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Supply Chain Project Director - External Supply & Manufacturing, Global Operations

Cheshire East, Gaithersburg, Maryland
Full time
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AstraZeneca UK
Healthcare & medical
10,001+ employees
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At AstraZeneca, our Operations team is driven by a big ambition: to deliver more medicines to patients, quicker and more affordably. We are committed to making people's lives better and constantly evolving our work with Lean, groundbreaking science, digitalization, and sustainable practices.

Introduction to Role:

Are you ready to take the lead in implementing new and redesigned pharmaceutical supply chains globally? As a Supply Chain Project Director, you will be responsible for leading Supply projects/programs on time and budget, developing project plans, managing relationships with project sponsors and stakeholders, and ensuring that project teams adopt quality and compliance standards.


In this role, you will be responsible for implementing new and redesigned pharmaceutical supply chains globally, leading global projects across multiple organisations, geographies, and business areas. You will interact and collaborate with a wide group of partners including senior management, external suppliers, AZ operations, finance, technical, quality, and CMC teams as well as counterparts in IT, development, and commercial teams to deliver these projects and impactful changes. You will also manage day-to-day operational aspects of a project and scope to ensure timely completion of the project and meeting deadlines.

You'll build and lead project teams whilst presenting roles and responsibilities ensuring that impact and changes are effectively communicated to the business.

Essential Skills/Experience:

  • Bachelor-level degree in a scientific, engineering, or business field

  • Extensive program/project management in the pharma industry including leading significant supply chain change projects

  • Technical experience across the one of following areas – Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients, Drug Substances, Formulated Product, Finished Pack, Devices and Critical Materials, Technology Transfers, New Product Launches

  • Well-developed organisational and interpersonal skills

  • Experience working with third-party suppliers and contract manufacturing organisational

  • Experience leading cross-functional project teams across external suppliers and internal functions

When we put unexpected teams in the same room, we unleash bold thinking with the power to inspire life-changing medicines. In-person working gives 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.

Why AstraZeneca?

With constant new products and launches, there's never been a better time to join Supply Chain and shape our future with a big contribution to life-changing medicines. The challenge to stay ahead in rapidly changing markets is what keeps us driving forward, as we continuously seek new and better ways to deliver medicines all the way to our patients. Our resilience helps us to thrive as we innovate and evolve. If you are driven, take smart risks and are able to act quickly, then this is the place for you.

Interested in this exciting opportunity?Apply now to join our dynamic team in Operations!

Date Posted


Closing Date

12-Apr-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.