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Business Analyst IT - R&DIT (R-139379_Gaithersburg)





Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States

Business Analyst IT - R&DIT


Are you a leader with a growth mindset who possesses expertise in, and passion for, managing portfolios and improving processes? Would you like to apply your expertise to impact a company that follows the science and turns ideas into life-changing medicines? If so, AstraZeneca might be the one for you!


AstraZeneca is a global, innovation-driven biopharmaceutical business 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 world's leading pharmaceutical companies. At AstraZeneca, we're proud to have a unique workplace culture that inspires innovation and collaboration. Here, employees are empowered to express diverse perspectives - and are made to feel valued, energized and rewarded for their ideas and creativity.


R&D IT’s vision is to deliver the best science IT capabilities in biopharma, 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. The desired effect of your role is to take accountability as a leader for delivering a ‘Best in Class’ IT experience within R&D IT.

Delivering the portfolio of projects and services needs people with hybrid skill sets covering technical, analytical, project management, service management, BRM and business analysis skills, combined with excellent knowledge of AZ Finance and Global Product and Portfolio Strategy processes. Our project managers lead or contribute to a range of projects including IT development, data management, analytics, AI, machine learning, business transformation and more. Our projects deploy a range of technologies including internal custom build solutions, packaged software, ERP solutions, Software as a Service as well as Cloud-based solutions and BI tools.


The Business Analyst will be an integral part of the development and management of a ‘Best in Class’ Portfolio Governance and Program Management process. To do this you will be accountable for the following:

  • Assess and define stakeholder needs and areas for improvement, proactively seek out opportunities to enhance and improve inline process with strategic goals and propose solutions through research internally and externally.

  • Select the appropriate analysis approach for a piece of work. Plan and manage your own and other team member’s activities to meet deliverable requirements and deadlines.

  • Identify key stakeholders, and actively build relationships according to individual stakeholder needs and levels of influence.

  • Contribute to communication plans and change management.

  • Deliver requirements management plans including ideation, processes, risk, dependencies, scope impacts, and testing.

  • Respond effectively to changing stakeholder priorities with the ability to plan ahead, accounting for potential changes and corrective actions.

  • Lead the work with the stakeholders to identify requirements, translating the requirements into design specifications reflecting Functional Design, User Interface Design and Process Design.

  • Partner with the Architecture and Engineering teams, ensuring the technical solution will deliver the agreed business benefits.

  • Analyze and assess solution proposals, providing clear supporting reasoning. i.e. assessing stakeholder readiness, maximizing value vs. spend.


  • Established knowledge of or some experience with portfolio governance and/or program management

  • Proven experience in successfully deploying business analysis tools/techniques to enable business change

  • Proven experience in working with complex integrated systems, using creative and strategic thinking to deliver exceptional results

  • Strong engagement, communication and stakeholder management skills, including excellent presentation and influencing skills

  • Experience in virtual collaboration to lead, shape and develop innovative solutions

  • Demonstrated skills in interacting with Senior Leaders

  • Excellent relationship management, and influencing skills

  • Experience in working with and managing third party suppliers/vendors

  • An entrepreneurial mindset and the proven ability to shape innovative solutions

  • Well-developed organizational, interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills


  • Degree in relevant discipline Formal certification in business analysis practice

  • Practical usage of Agile Methodology

  • Experience of working in a global organization with complex/geographical context

  • Exposure to User Centered Design and Design thinking (User Experience, Prototyping, User Interface Design and Business Process Design


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.

Help to shape our journey towards becoming a tech-enabled enterprise. Encouraged to look to the future, think strategically and innovate, we influence progress today. We are constantly introducing new solutions and technology in our quest to grow through innovation. We love it here because put simply, we make a meaningful impact.

Technology at AstraZeneca is a home for purposeful disruptors. Apply now to learn more about this exciting opportunity with a world-renowned pharmaceutical brand!


To be considered for this exciting opportunity, please complete the full application on our website at your earliest convenience – it is the only way that our Recruiter and Hiring Manager can know that you feel well qualified for this opportunity. If you know someone who would be a great fit, please share this posting with them.

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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Competitive salary & benefits on offer.
Close Date: 30/6/2022

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.