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.

We are reshaping our organisation to thrive in a complex and ever-changing world. Evolving to become a learning organisation – ready and equipped to embrace the challenges and seize the opportunities that lie ahead. If you want to make a change, this is the place to do it – you’re encouraged to think deeply, challenge how it’s always been done, and take smart risks.

Reporting directly to the R&D Performance & Planning Finance Director, this role will play a pivotal role in Total R&D Financial Planning, Analysis & Reporting. This is a global position overseeing R&D Financial reporting and analysis across all sites and functions for Astra Zeneca R&D.

You will also work closely with Science Units R&D Finance FP&A Leads, including Alexion and work routinely with all members of R&D Finance to ensure quality, meaningful, and timely deliverables. As a leader you are expected to develop a deep understanding of the business and become a highly valued business partner, providing deep insights to R&D Finance Leadership and Finance Business Partners in a collaborative fashion. Finally, this role is expected to lead a variety of projects which may span well beyond general FP&A duties to identify and deliver new initiatives that aid simplification and efficient data analysis across AstraZeneca’s R&D.

A position on this team offers an exceptional opportunity to understand and influence AstraZeneca’s R&D organization from a uniquely neutral vantage point providing direct exposure to all Science Unit business issues, strategies and operations. This position has significant exposure to the R&D Finance VP and Senior leadership team.

Typical responsibilities:

  • Total R&D Finance Planning and Analysis lead covering an expense budget in excess of $7bn

  • Build strong networks with Group Finance, FP&A Finance Leads, wider R&D Fin. Org and Alexion R&D Fin.

  • Oversee the monthly financial close process for Total R&D Finance

  • Review, analyse, and report on monthly financial results including interaction with group finance

  • Coordinate, prepare, communicate and drive the Total R&D reporting cadence including Monthly/quarterly actuals/forecasts, LTP (long term plan) and MTP (mid-term plan), and QBR (quarterly business reviews)

  • Accelerate adoption of innovative systems, processes and procedures to drive efficiency, data quality validation and timely reporting

  • Champion systems development and support liaison, providing training and guidance as required

  • Support R&D Finance director in maintaining and deploying the R&D Fin reporting calendar to the wider R&D Fin. Organisation

  • Proactively plan and coordinate the activities of the FP&A function to deploy our core deliverables in a disciplined, structured manner.

  • Interface with all AstraZeneca R&D finance functions as required to enhance communication, information flow, and alignment

  • Interact / collaborate routinely across all AstraZeneca R&D Finance

  • Ensure compliance with all required accounting policies, procedures, standards, and processes

Essential skills and experience

  • Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent in Accounting, Business, Economics, or Finance

  • Excellent Finance Applications Skills: Hyperion, SAP, Power BI, Tableau, Excel, Smart View etc.

  • Demonstrated post-qualified finance experience, including direct FP&A working experience

  • Accountable to maintain an effective internal control environment as established by AstraZeneca

  • Demonstrated business partnering success interacting with, and influencing Executive Leadership

  • Strong knowledge of financial modelling and analysis, budgeting and forecasting, and generally accepted accounting principles

  • Organizational agility – builds consensus through formal and informal channels and relationships; organizationally savvy

  • Intellectual and analytical capabilities – deals exceptionally well with developing concepts and initiatives, complexity, ambiguity and multiple priorities

  • Decision quality – makes good decisions on a timely basis; balances analysis, experience and judgment

  • Strong bias for action and results

Desirable Requirements

  • Advanced Degree in Business, Economics, or Finance strongly preferred

  • ACA/ACCA/CIMA strongly preferred

  • Biotechnology or pharmaceutical experience advantageous

Competitive salary and benefits apply

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