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Senior Vendor Manager, Logistics and Clinical Supply

Location Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States Job ID R-106631 Date posted 03/05/2021

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 :

Logistics and Clinical Supply is a key group embedded within Biopharmaceutical Development (BPD), the large molecule CMC development power-house of AstraZeneca.  As part of our team in Gaithersburg, MD you’ll play a pivotal role in bringing BPD science to patients.  We’re right at the front end of an integrated R&D organization delivering life-changing new medicines to clinical trials worldwide.  In this role you’ll have the opportunity to work across all of our key therapeutic areas including oncology, respiratory, inflammation and autoimmunity, cardiovascular and metabolic disease, infection and vaccines. We offer a unique and strong collaborative network as part of the broad AstraZeneca family, while at the same enjoying the agility and connectivity of a close, innovative team.

Position Summary:

  • Assist in the leadership of the Vendor Management Team within Logistics and Clinical Supply (LCS).

  • Manage vendor relationships for LCS to ensure highly effective sourcing, deployment and management of Investigational Medicinal Products (IMP) related vendors globally.

  • Assist with oversight of functional budgetary activities across the LCS department providing clarity of budgetary planning & reporting, and liaising to support delivery of functional spend in line with financial targets

  • Champion Regulatory compliance activities within the LCS function

  • Work collaboratively within LCS, with external vendors, and with all other interfaces and stakeholders as required to enable highly effective outsourcing of clinical supply chain activities for biologics projects in Development

  • Apply skills and knowledge to advise and develop vendor intelligence and improvements appropriate to enable ongoing seamless and efficient IMP vendor sourcing activities LCS

  • Play an active role in the operational leadership of the LCS Vendor Management team

Key Responsibilities:

  • In this role, the Senior Vendor Manager will manage vendor relationships for LCS to ensure highly effective sourcing, deployment and management of Investigational Medicinal Products (IMP) related vendors globally.  This role will be responsible for assisting with oversight of functional budgetary activities across clinical supply chain projects providing clarity of budgetary planning & reporting, and liaising to support delivery of functional spend in line with financial targets. 

  • Partner with stakeholder departments to develop, communicate and deliver a risk mitigated sourcing strategy and to ensure that any issues relating to IMP related vendors are highlighted, and that solutions are provided for the project and for other similar projects in Development

  • Manage Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) program to maintain appropriate business partnerships with suppliers.

  • Create, deliver and maintain project budgets for assigned clinical studies, including addendums where required for additional scope of work and arrangements for study contract closeout with vendor

  • Assist in leadership of LCS Vendor Management team within Logistics and Clinical Supply (LCS). 

  • Influence, own and promote functional deployment of  optimal working practices, systems, and tools, to ensure robust vendor management activities

  • Lead departmental process improvement initiatives as required

Education & Experience Requirements:

Requires a Bachelor’s degree in basic or applied science or engineering, and may have a higher level qualification such as a Master’s degree.

BS and 12+ years relevant experience (or 15+ years of experience in lieu of BS degree)

MS and 10+ years relevant experience

Required Skills:

Direct knowledge and understanding of vendor management to support clinical supply activities including experience in selection of third party vendors,  reviewing vendor bid and contract negotiation Broad knowledge of biopharmaceutical product development and demonstrated ability to achieve results in a cross-functional, multi product environment Experience managing people (either as line or matrix manager) preferred, and proven ability to work in a dynamic environment and collaborate within cross functional teams to deliver complex projects.

Desired Skills:

Some experience in planning and managing all aspects of IMP management for clinical studies, including oversight of vendor management of GMP operations. Thorough understanding of cGMP, GCP and ICH guidelines as related to IMP management. A high level of commitment, flexibility, initiative and independence, with strong skills for planning, coordination, teamwork, communication and interpersonal relations Strong analytical skills whilst demonstrating with keen attention to detail, aptitude for technical troubleshooting on IMP vendor contracts and activities, and appropriate tact and diplomacy in building / managing interface relationships.

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 authorisation and employment eligibility verification requirements.

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