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Environmental Sustainability Leader - Supply Biologics

Location Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States Södertälje, Stockholm County, Sweden Liverpool, England, United Kingdom Nijmegen, Gelderland, Netherlands Job ID R-177104 Date posted 28/08/2023

Environmental Sustainability Manager – Supply Biologics - Gaithersburg, MD

At AstraZeneca, we turn ideas into life changing medicines. Working here means being entrepreneurial, thinking big and working together to make the impossible a reality. We're focused on the potential of science to address the unmet needs of patients around the world. We commit to those areas where we think we can really change the course of medicine and bring big new ideas to life.

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. 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.  Come and thrive in our vibrant, energizing, connected and encouraging culture and make a difference to patients. Hear from our Senior Leaders about why they know AstraZeneca is a great place to work.

We are seeking an experienced and highly motivated Sustainability Manager to join AstraZeneca (AZ) Supply Biologics.  AstraZeneca’s Supply Biologics includes 5 manufacturing sites and global technology operations that support AZ’s portfolio of large molecule medicines. You will play a critical role in driving improvement initiatives, reducing environmental impacts, and fostering the adoption of sustainable practices within our region. The ideal candidate will have expertise and/or passion in life cycle analyses, new medicine modalities, and working across the value chain. These skills will be essential in identifying opportunities for improvement and implementing strategies to enhance our environmental performance. The position requires a minimum of eight years total experience either in sustainability or in roles such as production, research and development (R&D), facilities, quality, or similar fields within the pharmaceutical or healthcare sector.

What you’ll do:

  • Develop and implement a comprehensive sustainability strategy to mitigate environmental impacts and drive sustainable practices across the organization.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to integrate sustainable practices into development, manufacturing, and supply chain.
  • Guide the implementation of sustainable packaging solutions, waste reduction programs, energy efficiency measures, and water conservation initiatives.
  • Coordinate with internal stakeholders to manage key performance indicators (KPIs) and track progress towards sustainability goals.
  • Raise capabilities and competency across the organization to deepen individual sustainability ownership and accountability
  • Engage externally to bring best practice technology for solutions within the organization
  • Report and communicate progress to business leadership
  • Ensure that sustainability improvements are reaching their maximum impact through regular on-site presence and process confirmation

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in science, engineering, or a related field. A master's degree is a plus.
  • Minimum of eight years total experience either in sustainability or in roles such as production, research and development (R&D), facilities, quality, or similar fields within the pharmaceutical or healthcare sector.
  • Track record of successfully developing and implementing strategies and initiatives
  • Excellent project management skills, including prioritization, timeline management, and budget adherence
  • Strong understanding of environmental regulations and emerging sustainability trends in the pharmaceutical sector.
  • Proficient in analyzing complex data sets related to sustainability performance forecasting
  • Proven communicator who works effectively across the organization and externally to achieve outcomes. Forward-thinking mindset, passion, and learning acumen to adapt to evolving sustainability challenges and opportunities.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with circular economy principles and strategies for promoting resource efficiency and waste reduction with a passion in life cycle analyses (LCAs) and applying sustainable principles to new medicine modalities.
  • Knowledge of sustainable supply chain management, including responsible sourcing and supplier engagement.
  • Understanding of environmental justice and social equity issues, integrating them into sustainability practices.
  • Experience in quantifying and reporting greenhouse gas emissions and developing strategies for carbon neutrality or net-zero emissions.
  • Familiarity with sustainability frameworks and initiatives, such as: ISO 14001, GRI, LEED, Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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 recognizing their potential. Join us on our journey of building a new kind of organization to reset expectations of what a bio-pharmaceutical company can be. This means we’re opening new ways to work, groundbreaking pioneering methods and bringing unexpected teams together. Interested? Come and join our journey.

Next Steps – Apply today!

To be considered for this exciting opportunity, please complete the full application on our website at your earliest convenience – it is the only way that our Recruiter and Hiring Manager can know that you feel well qualified for this opportunity. If you know someone who would be a great fit, please share this posting with them.

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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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