Material Handler (Pharma) - Redwood City, CA - Operations

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Do you have expertise in direct material handling and shipping receiving in a pharmaceutical environment and are passionate about making a huge impact as a Material Handler in a company that follows science and turns ideas into life-changing medicines? If so, then this position is for you!

AstraZeneca is at an exciting time of new products and launches. We get to work with innovative and scientific products on our leading-edge end-to-end supply chain, using the latest technologies and modern facilities.

In Operations, we have a big ambition - to deliver more medicines to patients, quicker and more affordably. Backed by the investment, leadership, and a clear plan to get there, we bring personal dedication and out-of-the-box thinking.

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.

AstraZeneca has expanded and strengthened its respiratory products portfolio, We have made strides in bringing therapies to asthma patients. Our mission and vision are to develop differentiated therapeutics for widely prevalent respiratory disease conditions, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), by utilizing a proprietary drug delivery platform and existing therapeutic agents administered in metered-dose inhalers (MDIs).

The Material Handler Specialist role will support Manufacturing, Inventory Control, Shipping/Receiving, and Material Transfer at AZ's Redwood City facility. This role supports materials used in R&D, clinical manufacturing as well as commercial manufacturing. In this role, you should possess cGMP experience specifically related to the bio/pharma or medical device industry and will maintain the efficient flow of materials. The candidate will also have operational responsibilities related to perpetual inventory that includes PI and or cycle count. Keen attention to detail and persistence in ensuring proper follow-through by suppliers, shippers, and colleagues will be essential

What you will do:

  • Raw/Incoming Material receipts and Inspections
  • Assist in tracking inventory and usage rate on the current system (SAP)
  • Assist in monitoring parts and supplies in a timely manner to prevent overstocking and shortages
  • Transfer of materials for usage in manufacturing and production departments using FEFO manner, maintain efficient flow of materials, inventory control, and staging to manufacturing operations
  • Shipping of raw materials, intermediate and bulk products
  • Cycle counting of Inventory based on cycle times
  • Write up investigation, deviations, and CAPAs.
  • Material returns to the supplier (RMA/RGA)


  • High School graduate (or higher) with at least 2 years of direct material handling and shipping receiving experience in bio/pharma or medical device field ​

  • Experience with current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP)
  • Class C driver's license with a good driving record is required
  • Computer skills with Microsoft Office Suite and have a working knowledge, or the ability to learn, computer systems such as ERP systems
  • Ability to accomplish daily tasks with minimal supervision.
  • Flexible schedule availability to meet the production support when needed.
  • Attention to detail and data integrity is essential. ​

  • At least 5 years total experience
  • DOT Hazmat and IATA/ICAO Dangerous goods certification
  • Forklift Certification
  • SAP / Track Wise experience
  • Other software skills like SAP, Process monitoring systems, calibration systems are preferred. ​​

Why AstraZeneca

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

Are you already imagining yourself joining our team? Good, because we can't wait to hear from you!

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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.

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