Shift Supervisor - SPP5 and SPP6 FTC/Secondment

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

Shift Supervisor

Secondment or Fixed term contract.

Location: Macclesfield, UK

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!

Macclesfield is one of over 400 sites here at AstraZeneca, providing an excellent environment where everyone feels comfortable and able to be themselves is at the core of AstraZeneca’s priorities, it’s meaningful to us that you bring your full self to work every day.

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.

As a Shift Supervisor you will be required to lead a Processing Team responsible for the manufacture of a cancer drug, in a highly regulated sterile manufacturing environment. You will ensure that you are driving short term production execution to meet customer demand whilst ensuring the relevant compliance requirements are met.

Actions/improvements will be carried out to drive the production execution and, along with ‘on the job’ supervision of the operating teams, the role will support the longer term improvement strategies of the business area. The role also encompasses certain aspects of asset care and maintenance.


You will manage the short term planning for your area which will include resource planning and working collaboratively with other operating teams and business areas.

You will be responsible for the production schedule execution whilst maintaining and enforcing the relevant SHE and GMP standards. This will also include responsibility for the key GMP documentation to support batch release and GMP compliance.

As a Shift Supervisor you will monitor performance and drive change to meet improvement targets using Lean Manufacturing ways of working, as appropriate. You will also be responsible for coaching and supporting the operating teams, working collaboratively with Process Leaders to provide open communication channels.

You will hold responsibility for managing flexible working across your operating area, including within your own supervision team.

In addition, you will be accountable for aspects of asset care and maintenance for example Safe Systems of Work procedure responsibilities, auditing and clean down planning.

Essential Requirements:

  • 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

  • Experience of working in a highly regulated Pharmaceutical environment

  • Ability to multi task and work under pressure

Desirable Requirements:

  • 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

Please note:

This role requires that you will be sterile gowned for up to 50% of the shift.

The role is currently on a 7 day 3 shift pattern consisting of AM, PM and Day shifts (AM only at the weekends). More details of this pattern is available upon request.

This role is offered externally as a permanent opportunity.

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.

So, what’s next…

Are you already envisioning yourself in this role? Good, because we can’t wait to hear from you!

We look forward to receiving your application no later than midnight on Wednesday 23rd August 2023

Opening date: 24/11/2023

Closing date : 08/12/2023




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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