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Senior Project Manager - PMO Initiatives

Location Mississauga, Ontario, Canada Job ID R-175603 Date posted 06/03/2024

At AstraZeneca, we pride ourselves on crafting a collaborative culture that champions knowledge-sharing, ambitious thinking and innovation – ultimately providing employees with the opportunity to work across teams, functions and even the globe.

Recognizing the importance of individualized flexibility, our ways of working allow employees to balance personal and work commitments while ensuring we continue to build a strong culture of collaboration and teamwork by engaging face-to-face in our offices 3 days a week. Our head office is purposely crafted with collaboration in mind, providing space where teams can come together to strategize, brainstorm and connect on key projects.

Our position:

We have an exciting opportunity for you. 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. We are bringing together a team of experienced project managers who go beyond just “managing the plan” and provide project leadership and insights to the business customers. 

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 part of our inaugural team in Mississauga, you would be instrumental in crafting our team culture, setting the standard for how we work, and ultimately being the customer face of the new GBS Project Services. 

  • Lead functional projects that are medium complexity and risk and have an encouraging stakeholder organisation.  You will be managing projects that deliver >$500k of benefits and task managing a project team of typically no more than 10-20 stakeholders.
  • Take a customer centric approach to your work and be accountable for iterating the service within your team, encouraging teamwork and collaboration.
  • Participate in Communities of Practice with the other Project Managers and Leads within your wider team and take a coaching mentality to each other in sharing knowledge to bring the team to an agreed standard of quality; holding each other to account where quality falls short. 
  • Define, implement, and drive project governance across a supportive stakeholder landscape.
  • Ensure organisational change is considered from the outset of the project and work closely with stakeholders as they design the solution; you will lead the conversations and ask the right questions to ensure the best strategic decisions are made for the organisation.
  • Work with the project team to create and execute detailed project plans where appropriate and revise them to meet changing needs and requirements to ensure milestones are met effectively and efficiently.
  • Identify actions needed to progress plans and assign individual responsibilities, driving accountability for completion.
  • Maintain relationships with key business stakeholders and ensure that business requirements are effectively captured, and the impact of the project are understood by the business.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting/Finance, Business, or Healthcare-related major
  • 5+ years experience in programme/project management for medium-complexity projects as defined above
  • Experience leading projects in a global organization.
  • Demonstration of strong, communication and relationship building skills with experience in collaborating and sharing knowledge between teams
  • Comfortable and skilled in operating in an operational matrix organization across diverse, global teams
  • Experience considering risks, evaluating alternatives, and encouraging input from others to effectively make decisions and plan mitigation tactics
  • Ability to clearly articulate complex concepts to ensure understanding and alignment
  • Ability to interpret unstructured information into business requirements
  • Experience in relationship management, across both relationship development, maintenance, and ability to understand internal political influence
  • Excellent business engagement and discernment 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 leadership level clients through written and verbal channels

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Project Management and/or Program 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

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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 byemailing

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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