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Head of Quality (QA) Site Sterile - Sweden Operations

Location Södertälje, Stockholm County, Sweden Job ID R-167433 Date posted 25/05/2023

Do you have expertise in, and passion for senior leadership? Would you like to be a part of our Quality Leadership Team to strengthen our future? Then AstraZeneca might be the place 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 unleash your entrepreneurial spirit. There’s no better place to make a difference to medicine, patients and society!

At AstraZeneca Campus Södertälje we have AstraZeneca’s largest global manufacturing and distribution facility. Our production plants can handle the entire process, from the chemical production of active pharmaceutical substances to formulation, filling /tableting, packaging and distribution to our customers. Here are also several global support functions located, in total we employ around 4 800 people in Södertälje.

The Quality organisation in Sweden Operations consists of around 700 employees. We are working in Analytical and Microbiological labs as well as in Quality Assurance teams closely together with our manufacturing and distribution teams. Sweden Operations works closely together with the broader Operations network across the globe. Operating in over 25 locations we are truly global – connecting and aligning to drive one way of working across our network.

We are now seeking a Head of Quality, Site Steriles to provide the strategic and tactical leadership for teams across multiple disciplines, e.g. QPs, QA Associates and QA Specialists.

An environment that champions inclusion driving each of us forward, harnessing our differences to unlock challenges and bring new solutions.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

You have accountability for the function´s performance in terms of employee safety and health, quality, supply and budget. Driving performance improvements will be a key focus area. You are a member of the regional Quality leadership team as well as the Site leadership team and various global forums and steering teams. Contribution to cross-industry working groups is expected in this role.

You develop your expertise by being both challenged and supported to apply a ‘modern’ Quality mindset. It means taking accountability and making brave decisions. Whether that’s reimagining the best way to respond to procedures and regulations, or pushing back when there’s disagreement. We partner and problem-solve with product and process experts to ensure we perform with excellence across the Quality network. 

You provide clear leadership and guidance to your team, creating an environment of strong team spirit, good communication and high motivation to enable inspired and effective team members to perform at their best. You will become an important part of the Site Sterile and Quality Sterile/Biologics Leadership teams and in your role ensure operational coordination of all aspects of quality management.

Essential Requirements

  • A university degree qualified in a science, engineering, manufacturing discipline or equivalent

  • Extensive leadership experience from within Pharma, Quality or Manufacturing Industry

  • Excellent stakeholder management skills and experience from change management initiatives

  • Experience leading teams with a track record of delivering results in a complex environment

  • Proven skills in creating, developing teams and strategic processes as well as being able to act agile and to be comfortable making decisions, sometimes with limited information

  • Experience of working in a global environment

  • Knowledge of regulatory issues, Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and Lean

  • Fluent in both Swedish and English.

As a person you are eager to learn and know your why, along with a creative yet determined approach.

Why AstraZeneca?
AstraZeneca has a big ambition with a clear strategy to get there. It provides a clear direction for the role that we can play. The focus on growth and innovation means there are always exciting, innovative products to quality assure as we go to market around the world.

Be welcomed into our inclusive network of diverse and high performing teams. Have the support, trust and respect to thrive here – fair leadership, great workplaces and energized teams who always have each other’s back.

Most importantly, we do meaningful work that changes lives. It’s our purpose that drives us, everyday.

Find out more about us by visiting our AZ YouTube channel and watch our film series: “A life-changing day” and visit our website:

Come and join us!

Welcome with your application no later than 11th of June.

If you’re curious to know more about the role/have any questions, then please contact your future manager Malin Claesson +46 (0)70 680 10 90.

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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