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Director Global Project Manager

Location Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States Job ID R-153317 Date posted 23/11/2022

At AstraZeneca, we are united by a common purpose: to push the boundaries of science to deliver life-changing medicines. We continuously forge partnerships that help pursue world-class medicines in new ways, combining our people’s outstanding skills with those of people from all over the globe.

Our Global Portfolio and Project Management Organisation (GPPM) plays a critical role in advancing our pipeline and delivering Growth Through Innovation by closely partnering with Research & Development (R&D) and business leaders to support decision-making, resource allocation, project management and governance across our combined Oncology and BioPharmaceuticals portfolio.

Our team lives by a clear vision: Working collaboratively to optimize projects and our portfolio. This position is a phenomenal career opportunity for you who are highly motivated and have a desire to gain broader understanding of drug development and project management within AstraZeneca.

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

What you´ll do

The Director of Project Management in the Vaccines and Immune Therapies (V&I) group within the GPPM organization is accountable for the leadership of cross-functional drug development teams to achieve key strategic objectives and deliver development, regulatory and commercial achievements.

Depending on the stage of development and project complexity, you will work on one or more cross-functional drug development teams, together with team leader and functional leaders to ensure the team operates in a way that represents the highest standard of practice for project management within AstraZeneca.


Program Strategic Alignment

  • Provides program management leadership by active input into the project strategy and vision, ensuring alignment of the project strategy with operational delivery
  • Ensures appropriate connection between project strategy and key internal processes (Therapeutic Area strategy, Therapeutic Area prioritization, corporate scorecard)

Cross-functional Team Leadership and Delivery

  • Creates a shared sense of purpose, inspires and energize others
  • Coaches project teams towards successful resolution of issues and decision-making and focuses the team on the right activities at the right time, can handle the majority of challenging project situations
  • Serves as a core-team member and drives efficient operation of project teams including overall plans, priorities, budget and risk management

Governance and Investment Decisions

  • Leads team towards effective governance decisions (e.g. investment decisions, project revisions, etc. )
  • Provides guidance to both the team and senior management/governance bodies to allow efficient (timely and informed) decision making
  • Builds broad influential networks and ensures engagement at all levels prior to key decisions

Planning, Monitoring and Delivery

  • Ensures that overall team deliverables (e.g. budgets, schedules and performance standards) are realistically set, approved by governance and attained, also that the project fulfils all business reporting requirements.
  • Maintains plans of the highest data quality, accountable for all Project Management deliverables associated with project team(s) covered


  • Leads by example in learning, innovation, cross-functional collaboration and conflict resolution; seeks opportunities to change paradigm and removes barriers within and outside the team.
  • Champions company methodology and adoption of new project management practices.
  • Uses business knowledge to drive cross-project learning, champion and embed better ways of working across the enterprise

Skills and Experience


  • Bachelor’s degree in a scientific or technical drug development subject
  • Substantial experience leading drug development projects, preferably in the vaccine or infectious disease space.
  • Experienced in project management with a successful track record of delivering complex/ high business impact drug development projects within the agreed time, quality and cost.
  • Ability to empower, lead and encourage efficient teams
  • Excellent working knowledge of project management tools and processes.
  • Experience ensuring high quality data in enterprise systems
  • Track record of effective Senior Stakeholder management, demonstrating a strong ability to influence strategically
  • Ability to look for and champion more efficient and effective methods and processes within project management


  • Advanced degree in a scientific field
  • In-depth knowledge of drug development process with vaccine and/or infectious disease-specific knowledge and 7 plus years of experience
  • Project Management (PMP) Certification

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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Great culture, great work assignments, supportive management. Rotation opportunity within the company. They value inclusion and diversity.