AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP Associate Director / Director, Global Project Management (UK) in Cambridge, United Kingdom

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?


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

As a Director of Project Management you would be accountable for leading cross functional drug development teams in strategy development, new opportunity development and planning, and the execution of drug development projects.

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.


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 oncology 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

  • Project Management (PMP) Certification

About AstraZeneca

AstraZeneca is a global innovation driven biopharmaceutical business and we are investing very heavily in our scientific and clinical capabilities. We discover, develop, manufacture, and market small molecules and biologics for important areas of healthcare, which include some of the world's most serious illnesses: oncology, cardiovascular, infection, autoimmune, respiratory, and inflammation.

We are active in over one hundred countries with a growing presence in emerging markets including China, Brazil, Mexico and Russia. We employ over 50,000 people and invest over $5 billion in R&D each year.

AstraZeneca are proud to have a unique workplace culture that inspires innovation and collaboration. Here employees are empowered to express diverse perspectives and are made to feel energized, valued and rewarded for their ideas and creativity.

Opening date: 22nd May 2018

Closing date: 31st July 2018

Next Steps – Apply today!

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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.