AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP Project Manager Innovation Centre in Cambridge, United Kingdom

Project Manager Innovation Centre

Location: Cambridge, UK; Gothenburg, Sweden; Gaithersburg, US.

Join our drug development revolution

Here at AstraZeneca, we’re resetting expectations of what a bio-pharmaceutical company can be, and our research & development organisation, Global Medicines Development (GMD) is undergoing an exciting transformation to embrace the best technology and patient centric digitisation. It’s a time of unprecedented change and innovations as part of an initiative we call ‘Our future reimagined’. We have an exciting programme of change and are recruiting a variety of roles to embrace new ways of working, radically exploit digital technology and help us achieve amazing things with the data and analytics at our fingertips. GMD is on a journey of ambitious scale, depth and speed - with exceptional opportunities to share your experience, expertise, excitement and energy.

The GMD Innovation Center (IC) will identify, foster, and ensure embedding of innovation and technology that will disrupt the randomized clinical trial concept and lead to a mosaic of evidence that supports approvals and access, demonstrating the value of our medicines. The IC will own scouting, ideation, and initial concept development, and it will support piloting and scale-up. The IC will focus on transformative innovations in new evidence generation as well as select new-horizon innovation opportunities.

Main Responsibilities

The GMDIC Project Manager will work alongside the IC Lead to manage the progress, milestones, risks, budget, and overall operations of the pilots and portfolio. This role will drive the financial, legal, IT, and procurement processes in coordination with the associated AstraZeneca function and may need to work with Business Development in certain circumstances.

You will be responsible for:

  • Working with pilot leads to create project plans and track progress. Track and proactively manage risks and issues and communicate to IC Lead and Governance Board.

  • Define and maintain full program roadmap consistent with the Innovation Center Strategy, including milestones, dependencies, risks, and issues to ensure there are no surprises for Stakeholders. Define and proactively manage interdependencies and risk to ensure IC portfolio is progressed to plan.

  • Organize PMO and Governance Board meetings, agenda, and action items.

  • Support annual ideation session leading to pilot ideas, support teams in preparing pilot proposals, support endorsement by the Innovation Council (GMD LT), and interrogate costings to ensure successful ring-fenced budget in line with the June portfolio review.

  • Assist in organizing, chairing, and follow up actions to Innovation Council meetings.

  • Work with pilot leads and finance to develop IC functional and pilot quarterly forecasts, actuals, and variances. Support Governance Board and IC Lead with allocation of funds to pilots. Assist with financial accruals.

  • Develop IC metrics and GMD scorecard goals against which pilots will be evaluated. Track performance against stated goals.

Essential skills

· Business Degree

· Significant experience leading transformational change and delivering genuine value

· Strong leadership and influencing skills. Ability to comfortably interact with senior level company leaders.

· Demonstrate strong, communication and relationship building skills with experience of collaborating and sharing knowledge

· Significant knowledge and experience on program/project management

· Ability to bring structure and organization to IC through project plans, meetings, and governance board

· Experience with financial budgeting, metrics, and analysis

· Proficiency with reviewing and negotiating contracts and familiarity with procurement procedures

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