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Associate Director, Global Project Management (Early Oncology)

Location Cambridge, England, United Kingdom Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States Waltham, Massachusetts, United States Job ID R-123992 Date posted 17/11/2021

AstraZeneca is a global innovation driven biopharmaceutical business and we are investing very heavily in our scientific and clinical capabilities. We discover, develop, manufacture, and market small molecules and biologics for important areas of healthcare, which include some of the world's most serious illnesses: oncology, cardiovascular, infection, autoimmune, respiratory, and inflammation.

The Associate Director of Project Management in the GPPM organization is responsible for managing cross functional drug development teams and sub-teams to achieve key strategic objectives and deliver development, regulatory and commercial milestones.

Depending on the stage of development and project complexity, the Associate Director of Project Management will work on one or more cross-functional drug development teams. The Associate Director of Project Management is accountable for ensuring that the team operates in a way that represents best practice for project management within AstraZeneca. Stage and project complexity will define to what extent the Associate Director or Project Management will work with other Project Managers to drive project delivery.

This position plays a highly visible, critical role in successfully delivering innovative medicines through the drug development process to patients


Cross-functional Team Leadership and Delivery

  • Serves as a core team member and drives efficient operation of early and/or late stage project teams including overall plans, priorities, budget and risk management

  • Accountable for driving an effective, efficient team environment and helps the team leader to build a cohesive, high performing team.

  • Facilitates project teams and sub-teams towards successful issue resolution and decision making in majority of situations. Focuses the team on the right activities at the right time directing them to deliver on the integrated project plan.

Project Strategic Alignment

  • Provides input into the project strategy & vision through expertise in project management, execution and governance

  • Ensures alignment of the project and operational deliverables to the team’s strategy

  • May lead development of the elements of the team’s or development plan or strategy at the direction of the team leader

  • Ensures appropriate linkages between project strategy and key internal processes (TA strategy, TA prioritization, corporate scorecard)

Governance and Investment Decisions

  • Facilitates team towards effective governance decisions (e.g. Phase IDs, project revisions, etc) including being responsible for leading development of investment decision documentation

  • Integrates and provides information to both the team and senior management / governance bodies that allows efficient (timely and informed) decision making

Planning, Monitoring and Delivery

  • Ensures that overall team deliverables, budgets, schedules, and performance standards are realistically set, governance approved and attained, and that the project effectively fulfils all business reporting requirements.

  • Maintains plans of the highest data quality, accountable for all Project Management deliverables associated with project team(s) or sub-teams covered


  • Seeks opportunities to drive positive change and remove barriers within and outside the team.

  • Champions company best practices.

  • Uses business knowledge to drive cross functional and cross-project learning.

Skills and Experience


  • Bachelor’s degree in a scientific or technical drug development subject, or requisite drug development experience

  • Multiple years of relevant experience in project management, preferably within the Pharmaceutical or Biotech industry

  • Experience supporting cross-functional drug development teams or leading sub-teams

  • Project Management experience with successful track record of delivering projects within agreed time, quality and cost.

  • Ability to manage high performing teams, and establishing effective team operations

  • Experience with project management tools and processes.

  • Ability to work effectively with senior stakeholders

  • Previous accountability high quality information on complex drug projects

  • Strong information management skills including use of modern IM tools such as SharePoint, Microsoft Teams and OneNote


  • Advanced degree in a scientific discipline and / or MBA

  • In-depth knowledge of drug development process including experience leading cross functional drug development teams

  • Project Management (PMP) Certification

Competitive rates of pay apply

Opening date: 17th Nov

Closing date: 5th Dec

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.

50056697 E PRSP Global Portfolio & Project Management

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