Portfolio Manager


Make a positive impact, in a team where it means more

In Operations, we have a big ambition – to deliver more medicines to patients, quicker and more affordably. Backed by the investment, leadership and a clear plan to get there, we bring personal dedication and out of the box thinking.

Here you can feel a strong connection to the patient. It’s what drives us every day. We are united behind one mission – finding the best solution to put our patients first.

We now have an exciting opportunity as a Portfolio Manager for the Projects and Change initiatives in UK Operations

What you’ll do

Lead the establishment of the enterprise project portfolio, it’s definition, framework & processes, from project demand management & strategic alignment to objectives & success criteria. This includes evaluation, selection & prioritization, through to execution, tracking & measuring results, with support from key partners

Build & maintain a comprehensive plan for the portfolio, based on the existing plans of each constituent project or program, with clear visibility and management of interdependencies

Link portfolio definition, selection and prioritisation to resource, budget and headcount cycles

Monitor portfolio delivery to strategic objectives, using portfolio management to identify gaps in strategy execution, with focus on budgets, milestones, resources and dependencies

Engage and conduct regular reviews with relevant partners to validate and assess the project portfolio, implement project change control and (re)prioritise to meet business needs as required

Provide guidance on business cases, identifying the business impact, the probability of satisfying business needs, the anticipated business benefits, return on investments and the risks and consequences of failure

Oversee & coordinate dependencies across the projects & programs in the portfolio and resolve issues, raising them when required.

Build and maintain portfolio communications and reporting, including monitoring of benefits realisation, to key partners

Lead reviews of challenged/compromised portfolio initiatives and provide recommendation to SteerCo to adopt, adapt or abandon

Ensure adherence to agreed portfolio governance & controls acting as System Owner for the Digital solution

Lead the creation & maintenance of the required project portfolio documentation & artefacts

Perform regular project health checks, coach and mentor regarding systemic deficiencies

Skills & Experience

  • Significant portfolio management experience across a high number of varied projects, in a complex business environment.

  • Substantial experience managing financial budgets

  • Experience of diverse roles with growing leadership responsibilities across major projects/ programs

  • Resource planning, reporting, prioritization & budgeting

  • Validated experience in managing “upward” among senior leadership

  • Demonstrable experience in leading, engaging & collaborating with diverse teams

  • Evidence of driving continuous improvement, process-centric thinking and a Lean attitude

  • Strong scenario based thinking, with the ability to develop and communicate clear insights enabling strong decision-making

  • Demonstrated commitment to life long learning in the Program, Portfolio and Projects space

At AstraZeneca we’re dedicated to being a Great Place to Work. Where you are empowered to push the boundaries of science and unleash your entrepreneurial spirit. There’s no better place to make a difference to medicine, patients and society. An inclusive culture that champions diversity and collaboration. Always committed to lifelong learning, growth and development.

There are so many fantastic employee benefits that AstraZeneca offer! AstraZeneca can offer you a competitive salary, private healthcare, a fantastic holiday allowance, phenomenal training and development opportunities, and much more.

So, what’s next

Are you already imagining yourself joining our team? Good, because we can’t wait to hear from you!

We look forward to receiving your application no later than midnight Wednesday 5th January

Competitive Salary & Benefits

Open Date: 08/12/2021

Close Date: 05/01/2022

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