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Associate Director, Capacity Management

Location Mississauga, Ontario, Canada Job ID R-202505 Date posted 13/06/2024

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.

Summary of the Group:

Biopharmaceutical Development’s (BPD) Business Planning and Operations team leads the development and implementation of BPD’s functional strategy and operational 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.


  • Embrace the role of process or system owner for key resource management systems used by BPD (e.g. PLANIT, RESOURCEIT, CAPIT, MYTIME)
  • Ensure R&D portfolio information and tools are reliable (i.e. contain up-to-date and accurate information) and are deployed to optimally support planning and control (P&C) of BPD FTE allocation / budgets in alignment with TA demand.
  • Independently review data and suggest improvements to templates, algorithms, tools and processes.
  • Coordinate with Finance and functional accountable leaders and support Rolling Budget Update (RBU)/Long Term Plan (LTP), and Mid Term Plan (MTP) business processes.
  • Develop, implement, and maintain the global and functional BPD tools and business process for resource/capacity planning in conjunction with key partners across BPD.
  • Support BPD interactions with Resource Councils and other relevant P&C related partners external to the function.
  • Supports BPD functions in the area of capacity management  
  • Support functional leaders (SET-2) and their functional delegates in development and maintenance of high-quality resource demand estimates for specific SET-2 functions, specific skill sets and specific portfolio projects.
  • Support SET-2 functions by implementing central processes for review, report, and assessment of functional demand and capacity. Actively identify functional operation resource gaps and implement opportunities to simplify processes/way of working.
  • Act as an expert for functional algorithms, demand, capacity, and actual efforts and generate routine reports to provide insights on functional capacity and utilization
  • Support periodic SET-2 reviews of prioritization, rebalancing and supply/ budget constraints. Provide input to any assessment of the ability of BPD function’s to deliver the portfolio / budget expectations required to broader capacity management team
  • Liaises with key stakeholders across the organization to ensure teams are providing accurate resource management data
  • Support BPD Functions interactions with BPD Governance bodies and leadership team. Ensure reliable process for information collection and reporting. 
  • Support ad-hoc resource analysis requests in support of external benchmarking efforts or internal BPD leadership team discussions

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline
  • Experience in capacity/resource analysis and management  
  • Previous experience of working in the Pharmaceutical and/or Healthcare industry.
  • Experience in Portfolio and/or Project management in a large and sophisticated multinational business environment
  • Preference for someone with expertise in drug development resource and capacity tracking and analysis (business case/decision analysis, scenario modeling and forecasting).
  • Excellent data analysis skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent with Microsoft Excel and POWERBI
  • Good negotiation skills

Other Skills and Capabilities:

  • Experience with use of MS SharePoint and MS Teams
  • Experience with portfolio / project management systems such as Planisware (PLANIT), MYTIME and RESOURCIT
  • Experience in use of analytics platforms such as Power BI, Tableu, or Spotfire
  • Proven strategic and analytical thinking, problem solving and influencing skills to provide direction to team or function. Ability to assimilate sophisticated information and identify key issues and messages
  • Capable of making effective decisions, acts fearlessly and communicates with conviction at all levels. Experience and skilled at facilitation, negotiation and influencing, including at senior levels

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AstraZeneca is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion and providing a workplace that is free from discrimination. AstraZeneca is committed to accommodating persons with disabilities. Such accommodation is available on request in respect of all aspects of the recruitment, assessment and selection process and may be requested by emailing

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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