and Business Update Review Process

  • Business requirement collection of changes required to the system based on organizational or continuous improvement efforts, e.g.:

  • Activity template changes

  • Algorithm changes

  • Coordination and implementation of business changes in the PLANIT system

  • Ad Hoc PLANIT consultancy when Global Project Managers and Functional Project Managers need advice on how to complete a task within the PLANIT system or through a PLANIT process related to their project

  • Will assist in both small and large scale initiatives that have impacts on our Planisware system

  • Facilitator of best practices and ways of working with our systems and business processes

  • Assisting with Data Quality efforts within the PLANIT system

  • PLANIT Project, Timecard, Interface and Business Process training management

  • Interfaces to other systems needed to integrate key information used by the business for project management, business analysis and reporting (e.g. Veeva Clinical Vault, ACCORD, SOAR, SAP, etc.)


Bachelor's degree with 5+ years of relevant experience

System software/Portfolio Management

  • Knowledge of project management as a subject area including the ability to create, coordinate, and maintain an integrated product plan and to control or respond to changes in strategy and scope.

  • Expertise in use of enterprise-wide pharmaceutical project management software solutions, including skills in critical path analysis. MS Project and/or Planisware experience is required in a Pharmaceutical/Biotech environment.

  • General understanding of financial and resource planning systems and processes and ability to coordinate project-level budget/resource estimates and lead actuals vs. plan.

  • Experience with reporting software such as Power BI, Business Objects, and Spotfire is desirable.
    Product Development Process

  • A level of knowledge/awareness of the overall biologic/pharmaceutical product development process, including stages of development and role of different functional areas.

  • Experience in working on a multi-functional team.
    Other Experience/Abilities

  • Must be professional, dedicated, and detail-orientated and have the flexibility to travel domestically and internationally.

  • Excellent oral and written communication, interpersonal, analytical, and digital literacy.

  • Optimal organizational skills required, including good time management skills.

  • Highly organized and able to work independently on multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment.

Leadership Capabilities Required:

  • Commitment to Customers & Integrity

  • Focuses on what is important: balances and prioritises across diverse and competing customers, needs and opportunities. Demonstrates the courage to make tough decisions about where to invest time and energy

  • Acts Decisively

  • Takes calculated risk: makes effective decisions despite uncertainty and/or incomplete information to drive business outcomes. Communicates clearly to ensure alignment and empowers others with decision-making authority as appropriately

  • Works Collaboratively

  • Encourages Diverse Thinking: creates an environment in which diverse viewpoints are sought and encouraged both within and beyond the team

  • Drives Accountability

  • Holds others accountable: Communicates clear expectations of behavior and outcomes as well as why these standards matter. Holds others to account for delivering them

  • Job Complexity: Medium
    Supervision: Meets requirements outlined above with some supervision.

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 on our journey of building a new kind of organization to reset expectations of what a bio-pharmaceutical company can be. This means we’re opening new ways to work, pioneering cutting edge methods and bringing unexpected teams together. Interested? Come and join our journey.

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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.

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