External Supply Coordinator (12 month secondment or 18-month fixed term contract) – Global Operations

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

External Supply Coordinator (ESC)

This role can be based in either Macclesfield, UK or Södertäl (Gärtuna), Sweden or Wilmington (US)

Join our dynamic External Supply and Manufacturing (ESM) team as an External Supply Coordinator (ESC). ESM supports the Operations strategy by establishing and managing suppliers across the world that meet our global standards.

As an ESC, you will have the operational responsibility for supply from one or more suppliers and the associated customers. You will be comfortable working in a global, high-paced environment, with strong focus on cross-functional collaboration.

The key to success is communication and to build, maintain and develop customer relations. ESM offers professional development and the chance to work with other outstanding supply chain specialists.


  • As an ESC, you will operationally coordinate supply of products, in alignment with our customer’s demand and agreed stock levels, following the process for the agreed supply method.

  • You will process customer orders, raising purchase orders to suppliers in line with contractual requirements and receipting stock on delivery from suppliers. You will act as the primary point of contact with suppliers/customers regarding demand, supplier’s ability to meet demand and day-to-day delivery plan.

  • You will be responsible for accurately measuring and reporting key performance indicators.

  • You will also lead and participate in Practical Problem Solving and Continuous Improvements teams.

Essential Skills/Experience:

  • High school degree required and previous experience in supply chain environment (Manufacturing, Planning)

  • Excellent communication and team working skills

  • Fluent in spoken and written English

  • Globally and culturally aware

  • Comfortable in defining new processes and seeking to continuously improve existing processes

  • Able to rapidly adapt to a constantly changing environment.

Desirable Skills/Experience:

  • Degree or equivalent in Business, Logistics, Sciences or Engineering with a minimum of 2 years’ experience in supply chain environment (Manufacturing, Planning or Logistics)

  • Experience in participating in the Sales And Operational Planning process

  • Commercial experience is a plus

  • SAP ERP (MRP) knowledge

  • Other language skills are desired but not essential.

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.

Why AstraZeneca:

At AstraZeneca, we are united by a common purpose: to push the boundaries of science to deliver life-changing medicines. Every single day we make a difference by delivering potentially life-changing medicines to millions of people globally and by leading breakthrough science that promises to transform the treatment of disease. Our purpose is ambitious and so is our approach.

Becoming a more agile and creative company means building a dynamic, inspiring culture where we celebrate diverse, bold thinking and act with a sense of urgency. We are curious, creative, and open to new ideas and ways of working.

Are you ready to bring new ideas and fresh thinking to the table? Brilliant, we have a seat available, and we hope it’s yours!

We welcome your application, no later than 07/02/2024.

Competitive salary & benefits package.

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.

AstraZeneca requires all US employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 but will consider requests for reasonable accommodations as required by applicable law.

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