AstraZeneca is a global, science-led, patient-focused biopharmaceutical company that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialisation of prescription medicines for some of the world’s most serious disease. But we’re more than one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies.

With our ground-breaking pipeline comes a bright future – exciting opportunities and varied work. We’re on an exciting journey to pioneer the future of healthcare. So if you thrive on intellectually stimulating work where you can apply expertise and develop new skills, then this is the place for you.

As Cluster CFO you will join the GCC Senior Leadership Team and Middle East and Africa Finance Leadership Team, where you will have the following responsibilities:

  • Oversees controlling, finance business partnering, purchasing & administration. Meets regularly with team members to keep informed and to offer direction.

  • Lead financial planning cycles (RBU, LTP, MTP, TA Strategy, & LBE) processes including: global market/regional guidance coordination, performance targets and incentives, ROI analysis, presentation development & delivery to senior stakeholders, and short and long-term financial strategy.

  • Develop and implement appropriate systems for business plan preparation and documentation, sales, cost and capital expenditure budgeting, cost control and follow up/deviation analysis and explanation.

  • Partners with Country President and Senior Leadership Team to support strategic implementation and ensure effective financial decision making, particular around P&L management, investments, and resource allocation and optimisation

  • Interact with other managers to provide consultative support to planning initiatives through financial and management information analyses, reports, and recommendations

  • Leadership of financial reporting including; development, consolidation, and delivery of monthly reporting. Providing financial insight and foresight to support the delivery of our strategic and commercial goals.

  • Reviews reports to analyse projections of sales and profit against actual figures, budgeted expenses against final totals, and suggests methods of improvements as appropriate.

  • Oversees the management and coordination of all fiscal reporting activities ensuring for the correct and timely internal and external reporting for Tax, Balance Sheet and P&L.

  • Owns capital expenditure budgets, working capital management and cash flow optimization.

  • Establish and maintain appropriate internal control processes in the frame of the company’s Financial Control Framework

  • Responsible for the successful performance against internal/external audits (no material findings).

  • Ensures that a culture of ethics and integrity is embedded in all business practices. Complies with the Code of Ethics, all relevant supporting policies, standards and procedures.

  • Ensures lean and effective operations of the activities under his/her control. Drives an agenda of continuous improvement and simplification for the Finance function, works in partnership with GFS, aligned with the global finance transformation agenda

  • Ensures the finance function delivers value added insights to key stakeholders in the Cluster and Area

  • Implement and maintain appropriate business risk management strategies in accordance with AstraZeneca’s policies and oversee legal compliance requirements of AstraZeneca

  • Establish and implement short- and long-range departmental goals, objectives, policies, and operating procedures

  • Coaches and develops a team of finance professionals to excellent performance, creating a supportive work environment where everyone has the opportunity to fulfil their potential.

  • Drive teams to focus decision support activities, initiate changes to improve working practices and processes in Finance and communicate these among the Finance Network.

  • Member of the GCC Senior Leadership Team and Middle East and Africa Area Finance Leadership Team and leads or contributes to above market initiatives as they arise

Essential Skills and Experience

  • Degree in accounting or finance.

  • Significant related work experience in accounting, finance, or business analysis.

  • Strong Business Acumen (Pharma preferred)

  • Strong analytical skills and experience interpreting a strategic vision into an operational model

  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and draw conclusions from less than certain data.

  • In depth knowledge of Excel and proven understanding of MS Office applications; understanding of AZ enterprise systems preferred

  • Excellent communication and organizational skills.

  • Ability to optimally work with cross-functional teams and experienced stakeholder management in a matrix organization (IFS, GFO, CP & SLT…etc)

  • Analytical thinking – logically breaking problems down into their essential elements: carrying out diagnosis and development solutions.

  • Flexibility – ability to alter behaviour and opinions in the light of new information or changing situations.

  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills, including oral & written

  • Good understanding of functional cost drivers

  • Use of/exposure to general office and financial systems, e.g. SAP, Business Intelligence software

Preferred Background

  • Experience of working in a global organization, preferably within the pharmaceuticals industry, and knowledge of the drug development life cycle and commercial aspects of the industry

  • Experience of working within a multi-disciplinary team and liaising with senior leaders

Opening Date: 24.8.2021

Closing Date: 7.9.2021

Competitive salary and benefits apply

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