Senior Director, Global Project Management, Biopharmaceutical

Gaithersburg, MD
Sep 19, 2021
Sep 21, 2021
Full Time
At AstraZeneca we work together across global boundaries to make an impact and find answers to challenges. We do this with the upmost integrity even in the most difficult situations because we are committed to doing the right thing. If you're inspired by the possibilities of science to change lives and you thrive when making brave decisions join us.As one of the world's premier Biopharmaceuticals companies, AstraZeneca's mission is centered on delivering life-changing products that advance world health, and help fight and cure disease. As a Senior Director of Biopharma Project Management you'll play a pivotal role and make a positive impact on our mission to find lifesaving solutions for all patients.In this role, you will be a part of the Global Portfolio & Project Management organization (GPPM) for Biopharma. You will be responsible for managing a team of ~75-80 Global Project Managers who ensure that drug development projects achieve strategic objectives and deliver key development, regulatory and commercial milestones. Further, you will need to lead the team to simplify ways of working, enhance the quality/cost/risk associated with our drug project operating model, and ensure that AstraZeneca is a great place to work. A number of deliverables associated with this role will expand beyond GPPM and will require a close partnership with key stakeholders, including the VP of Biopharmaceuticals.The role may be based in either Gaithersburg, MD - US, Cambridge - UK, or Gothenburg - SE.ResponsibilitiesProject Management and Enterprise LeadershipTakes a visible leadership role within GPPM and Biopharma organizationsLead team of Project Managers and team leaders (manager of managers) and identifies development opportunities of direct reports, together with planning effectively for successionCreates a great place to work environment via expectation setting, goal development, recruiting/staffing, mentoring, and leading a highly effective team of experienced PMsPartners with stakeholders across Biopharma to ensure effective collaboration, project efficiencies and sharing of best practicesWorks closely with leaders across Biopharma R and Commercial to drive integrated management their portfolios and resources.Excellence in Project ManagementProvides Biopharma drug development experience, including project timelines and resource management expertise across all Biopharma projects, ensuring consistent application of project management processes, standards, systems and tools.Ensures best methodologies are in place to develop comprehensive project plans, deliver key project management milestones on time and within budget, identify and resolve project issues, and further refine project risk management plans.Drives excellence in project team information management and project data qualityCross Portfolio Project LeadershipOrganizes and leads regular reviews of project progression, timelines, budgeting, risk management and cross-functional operational issues.Works closely with the Portfolio Management and Business Management teams within GPPM-Biopharma to advise or support on portfolio-wide timelines, management of read-outs, project budgets, project and emerging opportunity management and reporting, risk and resource managementContributes to improvements in project management methodologies and drives reductions in costs and increased effectiveness across the portfolioLeads GPPM and Enterprise Wide InitiativesLeads or oversees a diverse range of initiatives to improve quality, compliance, cost or speed of projects across AstraZeneca and, where appropriate, leads the development of new methodologies or process to provide business benefitInstilling an organization-wide dedication to project delivery, process efficiency/simplicity and operational excellence.EntrepreneurshipServes as a role model for cross-functional collaboration and effective conflict resolution.Leads by example in learning, innovation seeking opportunities to change paradigm and removes barriers within and outside the team.Uses business knowledge to drive cross-project learning, champion and embed better ways of working across the enterprise, helping to establish new company best practices.Skills and ExperienceEssential RequirementsAdvanced degree in in a scientific or technical drug development subject 8 plus years of relevant experience Extensive experience in Project Management with an track record of success in leading cross functional working groups and teamsBroad business perspective and acumen, goal-oriented approach, process orientation and strategic focusDemonstrated ability to lead and coordinate multiple projects concurrently.Sophisticated demeanor, bearing and approach sufficient to position the incumbent for interaction with senior level executives in delivering effective presentations and providing information to influence major decisions.Excellent stakeholder management skills and ability to develop strong relationships with senior leaders and other key stakeholders.Excellent management and matrix team leadership skills that include the ability to provide direction and lead multi-disciplinary teams on highly collaborative efforts resulting in successful implementation.Ability to partner with senior leaders to develop and implement a strategic vision.Willingness and proven ability to function in a hands-on capacity when necessary to achieve milestones, resolve issues and build an organization/function capable of driving toward measurable objectives.DesirableExperience in organizational leadership, manager of managers Direct experience within drug discovery and development; familiarity with product development, product launch and exposure to life cycle management in BiopharmaCross functional, multi-cultural, and global work experience preferredStrong internal network and track record of success within AstraZeneca

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