Network Optimisation Lead – External Supply & Manufacturing - 12 month secondment/FTC

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

Network Optimisation Lead – External Supply & Manufacturing

Are you ready to make a positive impact and build a long-term career with global knowledge and opportunities? Embrace an exciting opportunity to be part of our fast-paced, growing environment where lifelong learning and setting your own direction and pace are encouraged.

At AstraZeneca, our Operations team has a big ambition: to deliver more medicines to patients, quicker and more affordably. We are driven by our commitment to deliver accelerated growth for AstraZeneca and to make people's lives better.

External Supply and Manufacturing (ESM) supports the Operations strategy by establishing and managing suppliers across the world that meet our global standards. Through external suppliers, the team manages approximately one third of AstraZeneca’s value of production. ESM plays a key role in ensuring the external supply chains are robust and deliver value to AstraZeneca through driving continuous improvement.

This is an exciting secondment opportunity as a Network Optimisation Lead partnerto work effectively across the ESM functional teams and cross-functionally with Global Supply Chain, Procurement & Finance functions to develop and oversee delivery of a programme of work to deliver optimisation across the external portfolio to meet service, productivity and cash landmark targets.

As a Supply Chain Subject Matter Expert, you will be responsible for providing leadership support to Supply Optimisation team and the External Operations teams across the tactical S&OP horizon, maintaining alignment between key internal partners and contributing to optimized outcomes.

What you'll do:

  • Govern and lead the delivery of a programme of key initiatives for a given technology area to drive ongoing optimisation of service, cost, cash and sustainability aligned to business objectives, collaborating closely with Global Supply Chain, ESM Strategy Leads, External Ops teams & Procurement

  • Support the External Operations Teams and Global Supply chain team in the resolution of complex multi brand trade offs at our CMOs within the Tactical horizon

  • Provide SME support and leadership for the resolution of complex imbalances in the Tactical horizon, working in partnership with Global Supply Chain & Strategy and Ops teams to deliver optimal outcomes. You’ll represent ESM in the new Supply Chain set up process.

  • Partner with GSC&S and Procurement to identify and deliver Inventory improvements in the external supply chain.

  • Ownership for specific initiatives on behalf of Supply Optimisation– e.g Capacity, Inventory, Capability, Sustainability

  • Drive portfolio assessment of Risk across a Tech area and agree target areas for mitigation/improvement

  • Provide Supply Chain expertise into contractual discussions for new products and contract renewals

  • Advise GSC&S on optimal external set up for new SCs or changes

Essential skills & experience:

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

  • Strong experience in Supply Chain Environment (Manufacturing, Planning) and Supply & Operations Planning process

  • Advanced Supply Chain (inventory, capacity and network) planning skills

  • Experience in collaboration with the key interfaces within the end to end supply chain, with manufacturing and between supply chain and commercial functions – experience working with third party suppliers.

  • Excellent communications and collaboration skills required to manage a multitude of customers and partners

  • Experience in managing and developing solutions for Supply Chain events.

  • Proficient in using key Lean Tools


  • APICS / CSCP or equivalent certification

  • Lean certification

  • Understanding of and contributing to an S&OP process.

  • Leadership experience

  • Operational Experience with ERP/APS systems

  • Capacity management & modelling

  • Understanding of supply chain planning parameters, master data and master data integrity & quality.

This position is being offered on a 12-month secondment or Fixed Term Contract basis.

At AstraZeneca, we work together across global boundaries to make an impact and find answers to challenges. We do this with the upmost integrity even in the most difficult situations because we are committed to doing the right thing.

Are you already imagining yourself joining our team? Good, because we can’t wait to hear from you!

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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