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Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States
Job reference: R-051147
Posted date: May. 17, 2019

Senior Manager / Associate Director

Global Project Management – Late Stage Oncology

At AstraZeneca, we are committed to advancing the science of oncology to deliver life-changing medicines to patients most in need. With a combination-focused pipeline, we help address unmet clinical needs in a host of cancers, motivated by a dedication to the scientific discovery and collaboration that will one day help eliminate cancer as a cause of death.

Could you join us and ensure alignment of the project strategy and operational delivery of our Oncology drug development projects? 


We have several exciting openings across oncology / immuno-oncology with immediate needs on several programs. 

As a Senior Manager or Associate Director of Project Management in the late stage Oncology organization, you would be accountable for leading cross functional drug development teams to achieve key development, regulatory and commercial milestones.  You will be a champion for best-practices and drive project management efficiency through leadership and influence of global team members and staff, as well as drive strategy development and leading new opportunities through governance approvals. 

This position plays a highly visible, critical role in successfully delivering innovative medicines through the drug development process to patients

Our team lives by a clear vision: Working collaboratively to optimize projects and our portfolio. If you’re a passionate communicator adept at motivating matrixed team members and can bring an entrepreneurial spirit of ‘get it done better’, join us in this highly influential role.

This role can be based in Gaithersburg US or Cambridge UK.


Manage Strategy Alignment

  • Provide program management leadership by active input into the project strategy & vision, ensuring alignment of the project strategy with operational delivery
  • Lead the drug project strategy or cross-project and portfolio strategies

Cross-functional Team Leadership and Delivery

  • Create a shared sense of purpose, inspire and energise others
  • Coach project teams towards successful issue resolution and decision making and focus the team on the right activities at the right time. Identify development opportunities for team members
  • Serve as a core member and drive efficient operation of the Global Project Team (GPT) including overall plans, priorities and risk management


  • Provides guidance to senior management and governance bodies that allows efficient (timely and informed) decision making
  • Leverage broad influential network and ensure engagement at all levels prior to key decisions


  • Lead by example in learning, innovation, cross-functional collaboration and conflict resolution; seek opportunities to change paradigm and removes barriers within and outside the team.
  • Champion company best practices and adaption of new project management practices.

Planning, Monitoring and Delivery

  • Ensure that overall team deliverables, budgets, schedules, and performance standards are realistically set, governance approved and attained, and that the project effectively fulfils all business reporting requirements.


You will have strong leadership skills coupled with a strategic mindset and a sharp focus on delivery to succeed in this role.


  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in a scientific or technical subject
  • Extensive experience leading oncology drug development projects
  • Experienced project manager with successful track record of delivering complex/ high business impact drug development projects within agreed time, quality and cost. 
  • Ability to motivate, lead and inspire high performing teams
  • Excellent working knowledge of project management tools and processes.
  • Track record of effective Senior Stakeholder management, demonstrating strong ability to influence strategically


  • Advanced degree in a scientific discipline and / or MBA
  • In-depth knowledge of drug development process, particularly late stage clinical development
  • Project Management (PMP) Certification

We have roles available at both Senior Manager and Associate Director level, we will assign candidates to the relevant career grade depending on experience.

This is a permanent opportunity which will be office based in either Gaithersburg US, or Cambridge UK

Next Steps – Apply today!

To be considered for this exciting opportunity, please complete the full application on our website at your earliest convenience – it is the only way that our Recruiter and Hiring Manager can know that you feel well qualified for this opportunity.  If you know someone who would be a great fit, please share this posting with them.

To be considered for this exciting opportunity, please complete the full application on our website at your earliest convenience.  If you know someone who would be a great fit, please share this posting with them.

AstraZeneca is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

Senior Manager / Associate Director - Global Project Management – Late Stage Oncology
Project, Change, Business Improvement and Strategy Management

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