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Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
Job reference: R-039672
Posted date: Apr. 08, 2019

Are you passionate about using your IT expertise to unlock the potential of science, develop life-changing medicines and bring them to patients quicker? Part of AstraZeneca IT, Science and Enabling Units IT is building a best-in-class organization at the forefront of the digital revolution in healthcare. We’re pushing the boundaries of IT to roll back the frontiers of science, delivering next-generation solutions, driving transformation as strategic business partners and enabling breakthrough drug discovery.

We’re also applying technologies such as AI, machine learning, software and data engineering and analytics to provide mission-critical insights. Come and thrive in our culture of excellence, engagement and development – and make a positive difference to patient outcomes.

We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Data Project Manager to join AstraZeneca at our headquarters in Cambridge.

  • Lead and coordinate inter-dependencies between projects and programme work streams (within the Data foundation and across GMD Transformation)
  • Handle relationships with senior business partners to ensure the effective capturing of business requirements and commitment to project/program objectives. Responsible for steering / partner meetings, communication of status, issues, risks.
  • Own delivery of the user benefits for one or more of the delivery domains (Clinical or Design & Planning), working closely with the business product owner and delivery teams to ensure expectations are met.
  • Build a cohesive project /programme team and provide the leadership necessary to improve the team’s success.
  • Ensure expected benefits realization is consistent with project deliverables and clearly understood by partners and project team.
  • Drive effective risks & issues management, ensuring processes are in place and effectively used. Ensure problems resolved and advance as appropriate.
  • Lead, drive and approve plans for projects / programmes, including activities, resources, costs, roles, responsibilities and quality as defined in the IT Project Management Methodology (ADF).
  • Own project / programme improvement plans and lead execution of remediation plans.
  • Run changes to project/programme scope, ensuring that all impacts and changes are approved and appropriately communicated to partners and review boards.
  • Lead and coordinate project / programme budgets, forecasts, tasks, schedules, risks, change management, and status to support effective decisions and project reporting to partners and review boards.
  • Ensure the project team adheres to all standards including ADF, quality, and compliance, as well as processes, defined technical capabilities, and architecture standard methodologies. Establish program governance and lead Decision Point reviews; member Steering Committee meetings.

Works Collaboratively with:

AZ Senior/executive partners to ensure understanding and dedication to programme objectives, and development and refinement of deliverables Key business partners (eg. business product owners) to ensure the effective capturing of business requirements and dedication to project/programme objectives Data Foundation Leaders (GMD Data Governance Operational Lead, Data Quality Lead, Data Access Lead) to ensure successful delivery of Data Foundation objectives Data Hub core team to ensure delivery of Data Hub objectives and benefits Internal and External Suppliers to ensure delivery of agreed products and services while ensuring adherence to AZ project delivery standards

Essential - Education, Experience & Qualifications

  • Technical or Business Degree or validated meaningful experience
  • Validated skills and experience handling and controlling large project and programme budgets.
  • Experience working in a global organization where partners and project team members are geographically dispersed and managing/leading global data project resources – either matrixed, onshore, offshore or vendor teams
  • Experience of data warehousing, data harmonisation, data transformation, and data integration principles/technologies
  • Evidence of crafting creative solutions that have a major impact within the business area and organisation

Essential - Skills & Capabilities

  • Strong Project and Programme Management Skills
  • Excellent communication and relationship management skills
  • Strong knowledge and experience with internal and external suppliers and solutions
  • Clinical domain knowledge and experience
  • Excellent business insight with sensitivity to environment
  • A capable knowledge of Financial Management and Benefits Delivery practices.
  • Broad understanding of IT systems and technology implemented within a business context
  • Proven leadership skills interacting with senior leaders
  • Agile, Lean


  • Experience of delivering cloud based solutions
  • Experience of delivering GxP solutions

If you are passionate about Information Management and making a difference apply today #OFR

AstraZeneca is an equal opportunity employer. AstraZeneca will consider all qualified applicants for employment without discrimination on grounds of disability, sex or sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity leave status, race or national or ethnic origin, age, religion or belief, gender identity or re-assignment, marital or civil partnership status, protected veteran status (if applicable) or any other characteristic protected by law.

Senior Data Project Manager

AstraZeneca in the UK

Our 6,700-strong UK workforce is based across seven sites in the UK, including our new research facilities and global corporate headquarters in Cambridge. The Cambridge Biomedical Campus (CBC) is globally renowned as a leading centre of research, education and patient care. For AstraZeneca, the campus is the perfect environment in which to foster a vibrant culture of open innovation and collaboration.

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