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Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States
Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
Job reference: R-039062
Posted date: May. 13, 2019

Associate Director Global Project Management – Respiratory

At AstraZeneca, we are committed to advancing respiratory science to deliver life-changing medicines to patients most in need. With a focus on unique biologics therapies and a strong respiratory portfolio we seek the next level of breakthrough treatments to modify disease and deliver cures. We need experienced drug development project managers like you to apply their skills and leadership to ensure strategic alignment and operational delivery of our Respiratory drug development projects. Will you join us?


This position plays a highly visible, critical role in successfully delivering innovative respiratory medicines to patients through the drug development process. As an Associate Director of Project Management you will be accountable for leading cross functional drug development teams in strategy development, planning, and execution. Our team lives by a clear vision to work collaboratively to optimize projects and our portfolio. If you’re a passionate communicator adept at motivating cross-functional teams; and can bring an entrepreneurial spirit of ‘get it done better’ join us in this highly influential role.


 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.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a scientific or technical subject
  • Significant experience leading drug development projects
  • Highly 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
  • Experience in respiratory, auto-immunity or inflammation therapeutic areas
  • Project Management (PMP) Certification

Next Steps – Apply today!

Closing date 14th June 2019


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. 

Associate Director Global Project Management – Respiratory
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