APS Design & Capability Lead

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Cheshire East, Wilmington, Delaware

Job Type: Full time


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Do you want to apply your technical knowledge and leadership experience in a company that follows the science and turns ideas into life changing medicines? Then AstraZeneca might be the one for you!

AstraZeneca is a global, innovation-driven BioPharmaceutical business 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. 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.

We currently have several roles as Advanced Planning System (APS) Design and Capability Lead with focus in one of seven areas: Inventory, Finance and S&OP, Reporting and Analytics, Distribution Requirements Planning, Supply Planning & Scheduling, MRP, or External Supply.

The APS Design and Capability Lead will be responsible for the design and delivery of the new APS operating model (process and system) for their area utilising the OMP platform.

With constant new products and launches, there’s never been a better time to join us in Supply Chain and shape our future with a big contribution to life-changing medicines. The challenge to stay ahead in rapidly changing markets is what keeps us driving forward, as we continuously seek new and better ways to deliver medicines all the way to our patients. Our resilience helps us to thrive as we innovate and evolve.

These roles will have a significant influence in the future of AstraZeneca’s supply chain ways of working.

What you’ll do

As Design and Capability Lead, you will partner with the Global Business Process Owner and Regional Deployment leads to ensure global and local business standards are met via the functional OMP solution for their area. You will lead the preparation of the ‘Ways of Working’ and 'how to' guides that will support both the training and ongoing use of OMP that forms the backbone of the knowledge management system to support the business.

Typical accountabilities:

  • Designing and developing the future state processes as part of the process workstream for their specified area.

  • Translating the processes into the respective functional design of the OMP platform for their specified area (Inventory, Finance and S&OP, Reporting & Analytics, Distribution Requirement Planning, Supply & Scheduling, MRP, External Supply)

  • Feedbacking and aligning on any process changes required to support the design of the OMP platform.

  • Leading the creation and build of the user stories in support focused business outcomes.

  • Working with the systems capability and integration workstream in cooperation with the software vendor (OMP) to ensure the user stories are reflected in the configuration of the OMP platform.

  • Validating against the user stories the functionality and developing their OMP knowledge by leading and performing the testing for their area.

Essential requirements

  • Degree in Supply Chain Management, Computer Science, mathematics, Engineering or equivalent experience

  • Extensive experience in a planning role in Pharma, CPG, FMCG or Electronics (Pharma desirable)

  • Robust knowledge of end-to-end supply chain processes

Desirable requirements

  • APICs Certification

  • Lean / Six sigma (Green Belt)

  • Ability to influence without authority and drive change

  • Experience in design, build, and use of Planning systems (APS: OMP, Kinaxis, o9, SAP IBP desirable)

  • Self-starter with ability to learn

  • Able to explain complexity in simple language that everyone understands

Why AstraZeneca

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, and always committed to lifelong learning, growth and development. We’re on an exciting journey to pioneer the future of healthcare.

So, what’s next?

Are you already imagining yourself joining our team? Good, because we can’t wait to hear from you. We welcome your application no later than September 28th, 2022.

Competitive salary and benefits package on offer.

Opening date: August 31st, 2022
Closing date:
September 28th, 2022

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AstraZeneca embraces diversity and equality of opportunity. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team representing all backgrounds, with as wide a range of perspectives as possible, and harnessing industry-leading skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We welcome and consider applications to join our team from all qualified candidates, regardless of their characteristics. We comply with all applicable laws and regulations on non-discrimination in employment (and recruitment), as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements.

AstraZeneca requires all US employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 but will consider requests for reasonable accommodations as required by applicable law.

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