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Frederick, Maryland, United States
Job reference: R-051144
Posted date: May. 17, 2019

At AstraZeneca we turn ideas into life changing medicines. Working here means being entrepreneurial, thinking big and working together to make the impossible a reality. We’re focused on the potential of science to address the unmet needs of patients around the world. We commit to those areas where we think we can really change the course of medicine and bring big new ideas to life. As a Senior Project Manager (Technical and Commercial), in Frederick, MD, you’ll play a pivotal role in channeling our scientific capabilities to make a positive impact on changing patients’ lives. Operations at AstraZeneca is a truly world-class business unit. It offers one of the most exciting, fast paced, challenging and rewarding work environments in the world of operations, supply chain and manufacturing.

Global Operations is fundamental to our purpose of delivering life-changing medicines to patients, touching every aspect of our business and providing a platform for everything that we do. We harness the specialist talents of 13,000 people around the world – 20% of our global workforce. With 30 production facilities in 18 countries we’re focused on supplying our medicines with care, quality and efficiency, reducing the time from lab to patient. Keen to bridge the gap between science and patients? Turn research into reality? And forge a global career that’s full of possibilities, as part of a world-class team? Come and thrive in our vibrant, energizing, connected and supportive culture and make a real difference to patients. Hear from our Senior Leaders about why they know AstraZeneca is a great place to work.

As a Senior Project Manager (Technical and Commercial) you are responsibile for the following:

  • Leads and manages commercial,  technical and site projects of medium to high complexity, as assigned.
  • Leads the project core team, and ensures team effectiveness. Is accountable for the delivery of the project on time, on budget, aligned with the expectations of key project stakeholders.  Leads low complexity strategic programs.
  • Works with the project sponsor to develop the project charter and ensure that projects deliver expected business outcomes.
  • Leads the project core team to create integrated project plans including scope, schedule, risk and communication plans.
  • Ensures the project team follows site project governance processes. Acts as an advocate to support PMO processes.
  • Monitors and controls the project to ensure delivery. Utilizes critical path methodology (CPM) to track and deliver on the project schedule. Leverages current risk management tools and techniques to identify, mitigate and manage project risk.
  • Leads project through stage-gating process with site Portfolio Steering Committee.
  • Understands and manages key integration points with other projects and efforts in the enterprise. Works with Site Project Management Director, functional management and governance teams to resolve conflicts and issues between projects.
  • Contributes to the maturation of project management capabilities at the site through lessons learned, enhancements to the PM tool kit, and additions to the PM knowledgebase. Also leads specific maturation efforts within the department or across the site.
  • Ensures administrative and financial closure of assigned projects.
  • Is expected to lead multiple project teams.
  • Develops an annual resource plan and schedule for site product support deliverables for assigned products.
  • Works with product core and working teams to ensure delivery of annual goals, resolution of issues and ongoing product support including quality and regulatory compliance.
  • Ensures maintenance of product knowledge repositories through the product support team.
  • Highlights product support risks and issues to site governance teams.
  • Understands and manages key integration points with other efforts in the enterprise. Works with Site Management, functional management and governance teams to resolve conflicts and issues between products.
  • Drives continuous improvement of the product support model. Establishes new processes where needed to enhance effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Leads technical (Tech Transfer, Process Characterization, Process Validation/PPQ)  projects.
  • Drives continuous improvement in the technical project models (Tech Transfer, PC, PV/PPQ). Establishes new processes where needed to enhance effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Conduct activities and interactions consistent with Company values and in compliance with the Code of Conduct and supporting Policies and Standards relevant to your role.  Complete all required training on the AZ Code of Conduct and supporting Policies and Standards on time.   Report potential issues of non-compliance.
  • Ensure and monitor compliance by team members and third parties by (a) positively reinforcing the Code of Conduct and all relevant AstraZeneca Policies and Standards, (b) ensuring completion of all required training, (c) fostering a culture of openness in which employees are comfortable raising questions or concerns, and (d) immediately addressing and reporting, as appropriate, instances of non-compliance.
  • Leaders with accountability for GXP areas are expected to understand the legal and regulatory requirements of their roles in providing appropriate resources (which could be human, financial, material, facilities, and equipment) to maintain the Quality system and continually improve its effectiveness.

Other key accountabilities:

  • Ability to apply expertise as a project manager within the pharma industry to successfully deliver project and program outcomes while managing stakeholder expectations.
  • Strong knowledge of project management tools including schedules, communication plans, risk plans, resource plans, scope management tools, action item trackers, and project plans.
  • Strong user of MS Project as a tool to create integrated timelines and monitor project progress.
  • Maintains high level of expertise in the field of project management and within the pharma industry.
  • Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference. 
  • Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.
  • Ability to solve complex business problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where little standardization exists.
  • Ability to facilitate technical problem solving. Experience with problem solving and decision-making tools a plus.



    • BS in Engineering or Science


    • Minimum of five (5) years experience in pharmaceutical/biotech
    • Minimum of five (5) years of project management experience


    • MS or MBA is preferred
    • Minimum of eight (8) years experience in pharmaceutical/biotech
    • Minimum of eight (8) years project management experience
    • Manufacturing, MST (Man Scient & Tech) or CM&C  
    • Project Management Certification is a plus but not required
    • Direct experience leading execution of tech transfer projects a strong plus
    • Direct experience leading commercial support teams a strong plus

    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.

    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. 

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