Manufacturing, Sr Director



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Rockville, MD, USA
Posted on Saturday, February 10, 2024

As a Manufacturing, Senior Director at AstraZeneca, you will have the opportunity to set the strategic direction for the Process Execution Teams. This role is not just about managing, but about leading and inspiring. You will be a key member of the site leadership team, driving the implementation and delivery of manufacturing performance in line with our manufacturing plan, customer needs, and costs. You will also be accountable for site, global, and leading-edge projects.

Join our commercial scale cell therapy facility in Rockville, Maryland, the newest addition to our global supply network. This manufacturing facility will make a direct contribution and immediate impact to patients by delivering life-saving cell therapies. It is challenging but highly rewarding work, involving hundreds of talented people throughout the manufacturing lifecycle along with supporting office functions.

What you will do:

  • Develop the strategic direction for the site Manufacturing function that aligns with the broader AstraZeneca cell therapy strategy and objectives.

  • Build, develop, and lead the site Manufacturing function to ensure right first-time delivery of cell therapies to patients

  • As a member of the Site Leadership Team, collaborate with partner functions to ensure manufacturing operations meet patient demand

  • Employ experience and expertise to resolve the most complex issues in Manufacturing Management.

  • Employ coaching, training, and mentoring to develop talent and build a cell therapy manufacturing talent pipeline

  • Be accountable for the department budget in alignment with site operations

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree with at least 15 years of work experience in cGMP biologics and/or cell therapy manufacturing, including management experience. OR

  • Master’s degree with a minimum of 13 years of work experience in cGMP biologics and/or cell therapy manufacturing including management experience OR

  • PhD with a minimum of 10 years of work experience in cGMP biologics and/or cell therapy manufacturing including management experience

  • Proven leadership promoting motivation and empowering others to accomplish individual, team, and organizational objectives.

  • Ability to lead cross-functional working groups and teams; Demonstrated ability to set and manage priorities, resources, performance targets, and project initiatives in a global and regional environment.

  • Proven negotiation, collaboration, and interpersonal leadership skills

  • Budgetary and resource management planning experience

  • Conceptual, analytical, and strategic thinking.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous experience leading a cell therapy manufacturing operation

  • Previous experience in building a cell therapy organization.

At AstraZeneca, we believe in leading our Operations function at an exciting time of growth and evolution. We pioneer new approaches and processes across our sites, empowering our teams to foster a Lean mindset and sustainable practices. Every change we make is to deliver better outcomes for our patients. We are the champions of Lean, ensuring our teams understand and embody the benefits it can bring. Our manufacturing sites are environments of constant and rapid change. It's a place to expect the unexpected. There's rarely an obvious answer to the varied challenges we face, so it takes adaptability, flexibility and patience to thrive here.

Are you ready to make a difference? Apply today

Date Posted


Closing Date

25-Feb-2024Our mission is to build an inclusive and equitable environment. We want people to feel they belong at AstraZeneca and Alexion, starting with our recruitment process. We welcome and consider applications from all qualified candidates, regardless of characteristics. We offer reasonable adjustments/accommodations to help all candidates to perform at their best. If you have a need for any adjustments/accommodations, please complete the section in the application form.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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