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Associate Director, Global Project Management - Early CVRM

Location Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States Job ID R-204582 Date posted 09/07/2024

Associate Director, Global Project Management

Location: Gaithersburg, MD

Introduction to role:

Are you ready to make a meaningful impact on patients' lives through the work you do? We are looking for an Associate Director for our Global Portfolio and Project Management Organization (GPPM). This role is pivotal in advancing our pipeline and delivering Growth Through Innovation by closely partnering with Research & Development (R&D) and business leaders. The position will be located at our site in Gaithersburg, MD.

This position will be hired at either Associate Director GCL E or Director GCL F, depending on the experience of the selected candidate.


As the Associate Director, Global Project Manager (GPM), you will be a key member of the GPPM team, using your excellent organizational and interpersonal skills to enable our global, cross functional drug project teams to operate optimally. You will be a core member of early-stage Global Project Teams (GPTs) in the CVRM and/or NS therapy areas. You will work in close partnership with the Project Leader, who is the scientific lead with accountability for the project. Working in a dynamic and vibrant cross functional environment, you will facilitate decision-making, project planning, execution and control.

The GPM drives and implements efficient operation of early-stage cross functional project teams. This includes ensuring that overall team deliverables, budgets, schedules and performance standards are realistically set, governance approved and attained, and that the project effectively fulfills all business reporting requirements. As the project management expert, you will manage and control cross functional project plans and budgets, risks, collaborators and communication according to company and project management practices.

Fostering an efficient team environment together with the Project Leader, the GPM focuses the team on the right activities at the right time, directing them to deliver on the integrated project plan, ensuring successful issue resolution and decision making. You will contribute to creating an environment where successful teams can meet ambitious business demands.

As a GPM, you will provide input into the project strategy through expertise in project management, execution, key internal processes and your experience. You will integrate and provide information to both the project team and governance bodies that allows efficient decision making by facilitating the project teams towards effective governance interactions. We rely on you to seek opportunities to drive positive change, remove barriers within and outside the team, champion company and project management standard practices, and use your business knowledge to drive cross functional and cross-project improvements.

Essential Skills/Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree with 5+ years of experience in supporting cross-functional drug project teams or leading sub-teams
  • Project Management experience with successful track record of establishing effective team operations and delivering projects within agreed time, quality and cost
  • Ability to create an effective, efficient team environment to build an impactful team
  • Demonstrated collaborator management skills, including ability to work effectively with senior partners
  • Experience with project management tools and processes
  • Strong information management skills including use of tools such as SharePoint, Microsoft Teams and OneNote

Desirable Skills/Experience:

  • Advanced degree in a scientific field and/or MBA
  • In-depth knowledge of, or experience with, pre-clinical and/or clinical drug research and development
  • Project management certification (e.g. PMP)
  • Experience with advanced project management tools, such as Planisware/PLANIT
  • CVRM & Neuroscience therapy area knowledge
  • Experience with novel drug modalities

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.

At AstraZeneca, we're the team that helps to make excellence and breakthroughs possible. Here, you can apply your skills and abilities to genuinely impact patients' lives. Join at an exciting time of growth through innovation for AstraZeneca. Shape this journey by reimagining the way we work, at every turn we're innovating and taking intelligent risks. We do this to steer the enterprise, powering every function to run faster, more efficiently, and achieve more.

Are you ready to be a part of our journey? Apply now!

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.

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