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.

Here you’ll be valued for your niche knowledge. It means we are trusted with personal accountability to live up to our full potential and make a contribution. We get to challenge the way we work to find better ways to make a bigger impact on the business and patients’ lives. From embracing innovative technology to reimagining technical practices.

Finance at AstraZeneca has a clear vision to become trusted partners, connecting and innovating to add value. In Finance Architecture, Change & Transformation (FACT), we support this vision by being trusted partners for change excellence and building long-term capabilities to make us future-fit.

As tax authorities across the world adopt a ‘real time’ approach to collecting and analysing business data, we are looking to transform our processes, data and systems to ensure that AZ gets transaction data right first time at source to fulfil tax obligations. This programme will provide the unique opportunity to work across the businesses and functions being involved in the latest transformation and innovation topics required to meet tax authority demands.

The Tax Transformation Senior Manager will be responsible for working with Group Tax to deliver the Tax Transformation vision through a programme of tax projects focusing in data, systems and process improvement.

Specifically focusing on defining tax requirements, assessing fit gap to existing AZ data, systems and processes, defining and executing a roadmap of remediation work to achieve the tax vision. The job will require ability to manage complex projects, manage stakeholders across the business from IT, Business and Tax, manage, input and perform project activities around process mapping, root cause analysis, working with internal and external teams to address issues identified, as well as assisting with the testing, training and deployment of improvements to coding, data validation and the compliance process.

In addition, AstraZeneca has also set out a bold Finance Strategy of which a key component is to migrate the business to SAP S/4 HANA – this role will support identifying the opportunities and impact for tax processes to help deliver a best-in-class solution for tax.

In this role you will

  • Manage a Programme of tax work covering data, systems (particularly SAP) and process.

  • Manage key stakeholders relevant for the tax programmes from Tax, Business, Finance & IT.

  • Deliver the Project vision as defined and develop a realization approach ensuring technical solutions fit with AZ Architecture roadmaps and blueprints

  • Work closely with the Finance Strategy programme (SAP S/4 HANA upgrade programme) to understand the impact for tax on the existing tax transformation portfolio of work and influence the requirements and approach.

  • Work with Group Tax stakeholders to review business processes, and assess system configuration and coding

  • Grasping all requirements, influencing and recognising design decisions

  • Document to-be process outcomes in the format of a process map and SOP

  • Develop test scenarios, scripts and manage the testing phase

  • Prepare Change Impact Assessment (CIA)

  • Prepare training materials and ensure successful transition of the to-be process to the business

Essential skills and experience

  • Excellent experience of Tax systems (particularly SAP), data and processes

  • Experience of what an S/4 HANA upgrade means for tax (including CFIN).

  • Proven skills and experience managing and controlling large project and programme budgets

  • Hands on experience of working in Tax environment

  • Experience shaping innovative solutions that have a major impact within the business area and organisation.

  • 48+ months of proven relevant tax transformation experience

  • Excellent communication skills, including listening, with ability to adapt personal style to suit the audience

  • Good presentation skills, including ability to summarise key messages

  • Able to work as part of a team, encouraging and motivating others to enable the best outcome

  • Analytical and problem solving skills

  • Proactive and able to adapt to changing circumstances and events

Desirable skills and experience

  • Project / Programme Management certifications

  • Experience working in a global organization where stakeholders and project team members are geographically dispersed.

  • Agile, Lean & Six Sigma Skills

  • Excellent leadership skills interacting with senior leaders

Opening date: 2.2.2022

Closing date: 16.2.2022

Competitive salary and benefits apply

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