Group Finance Business Insights Manager

AstraZeneca operates in over 100 countries and its innovative medicines are used by millions of patients worldwide.

AstraZeneca is a global, innovation-driven biopharmaceutical business that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialization of prescription medicines for some of the world's most serious diseases. But we're more than one of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies. At AstraZeneca, we're proud to have a unique workplace culture that inspires innovation and collaboration. Here, employees are empowered to express diverse perspectives - and are made to feel valued, energised and rewarded for their ideas and creativity.

AstraZeneca’s Finance function is continuing its transformation journey with the objective of delivering excellence in financial operations and insight.  As this strategy continues to drive the effectiveness and performance of the business, to the benefit of millions of patients worldwide, best in class finance support and leadership becomes ever more important.

Are you a qualified finance professional with experience of enterprise planning and reporting?  Do you have a track record of delivering change?  As best in class finance support becomes ever more important, this role offers you the chance to work as part of the Group Planning and Business Performance team based in Cambridge.

As the Group Finance Business Insights Manager you will play a key a key role in Group reporting and planning processes, driving central understanding and insight to inform decision making and target setting on this critical area of the business. This role offers the chance to add real business value through enhanced commercial insight, and the opportunity to build strong and wide-ranging networks within Group and Commercial Finance functions. 

Please apply to join us!

We are looking for a candidate with relevant expertise and experience, but more importantly a problem solver, simplifier, integrator, connector and communicator. A change agent who challenges, works with an agile, positive mindset, and has the ability to think differently and make it happen.

Principal Accountabilities of the role:
The role reports to the Group Planning Business Insights Director and will primarily be responsible for:

  • Providing Insight, expertise and analysis to help drive and shape the commercial performance of AstraZeneca

  • Being the expert for a specific commercial unit within the Group Finance team, acting as the link between the commercial unit and the Group function

  • Ensuring that key planning assumptions and drivers of performance for your commercial unit are understood, bringing constructive challenge to forecasts, planning assumptions and resource allocation based on credible insights, intelligence & analysis

  • Preparing stretching but attainable targets that align to the Enterprise’s strategic and financial objectives

  • Proactively identifying, collating and analysing a range of financial and non-financial data to develop a deep understanding of the drivers of performance and key emerging trends impacting our Rare Diseases business

  • Developing strong relationships with the embedded functional FP&A contacts in order to refine your understanding whilst bringing constructive challenge to forecasts, assumptions and resource allocation based on credible insights, intelligence & analysis

  • Managing a range of other ad-hoc requests in support of the CEO and SET/Board reporting

  • Identifying and acting on continuous improvement opportunities in GFP&A processes, performance and reporting

Candidate Knowledge, Skills & Experience:

  • Analytical Finance Professional with the ability to deliver succinct, high impact briefing material suitable for SET / Board level audiences

  • Experience of Commercial Finance and/or FP&A, preferably within a pharmaceutical business

  • Finance/Business qualification e.g. Qualified ACA/ACCA/CIMA/MBA

  • Excellent academic record

  • Proactive and delivery focused, comfortable working in a dynamic, challenging environment

  • Strong systems skills; advanced Microsoft Excel & PowerPoint, knowledge of Hyperion Planning would also be advantageous

  • Well-developed influencing skills with the ability to drive bigger picture thinking

  • Energetic, resilient and tenacious

  • Excellent influencing and communication skills with the confidence to engage senior stakeholders

  • Good networking and relationship building skills

Location: Cambridge UK

Closing Date: 31/05/2022

Competitive salary and benefits apply

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