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Chris Ascough Curriculum Vitae

Professional Experience

Samworth Brothers, Leicester, UK 2019 - 2020

Sr. Project Manager/Project Manager

Identified requirements for a device lifecycle management process and service across the group. Developed process change and device deployment programme plan to implement this major business change across the group.

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AstraZeneca, Cheshire, UK 2010 - 2018

Sr. Project Manager/Project Manager

Promoted through multiple roles with increased accountability for project success, key stakeholder relations, and team leadership. Utilised Prince2, ITIL, and other methodologies to gather requirements, devise scope and strategies, implement budgets and milestones, and deliver projects in a timely, economical manner. Floated requests for information (RFI), selected vendors, and managed supplier development, ensuring all deliverables arrived on time and according to rigorous specifications.

Key Projects:

Birkdale Relocations, Merseyside, UK 2009 - 2010


Conducted thorough research to evaluate feasibility of home find and relocation start-up. Created accurate financial and business models to demonstrate viability and provide strategic roadmap. Secured preferred supplier role with Nutricia within one month of company launch.

Network Rail, London, UK 2008

Service Transformation Manager

Collaborated with key stakeholders at all levels to understand process, policy, and management deficiencies for IT Service Support division of national rail infrastructure provider with 22K users. Analysed technology usage, organisational structure, and operations expenses (OpEx). Identified sustainable solutions, presented compelling case, gained buy-in from decision-makers, and delivered transformation plan.

Key Projects:

TORI Global, London, UK 2005 - 2007

Consultant Project Manager

Delivered consultancy and sales support for engagements with several Financial Services organisations in UK and USA. Requirements assessments, situational assessments preparation of solution designs and recommendations and project initiations.

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UN World Food Programme, Rome, Italy 2003 - 2004

Projects Portfolio Consultant

Reporting directly to the Director of IT, implemented a programme of work to deliver an accurate portfolio of in-progress project and operations activity. Collaborated with heads of department to develop and implement, across the organisation, a work/project request process to ensure value for money and governance oversight of IT activity.

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Reuters, London, UK 2000 - 2002

Product Manager, Real-time Data Delivery

Prepared and launched replacement real-time data delivery technology enabling organisation to meet expected market growth. Delivered marketing, sales and pricing plans and materials ready for launch. Recruited clients for Beta testing.

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Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi, London, UK 1999 - 2000

Implementation Manager

Planned and co-ordinated the work of application, infrastructure and support group Y2K preparation projects across London sites. Changes implemented with minimum risk and disruption to users. Y2K certifications and decommissioned non-compliant applications.

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Highlights From Earlier Career Successes

Education & Certifications

2:1 Bachelor of Arts, Politics (Hons.)

Nottingham University, Nottingham, UK

Prince2 Practitioner | ITIL Foundation

Download a copy of Chris’s C.V.

Chris_Ascough-CV - Jan 2021.pdf