Operations Coordinator – Syringe Fill & Assembly (SF&A)

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

Operations Coordinator – Syringe Fill & Assembly (SF&A)

Location: Macclesfield, UK

Competitive salary and benefits

Opening date: 05/02/2024

Closing date: 19/02/2024

Join us at AstraZeneca, where we prioritize patients and strive to meet their unmet needs worldwide. We are ambitious, think big, and work together to make the impossible a reality. If you are swift to action, confident to lead, willing to collaborate, and curious about what science can do, then you’re our kind of person! Our Macclesfield site is one of over 400 sites at AstraZeneca, providing an environment where everyone feels comfortable and able to be themselves. 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.

What you'll do:

As Operations Co-ordinator you will be based within a newly installed, highly automated department on existing growing and new manufacturing facilities. Your focus is upon SF&A activities; responsible for the direction of the teams; reporting to the Senior Process Leader - Operations. Involved in the co-ordination of people, processes and equipment within the manufacturing environment according to the production schedules as well as quality, volume, cost and waste reduction standards. You will maximise the output from the asset which complies fully with SHE, Quality and GMP to reach the bold ambition for the business area.

This position offers excellent challenges, and great rewards for the successful candidates who will gain training and experience in a fast paced, lean focused aseptic manufacture environment.


Drive the minute-by-minute lean performance across the line for shift team to maximise production outputs during the shift.

'On the job' direction of a shift team of SF&A operators and in the execution of specific stages/activities of the manufacturing process.

Hands-on support for the operational teams (eg. with electronic system).

Smooth operation and flow activities to achieve the target daily capacity.

Level the team workload across the stations, eliminate waste, responding and removing bottlenecks in a shift to meet daily plan (responsible for the organisation of staggered breaks/staggered starts, etc.).

Responsible for removing waste (Lean) by responding to signals and KPI's from digital tools like TrackSys, Smart-Factory Rx, etc, to optimise the flow of the asset.

Drive problem solving and Continuous Improvement: Level 0 facilitator to ensure the definition of any issue is clear and to ensure the appropriate support is engaged if escalation is required.

Focus on Changeover Reduction; Be a "PIT STOP" Leader ensuring effective preparation, communication, and execution of changeover procedures across all stations of the line.

Essential Skills/Experience:

  • Existing experience of working within an aseptic or clean area of production.
  • Basic Knowledge of GMP and SHE requirements
  • Experience of supervising/leading in a manufacturing environment
  • Strong IT/computer literacy with the ability to embrace new technology
  • Ability to multi task and work under pressure
  • Role model promoting a positive “can-do” attitude across the shift team

Desirable Skills/Experience:

  • Experience of working in a highly regulated Pharmaceutical environment
  • Knowledge in Syringe Filling & Assembly Processes
  • Validated in gowning
  • A-levels in a Science, Technology or Maths (or equivalent)
  • Knowledge of Safe Systems of Work
  • Experience in continuous improvement and Manufacturing Excellence
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Experience of electronic batch records

Role Parameters:

  • This role requires that you will be sterile gowned for up to 50% of the shift.
  • The role is currently on a 7 day, 2 shift pattern consisting of AM and PM shifts. More details of this pattern is available upon request.

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.

There are so fantastic employee benefits that AstraZeneca offer. AstraZeneca can offer you a competitive salary, private healthcare, a generous holiday allowance, phenomenal training and development opportunities, and much more.

At AstraZeneca we’re dedicated to being a Great Place to Work. Where you are empowered to push the boundaries of science and unleash your entrepreneurial spirit. There’s no better place to make a difference to medicine, patients and society. An inclusive culture that champions diversity and collaboration. Always committed to lifelong learning, growth and development.

Interested? Come and join our journey!

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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