Finance at AstraZeneca has a clear vision to become trusted partners, creating value and leading change. As such, Finance has a pivotal role to play in shaping our long-term financial health, partnering to deliver great results through insight, delivering excellence in financial operations and safeguarding AstraZeneca’s assets and reputation.

In Finance Transformation, we support this ambition by being trusted partners for change excellence and building long-term capabilities to make us future-fit. This is where you could come in. Working in Finance Transformation is fast-paced, dynamic and challenging. We are looking for people who want to seize the opportunity to take an exciting step in their personal development journey and play a fundamental part of delivering a world-class finance organisation.

This role supports the Cost Accounting Business Process Lead for a global manufacturing accounting project where the key objective is to improve and standardise the end-to-end manufacturing accounting processes, delivering more granular cost performance reporting and insights to enable better decision-making. The processes covered within this project are Standard Product Costing, Cost Accounting, Inventory Accounting and Performance Measurement, split across SPC (Standard Product Costing) and APC (Cost Accounting, Inventory Accounting and Performance Measurement).

The Process Design Lead will support the Business Process Lead in designing and supporting the deployment of AstraZeneca Operations’ new global functional global processes, standards and policies. In addition you will be getting significant exposure to other process areas (ensuring that we have a cohesive end-to-end solution). Driving what is right and not just want is easy, is a fundamental approach which is required across all process areas.

The scope of this process area incorporates cost centre accounting, process order accounting and month-end close activities including relevant reporting and intra-month activities.

This role will require an understanding across Standard Product Costing, Cost Accounting, Inventory Accounting and Performance Measurement as well as some knowledge of manufacturing processes. The role requires liaising with other workstreams across the project and with the end users of the solutions, providing insights and guidance to ensure successful delivery of the target outcomes.

The role will be responsible for supporting the design of:

  • Cost accounting which includes the following areas

  • Cost centre accounting​

  • Production order accounting​

  • New product introduction accounting​

  • Cost allocations​

  • Third party supplier​

  • Sub-contracting (GES/BES/Toll)​

  • Primary distribution costs​

In this role you will:

  • Support in the development and implementation of standardised best practise global cost accounting processes delivering efficiency and effectiveness, including defining and running workshops, capturing outputs and interpreting to ensure clear requirements are defined

  • Support GFS (finance shared services) in adapting standard global cost accounting processes & policies to ensure regional compliance

  • Defend and drive the adoption of the solution, challenging, analysing and approving deviations or localisation only where there is valid justification driven by business criticality or statutory requirements

  • Contribute to the definition of the SAP ECC and SAP BW solutions, based on defined requirements ensuring the end deliverable meets the requirements laid out by the Design team

  • Support in the development and implementation of global cost accounting policies, standard operating procedures (SOPs), KPIs and month-end-close processes SLA’s in accordance with:

  • International Accounting Standards

  • AZ internal policies and guidelines

  • Industry best practise

  • Support the development of global standardised Cost Accounting reports (identifying standard SAP ECC reports, defining SAP BW reports and providing knowledge transfer and training to end users on interpreting reports

  • Contribute into Cost Accounting related master data definitions, usage and policies – including analysis of business scenarios and their impact on master data

  • Support Cost Accounting UAT and validation of test results, including analysis to support defect resolution

Essential Skills and Experience

  • Degree or equivalent professional qualification

  • Experience of cost accounting, inventory accounting and performance measurement with best practise standards in pharma industry

  • Able to support Functional lead in client workshops to drive design decisions, solutioning and system demonstration, including defining, drafting, facilitating and gathering outputs for workshops

  • Good hands on experience of SAP ECC System including providing functional expertise, hands-on delivery, customization, guidance, presentation, and instruction on SAP ECC FICO modules

  • Experience of multiple SAP full implementation project lifecycles, preferably from scoping and planning through to post go live support

  • Strong experience of managing team and providing guidance and feedback to team members

  • Detailed knowledge of how SAP enables end-to-end business processes across Finance with a focus on Controlling (SAP CO)

  • Prior experience of designing manufacturing related SAP cost accounting processes and SAP set-ups with a focus on cost centre accounting, process order accounting and period end closing (including reporting)

Desirable Skills and Experience

  • Chartered accountancy qualification

  • Significant work experience in supply chain finance

  • An understanding of the functional, application and technical architectural elements of an SAP programme.

  • Prior knowledge of upcoming changes in SAP FICO/CO-PC with SAP S/4HANA, as well as expertise in the latest SAP financial technologies

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