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Gothenburg, Västra Götaland County, Sweden
Job reference: R-047282
Posted date: Apr. 16, 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?

At AstraZeneca, we are united by a common purpose: to push the boundaries of science to deliver life-changing medicines. Our work helps to make hearts healthier, to help people breathe easier, and to help more people survive cancer. The Science and Enabling Units IT organization is at the heart of making this at all possible.

Science & Enabling Units IT actively partners with business stakeholders to deliver state of the art IT capabilities to fulfil AstraZeneca’s bold ambition of delivering life changing therapies to patients. The ambition of Science & Enabling Units IT is to provide world-class expertise and leadership in technological solutions.

We’re also applying technologies such as AI, machine learning, software and data engineering and analytics to provide business-critical insights.

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. Come and thrive in our culture of excellence, engagement and development – and make a positive difference to patient outcomes.

About this Role

This role is a leader focused on the Late Stage Science Function.  This individual is accountable for ensuring the successful delivery of the Late Stage portfolio working closely with the Capability team. 

The Programme Management Leader is accountable for a team of Project managers who lead global projects with a value in excess of $20M, The role shapes vision, and ensures that business strategies are effectively being addressed, ensuring solutions solve key business needs and can be completed within the approved programme budget and schedule commitments whilst meeting required quality and compliance standards.  Focus areas include stakeholder management, risk management and delivery of business benefit. 

This role will be the point person for a group of capability leaders and how they work across the Solution Delivery team matrix.  They will work closely together to develop a 12 – 18 month forward looking roadmap, with the Programme Management leader accountable for gaining alignment across the Solution Delivery team leadership group and providing resource plans consistent with the capability roadmap.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead groups of project managers who are delivering large projects that are either part of a larger program or stand alone projects.
  • Accountable for maintaining a portfolio roadmap aligned with a group of capability leaders across a matrix organization.
  • Manage relationships with senior business stakeholders with in both It and the business.
  • Drive the agile methodology adoption across the SEUIT organization.
  • Accountable for quickly identifying, escalating and leading the resolution of risks and issues.
  • Establish programme vision and realization approach ensuring technical solutions fit with AZ Architecture roadmaps and blueprints.
  • Oversee the development of strategic risk analysis and control plans acting as escalation point for all programme-level risks and issues.
  • Build a cohesive project /programme team and provide the leadership necessary to maximize the team’s success.
  • Partner with other Programme Management Leaders to drive development of a world-class center of excellence for project management capabilities and ensure that best practice is adopted and reinforced.
  • Works collaboratively with AZ Senior/executive stakeholders, key business stakeholders, Supplier Management function, External Suppliers etc.

Essential Requirements

  • Technical or Business Degree or relevant track record of equivalent experience.
  • Proven skills and experience managing and controlling large project and programme budgets
  • Proven track record of defining business strategies and influencing key business stakeholders
  • Strong track record managing and leading global project teams
  • A capable knowledge of Financial Management
  • Excellent communication, reporting, relationship management, and influencing skills
  • A person who act independently, collaborate closely with other strong leaders and drive change across a matrixed organization
  • Strong negotiating skills and experience across complex groups
  • Strong knowledge and experience with internal and external suppliers solutions
  • Excellent business acumen with sensitivity to environment
  • Agile skills


  • Masters degree
  • Project/ Programme Management certifications
  • Experience working in a global organization where stakeholders and project team members are geographically dispersed
  • Lean & Six Sigma Skills

If you are interested, please apply now!

For more information about the position please contact Michael Manis via

Welcome with your application no later than 9th of May, 2019.

AstraZeneca is an equal opportunity employer. AstraZeneca will consider all qualified applicants for employment without discrimination on grounds of disability, gender or gender 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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