AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP Finance Business Partner Europe Region in Bedford, United Kingdom

At AstraZeneca we turn ideas into life changing medicines. Working here means being entrepreneurial, thinking big and working together to make the impossible a reality.

Making the impossible a reality can mean taking a chance on an idea and investing in our exceptional capacity for innovation and discovery. We champion trying new things, and we nurture a test and learn culture that means we are always progressing close to our goals.

In this role you will support the European Finance/Commercial function to ensure the strategic and operational goals are delivered. This will include driving high quality business planning/performance management and business insights as well as driving standardisation/simplification across the Region and support our Finance Vision.

Developing key relationships with following stakeholders will be really key to the success in this role;

  • CFOs & teams

  • Regional stakeholders/commercial teams

  • Integrated Finance Solution team

  • Group finance

  • GPPs finance/non finance teams

Your typical responsibilities will include:

Contributing to ensure strategic and operational objectives of the business are delivered by:

  • Supporting and providing clarity through financial/business analysis/bench-marking to leaders/countries to facilitate the decision-making process

  • Close collaboration with marketing/commercial teams to understand key business drivers such as markets, competitors, share of voice ensuring knowledge dissemination

  • Ensuring accurate financial forecasts / consolidations

  • Supporting future new launches, including business cases, business/financial modelling, what if scenarios, projections, trend analysis and resource allocations

  • Providing financial insights into regional business cases

  • Participating in specific ad hoc projects bringing business/finance insight

Driving Business Planning Processes by:

  • Leading/coordinating/facilitating cross-functional, cross-country business planning exercises to deliver realistic short term and long term plans

  • Working closely with the countries/Integration Finance Solution (IFS) team/regional team/globally to ensure smooth planning, budgeting and forecasting processes

  • Managing interactions with global/country teams

  • Driving standardization and harmonization across the Region

  • Collaborating with group to continue adapting financial systems to new business needs

Driving Business Performance Management

  • Liaising with IFS / markets to ensure set robust management reporting

  • Providing monthly business/financial performance insights to relevant stakeholders

  • Providing productivity and profitability analysis

These are some additional key areas you will get involved in:

  • Support Finance Vision

  • Contribute to share best practises across the Region

  • Support simplification Agenda and cross SET projects.

  • Advise and represent markets

Essential Experience:

  • Degree and Finance qualification ACA, CIMA, ACCA

  • Extensive work experience in Finance/Commercial Function

  • Experience of working across a global organisation

  • Experience of working with Senior Management

  • Flexible and can do attitude

  • Strong analytical ability

  • Strong excel business modelling capabilities

  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, including oral and written

  • Demonstrated ability to perform in an environment that emphasizes teamwork

  • Demonstrated ability to lead a process with minimal or no supervision

  • Ability to influence others without authority

  • Demonstrated capacity to effectively manage multiple and frequently changing priorities

Desirable Experience:

  • International Experience

  • Pharmaceutical work experience

AstraZeneca is an equal opportunity employer. AstraZeneca will consider all qualified applicants for employment without discrimination on grounds of disability, gender or gender orientation, pregnancy or maternity leave status, race or national or ethnic origin, age, religion or belief, gender identity or re-assignment, marital or civil partnership status, protected veteran status (if applicable) or any other characteristic protected by law.

Opening date - 10th July 2018

Closing date - 27th July 2018