M&A IT Business Relationship Manager

Astrazeneca Gaithersburg , MD 20877

Posted 2 weeks ago

Our Science and Enabling Units IT vision is to deliver the best science IT capabilities in pharma, which we define as agile, responsive and fit-for-future. Our goal is to engage with our stakeholders as strategic partners in delivering life-changing medicines to our patients. This role will be part of a team delivering a 'Best in Class' IT experience for Business Development Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) activities at AZ with a strong IT focus on Research & Development (R&D), and Scientific activities.

The M&A IT Business Relationship Manager will develop key relationships with Business Development and M&A deal delivery functional teams to build an in-depth understanding of priorities, gaining early insight into changing needs to ensure customers gain appropriate value from IT services, capabilities and innovations. You will drive the delivery of innovative business solutions to build maximum competitive advantage and exceed business objectives with M&A deals (Acquisitions, Divestments, and Collaborations). The role combines in-depth knowledge of the AstraZeneca business area strategy and domain and of our end to end value chain from R&D through to Commercialization along with deep relevant technical expertise to drive 'Best in Class' IT M&A, and Alliance activity.

This role requires a hybrid set of technical, business domain, and project management skills. You will perform as a leader-doer within a specific deal delivery domain (such as Regulatory, Safety, Clinical etc.) and on occasion lead a cross functional project team (s). This role is a mix of building 'Best in Class' IT and establishing a relationship of trust with our partners, anchored by strong technical and domain expertise and continuous learning and development.

You will work with business units in Business Development, Alliance & Integration and Deal Delivery Teams and focus on domain specific activities across a range of deals/projects. You will partner with other IT functions such as Infrastructure, Commercial and Operations IT where required. The role will leverage relationships with external partners and a global IT matrix of people across the US, UK, Sweden, Poland, Guadalajara and India. All team members are expected to develop domain and technical expertise.

The core accountabilities of the role include:

  • Building positive relationships and developing an understanding of the short-term and long-term M&A business direction and requirements within a specific M&A related business domain.

  • Maintain relationships with key business stakeholders to ensure the effective capturing of business requirements and commitment to project/program objectives.

  • Assess and prioritise requirements in line with IT strategy.

  • Develop the customer account plan, including accurate customer forecasting, demand planning and effective delivery of the plan.

  • Develop business impact assessment, identifying risks and issues that may affect current and future business units and roles, and create business readiness plan in a specific deal delivery domain.

  • Maintain performance metrics and identify areas for improvement

  • Present and gain commitment to IT initiatives, using specialist knowledge to gain commitment to established or new IT services.

  • Lead a project with potential to lead cross-functional IT teams. Agree and deliver plans for projects (or contribution in part to a larger project), including activities, resources, costs, roles, responsibilities and quality as defined in the IT Project Management Methodology (ADF).

  • Ensure effective risks & issues management processes are in place and effectively used. Resolve problems and escalate as appropriate.

  • Build a cohesive project team and provide the leadership necessary to maximize the team's success. Provide mentoring and development of team members as needed.

Education, Qualifications and ExperienceEssential:

  • Experience in, and knowledge of pharma industry.

  • Ability to deliver strong results, and implementation track record in R&D

  • Degree or relevant business qualification Technical, Science or Business degree; Master's degree preferred.

  • Deep knowledge and understanding of the Scientific domain in Pharma, with knowledge of scientific and/or clinical pharma processes.

  • Experience interpreting and communicating technical and scientific information.

  • Experience in leading and delivering business change through IT projects and delivering results.

  • Project Management experience, ideally in a Pharma IT environment.

  • Comfortable working across domains and with ambiguity, has good judgement and can "get stuff done" without an overreliance on process.

  • Identification and implementation of innovative technology solutions.

  • Experience of contributing to high value business cases & mobilising high value investments.

  • Experience of with third party suppliers and have strong network and consulting skills.


  • Knowledge of bio-pharma industry.

  • Ability to work well in and across diverse global teams.

  • Involvement in pharma IT and/or R&D networks and organisations.

  • Agile development methodologies.

Skills and Capabilities:

  • Proven experience in Divestment, Alliance & Integration projects.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.

  • Good influencing, networking and team working skills.

  • Strong Scientific background.

  • Proficiency in planning, change management and problem solving and able to resolve issues of a highly complex and strategic nature.

  • High level awareness of developments in the Information Technology marketplace.

  • Skills in planning, change management and problem solving.

  • Ability to negotiation expectations with complex groups.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and passion for customers.

  • Ability to interpret and communicate technical information into business language and vice versa.

  • Ability to articulate the benefits of innovative solutions aligned to the business area and organisation.

AstraZeneca is an equal opportunity employer. AstraZeneca will consider all qualified applicants for employment without discrimination on grounds of disability, gender or gender orientation, pregnancy or maternity leave status, race or national or ethnic origin, age, religion or belief, gender identity or re-assignment, marital or civil partnership status, protected veteran status (if applicable) or any other characteristic protected by law.

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