R&D Clinical Trials Project Manager – 12 Month FTC/Secondment

Finance at AstraZeneca has a clear vision to become trusted partners, creating value and leading change. As such, Finance has a pivotal role to play in shaping our long-term financial health, partnering to deliver great results through insight, delivering excellence in financial operations and safeguarding AstraZeneca’s assets and reputation.

In Finance Architecture Change & Transformation (“FACT”), we support this ambition by being trusted partners for change excellence and building long-term capabilities to make us future-fit. This is where you could come in. Working in FACT is fast-paced, dynamic and challenging. We are looking for people who want to seize the opportunity to take an exciting step in their personal development journey and play a fundamental part of delivering a world-class finance organisation.

R&D Clinical Trials Cost Management Project presents an exciting opportunity for you to directly contribute to a key strategic objective in our Finance Roadmap to further our standardisation and simplification – the project will transform the end to end cost management and processes at the very heart of what we do as a Pharmaceutical Company. Truly transformational as a project, we will deliver an end to end automated cost view of our Clinical Trials across all process areas and functions, enabling us to deliver the granular level reporting our growth trajectory and requirement for speed of decision making demands.

To enable us to deliver this we have a need for a strong experienced Project Manager – you will utilise your knowledge in Clinical Trials and the general R&D lifecycle, preferably having previous experience of working with studies managed by Local/Global Teams, to ensure our project lands on time, on-budget and in adherence with quality and compliance standards. You will hold the workstreams together and act as a liaison between the project and the business stakeholders to ensure that business requirements are effectively translated into solutions and benefits. You will support the development and management of supplier contracts and work closely with Deployment and Change Management to ensure the business accepts and adopts the solution.

Typical Accountabilities:

  • Status report on behalf of the project at all levels required

  • Set, create and drive project governance; ensuring clear agendas and objectives are set and clear actions and decisions taken and tracked to timely completion

  • Manage project benefits, budget and actual spend; escalating changes and risks/issues

  • Create and execute project plans and dependencies; revising as appropriate to meet changing needs and requirements to ensure deliverables are met effectively and efficiently

  • Manage the discussions, decisions, onboarding and maintenance of people and supplier contracts

  • Identify and assign roles and responsibilities to deliver the agreed plan

  • Manage relationships with key business stakeholders and ensure that business requirements are effectively captured and work with change management to ensure the impact of the project is understood by the business

  • Apply highly developed specialist knowledge and skills in project management, project planning, budgets and methodologies

  • Review and agree deliverables prepared by the workstreams and ensure sign-off in a timely manner

  • Understand the importance of complying to SOx, quality and compliance principles – manage risks and issues and ensure the end solution adheres to the required level of compliance

  • Identify and drive resolution of risks and issues; chasing compliance within the project where needed

  • Manage action logs, risks and issues – ensuring data is ready for reporting in real time

  • Work with Change Management and Deployment to develop detailed change, cutover and deployment plans and ensure controlled hand-overs to users and business as usual processes

Education, Qualifications, Skills and Experience


  • Degree in Accounting/Finance

  • 10+ years experience in programme/project management within Finance/Finance Transformation Functions, with a proven track record

  • Ability to interpret and communicate project information into shared language and in alignment with AZ business

  • Proven track record in delivering high risk programme/projects and decision making

  • Experience of managing and controlling a budget

  • Experience of working within a quality and compliance environment and application of policies, procedures and guidelines


  • Project Management qualification

  • Accounting qualifications

  • 3+ years experience in clinical trials space, along with general R&D lifecycle experience working with studies managed by Local/Global Teams

  • R&D Cost Trial Management Systems experience

Opening date – 13/12/2021

Closing date – 27/12/2021

Competitive salary and benefits apply

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