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Project Manager, Global Biologics Operations - (Gaithersburg, MD)

AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP

Gaithersburg, MD
Posted Date:
Position Type:
Full time
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Required Education:
Bachelors Degree
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Job Description

Location: Gaithersburg,
United States
Job reference: R-006641

Posted date: Jul. 12, 2017

If you’re inspired by the possibilities of science to change lives and you thrive when making brave decisions – join us.

At AstraZeneca we turn ideas into life changing medicines. Working here means being entrepreneurial, thinking big and working together to make the impossible a reality. We’re focused on the potential of science to address the unmet needs of patients around the world. We commit to those areas where we think we can really change the course of medicine and bring big new ideas to life. As a Project Manager, Global Biologics Operations in Gaithersburg, MD, you’ll play a pivotal role in channelling our scientific capabilities to make a positive impact on changing patients’ lives.

We’re constantly pushing the boundaries of science to deliver life-changing medicines to patients, with a passion for discovery and a pipeline to show for it. We’re pioneering innovative research and exploring novel pathways across key therapeutic areas including oncology, respiratory, inflammation and autoimmunity, cardiovascular and metabolic disease, and infection and vaccines. And we’re industry-leading in immunology, protein engineering and translational science. We offer a unique and strong collaborative network as part of the AstraZeneca family, as together we explore synergies between small and large molecules.

AstraZeneca has a dynamic environment that fosters collaboration and innovation. We attract top minds, and we nurture and build top talent.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Position Summary

You will manage franchise, enterprise, strategic, large, complex projects or workstreams across multiple sites, functions and regions within the Global Biologics Operations Program Management Office (PMO). You will be accountable for application of industry-standard project management methodology, tools, and processes to ensure successful team execution, project delivery and ways of working. You will interface with other Biologics Operations and AZ functions, manufacturing sites, site PMO leads, other PMs, CMC teams, subject-matter experts, key stakeholders, functional leads, contract manufacturing organizations, and outside testing labs. You will be responsible for effective project team management, governance, prioritization, resource planning, training and monthly reporting as they apply to assigned projects and new and improved processes. You will report to the Senior Director, Biologics Operations PMO.


  • Manage Global Biologics Operations strategic projects utilizing the PMO project methodology, tools and processes, to meet agreed scopes, timelines, deliverables, budgets, resource estimates and success criteria.
  • Manage functional and cross-functional project teams to deliver successful projects.
  • Interface with sites, functional heads, other functions and other key stakeholders to assure continuous alignment of priorities.
  • Apply effective problem-solving individually and with the project team to address challenges encountered in successful project delivery. Escalate issues appropriately to the sponsor, key stakeholders or PMO management.
  • Proactively identify and share relevant best practices to improve project delivery and PMO team capabilities.
  • Actively pursue continuous improvement with focus on simplification, standardization and lean.
  • Proactively manage risk to project delivery and the business. Take appropriate risks and consult appropriately.
  • Track and report on the progress of assigned projects to the sponsor, appropriate governance, stakeholders and senior management.
  • Provide necessary information and insight to the project sponsor to support project stage-gate reviews, approvals and project updates to appropriate governance forums, steering committees, and/or stakeholders.
  • Ensure all key stakeholders are kept appropriately informed of project status at all times
  • Train project teams and members as needed on project management tools and governance processes.
  • Understand the larger project portfolio(s), identifying and resolving potential resource conflicts, and prioritizes appropriately to ensure successful delivery of the franchise/domain strategy
  • Manage project budgets, expenses and resources to meet estimates and commitments
  • Help drive the objectives of the Biologics Operations PMO team and the broader Biologics Operations PMO community


Essential Requirements


  • BS in Engineering, Science or Operations field, with 5-10 years of Project Management experience
  • MS, MBA or other advanced degree preferred

Required Skills/Experience

  • Minimum 2 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical, biopharm or GMP industry; must be familiar with pharma or biopharm GMP
  • Demonstrated track record of success in managing strategic, complex, cross-functional and multi-site projects on-time, on-budget and to committed deliverables, to generate significant business value
  • Takes appropriate initiative and accountability, demonstrating both entrepreneurial spirit and a collaborative mindset
  • Strong interpersonal, influencing, motivation and communications skills
  • Strong team management skills
  • Comfortable with ambiguity and fast pace

Desirable Requirements

Preferred Skills/Experience:

  • 5 years minimum experience in the pharmaceutical or biopharma industry in a manufacturing, technical or related role
  • Technology transfer, manufacturing scale-up, new product development or launch experience
  • Manufacturing, R&D, QA or analytical testing experience
  • Strong knowledge of pharmaceutical/biopharm GMP
  • Experience in a biopharm operations a plus but not required
  • Experience working globally, leading virtual teams in a matrixed environment
  • Experience presenting to or communicating with senior management
  • Project Management certification

Next Steps – Apply today!

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. AstraZeneca only employs individuals with the right to work in the country/ies where the role is advertised.