Supply Chain Lead 12 month FTC/ Secondment

Location: UK (Macclesfield), Sweden (Södertälje)

Bring people on a journey to drive positive change and action

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.

With constant new products and launches, there’s never been a better time to join Supply Chain and shape our future with a big contribution to life-changing medicines.

The challenge to stay ahead in rapidly changing markets is what keeps us driving forward, as we continuously seek new and better ways to deliver medicines all the way to our patients. Our resilience helps us to thrive as we innovate and evolve.

If you are driven, take smart risks and are able to act quickly, then this is the place for you.

Business area

Global External Sourcing (GES) supports the Operations strategy by establishing and working with suppliers across the world that meet our global standards. Through external suppliers, the team handles approximately one third of AstraZeneca’s value of production.

We play a key role in ensuring the external supply chains are robust and deliver value to AstraZeneca through driving continuous improvement. We also deliver new product introduction through external supply, play a pivotal role in integrating companies and products that AstraZeneca acquires and bringing innovation through supply chain.

The post holder will be accountable for the E2E external supply chain of a global product portfolio and have specific responsibility for the long term strategy of your supply chain. You will lead a matrix multi-functional team to drive this strategy and to lead supply chain performance.

Key accountabilities:

You will be responsible for the integration and development of supply chains to support the E2E supply of product from external suppliers. Take ownership for introducing innovation into the Supply chains and ensuring a culture of continuous improvement is encouraged and managed. Leading multi-functional product teams for supply to ensure there are long term strategies in place to lead and develop the supply chain.

As an active member of the GES Supply and Planning Leadership team, you will take the lead in inspiring others within the function and presenting the Supply Chain strategies.

You will manage issues and make complex trade-offs with both internal and external partners. This will require well developed conceptual and analytical thinking to make complex judgements and deliver innovative solutions.

You will act as a sponsor to support and lead the implementation of supply chain change, including market launches. You will be the 1st point of contact for Senior Stakeholders within the organisation.

Taking the lead for portfolio planning resources, ensuring operational and tactical activities are aligned and supported. You will also have full visibility and ownership of Life Cycle Management activities, Range Management and Product Launches for your portfolio of Supply Chains.

Essential Skills:

  • A degree or equivalent in Business, Logistics, Sciences or Engineering is preferred, equivalent experience will be taken into account

  • Substantial Supply Chain and General Operations experience (Manufacturing, Procurement, QA, Planning experiences key)

  • Experience in managing and developing solutions for supply chain events

  • Experience in collaboration with the key interfaces within the end to end supply chain, with manufacturing and between supply chain and commercial functions

  • Excellent communications, influencing and collaboration skills required to manage a multitude of internal and external customers and partners

Why AstraZeneca?

We are active players in growth and evolution. It’s a clear long-term strategy and we see the role we play. There’s a great opportunity to influence how we develop supply chains, promoting a Lean mindset and leading on sustainability.

So, what’s next?

Are you ready to bring new ideas and fresh thinking to the table? Excellent! We have one seat available and we hope it’s yours.

Applications are open from 11th to 25th May 2021

Competitive salary and benefits

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