Master Data Associate - 12 month secondment or FTC (fixed term contract)

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Cheshire East

Job Type: Full time


Mater data associate- 12 month secondment or FTC (fixed term contract)

Macclesfield (UK) Gartuna (Sweden) Wilmington or Gaithersburg (US)

Opening - 21/11/22

At AstraZeneca, we work together across global boundaries to make an impact and find answers to challenges. We do this with the upmost integrity even in the most difficult situations because we are committed to doing the right thing!

External Supply & Manufacturing (ESM) supports the Operations strategy by establishing and managing suppliers across the world that meet our global standards. Through external suppliers, the team manages approximately one third of AstraZeneca’s value of production. ESM plays a key role in ensuring the external supply chains are robust and deliver value to AstraZeneca through driving continuous improvement.

The team also supports New Product Introduction through external supply, plays a pivotal role in integrating companies and products that AstraZeneca acquires and bringing innovation through supply chain programmes e.g. Market Access.

The Data Associate is part of the Data management Team whose role is to team provides expertise on supply chain designs, setting standards and principles to ensure the system reflects the most efficient flow. The team set up and maintain master data for end to end Supply chain processes covering Plan, Source, Make, deliver and Manage finance as well as coordinate any of these setups with teams outside ESM for our Supply chains.

The role of the Data Associate

(DA) will enable ESM to deliver our Master Data Management vision which supports the successful delivery of the Ops 2025 strategy. The DA will manage Master Data across different enterprise systems including SAP MDG, SAP ERPs and commented systems. The DA is accountable for providing complete oversight of the Master data and the processes governing it in compliance with GMP and SOX requirements to ensure that there are no interruptions to product manufacture and supply.

The DA is also accountable for creating processes and ensuring that ESM and ESLQ teams are trained in these. The DA will also participate in supply chain management projects with focus on improving Data Management in the enterprise systems and adherence to the set standards.

Typical Accountabilities / Responsibilities

  • Manage and maintain (create, change and delete) master data across different SAP/Non-SAP systems for different processes across Product data lifecycle.
  • Develop processes and define standards for Data Management activities for the rest of ESM and ESLQ teams
  • Initiate, sustain and successfully accomplish process improvement activities within the defined scope of work.
  • Training ESM/ ESLQ users on processes and standards to raise capability in the organization around Data Management
  • Participate, as needed in data contributor meetings for New Product Introductions (NPI) to proactively identify improvements to the master data entry processes and implement changes to improve efficiency.
  • Lead master data collection from various functional areas via SAP Workflow. Ensure completion of material master data and the release of materials into SAP to our customers as needed.
  • Have a continuous improvement mindset and implement master data process improvements
  • Oversight of approval of user access changes for their processes, including the agreed list of Approvers via LPCs / Super Users
  • Support Master data project change management activities such as UAT / URT and user training
  • Drive standardisation, cross-process alignment of decisions and develop the processes
  • Represents ESM in relevant Global data fora to ensure ESM complies with global standards


  • Graduate status or equivalent
  • Knowledge of SAP ERP systems
  • Business Acumen especially experience in BPM, LEAN and Quality Assurance Processes
  • Analytical, detail oriented, highly organized
  • Good interpersonal and coordination skills.
  • Ability to work with complexity and manage ambiguity


  • Experience in pharmaceutical and logistics environment
  • Safety Health and Environmental and GxP management knowledge
  • Project Management, Change Management.
  • Knowledge of GMP and FDA regulations involving data management and validation requirements.

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.

If you are already imagining yourself joining our team, great!

Competitive salary and benefits.

Closing date 12/12/22

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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.

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