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Senior Director and NC Site Head, Inhalation Product Development, Durham, NC - Operations

Местоположение Дарем, Северная Каролина, США Идентификатор вакансии R-103306 Дата публикации 03/19/2021

Do you have leadership experience and passionate about inspiring, motivating, and supporting organizations within a company that follows the science and turns ideas into life-changing medicines? If so, then the Sr Director/Site Head, Inhalation Product Development in Durham, NC might be the position for you!

Be part of leading our Development function at an exciting time of growth and evolution. We pioneer new approaches and processes across our sites, empowering our teams to foster a Lean mindset and sustainable practices. Every change we make is to deliver better outcomes for our patients.

We are inspiring and credible leaders, ensuring everyone on our site has a platform and opportunity to speak up and share their ideas.

AstraZeneca Durham has expanded and strengthened its respiratory products portfolio, delivering approvals and launches for multiple global inhalation products, with a robust pipeline in development.  Our mission, through dedication to creating a culture of inclusion and teamwork,  is to develop innovative therapeutics for respiratory diseases and conditions including asthma and COPD. This site is responsible for the product, device, process, and analytical development of new inhalation products in the AZ portfolio. The site also manufactures and packages clinical supplies to meet clinical trial demands. Join us in Durham, NC, which is situated in Research Triangle Park; the leading center of innovation in the Southeast!

Under the direction of the VP, IPD, the Senior Director will oversee the staff, procedures, and ways of working, and continuous improvement of operations and productivity. The individual in this role will enable the realization of the company’s development and operations strategy in conjunction with global IPD initiatives, with a company-wide impact on a 5-year horizon.

What you will do:

  • Inspire, motivate and support multi-discipline and multi-functional organization of >120 people and direct line manager for Product development, manufacturing, analytical, project delivery, and site operations functions (~90 people).

  • Deliver industry-leading inhalation product programs that serve our patients through a balance of usability, feature set, high quality, cost, and time to market.

  • Support inhalation combination products through development, registration, tech transfer, process validation, and launch.

  • Oversee site facilities and operations teams with accountability to ensure a safe environment, suitable for functional activities, and deliver on-site financial and resource targets.

  • The incumbent will lead Lean initiatives, reflecting core operating principles and behaviors ensuring implementation success.

  • Leader of the site-level leadership team, a core member of the IPD Global Leadership Team, and the PT&D Extended/Senior Leadership Team.



  • BS, MS, or Ph.D. in pharmaceutics, chemistry, mechanical, biomedical engineering, or related field.


  • Minimum of fifteen years of leadership experience in the development of pharmaceutical combination products

  • Consistent record of setting priorities and completing projects on time and within budget, networking and stakeholder influencing, creating, and leading high-performance pharmaceutical product development teams.

  • Strong communicator with talent development and advocacy


  • Significant experience in inhalation product development

  • Proven record of driving value creation through innovation and organizational improvement

  • Proven track record of managing an effective team understands the importance of building strong engagement with employee populations.

Why AstraZeneca?

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, and always committed to lifelong learning, growth, and development. We’re on an exciting journey to pioneer the future of healthcare.

The challenge to stay ahead in rapidly changing markets is what keeps us driving forward, as we continuously seek new and better ways to deliver medicines all the way to our patients. Our resilience helps us to thrive as we innovate and evolve.

So, what's next?

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

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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.

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