Insights & Analysis Finance Lead

AstraZeneca operates in over 100 countries and its innovative medicines are used by millions of patients worldwide.

Insights & Analysis Finance Lead

Luton Macclesfield UK, Gartuna SWE, Gaithersburg, Wilmington US, Warsaw POL, Chennai IND

Competitive Salary + Benefits

Job Description

We are one purpose-led global organisation. The enablers and innovators, ensuring that we can fulfil our mission to push the boundaries of science and discover and develop life-changing medicines.

We take pride in working close to the cause, opening the locks to save lives, ultimately making a significant difference to the outside world.

AstraZeneca (AZ) is in a period of strong growth and our employees have a united purpose to make a difference to patients around the world who need both our medicines and the ongoing developments from our science. In this journey AZ must continue to work across borders and with partners and new colleagues in a fast and seamless way.

The ambition, size and complexity of the organisation, coupled with the opportunities afforded by new technology, has led the Board to approve a large scale transformation of the IT landscape by the replacement of current ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) systems with one global solution.

Our current technology is used by more than 20,000 employees daily, is foundational to all AZ entities and is central to most core business processes.

Yet this is not an IT or technology led programme, rather this provides the opportunity for real business transformation and to craft the way of working globally for many years to come. By the time of its completion this programme will impact every AZ product, every AZ supplier, every $ of cash collected from AZ customers and every external financial and internal metric report.

This programme requires the best. Whether it be the technical skills, business understanding or change leadership, we want to ensure we have the strongest team deployed throughout.

The programme seeks to deliver a world class change programme that leaves all employees with a fuller understanding of their role in the end-to-end nature of our global company.

This programme will provide AZ with a driven edge, to the benefits of its employees and patients.

We are looking for an experienced business analyst who can lead delivery of a ground-breaking roadmap of analytics and AI requirements for AstraZeneca’s Finance teams.

We welcome applications for full-time and part-time working.

About our team

AstraZeneca is in a period of strong growth and our employees have a united purpose to make a difference to patients around the world who need both our medicines and the ongoing developments from our science.

The ambition, size and complexity of the organisation, coupled with the opportunities afforded by new technology, has led the Board to approve a large-scale transformation programme – Axial.

Axial will be powered by S/4HANA a new Enterprise Resource Planning system which will be implemented across the organisation. We will be transforming the way we work through our entire supply chain, from bench to patient.

The new system will be used by more than 20,000 employees daily and will be central to most core business processes. This is a once in a generation programme for AstraZeneca and will shape our ways of working globally.

The Axial Insights & Analysis team is leading the roadmap and delivery of analytics and AI delivery from an end-user perspective.

Job Role Details

What you will do:

Lead a small team of Business Area Leads (senior business analysts), providing them with oversight, helping them to prioritise, and creating the standard methodologies and guidelines that will make sure they deliver great quality work at pace.

You will be responsible for designing new operating models for Finance analytics. Your leadership will empower your team to work with some senior customers, so that they can make decisions at pace. You will know you are winning when you see Finance making better decisions, reducing risk, reducing costs and accelerating their processes, because of your team’s work.

Your team will:

  • Collaborate with multiple business teams and senior leaders within Finance groups, to own the collection of requirements, existing challenges and business opportunities. Then work with project teams to get those opportunities delivered!

  • Lead the integration of analytics and AI into business processes, where possible automating decision making.

  • Be engaged in data management work such as: design of an analytics catalogue, promoting data literacy, participating in analytics governance forums and being the champion for citizen data services.

  • Develop & embed best practices & standards for business intelligence lifecycle for data products, digital boardrooms, documentation, dashboards & visualizations.

  • Be responsible for navigation of interim states and solving the problems they generate.

  • Prepare material, tools, sample data, and processes for Fit-2-Standard workshops.

  • Lead the requirements and functional specifications arising from the Fit-2-Standard workshops.

  • Contribute to the analytics and AI operating model.

  • Identify learning and development needs.

Essential Qualifications:

  • Strong business analysis experience and knowledge of analytics.

  • Team leadership.

  • Ability to lead across geographies and cultures.

  • Considerable experience and exposure to standard finance processes e.g. Record to Report cycle; Order to Cash; Procure to Pay.

  • Experience in working with large and sophisticated data sets in commonly used BI tools like SAP Analytics Cloud, Qlik & PowerBI.

  • Experience in Financial planning tools like SAC Planning, SAP BPC or Hyperion and business planning cycle of long-term planning & mid-term planning.

  • Strong drive to learn and grow.

  • A solid ability to convey sophisticated information through analytics, catering from Top-Floor to Shop-Floor.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Leading multiple teams across geographies.

  • Experience in one or more full S/4 HANA implementation cycle/s in Analytics using Embedded Analytics, SAP Analytics Cloud, SAP B/W4 HANA, SAP Datasphere.

  • Regulatory experience, e.g. GxP and SOx.

  • Exposure to S/4 HANA Central Finance implementations.

  • Exposure to SAP Finance, Controlling, and integration of finance with other SAP areas like MM, PP, IM etc. Technical or Configurations skills are not required for this position.

  • Familiarity with data science concepts and use cases in Finance.

  • Bio-Tech, Pharmaceutical or Life Sciences experience.

  • UX experience.

  • Certifications such as SAP, Project Management, Business Intelligence, Data Management, Lean Framework.

  • Experience in large scale, complex & multi-year projects.

So, what’s next?

  • Are you already imagining yourself joining our team? Good, because we can’t wait to hear from you.

  • Are you ready to bring new ideas and fresh thinking to the table? Brilliant! We have one seat available and we hope it’s yours.

Where can I find out more?

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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 authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements.

AstraZeneca requires all US employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 but will consider requests for reasonable accommodations as required by applicable law.

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