Supply Chain Analyst – Inventory

Supply Chain Analyst – Inventory

Macclesfield / Wilmington / Gaithersburg

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

In Supply Chain we deliver our innovative medicines all the way until they ultimately reach our patients. Global Supply Chain & Strategy is accountable for the design and performance management of AZs Global End to End Supply chains.

We’re now looking for a Supply Chain Inventory Analyst which is a key role in the Inventory group. Inventory and Working Capital management is a critical focus area for the company to improve cash and product flow and to optimize service levels.


As a Supply Chain Analyst you would analyze different aspects of supply chain performance and evaluate opportunities for improvement, specifically relating to inventory. Evaluate, analyze and report on the Company inventory and recommend changes to inventory policies and processes. Scope will be across all regions and Brands

Analyze, report on and evaluate performance on all aspects of AZ Inventory Actuals and Inventory Forecasts compared to phased budget and long range plan for statutory and reporting purposes.

Work with the Analytics team to improve system and processes for reporting and managing inventory.

Develop and improve the Inventory Planning and Forecasting processes, Inventory Modeling and scenario evaluation. Manage the budgeting process and calendar for Inventory

Support the business through KPI tracking and analytics, exploring Root Causes of variances.

Work with Demand and Supply planners to understand the impact of demand and supply variability and Supply chain velocity on inventory and explore opportunities to improve inventory performance.

Train and develop Inventory Planning Community (primarily Asset Planners, Marketing Company Account Managers and Global Supply Planners). Lead collaboration efforts between the Planning community and Finance Teams.

Work closely with Finance and GFS to drive improvements in monthly processes and FT reporting tools and issue tracking.

Understand the latest trends in Inventory Analysis externally, bringing-in good practice.

Lead Inventory Tier processes, challenging sites and brands deviating from budget making sure there are solutions to return and improve upon the budget.

Report to and inform Leadership Teams and influence decision-making.

Essential Skills:

  • A Master’s Degree in Statistics / Engineering or equivalent

  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent

  • Significant experience in Supply Chain Environment (Manufacturing, Planning, Supply Chain Management)

  • Excellent inventory management skills

  • Understanding of Forecasting metrics and their impact on Inventory.

  • Understanding of inventory modeling techniques including Multi Echelon Inventory Optimization.

  • Deep understanding of Safety Stock Planning, Cycle Stock Planning, Lead Time impact on Inventory levels etc.

  • Adept at working cross-functionally and globally in a collaborative manner and able to engage with, and influence a wide spectrum of stakeholders

  • Leadership skills

  • Advanced Excel skills – managing, analyzing and visualizing large data sources (pivoting, waterfalls, pivoting)

  • Able to operate with a high degree of autonomy in a matrix environment.

Desirable Skills:

  • Experience in an Operational Supply Planning role.

  • Knowledge of Demand Planning advantageous

  • Experience in data analytics

  • SAP APO SNP Knowledge and understanding & application of SAP ERP

  • Knowledge of the basics of Inventory Financials

At AstraZeneca we’re dedicated to being a Great Place to Work. Where you are empowered to push the boundaries of science and unleash your entrepreneurial spirit. There’s no better place to make a difference to medicine, patients and society. An inclusive culture that champions diversity and collaboration. Always committed to lifelong learning, growth and development.

There are so many fantastic employee benefits that AstraZeneca offer – a competitive salary, private healthcare, a fantastic holiday allowance, phenomenal training and development opportunities, and much more!

Interested? Come and join our journey!

We welcome your application no later than midnight 4th July

Competitive Salary & Benefits Package

Open Date: 24/06/2021

Close Date: 04/07/2021

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