AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP HR Graduate Programme in Cambridge, United Kingdom

Our ambition is to improve the lives of 200 million patients, and be a $50 billion company, by 2025. To do that, we need high-calibre graduates, with potential and ambition to become one of the leaders of the future, to join our HR Global Graduate Programme.

Within AstraZeneca, HR provides experienced advice to our Business Leaders to ensure our working environment across the business is characterised by respect, integrity and growth opportunities, which inspire both individual contribution and collaborative entrepreneurial thinking.

Our Graduate Programme offers a phenomenal opportunity to learn and work in a multinational company alongside industry professionals. Many of our Graduates go on to enjoy full- term positions in one of our HR functions or other areas of the business. As well as gaining valuable work experience, you will have the opportunity to study towards a professional qualification, depending on your chosen department.

How does the programme work?

During your three year programme in HR, you will gain skills and experience in different HR areas in AstraZeneca. Typically, your Graduate Programme will involve rotations into one or more areas where we will tailor your programme to meet your natural strengths, passions and areas you want to develop.

Specialisms include the following areas (not exhaustive):

Talent Acquisition

Employer Branding


HR Services


Talent & Development

People Analytics

Employee Relations

HR Business Partnering

Each role will give you valuable insight on how to influence decisions across a range of business areas. Throughout the programme you will be frequently supported to review your progress towards achievement of role objectives and personal development plans with your manager. You will get the training, experience and support needed to develop a career you can be proud of.

What does the programme involve?

Starting in September 2019, the programme lasts three years. Consisting of three 8 month rotations and a year long consolidation role. Each rotation will give you phenomenal insight in to our operation and the opportunity to influence the direction AstraZeneca is moving. You will then progress into a consolidation role and all progression is subject to performance.

Your programme will provide an invaluable blend of on-the-job experience and mentoring. There will be a huge support network behind you, including a mentor and programme manager, and we will inspire you to develop your own network of contacts.

Development opportunities

To fulfill your potential and build a lasting career, we will help you in any way we can, including:

  • Reporting to an encouraging line manager and personal mentor

  • Giving you the chance to network and socialise

  • Professional and in-house training schemes and qualifications

  • Working as part of a successful team

Essential requirements

What are we looking for:

  • Graduates in any discipline who have completed their first degree with a minimum of a 2:1 in 2018, or are due to graduate by September 2019

  • Enthusiastic, self-motivated and driven individuals with a passion to learn

  • Passion to work in HR in the pharmaceutical industry, with a real ambition to make a difference to patients and our business

  • Technology savvy and go-getter

  • Ability to quickly understand our environment, and the curiosity and flexibility to work anywhere within HR

  • Takes responsibility for own self- development. Receptive to feedback and eager to develop

  • The confidence and vision to look at, and challenge, existing ways of working

  • Fluency in English

Desirable requirements

  • International work experience and second language

  • Working in a global context

To apply for this position, please click the apply link below

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.

Applications open: 7th December 2018

Applications close: 17th February 2019

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