Director of Quality

AstraZeneca operates in over 100 countries and its innovative medicines are used by millions of patients worldwide.

Be part of leading our Operations function at an exciting time of growth and evolution.

We pioneer new approaches and processes across our sites, empowering our teams to foster a Lean mindset and sustainable practices. Every change we make is to deliver better outcomes for our patients. A place where there's a new challenge everyday, we lead from the front to ensure everyone's voice is heard on site, building trust and respect with our teams. Adaptable and agile, we are open to others' views and draw on the diverse expertise of our teams. With cross-functional working practices, we have the guidance we need to flex and evolve to better overcome any obstacles.

Introduction to role:

Development Quality is the unit in Astrazeneca responsible for assuring the quality of the investigational medicinal product used in clinical trials, and the development processes supporting our growing pipeline of new medicines.

As a Director in Development Quality you will play a key role in ensuring that License to Operate is maintained in the Development functions and that GMP standards ensure patient safety throughout the progression of the AZ project portfolio.

The Director is a Quality Leader with expert subject knowledge. You'll hold responsibility for leading a Quality Assurance group. With extensive experience across a range of business areas, you'll handle significant local cross-functional and global compliance projects.

We'll require you to influence the Quality Assurance and line functions to drive quality improvements. As a part of the Development Quality Leadership team, you will add to the development and delivery of the Quality Strategy supporting the Development functions and wider Operations function.


  • Accountable for ensuring that the site maintains the appropriate authorisations to carry out the GMP activities required by the business, and for assuring that the site meets the requirements defined in that authorisation.

  • Line management of the local Quality team, driving individual and team performance.

  • Owner of selected business processes, leading continual improvement of these processes ensuring effectiveness, compliance with relevant GMP regulations, and business efficiency.

  • Working closely with other business functions and leadership to set strategic direction for quality within that area. To include maintaining quality oversight and assurance of appropriate standards, and driving continuous improvement.

  • Working collaboratively with other Quality Leaders to drive harmonisation and standardisation of processes across the network of sites. Driving a strong lean culture that promotes standardisation, simplification, and continuous improvement, removing barriers to work moving seamlessly between sites

  • Ensure appropriate Quality input to major Site Quality business improvement projects and may lead projects across the Development functions.

  • Accountable for the ongoing Quality operational oversight of internal manufacturing at the site, assuring the quality of supplies and performance and responsible for product & material release decisions.

Essential Skills/Experience:

  • Degree qualified or equivalent experience in a science/technical field such as Pharmacy, Biology, Chemistry

  • Experience in supervisory/managerial roles within Quality Assurance in the Pharmaceutical Industry with proven experience of people development

  • Understanding of current Good Manufacturing Practice regulations of major regulatory authorities

  • An in depth understanding of Quality Systems

Desirable Skills/Experience:

  • Multiple site or function experience with experience of working across different cultures

  • A comprehensive understanding of the pharmaceutical/drug development process

  • Eligible Qualified Person

When we put unexpected teams in the same room, we unleash bold thinking with the power to inspire life-changing medicines. In-person working gives us the platform we need to connect, work at pace and challenge perceptions. That’s why we work, on average, a minimum of three days per week from the office. But that doesn't mean we’re not flexible. We balance the expectation of being in the office while respecting individual flexibility. Join us in our unique and ambitious world.

Ready to make a difference? Apply today!

AstraZeneca embraces diversity and equality of opportunity. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team representing all backgrounds, with as wide a range of perspectives as possible, and harnessing industry-leading skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We welcome and consider applications to join our team from all qualified candidates, regardless of their characteristics. We comply with all applicable laws and regulations on non-discrimination in employment (and recruitment), as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements.

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