Global Product Teams Finance Manager, R&D Finance

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Cambridgeshire, Gaithersburg, Maryland

Job Type: Full time


Global Product Teams Finance Manager, R&D Finance

Location: Cambridge UK, Gaithersburg US, Warsaw Poland,

Competitive salary and benefits apply

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.

At AstraZeneca we believe in the potential of our people and you’ll develop beyond what you thought possible. We make the most of your skills and passion by actively supporting you to see what you can achieve no matter where you start with us. The only one who can put limits on the scope of your career is you. With the right skills and passion we'll help you explore what AstraZeneca has to offer.

About Projects & Portfolio Finance

The Project Finance team is a dynamic team focused on supporting the Global Product Teams and senior governing bodies (Late-Stage Portfolio Committee (LSPC), Early-Stage Portfolio Committee (ESPC), and SET) with R&D project and portfolio decisions. A position in this team offers an individual an exceptional opportunity for direct exposure to senior management across the organisation, combined with exposure to business issues affecting the Group’s current performance and strategic initiatives.

About this role:

As part of a dynamic, business facing finance group, you will support the business by collaborating with one of our key external development partners on Alliance Forecasts, Management of Development Costs, Post Deal Management, and support of investment decisions.


  • As a member of the Project Finance team, provide financial advice, support and challenge and act as a key point of contact for Finance queries related to a key external Oncology collaboration.
  • Preparing alliance budgets and forecasts and quarterly settlements, monitoring and providing insights on partner performance, and providing input to, and presenting to, Joint Finance/Development committees.
  • Provide proactive and innovative financial analysis and scenario modelling to support teams in assessing the cost and value impact of critical project decisions, specifically relating to study redesigns being evaluated by LSPC.
  • Provide input to AZ and joint governance body presentations, leading the preparation of the financial sections.
  • Ensure senior Finance leaders are appropriately briefed ahead of key budget submissions and study redesign decision points.
  • Contribute to Post Deal Management Finance support for an external agreement. This includes understanding and managing AZ financial rights and obligations and communicating this insight to relevant project/function management.
  • Work with Project Finance Directors to monitor R&D spend and assess the impact of any key changes to project development assumptions and key deviations from plan.
  • Supporting the Quarterly Portfolio review process with up-to-date asset valuations.
  • Undertake ad hoc project work to assist in the improvement of joint, Oncology and Biopharmaceutical Project Finance team, and R&D Finance Team, working practices.

Minimum Requirements – Education and Experience

  • The role holder will be a qualified finance professional with a minimum of 4-5 years of proven track record in forecasting, financial modelling and/or decision analysis.
  • Bachelor’s degree required. An accounting qualification is an advantage.
  • Other Skills and Qualifications
    • Biotechnology/pharmaceutical experience preferred
    • Strong analytical skills
    • Proactive analysis and ability to communicate a perspective on business results
    • Solution driven and able to present multiple scenarios for a given task
    • The interpersonal skills to work with senior stakeholders within and outside Finance

Key skills and capabilities related to this role

  • Analytical thinking - ability to collate & analyse data and identify key drivers of value
  • Strong Excel financial modelling
  • Financial evaluation techniques (projects, investments, etc.)
  • Presentation skills / communicating financial recommendations in a way that is both impactful and easily understandable by a financial and non-financial audience
  • Ability to interact and engage with senior managers in the business
  • Strategic thinking and influencing - big picture view but eye for detail; Provision of independent challenge to influence decisions
  • Focus on delivery – work well under pressure, meets tight deadlines
  • Sets high personal standards, takes personal responsibility for delivering top class service and product
  • Maintains high ethical standards and demonstrates high personal integrity
  • Flexibility - to respond to fast changing business needs on short notice
  • Teamwork - effective in leading / being a member of multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills

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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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