AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP IT Business Relationship Manager - MedImmune Research & MedImmune Biologics Ops - SEUIT in Gaithersburg, Maryland

IT Business Relationship Manager – MedImmune Research & MedImmune Biologics Ops – Gaithersburg, MD

At AstraZeneca we work together across global boundaries to make an impact and find answers to challenges. We do this with the utmost integrity even in the most difficult situations because we are committed to doing the right thing. We continuously forge partnerships that help pursue world-class medicines in new ways, combining our people’s exceptional skills with those of people from all over the globe.

Our Science and Enabling Units IT vision is to deliver the best science IT capabilities in biopharma, which we define as agile, responsive and fit-for-future. Our goal is to engage with our stakeholders as a strategic partner in delivering life-changing medicines to our patients. The desired outcome of your role is to take accountability as a leader for delivering a ‘Best in Class’ IT experience for the MedImmune functions of Research and MedImmune Biotech Operations (MBO).

The IT Business Relationship Manager will develop strategic relationships within the MedImmune organization and identify ways for IT to partner with them in achieving and exceeding business objectives. You will drive the delivery of innovative business solutions to create maximum competitive advantage. The role combines in-depth understanding of AstraZeneca, business area strategy and domain knowledge of MedImmune functions, and relevant technical expertise to drive the creation of new innovative technology solutions and continuous value from existing solutions.

This role requires a hybrid set of technical, business domain, and leadership skills. You are expected to perform as a leader-doer with the ability to inspire and motivate an agile and diverse team of professionals in a complex matrix organization. This role is a mix of leading teams and building relationships of trust with our stakeholders, anchored by strong technical and domain expertise, along with continuous learning and development.

As an IT Business Relationship Manager in Gaithersburg, MD you will work with business units in MedImmune, focusing on the Research and the MedImmune Biotech Operations (MBO) functions. You will be a leader and advocate for Research and MBO, working collaboratively as part of a customer-facing MedImmune IT team. In this role, you will work collaboratively with other BRMs in the broader MedImmune domain, and be expected to develop and leverage relationships with strategic external partners and a global IT matrix spanning across global sites in US, UK, India and Mexico. All MedImmune business engagement team members are expected to develop domain and technical expertise across all MedImmune domains and take on special/opportunistic projects outside of his/her core domain.

The core accountabilities of the role include:

  • Building strong strategic relationships with complex customer groups and senior stakeholders; developing a deep understanding of the short-term and long-term business direction.

  • Developing and maintaining the stakeholder management plan, conducting continuous stakeholder analyses, and working cross-functionally to align on strategy and plans.

  • Assessing and prioritizing MedImmune requirements aligned with IT strategy, and influencing IT strategy where appropriate.

  • Managing a portfolio of IT investments, prioritized to align with emerging business strategy.

  • Facilitating accurate IT demand forecasting, planning, and delivery collaboratively with other supporting IT team roles.

  • Leading high-level investigations on requirements, specifications and feasibility studies; developing a range of options aligned to business and IT strategy.

  • Leading business impact assessments, identifying risks and issues that may affect current and future business units and roles, and creating business readiness plans.

  • Partnering with key stakeholders on the development of detailed business cases for new IT solutions.

  • Proactively identifying opportunities for IT to deliver innovative technology solutions to gain competitive advantage.

  • Presenting and obtaining buy-in from senior leaders for IT initiatives; leveraging domain knowledge to gain credibility, trust, and commitment.

  • Works collaboratively with:

--- Business and IT leadership teams and other senior stakeholders to build their understanding of IT strategy, programs and challenges

--- IT Strategy, Architecture, Portfolio Management and Project/Program Management to agree on the future shape of proposed solutions and initiate projects in partnership

--- Other stakeholder area Business Relationship Managers to create alignment and identify cross-functional collaboration and/or innovation opportunities

--- Business Analysts to define detailed requirements, conduct business analyses, and build business cases

--- Portfolio Managers and solution delivery leads to initiate projects, clearly define scope and monitor the delivery of project value compared to promised benefits

--- Service Management teams to ensure the IT service plans are established for the customer group, actively monitored, and effectively managed in line with established service levels

Essential Requirements

  • Degree or relevant business experience

  • Experience in and knowledge of bio-pharma industry

  • Demonstrated delivery of significant scientific information systems.

  • Deep knowledge and understanding of the biologics R&D domain.

  • Extensive knowledge of scientific and clinical pharmaceutical processes.

  • Proven ability to interpret and communicate technical and scientific information.

  • Substantial experience in managing and delivering business change through IT projects and delivering results.

  • Experience in building high-value business cases and mobilizing high-value investments.

  • Experience in leading teams with a demonstrable track record of motivational and achievement-oriented leadership.

  • Proven ability to operate across multiple domains and ambiguity.

  • Demonstrated ability to build strategic working partnerships with senior AZ internal customers, peers and partners.

  • The ability to travel both domestically and internationally.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Strong influencing, networking and team working skills

  • Strong scientific background

  • High level awareness of developments in the Information Technology marketplace

  • Demonstrate strong relationship-building skills with the ability to influence others to achieve objectives

  • Proficiency in planning, change management and problem-solving, and able to resolve issues of a highly complex and strategic nature

  • Proven ability to relate and respond to business needs in an IT environment

  • Ability to manage negotiations, expectations and solutions across complex groups

Desirable experience

  • Involvement in pharma thought leadership networks and organizations

  • Agile development methodologies

  • Ability to work well in and across diverse global teams

  • Ability to partner and work in a matrix organization

Next Steps – Apply today!

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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.