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 Inventory 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. This includes the analysis and deployment of a new inventory accounting methodology, enabling analysis of actual inventory values across a products multi-step value chain. The full set of 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).

As Process Design Lead you 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 what is easy, is a fundamental approach we are taking across all process areas.

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.

In the role you will:

  • Support in the development and implementation of standardised best practise global inventory 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 globally standardised inventory 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 inventory accounting reports (identifying standard SAP ECC reports, defining SAP BW reports, Fiori and 3rd party tooling reports populated through SAP data) and providing knowledge transfer and training to end users on interpreting reports

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

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

Essential Skills and Experience

  • Degree or equivalent professional qualification

  • Experience of inventory accounting and best practices within the Pharma industry

  • Deep understanding of different inventory valuation techniques and relevant International Accounting Standards

  • Knowledge of inventory accounting process design and relevant controls

  • 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 and BW systems including providing functional expertise, hands-on delivery, customization, guidance, presentation, and instruction

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

Desirable Skills and Experience

  • Chartered accountancy qualification

  • Significant work experience in supply chain finance

  • Prior experience and knowledge of SAP, SAP BW and BW on HANA functional capabilities as well as business processes and industry best practises

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

  • Prepare configuration & other design documents (User Requirement Specification, Functional specification, Solution design document)

Competitive salary and benefits apply

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