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Senior Director, Strategy Implementation & Business Transformation

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Cambridgeshire, Gaithersburg, Maryland

Job Type: Full time


About AstraZeneca

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!

Hybrid Working

When we put unexpected teams in the same room, we unleash bold thinking with the power to inspire life-changing medicines. In-person working give us the platform we need to connect, work at pace and challenge perceptions. That’s why we work, on average, a minimum of three days per week from the office. But that doesn’t mean we’re not flexible. We balance the expectation of being in the office while respecting individual flexibility. Join us in our unique and ambitious world.

What you’ll do

We now have an outstanding opportunity to join the Strategy Implementation & Business Transformation (SI & BT) group as Senior Director playing a key role in leading enterprise change projects, working with leaders across SET areas. The SI & BT Group sits within Global Portfolio and Project Management (GPPM) and owns the implementation of enterprise strategy. The group is accountable for management of SET-endorsed groundbreaking projects on a global level. When needed, the group provides tactical leadership to their area of responsibility on execution against agreed strategic targets.

As we take the next steps in transforming our organization with Generative Artificial Intelligence, in this highly visible role, you will apply your expertise in multi-disciplinary project team leadership and deep experience in leading change initiatives in digital technology and AI. Your portfolio of project management skills consist of not only excellent leadership capabilities but also change management, core finance, eye for improvements and an analytic approach to problem solving. You will also ensure that we continue to develop and maintain a culture of inclusion, speak up and development within our SI & BT function.


  • Program manage, lead, and/or drive enterprise-wide transformation projects that affect multiple SET areas, with an initial focus on generative AI

  • Collaborate with internal customers and stakeholders to find opportunities for delivering projects more efficiently as well as solutions that are suitable for the wider organisation

  • Lead and coordinate activities to assure delivery towards the agreed target project scope

  • Share outcomes of strategy implementation and transformation projects

  • Maintain a high degree of understanding and awareness on project- and change management theories

Education, Qualifications, Skills and Experience

Essential for the role:

  • Master´s degree or higher in a relevant subject such as life science, economics, business, or similar

  • 10+ years’ experience in life sciences management or strategy consulting or technology or a fast-paced development setting, with experience in business planning, operations and strategy

  • Proven track record of managing high-profile projects, including digital technology and AI

  • Strong team leadership skills that include ability to set-up and run high-performing multi-disciplinary teams

  • Excellent stakeholder management and communication skills

  • Ability to influence decision makers on all levels

  • Ability to succeed in an environment that often involves ambiguity

Desirable for the role:

  • It is desirable if you have experience from drug discovery and development

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 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, and always committed to lifelong learning, growth and development. We’re on an exciting journey to pioneer the future of healthcare.

So, what’s next?

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

Competitive salary and benefits package on offer.

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Date Posted


Closing Date

17-Feb-2024Our mission is to build an inclusive and equitable environment. We want people to feel they belong at AstraZeneca and Alexion, starting with our recruitment process. We welcome and consider applications from all qualified candidates, regardless of characteristics. We offer reasonable adjustments/accommodations to help all candidates to perform at their best. If you have a need for any adjustments/accommodations, please complete the section in the application form.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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