Principal Scientist - Sustainability

Cheshire, England, Macclesfield
Competitive Salary & Benefits
28 May 2021
11 Jun 2021
R & D , Scientific
Full Time
Contract Type
Experience Level
Senior Management

Principal Scientist - SustainabilityMacclesfield

Competitive Salary & Benefits

Post Date: 28.05.21

Make a more meaningful impact to patients' lives around the globe

Here you'll have the opportunity to make a meaningful difference to patients' lives. With science at its heart, this is the place where breakthroughs born in the lab become transformative medicines - for the world's most complex diseases. Answer unmet medical needs by pioneering the next wave of science, focusing on outcomes and shaping the patient ecosystem.

Pioneer a new future to meet global healthcare challenges

We are committed to leading in sustainability. Backed by a belief in the connection between the health of our business, people and the planet. Be part of shaping a better future for all, supporting healthy communities by addressing the global societal and economic burden of disease. Help to limit our environmental impact by supporting our ambitious sustainability goals. From reducing our operational carbon footprint and waste generation, to driving efficient energy and water usage. And we do it all with ethics and transparency - doing the right thing in all our operations and interactions.

We have an exciting new opportunity for a Principal Scientist - Sustainability, to join our Chemical Development Team.

In Chemical Development we are determined to push the boundaries of science to deliver medicines to our patients. We combine people's technical knowledge and understanding with their talent and drive to design, develop and optimise synthetic routes and processes that deliver the active pharmaceutical ingredients of our medicines in a sustainable, commercially viable way. We believe in innovation and continuous improvement, working closely with colleagues in academia and across industry, to ensure that we apply the newest technologies and principles in the processes we develop.

What you'll do

As the Principal Scientist for Sustainability, you will be a role model for scientific leadership across Chemical Development, and the wider organisation, and will have an external reputation of impact. In this role you will drive continuous improvement across drug substance value streams and within your own area of responsibility, as well as sponsoring and leading activities within the department.

You will have a direct impact on the development strategy across drug project portfolio and will input into Intellectual Property strategy for projects. The Principal Scientist will coach and lead Chemical Development scientific staff and will have an awareness of the status of key technical challenges and opportunities across the entire drug project portfolio. Using insight you will influence departmental strategy, including direct involvement in long term programmes. You will be proactive in linking scientists together, promoting collaboration and building technical communities across disciplines by understanding the industry and AZ business context and drive S&T and drug project strategy to add value.

In addition you will;

  • Develop holistic sustainability strategy and ensure delivery of plans & commitments through others to ensure Chemical Development contributions are Industry leading

  • Influence the development of the wider business 'Ambition Zero carbon' strategy and transform drug substance development and manufacturing approaches to achieve this.

  • Influence the definition of sustainability strategy for other research groups external to Chemical Development

  • Ensure sustainability is incorporated into the Chemical Development business process for all projects.

  • Identify investment needs and create capital and revenue business cases to deliver both Chemical Development and wider AZ sustainability vision

  • Identify external partners/academic collaborators and define funding opportunities to deliver innovation and improvement activities

  • Champion sustainability activities to all audiences internally and externally, creating a 'Best in Industry' reputation

  • Ensure effective sustainability governance, knowledge management and appropriate metrics exists for all projects to drive improvements

  • Seek and obtain membership and leadership of external sustainability fora (eg. ACS GCIPR).

  • Enhance external profile and reputation of AZ relating to sustainability, including collaboration with academic and other industry groups

  • Advocate with external agencies and bodies on critical sustainability targets and topics

Essential Criteria:

  • BSc/PhD level education in a relevant discipline

  • Significant experience working within a Research & Development and Manufacturing environment, within the pharmaceutical industry

  • Possess a detailed understanding of drug development and how Chemical Development contributes to this

  • Extensive experience of the disciplines within Chemical Development and how they combine to deliver commercial manufacturing processes and control strategies

  • Thorough understanding of the principles and management of SHE and cGMP

  • Strong external profile demonstrating scientific leadership

  • Demonstration of collaborative and multi-disciplinary team working to deliver a range of science and technology and drug project objectives

  • Proven experience in developing the capability of individuals and teams of scientists and in supporting project teams through effective coaching and technical mentoring

  • Skilled in effective communication across a range of skills and experience levels

Desirable Requirements:

  • Experience in developing a Sustainability strategy and to achieve targets for drug substance development and manufacture

  • Working knowledge of other departments who contribute to the drug development process

Pioneer a new future to meet global healthcare challenges

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.

So, what's next?

Please complete your application by 13th June 2021.

Close Date: 13.06.21

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