QA Program Manager - Operations (Philadelphia, PA)
Do you have expertise in and passion for Quality Assurance? Would you like to apply your expertise to impact the Quality organization in a company that follows the science and turns ideas into life-changing medicines? Then AstraZeneca might be the one for you!
AstraZeneca is a global, science-led, patient-focused biopharmaceutical company that focuses on the discovery, development, and commercialization of prescription medicines for some of the world’s most serious diseases. But we’re more than one of the global leading pharmaceutical companies.
As the QA Program Manager, you will be a key member of the PA site Quality Leadership Team (QLT) and responsible for coordinating processes and resources to identify process improvements.
The Philadelphia, PA site manufactures a life-saving influenza vaccine. Our product is aseptically filled into sprayers for nasal administration. The site consists of two geographic locations - a facility at Red Lion Road in NE Philadelphia has about 140 full-time employees and the Bensalem storage and distribution facility has about 5 employees. The facilities are about 8 miles apart and both are situated close to I-95, the city of Philadelphia, and Philadelphia International Airport. Our product is sold in the US, UK, and other countries. Operations continue year-round, with the production season being in the summer (typically May – August).
Our site is highly collaborative where we show our Philly pride in all we do. We work closely together, always striving to be better every day. We have a network of employee teams who deliver many kinds of employee engagement activities, from our famous Wingbowl, to inclusion events, a site picnic, community outreach, health and wellness activities, and a green team.
Supports the development and deployment of the AZ Strategy and Scorecard objectives for the Quality organization. Helps establish departmental objectives ensuring alignment with Corporate/Site Goals, and departmental budget.
Leads all aspects of the project portfolio for the Quality organization, as well as act as project manager of key strategic projects/programs. Optimally track and reports project management information and resolve risks in project delivery.
Partners with internal stakeholders, such as the Project Management Office (PMO) and the Operational Excellence (OE) team, to drive continuous improvement and site objectives.
Develops existing tools and processes to identify areas of improvement and ensures business continuity of the function.
Collaborates with cross-functional teams to tackle complex problems within a variety of scenarios.
Coaches of staff in the practical application of lean and six sigma tools and techniques.
Coordinates resources to ensure the analysis of performance and quality critical metrics.
Improves business processes by applying the Business Process Management (BPM) framework to set priorities, balance resource workload, support/empower decision making, and build optimized process networks.
Becomes actively involved in daily operations when required to meet schedules or to resolve complex problems.
Utilizes Lean principles and approaches such as problem-solving, 5S, and visual management.
Develops and disseminates internal communications. Prepares documents and supports campaigns used in internal communications.
Employs expertise in internal communication to optimally disseminate strategies, policies, and other key information to appropriate functional areas.
Bachelor's degree in a science or engineering field.
Six Sigma Yellow Belt (or higher) with formal training
3-5 years or more work experience in a manufacturing environment demonstrating lean leadership
Working knowledge of the DMAIC process and Lean Tools such as SMED, Kaizen Blitz, 5S, etc.
Demonstrated experience in facilitating teams and groups in process improvements.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Experience in managing small projects/programs in a similar role
Well-developed organizational and interpersonal skills
Demonstrated ability to prioritize multiple projects
Six Sigma Green Belt (or higher) with formal training
Effective internal consulting skills with all levels of management.
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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 authorisation and employment eligibility verification requirements.