Senior Estimator at AstraZeneca

Posted in Other 4 days ago.

Location: Gaithersburg, Maryland





Job Description:

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 expansive culture that champions diversity and collaboration. Always committed to lifelong learning, growth and development.


Join the team where everyone feels a personal connection to the people that we impact. From our science labs to manufacturing at scale, we are committed to delivering at the highest quality. It's inspiring and rewarding work, influencing every part of the product lifecycle to deliver life-changing medicines. To ultimately make people's lives better - from patients and their families to all of us in society!


The Senior Estimator is a member of Global Engineering and Real Estate's Capital Projects (Project Services) function. The role is accountable for all capital cost estimating and bench-marking efforts within Global Engineering and Real Estate, ensuring fit for purpose procedures and quality outputs. The role is a leadership role within the Project Services function and reports to the Director of Project Services.



Typical Accountabilities:



  • Lead cost estimating and benchmarking (cost and schedule) practices within Global Engineering and Real Estate. Develop and maintain the technical direction and functional standards (business process) for estimate production, review, verification and assurance


  • Accountable for quality of all estimating stage-gate results globally e.g. for internal governance / funding decisions


  • Lead and line develop team of cost estimating professionals, assigning resources to meet front-end and project demand as the need arises by the Global Engineering and Real Estate project portfolio. Team members are likely to be spread across more than one country / region


  • Own the recruitment, training and development of internal estimating resources. Support other business functions and/or sites with recruitment as needed


  • Collaborate with other business functions / sites to identify and drive opportunities for enterprise-wide alignment in estimating and benchmarking. Establish and/or support global process network(s) as appropriate


  • Lead at a high-level but also support hands-on project needs as required, working with internal and external partners


  • Subject matter authority for implementation of quantitative cost risk analysis, ensuring fit-for-purpose solutions on large and small projects. Facilitate risk identification and cost ranging sessions where appropriate vs. use of external resources


  • Build and maintain systems that support data collection for use on future estimates, including opportunities to align business functions / sites outside of Global Engineering and Real Estate with the same data structures, systems etc.


  • Train and educate others in good practices related to estimating and benchmarking


  • Ensure all project cost scope development and estimating activities stay in sync with corporate capital governance requirements and internal guidelines


  • Lead and take ownership for special projects and initiatives to support the organisation as a whole, as assigned


  • Participate in pharma industry cost/benchmarking forums. Build and lead efforts for benchmarking when critical to meet AZ priorities





Essential Requirements:



  • Bachelors Degree in Construction Management, Engineering or equivalent


  • 10 years of applicable experi


  • Conceptual & detailed cost estimating experience


  • Hands-on experience with cost risk analysis


  • Global project experience


  • Developed professional network in estimating and project control subject areas


  • Experience with database software


  • Experience in various software systems including suite of Microsoft Office applications (Excel, PowerPoint, Word) and reference documentation


  • Can support business travel if required


  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills. Able to work in a cross-functional role within all project and management organisations


  • Shown leadership abilities and ability to lead service providers (CM / AE) for development of estimates


  • Strong initiative and leadership skills





Desirable:



  • Bio-pharmaceutical experience & knowledge


  • Hands-on experience with schedule risk analysis




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.
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