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R&D Contracts Operations Lead - (Gaithersburg, MD)

MedImmune, LLC

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

Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States
Job reference: R-012023
Posted date: Aug. 09, 2017

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

MedImmune is the worldwide biologics research and development arm of AstraZeneca. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives every day. As one of the world’s premier biotechnology companies, our mission is centered on delivering life-changing products that advance world health, and help fight and cure disease.  As a R&D Contracts Operations Lead in Gaithersburg, MD you’ll play a pivotal role in channeling 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.

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

The MedImmune R&D Contracts Operations team is accountable for managing contract-to-pay, budget management, and forecasting of external spend for R&D functions.

Reporting to the Director, Business Operations, this role is for a team leader who will be accountable for ownership and improvement of critical business processes to establish standardized work practices among team members. The incumbent will join senior leaders to set strategic direction for the team while assuming accountability for developing and manage projects to drive improvements that enact the team strategy. In addition, they will partner with the business to manage a portfolio of external collaborations through the contract-to-pay process on behalf of groups of R&D leaders and scientists.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Process owner and senior member of the R&D Business Operations team.
  • Drive best practices and standardization among team members.
  • Develop and monitor process metrics.
  • Use data and process knowledge to identify and suggest areas for performance improvement.
  • Participate in developing team strategy and goals.
  • Develop portfolio of projects and manage execution by applying team resources to enable strategic objectives.
  • Lead and participate in improvement initiatives.
  • Represent team interests on cross-functional initiatives with supporting organizations such as finance, procurement and legal teams.
  • Strive to influence change in those organizations to streamline operations.
  • Develop and deliver regular communications and reports on the status of team deliverables to senior R&D leaders and other organizational stakeholders.
  • Partner with R&D functions to manage portfolio of external collaborations by drafting and executing agreements, managing payments and relationships with third parties.
  • Manage budgets and spend forecasts on behalf of the business.
  • Perform analysis of existing vendor contracts, purchase orders and payment information using various business systems.
  • May supervise 1+ team members.


Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience
  • MBA or other related graduate-level degree is a plus
  • 6+ years previous work experience
  • Previous business operations or related experience in the pharmaceutical/biotech or related industry is preferred

Competencies and Skills:

  • Must be a self-starter and action oriented
  • Experience drafting simple contracts is preferred
  • Demonstrable knowledge of, or aptitude to learn, current policies and guidelines that affect contracts, compliance etc. in a highly-regulated environment
  • Must demonstrate a high level of proficiency with Microsoft Office applications
  • Proven track record of meeting or exceeding objectives & goals
  • Comfort with ambiguity
  • Ability to communicate with and influence others in complex organizations
  • Six sigma or other process improvement certification is a plus
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

System Application Knowledge:

  • SAP
  • Ariba iBuy
  • Ariba iSave
  • AZ ePay

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.