Sr. Director -Supply Chain - Cell Therapy 



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

Join us at AstraZeneca, where we are using cell therapy to revolutionize the treatment of life-threatening diseases. Our scientists and operators are working on the groundbreaking of regenerative medicine, and we are investing in internal capabilities to discover and deliver next-generation cellular therapies. As part of our Operations team, you will play a crucial role in bringing these promising therapies from the lab to life.

Our cell therapy facility in Rockville, Maryland, is the newest addition to our global supply network of nearly 30 manufacturing and supply facilities in 16 countries. This manufacturing facility aims to make a direct contribution and immediate impact on patients by delivering life-saving cell therapies. It’s challenging but gratifying work, involving hundreds of dedicated people throughout the manufacturing lifecycle along with supporting office functions.

What you will do:

As the Sr. Director, Supply Chain, you will be accountable for all supply chain operations related to manufacturing and distribution from the site. You will partner closely with the global network planning and scheduling team to support global supply performance and key patient-centric operational metrics.

  • Lead the Sales and Operations Planning process to ensure site and partner functions are positioned to meet all patient therapy production needs

  • Partner closely with the Patient Operations team to ensure site production plans and capacity are aligned with clinic demand needs

  • As a member of the Site Leadership Team, be a change leader to develop and implement innovative supply approaches to meet the challenges of the rapid vein-to-vein cell therapies

  • Build and develop a hard-working team that follows all cGMP requirements while maintaining sufficient agility to adapt to dynamic and evolving cell therapy needs

  • Ensure training and qualification for staff are in place to deliver right-first-time execution

  • In partnership with global procurement, negotiate and own relationships with suppliers.

  • Oversee on-site material inventory management to ensure it aligns with production needs

  • Partner and integrate with global supply chain functions to use existing and implement new supply technologies and systems

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 10 years of shown experience in a GMP environment, preferably within a site supply chain organization and in a biopharmaceutical industry

  • Minimum of 5 years supporting ERP Systems

  • Deep experience in planning and logistics within a manufacturing, sales, and marketing environment

  • Advanced commercial acumen and ability to influence and direct stakeholder decision-making at senior levels.

  • Shown ability to inspire change regionally within a diverse and matrix organizational environment.

  • Advanced business management skills including both financial planning and team management.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree / MBA

  • Safety Health & Environmental and Good Manufacturing Practice qualifications

  • S4 Hana/SAP Enterprise Resource Planning system experience

  • Minimum of 3 years of experience related to cell therapy is strongly preferred.

At AstraZeneca, we are breaking new ground and leaving a collective legacy. We are unrivaled leaders in this space, always doing it the right way with sustainable lifecycle management. With constant new products and launches, there's never been a better time to join our Supply Chain team and shape our future with a big contribution to life-changing medicines.

Are you ready to take on the challenge of staying ahead in rapidly changing markets? Are you driven, able to take smart risks, and act quickly? If so, then this is the place for you. Join our diverse, multigenerational team of experts connected across the globe. We interpret the science, connecting it with the business need to apply manufacturing excellence.

Take the next step in your career with AstraZeneca. 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.