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Meet Lucy - Senior Director, Capabilities and Development, Global Supply Chain & Strategy

What’s your name, job title and how long have you worked here?

Lucy Alexander - Senior Director, Capabilities and Development, Global Supply Chain & Strategy and I have worked at AstraZeneca for 6 years.

What do you like most about your job?

Solving large, complex problems with teams that improve people’s lives every day

What do you like to do when you aren’t working?

Spend time with family, sports, running, travel (for fun!).

Do you have a family and pets?

As a child I wanted to be a veterinarian but ironically no pets!  My husband and I are carefully evaluating getting a dog (two jobs both with lots of travel but also a large, fenced backyard). No children. I have older parents that my sister and I help care for.  That feels like a stressful, full-time job sometimes.

What’s your work/life balance experience been at AZ?

I used to work on our seasonal live-virus flu vaccine which was 24/7 during the season.  I think the biggest challenge in general is working globally across time zones.

How do you network with other women both inside and outside of AZ?

I stay in touch with a group of women from my MBA program who provide a great networking hub. We also have an active Network of Women group within AZ, and I seek out other women through conferences I attend.  I’ve also had a lot of great mentors I stay in touch with.  I find great women know other great women, and we’re all good at connecting.

What would you like other women to know about joining AZ as a new employee?

We have a lot of great role models for women leaders on our Senior Executive Team and Board, and frequent opportunities to interact with them.  That makes a big difference.

What has been your favorite memory while at AstraZeneca?

A team-building where we built bikes for local kids. They came onsite and we told them a little about how we make medicines that make people better when they’re sick, or stop them from getting sick.

How do you feel AstraZeneca best supports your career as a female employee?

I feel listened to. That sounds small but it’s important culturally.  I think for many of us as women – particularly in male environments --  it’s common and frustrating to feel overlooked. We have a big push on right now around the AZ Value of “I speak up to ensure all we do is aligned to our values,” and listening is fundamental.

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