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Associate Director, Capacity Management

Location Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States Job ID R-143620 Date posted 17/10/2022

Do you have a passion for Science? Would you like to apply your expertise to impact a company that follows the science and turns ideas into life changing medicines? Then AstraZeneca might be the one for you!

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.

About AstraZeneca in Gaithersburg, MD:

Our Gaithersburg, Maryland facility creates life-changing medicines for people around the world.  This campus employs more than 3,500 experts in our field and is only a short drive from Washington, DC. This modern and vibrant scientific campus is the home of R&D and Oncology in the US. Here, we play host to some of the most cutting-edge technology and lab spaces, all designed to inspire collaboration and cross-functional science. We believe employees benefit from being challenged and inspired at work. We are dedicated to creating a culture of inclusion and collaboration.

The Gaithersburg site offers a variety of amenities to help boost productivity and help keep our employees happy and healthy. This includes a fitness center, employee healthcare clinic, electric vehicle charging stations, dry cleaning, full-service cafeteria and copy center. This is where you’ll find newly-designed, activity-based work spaces to suit a variety of working styles while increasing collaboration between teams. 

Summary of the group:

Biopharmaceutical Development’s (BPD) Business Planning and Operations team leads the development and implementation of BPD’s functional strategy and operational business planning and support.  Major areas of responsibility include supporting the creation of long-term technical objectives, development of annual budgets, functional resource management, contract management, and ensuring cross functional leadership bodies and business processes are effective.

Main Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Acts as a technical owner with an understanding of capacity management processes and systems

  • Adopt the role of process or system owner for key resource management systems used by BPD (PLANIT, RESOURCEIT, CAPIT, MYTIME)

  • Ensure R&D portfolio tools are reliable i.e. contain up-to-date and accurate information and are deployed to effectively support planning and control (P&C) of BPD FTE allocation / budgets in alignment with TA demand

  • Support functional leaders and/or co-leads in development and maintenance of high-quality resource demand planning templates / estimates. Independently review data and suggest improvements to templates, algorithms, tools and processes

  • Develop, implement, and maintain the global and functional BPD tools and business process for resource/capacity planning in conjunction with key partners across BPD.

  • Supports BPD leadership in the area of capacity management  

  • Provide input to any assessment of the ability of BPD to deliver the portfolio / budget expectations required by broader AstraZeneca groups and/or lead assessments / projects as required

  • Coordinate with Finance and functional accountable leaders to support Rolling Budget Update (RBU)/Long Term Plan (LTP), and Mid Term Plan (MTP) business processes

  • Liaises with key stake holders across the organization to ensure teams are providing accurate resource management data

  • Support BPD interactions with Resource Councils and other relevant P&C related partners external to the function. Ensure reliable process for information collection and reporting

  • Support ad-hoc resource analysis requests in support of external benchmarking efforts or internal BPD leadership team discussions

  • Work with BPD Leadership, project co-leads and product / technology teams in resource forecasting and tracking to ensure that there is an adequate understanding of functional resource supply and its allocation vs demand. Facilitate individual periodic reviews with teams and/or BPD Leadership of resource allocation, rebalancing and supply/ budget constraints

Education & Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline

  • 5-7 years of experience in the pharmaceutical or relevant industry

  • 3+ years of experience in capacity/resource analysis and management

  • 1+ years of experience in portfolio management

Required Skills:

  • Previous experience of working in the Pharmaceutical and/or Healthcare industry.

  • Experience in Portfolio and/or Project management in a large and complex multinational business environment

  • Preference for someone with expertise in drug development resource and capacity tracking and analysis (business case/decision analysis, scenario modeling and forecasting).

  • Excellent data analysis skills

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Good with Microsoft Excel

  • Good negotiation skills

Desired Skills:

  • Experience with use of MS SharePoint

  • Experience with portfolio / project resource management systems such as Planisware (PLANIT), My Time and RRESOURCEIT

  • Experience in use of analytics platforms such as Spotfire, Tableau, Power BI

  • Proven high level of leadership, strategic and analytical thinking, problem solving and influencing skills to provide direction to team or organization. Ability to assimilate complex information and identify key issues and messages

  • Capable of making effective decisions, acts courageously and communicates with conviction at all levels. Experience and skilled at facilitation, negotiation and influencing, including at senior levels

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 recognising their potential. Join us on our journey of building a new kind of organisation 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.

So, what’s next!

Are you ready to bring new ideas and fresh thinking to the table? Brilliant! We have one seat available and we hope it’s yours.

Where can I find out more?

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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.

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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