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Associate Director, Facilities and Operations Sustainability

Posted 16 May 2024
Work experience
0 to 7 years
Full-time / part-time
Job function
Degree level
Required language
English (Fluent)

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Macclesfield, Cheshire (UK)

Introduction to Role:

Join AstraZeneca's Macclesfield Facilities Management team in a pivotal role that is instrumental in achieving our Campus goals for site environmental efficiency, including scope 1, 2 and 3. This role is a part of UK Operations and is responsible for providing a safe, sustainable, and reliable work environment for all functions based in Macclesfield. The ideal candidate will have significant experience in setting the strategic direction for environmental efficiency across a wide variety of activities, leading and coaching others to deliver science-led projects, and a hands-on approach to project delivery.


  • Develop and implement a comprehensive science-led sustainability strategy to minimise environmental impacts in partnership with employees from across the Campus, and influencing the EMEA Region, and up to Global level.

  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to integrate environment efficiency into development, manufacturing, and supply chain.

  • Guide the implementation of sustainable packaging solutions, waste reduction programs, energy and water efficiency measures driven by sound data gathering (metering, etc.).

  • Coordinate with internal stakeholders to manage key performance indicators (KPIs) and track progress towards sustainability goals.

  • Taking a leading role in developing NRF business cases, and coordinating from Global to Local, throughout project lifecycles, reporting cashflow and benefits realised.

  • Raise capabilities and competency across the Campus to deepen individual environmental ownership and accountability, making environment efficiency part of Business as usual.

  • Engage externally to bring best practice technology for solutions within the organisation.

  • Report and communicate progress to Campus, Regional and Global Leadership.

  • Ensure that sustainability improvements are reaching their maximum impact through regular on-site presence and process confirmation.

  • Direct new initiatives and improvement programmes aimed at ensuring AstraZeneca sustainability goals are met.

  • Lead, define, and gain approval of business needs and the translation of these needs into specific resource requirements for individual projects / programmes.

Essential Skills/Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in science, engineering, or a related field or equivalent experience

  • Significant experience in sustainability or in roles such as production / operations, research, and development (R&D), facilities, quality, or similar fields within the pharmaceutical or healthcare sector

  • Track record of successfully developing and implementing strategies and initiatives

  • Excellent project management skills, including prioritization, timeline management, and budget adherence

  • Strong understanding of environmental regulations and emerging sustainability trends in the pharmaceutical sector

  • Proficient in analysing complex data sets related to sustainability performance forecasting

  • Proven communicator who works effectively across the organization and externally to achieve outcomes. Forward-thinking mindset, passion, and learning acumen to adapt to evolving sustainability challenges and opportunities

  • Proven leadership experience in a matrix environment, both within organisation and with external stakeholders

  • Comfortable with managing risk and ambiguous situations

Desirable Skills/Experience:

  • Familiarity with circular economy principles and strategies for promoting resource efficiency and waste reduction and applying science-based sustainable principles to new environments.

  • Knowledge of sustainable supply chain management, including responsible sourcing and supplier engagement.

  • Understanding of environmental justice and social equity issues, integrating them into sustainability practices.

  • Experience in quantifying and reporting greenhouse gas emissions and developing strategies for environment efficiency.

  • Familiarity with sustainability frameworks and initiatives, such as: ISO 14001, and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

  • Master's degree

At AstraZeneca, 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 lead from the front to ensure everyone's voice is heard on site, building trust and respect with our teams. We are open to others' views and draw on the diverse expertise of our teams. With cross-functional working practices, we have the guidance we need to flex and evolve to better overcome any obstacles. We play a key role in managing the sites. from people to processes. to ensure that our medicines successfully get to patients in need.

Ready to make a difference? Apply now and join us in our mission to create a sustainable future!

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.

AstraZeneca is a global, science-led biopharmaceutical company that spans the discovery, development, manufacturing, distribution and worldwide commercialisation of primary care and speciality care medicines.

53,000 employees