Quality Supplier Manager

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

Role Name: Quality Supplier Manager

Location: Macclesfield – UK; Gothenburg – Sweden;

Closing date: 12th Feb 2024

Join us in Development Quality in our Quality Supplier Management team. We provide GMP Quality oversight globally for suppliers used in the development and clinical phase supporting the supply of investigational products to clinical trials. With a portfolio encompassing both small and large molecules, combination products and ground-breaking technologies you will be a part of providing novel life-changing medicines to our patients around the globe.

At AstraZeneca, we put patients first and strive to meet their unmet needs worldwide. Working here means being ambitious, thinking big and working 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.

In an environment where the internal assets and capabilities must be complemented with services supplied from external vendors for portfolio delivery, AstraZeneca needs to ensure the dedication and the high standards applied internally are maintained when collaborating with external suppliers.

We have a phenomenal opportunity for you to join our Quality Supplier Management team as a Quality Supplier manager, UK (Macclesfield) located in SE (Gothenburg)

Main Duties and Responsibilities

As a Lead Quality Supplier Manager (QSM) you will provide Quality Leadership and be responsible for the quality oversight of external suppliers having an impact on AZ development projects and therefore AZ’s business and external reputation. You will use science based risk management to evaluate quality issues and to develop solutions. The quality decisions you shall be making are set against a background of regulations that vary depending on the stage of development and against a set of standards that require interpretation. When working with project/supply chain teams, you will be responsible for the Quality Supplier Management of the outsourced activities relating to the development, manufacture, test, release and distribution of Drug Substance, Drug Product and Investigational Medicinal Product for clinical trials. This includes monitoring and improving supplier performance through application of the Quality Supplier Management Lifecycle.

The role requires strong networking skills and a desire to have a scientific understanding of the products you will be supporting. You will build and maintain strong customer relationships both with external suppliers and internal functions whose activities overlap, influence or affect compliance in regards to external supplies.

You will have the opportunity to work with suppliers and interact closely with the associated development organisations-You will operate as part of a global organisation with a coordinated approach to build an organisation with common processes and ways of working.

We are looking for a hardworking, self-leading, delivery focused person who enjoys working collaborative, understands the customer’s needs, has high quality standards, accept variety, and has a solution orientated approach.

Crucial Requirements

  • Appropriate scientific degree (Pharmacy, Biology, Chemistry or Engineering) with significant experience of working within a pharmaceutical GMP environment, preferably some within a pharmaceutical development organisation

  • A broad and comprehensive understanding of Quality Systems and GMP is essential and experience of the management of suppliers and supply chains preferable

  • Understanding of the pharmaceutical/drug development process and supply chain process are preferable.

  • Good understanding of Project Management processes

  • Proficient in English in both written and speech

Desirable Requirements

  • Strong team and networking skills and encourages team efficiency

  • Demonstrates independent judgement and uses risk management

  • Capable of making decisions using science and risk management, acting courageously and communicating with conviction and inspiration

  • A good communicator with experience of interacting effectively across interfaces collaborating externally

  • Builds good relationships both internally and with external suppliers or service providers

  • Demonstrate drive and energy in the role to make a difference.

  • Demonstrates a high degree of personal credibility

  • Strong problem-solving skills

  • Ability to manage a portfolio of projects

So, what’s next?

  • Are you already envisioning yourself joining our team? Good, because we can’t wait to hear from you.

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

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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