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Change Management Lead

Location Macclesfield, England, United Kingdom Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States Cambridge, England, United Kingdom Gothenburg, Västra Götaland County, Sweden Job ID R-127982 Date posted 13/01/2022

Change Management Lead

Macclesfield, Cambridge, (UK) Gothenburg, Sodertalje, (Sweden). Gaithersburg, Wilmington, (USA)

Do you have expertise in, and passion for change management? Then this role could be for you!

At AstraZeneca we’re dedicated to being a Great Place to Work. Where you are empowered to push the boundaries of science and spark your entrepreneurial spirit. There’s no better place to make a difference to medicine, patients and society. We foster an inclusive culture that champions diversity and collaboration. Always committed to lifelong learning, growth and development.

Technology at AstraZeneca is a home for purposeful disruptors!

The Strategy & Execution team supports our IT teams to align their objectives and key results to deliver the IT2025 strategic priorities. We are bringing clarity and cross functional team alignment, creating a culture and attitude that embraces collaboration, results management and outcomes thinking. We are building a data-driven, digital approach to defining, aligning, managing and reporting strategic outcomes, helping our teams to execute fast and work with purpose


As the Change Management Lead you will work to identify how change affects IT and AZ functions and take a lead role in designing and implementing processes that ensure effective collaboration between multi-functional, multi skilled teams, promoting alignment and integration and will provide thought leadership and support to ensure successful adoption and consumption of process, organizational and technology changes


  • Develops and leads a comprehensive change management and communications strategy and implementation plan that drives engagement, adoption and consumption of process, organizational and technology changes.

  • Responsible for IT transformational change strategies, governance and communications

  • Develops, builds or acts a specialist in implementing new strategies and communicating new visions

  • Provides thought leadership, direction and acts as trusted internal advisor to ITLT and Senior Leaders to drive the transformational change strategy

  • Leading and developing the change management & communications team within Strategy & Execution Group.

  • Works with AZ stakeholders and colleagues to evaluate transformational programs and define change requirements against prioritization principles and capacity requirements

  • Supports the IT2025 Program Manager to develop and implement comprehensive plans to drive adoption of IT2025

  • Partners with HR, Corp Comms and IT COEs to define and fulfill change enablement plans

  • Ensures efficient and effective leadership and management of project information, quality of data and integrity of information supplied

  • Leads or coordinates and advises on major change initiatives ensuring that the right resources are engaged and organisational capacity to support and consume change and associated risks are communicated with ITLT and senior stakeholders

  • Leads the governance of major change initiatives ensuring best practice change processes are followed to AstraZeneca standards

  • Networks with colleagues and specialists to agree priorities, providing strategy advice and serving as a resource for others by sharing experience and mentoring within and beyond project team and own function

Essential Requirements: Education/Skills/Experience:

  • Bachelor’s of Science in an appropriate subject area

  • Experience in Business Strategy and Portfolio within a pharmaceutical or clinical background

  • Proven experience in providing change management services, with experience supporting technology implementations and complex enterprise change initiatives

  • Project management skills in delivering internal projects and with external partners

  • Experience with performance measurement tools, techniques, industry best practices and internal methodologies

  • Influencing and negotiating skills

  • Excellent knowledge and experience in delivering transformation change strategies & governance

  • Excellent communications skills including senior stakeholder engagement

  • Able to develop short and long-term plans to execute strategic priorities

  • Strong organizational awareness, business acumen, and customer orientation

  • Highly skilled at facilitation and information gathering

  • Strong leadership skills, with ability to direct and engage teams to achieve strategic objectives

  • Excellent decision-making and problem-solving skills to analyze and resolve complex escalated issues

Desirable Requirements:

Experience or working in or partnering with Senior Management within:

  • IT Leadership teams,

  • Change Management community of practitioners within AZ

  • HR including HRBP’s, Organizational Development Leads, Learning & Development

  • Corporate Affairs and communications partners


AstraZeneca is a global, science-led, patient-focused biopharmaceutical company that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialisation of prescription medicines for some of the world’s most serious diseases. But we’re more than one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies.

So, what’s next?

Are you already imagining yourself joining our team? Good, because we can’t wait to hear from you.

Where can I find out more?

Competitive salary & benefits offered

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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