Process Facilitator (First Line Managers)

Process Facilitator


At AstraZeneca, we’re not afraid to do things differently. We’re building a new kind of organisation to reset expectations of what a bio-pharmaceutical company can be. This means we’re opening new ways to work, pioneering cutting edge methods and bringing unexpected teams together.

We need great people who share our passion for science and have the drive and determination to meet the needs of patients around the world. If you’re swift to action, confident to lead, willing to collaborate, and curious about what science can do, then you’re our kind of person.

Are you looking for your next leadership challenge within a fast paced and exciting Manufacturing environment? If so, this may be the opportunity you are looking for!

We are now looking for a Process Facilitator to work within the Packing Department at our Macclesfield campus; an essential part of AstraZeneca’s UK Operation and the 2nd largest operational site within the company’s global network.

Our Macclesfield campus is additionally a key site for launching new products and the positions we are recruiting for will enable you to interface across departments to support and lead improvement projects to deliver more drugs, to more patients, more quickly and more efficiently.

The Packing environment is fast moving and dynamic. The challenge of fulfilling global demands whilst driving continuous improvement makes it an exciting place to work. The exciting work environment combined with our brand-new Global Packing centre have created this fantastic leadership opportunity within an established company.

Ongoing change management to fulfil regulatory requirements and new product commitments make this role a great opportunity with exciting opportunities and variety for you as a potential leader within Packing.


As a Process Facilitator you will be responsible for the management, provision and improvement of your production areas, people and processes. This involves owning and supporting in all aspects of SHE (safety, health and environment), Quality/GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice), LEAN standards and team development.

The direct team consists of up to 12 operating technicians across up to 2 lines, the indirect team of up to 20 operating technicians depending on shift pattern. The operating teams work a 2 shift or a 3 shift rotational pattern and as a Manager you will be expected to follow the operating shift pattern.

You will carry responsibility for the day-to-day performance of in terms of adherence to plan, operational standards, cost, asset, cGMP and safety.

They will deliver this effectively and efficiently in a highly regulated environment and to defined standards.

You will provide clear leadership, direction and development and will be an inspiring leader who will coach continuous improvement and development so that individuals and the team achieve their potential.

Working within a performance driven environment, you will be required to effectively prioritise across diverse and contending customer needs to maintain team motivation and output whilst maintaining clear customer focus.

The working environment is highly regulated with compliance and a right first-time attitude underpinning requirements needed to deliver high performance.

At AstraZeneca, we are committed to improving performance through deployment of lean manufacturing and greater use of digitalisation; the successful candidate will have experience in both these fields and be able to coach and support their team to embed these ways of working.

Essential Skills:

  • Qualification in a Science or Business discipline or equivalent

  • Previous line management experience within manufacturing or support

  • Ability to coach and embed Lean Manufacturing Principles

  • Knowledge and application of SHE principles

  • Agile with effective analytical skills

Desirable Skills:

  • Experience of FDA/cGMP or other regulated quality system

  • Experienced within a unionised environment

  • Experience in either formulation, filling, packaging, validation, technology transfer or change control

  • Experience of pharmaceutical operations

  • Experience in the implementation of digital processes

  • Basic project management experience

The 2 shift rotational pattern consists of a week of a morning shift and a week of an afternoon shift. In the case of a 3 shift rotation this includes a week of a night shift (4 nights Monday to Thursday).

In return, you will receive a competitive salary, a generous benefits package, excellent training and development, as well as an exciting career within a fast paced and dynamic business.

Please note, further information on shift patterns will be discussed at interviews.

We welcome your application no later than midnight Monday 26th July

Global Operations is fundamental to our purpose of delivering life-changing medicines to patients, touching every aspect of our business and providing a platform for everything that we do.

Come and thrive in our vibrant, energizing, connected and supportive culture and make a real difference to patients. Hear from our Senior Leaders about why they know AstraZeneca is a great place to work.

Competitive Salary & Benefits Package

Open Date: 12/07/2021

Close Date: 26/07/2021

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