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Manager, Contracts - Biopharmaceutical Development, BPD

Location Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States Cambridge, England, United Kingdom Job ID R-121964 Date posted 04/11/2021

AstraZeneca has taken critical steps to protecting colleagues, loved ones, and patients from COVID-19 and its variants.  COVID-19 vaccination is required for all US employees, and weekly PCR COVID-19 testing is required for those who are unvaccinated or have an approved accommodation.

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:
BPD’s 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.

Role can be located in either Gaithersburg, MD US or Cambridge UK

Key Responsibilities:

Contract Management:
Works independently to manage contracts with 3rd parties and provides end-to-end support for contracts including drafting, negotiating and supporting execution   
o Advise, triage and route contract requests to relevant expert functions to ensure timely approval and provide guidance on corporate policies including fair market value rates and nominated signatory approvals 
o Track and ensure milestone payments are processed as agreed and ensure data integrity in SharePoint, iBuy/Coupa Purchase Requisition and any other relevant systems/databases 
o Manage external sponsorships using CyberGrants tool and file bi-annual disclosures to meet transparency reporting requirements  
- Liaise with Legal and Procurement as required to ensure AstraZeneca remains compliant and contracts deliver the best value to the company 
- Support cost center owners to effectively manage external spend 
o Implement and maintain systems for tracking and projecting external spend 
o Review SAP compliance reports and month end financials and work with Business Development and Finance to validate posted transactions

- Support scientists and cost center owners with day-to-day business operation needs and educate scientists on contract-to-pay processes and their roles and responsibilities  
o Conduct P2P training and support for purchase requisition creation, receipting, invoice reconciliation, non-PO invoice processing, generation of supplier e-forms, user profile creation and updates in key internal systems  

Resource Management: 
• Supports portfolio management processes executed through the analysis of current and projected future resource availability
• Acts as a technical owner with a understanding of resource management processes and systems 
• Liaises with key stake holders across the organization to ensure teams are providing accurate resource management data
• Identifies opportunities to improve the methodology and provide practical solutions for improving functional resource management 

Education & Experience:
• Bachelor’s degree in relevant discipline required

• At least 5 years of experience in contract management, ideally in industry or related field

Experience in Pharma R&D preferred
• Experience as a professional contracts manager required

Required Skills:
• Experience as a professional contracts manager
• Excellent communication skills
• Good negotiation skills

Desired Skills:
o Previous experience of working in the Pharmaceutical and/or Health Care industry.
o Alternatively experience of working in a complex multinational, multicultural environment. 
o Experience with the Salesforce.com platform and use of MS SharePoint 
o Familiarity with sourcing marketplaces such as Scientist.com, SHI, VWR, etc
o Experience with internal AZ systems including iBuy, Coupa, AZ Procurement Platform and Echo
o Experience with portfolio / project resource management systems such as Planisware (PLANIT) and My Time 
o Experience in use of analytics platforms such as Spotfire, Tableau, Power BI

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?
Check out our landing page for more information on our BPD group  https://careers.astrazeneca.com/bpd

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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 authorisation and employment eligibility verification requirements.

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