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GBS Project Services – Project Management Director

Location Lisbon, Lisbon District, Portugal Job ID R-184270 Date posted 28/02/2024

GBS Project Services – Project Management Director

Competitive salary and benefits apply

Location: Lisbon, Portugal

Introduction to role:

Are you ready to make a real difference at one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies? We are assembling a team of experienced project managers who go beyond just “managing the plan” and provide project leadership and insights to our business customers. AstraZeneca is building an internal consulting capability in our Global Business Services (GBS) group focused on delivering high-quality project management services to our enterprise organization.

Our vision is to build a global, enterprise project management service that delivers business outcomes by responding to the ongoing internal business demand for strong project management skillsets and capabilities across the company. You will work closely with our businesses as a project expert and trusted advisor. We will set the highest quality standard, collaborate, and work hard to achieve critical goals on-time, on-budget - delivering value across the organization and delighting our customers.

As a leader, you would be instrumental in setting the standard for how we work, and ultimately being the customer face of our new GBS Project Management Service. You will work within the GBS Project Services team to define and deliver the service quality, whilst also working with the business as a project thought leader, responding to their demand for project management through mobilisation to scoping, planning, tracking, reporting, and engaging. With a strong understanding of change management and excellent communication skills, you will work effectively with stakeholders to deliver business outcomes. You will have access to a comprehensive toolkit of templates and methodologies to ensure a consistent and quality customer experience driving repeat business and new demand from functional areas.

Accountabilities of the role:

  • You will manage cross-Functional, complex projects that often carry high risk and experience some ambiguity in mobilising; you will leverage your project management experience to work with the business to establish strong and aligned project baselines. You will typically manage projects that are directly connected to and visible to Senior Leaders, delivering >$5-10m to the organisation in terms of benefits.

  • You will typically have line management responsibility for Project Managers within your wider team and identify, recruit/internally onboard and task manage resources to deliver your specific projects. You will often need to task manage project teams within a multiple workstream organisation and sometimes manage more than one project where capacity allows. This could mean task managing a project of >20 resource and personal line management of >4 Project Managers within your team each with their own project accountability.

  • You will take a coaching mentality to Project Managers within the team and work to bring the team to an agreed standard of quality; sharing knowledge and holding each other to account.

  • You will be customer-centric and hold accountability for iterating the service within your team; encouraging teamwork and collaboration.

  • You will define, implement, and drive project governance across a complex stakeholder landscape

  • You will capture and understand scope and requirements and understand the importance of gaining business sign off before moving to design, particularly amongst a complex stakeholder landscape which sometimes don’t have clear ownership for all aspects of project scope.

  • You will ensure change management is considered from the outset of the project and working closely with design as they create the solution.

  • You will work with the Workstream Leads to create and execute complex and consolidated project and programme plans where appropriate and revise them as appropriate to meet changing needs and requirements to ensure milestones are met effectively and efficiently

  • You will identify actions needed to progress plans and assign individual responsibilities; driving accountability for completion

  • You will manage relationships with workstream leads and key business stakeholders to ensure that business requirements are effectively captured and the impact of the project are understood by the business.

  • You will adhere to the Enterprise PMO project management delivery methodology

Essential Skills and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting/Finance, Business, or Healthcare-related major

  • 10+ years experience in programme/project management for large, complex projects

  • Experience managing projects in a global organization.

  • Demonstration of strong, communication and relationship building skills with experience in collaborating and sharing knowledge between teams

  • Experience considering risks, evaluating alternatives, and encouraging input from others to effectively make decisions and plan mitigation tactics

  • Comfortable and skilled in operating in a complex operational matrix organization across diverse, global teams

  • Ability to clearly articulate complex concepts to ensure understanding and alignment

  • Ability to interpret unstructured information into business requirements

  • Ability to perform effectively when faced with unclear solutions or opposing viewpoints

  • Ability to effectively lead a team involving multiple business areas and diverse team member experience levels

  • Experience in relationship management, across both relationship development, maintenance, and ability to understand internal political influence

  • Proven track record in delivering high-risk projects

  • Excellent business engagement and business acumen with sensitivity to internal and external political/economic environment

  • Experience of managing and controlling a project budget

  • Significant experience and skill presenting in front of C-suite/executive level clients through written and verbal channels

Desirable Skills and Experience:

  • Project Management Certification

  • Management Consulting experience

  • Pharmaceutical or equivalent global & complex organization experience; experience of working within a quality and compliance environment and application of policies, procedures and guidelines

AstraZeneca is in the process of creating a Project Services function based in Lisbon, we are using this job posting with the intention of attracting talented candidates to fill multiple positions.

Why AstraZeneca?

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 on a journey of growth and evolution to find better ways to translate value for the business and our patients. We're always adapting and challenging the status quo, it's what helps us to succeed. But it's not change for change's sake. It's about working together seamlessly and inclusively, sharing ideas to find a better way. As a multi-cultural team, we are a winning combination of deep process knowledge, business acumen and hard work. We always go the extra mile for the collective good of the team. And with a deep personal connection to our patients, there's nowhere we'd rather be.

Embrace development opportunities at a globally connected enterprise! We are trusted partners who are connected and integrated across the global enterprise, working closely with all functions from Commercial to Manufacturing. It opens up greater development opportunities for more responsibility on a global scale.

Ready to make a difference? Apply now and join us in our mission to create life-changing medicines!

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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