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Senior Project Manager

Company: AstraZeneca
Location: Mount Vernon
Posted on: May 26, 2023

Job Description:

At AstraZeneca, we put patients first and strive to meet their unmet needs worldwide. Working here means being entrepreneurial, thinking big and working together to make the impossible a reality. If you are swift to action, confident to lead, willing to collaborate, and curious about what science can do, then you're our kind of person.

The Mt. Vernon site was established in 1972 and is the flagship site delivering innovative, life changing oral solid medicines. At the site we formulate and pack OSD tablets, capsules for over 60+ markets. The Mt Vernon site is the largest AZ production site in the US and is located in the southwest corner of the state of Indiana, approximately 15 miles from Evansville, Indiana - the third largest city in the state of Indiana. The Mt. Vernon site is dedicated to creating a culture of inclusion and collaboration. We host yearly Inclusion and Diversity conferences and have an employee resource group devoted to promoting diversity and inclusion and enhancing employees' professional development through interactive and engaging events and initiatives.

The Senior Project Manager leads and manages projects that support the organization; responsible for all phases of a project including business justification, project initiation, planning, controlling, monitoring, execution, and closure. Project responsibilities also include project team management, team member management, and project communications. The scope of work includes projects or programs related to new product introductions, technical transfers, rapid launches, site-to-market launches, and site priority and transformation initiatives within (or across) a supply site or supply chain. The position interfaces with global Operations colleagues on product launches and/or global initiatives and with the commercial organization in support of brand projects.

In addition to the general description of the parent profile role for this job function, the following summarize key result areas, specific accountabilities and/or tasks, etc. associated with this job title:


  • Leads, directs, and manages cross-functional global project teams to support business and operations strategies and improvement opportunities including: technical transfers, product launches, site-to-market launches, asset commercial readiness, and other critical site projects.
  • Understands strategic project necessities and translates those into detailed project plans. Ensures project plans support achievement of critical milestones.
  • Leads and facilitates cross-site and cross-functional interactions between Global Manufacturing and Supply-Mt. Vernon, sister sites, and groups such as Pharmaceutical Development, Marketing Companies, GES (Global External Sourcing), Quality, Supply Chain, Regulatory, Technical Services, Pre-Commercial CST, and Global Operations Leadership Teams.
  • Proactively identifies potential issues and opportunities; develops contingency plans as needed. Guides conflict resolution at project team level and facilitates decision-making within the team. Escalates when decision rights exceed established boundaries.
  • Facilitates the project development process by providing external colleagues with an understanding of the site's manufacturing capabilities and by formulating plans based on the site's ability and potential to deliver against project necessities.
  • Offers innovative ideas and solutions to further enhance and improve the project management process.
  • Continuously reviews plan execution against target. Anticipates problems, develops alternatives, and ensures key contributors and team members are fully aware of changes and developments. Manages changes to project scope.
  • Identifies and controls project risks using the integrated risk management framework.
  • Establishes strong working relationships with key internal and external customers and demonstrates personal ownership and accountability for results with a focus on customer service. Creates and complete team member management and communications plans.
  • Coordinates the activities and decision-making processes of a diverse group of multi-functional technical experts. Understands complex technical issues and effectively communicates their impact to a wide audience within the organization.
  • Understands the implications of product formulation, packaging configurations, anticipated volumes, and third- party services.
  • Communicates the implications of multiple project execution on the organization; ensures all internal colleagues are aligned to provide equipment, materials, and services to support the completion of the project. Resolve issues and negotiates conflicts within and across projects.
  • Uses planning tools to ensure complex projects remain on schedule and coordinates parallel activities. Handles potential roadblocks and proactively resolves problems.
  • Mentors other members of the Project Management team as needed.
  • Contributes to the development, maintenance, and improvement of Project Management metrics.
  • Performs any other related duties assigned to support Project Management.
  • Interfaces and aligns with Global Operations on strategy development and project execution as need. Quality
    • Align with GMPs, site policies, work instructions, and standard operating procedures (SOPs).
    • Immediately reports quality-related issues that have the potential to impact product launch and/or transfer. Safety
      • Maintains a safe work environment by following all Health and Safety policies and procedures; immediately reports potentially unsafe conditions to supervision.
      • Uses Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as necessary.
      • Follows AZ SHE policies/Maintains safety conditions in the area and function occupied/ Respects SHE signalling and recommendations/Aligns with the trainings which is summoned to/Aligns with SHE procedures/Participates annually in the Building Evacuation Plan training. Minimum Qualifications
        • Bachelor's degree is required, preferably in Engineering, Science, Business, Supply Chain, or other related pharmaceutical science. A minimum of 5 years of project management and/or relevant work experience with preference in the pharmaceutical industry.
        • Demonstrated expertise in critical thinking, influence, negotiation, problem solving, strategic thinking, and leadership in a matrix environment.
        • Self-motivated with high degree of adaptability in dealing with an ambiguous, complex, and fast-paced work environment.
        • Ability to connect and collaborate with cross-functional departments across all levels of the organization (e.g., Operations, Quality, Supply Chain, Finance, Pharmaceutical Development, Marketing and Global Operations Leadership Team) to enable development and execution of realistic plans.
        • Proven ability to lead global cross-functional project teams.
        • Demonstrated ability to foster performance teamwork and establish strong working relationships with key internal and external collaborators.
        • Ability to achieve results as well as take balanced risks and drive decisions.
        • Excellent verbal, written, interpersonal, and presentation skills. Demonstrated ability to effectively collaborate/communicate with team members and all levels of leadership and/or represent the Department in key leadership forums.
        • Demonstrated leadership, self-confidence, and effective decision-making throughout a project.
        • Demonstrated ability to create detailed project plans, meet schedules/timelines, and handle multiple priorities. Ability to plan and complete multiple project tasks/projects concurrently.
        • A thorough understanding of how specific organizational functions contribute to the development, introduction, and management of products.
        • Demonstrated command of project management tools such as Microsoft Project, Microsoft Excel, or equivalent.
        • Proven expertise in successfully delivering business critical projects. Preferred Qualifications
          • Project Management courses and/or credentials are desirable; PMP certification preferred.
          • Knowledge and understanding of all aspects of product life cycle management.
          • Experience with commercialization and launch of new products.
          • Experience with lean concepts and tools.
          • Demonstrated understanding of external customer base and supply chain.

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            AstraZeneca embraces diversity and equality of opportunity. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team representing all backgrounds, with as wide a range of perspectives as possible, and harnessing industry-leading skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We welcome and consider applications to join our team from all qualified candidates, regardless of their characteristics. We comply with all applicable laws and regulations on non-discrimination in employment (and recruitment), as well as work authorisation and employment eligibility verification requirements. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

            AstraZeneca requires all US employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 but will consider requests for reasonable accommodations as required by applicable law.

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