Director SAP S/4HANA Master Data Governance & Policy

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Cheshire East, Luton, Wilmington, Delaware

Job Type: Full time


Director Data Governance & Policy

Global S/4HANA Programme

UK / US or Sweden

Salary Competitive

We are one purpose-led global organisation. The enablers and innovators, ensuring that we can fulfil our mission to push the boundaries of science and discover and develop life-changing medicines. We take pride in working close to the cause, opening the locks to save lives, ultimately making a massive difference to the outside world.

AstraZeneca (AZ) is in a period of strong growth and our employees have a united purpose to make a difference to patients around the world who need both our medicines and the ongoing developments from our science. In this journey AZ must continue to work across borders and with partners and new colleagues in a fast and seamless way. The ambition, size and complexity of the organisation, coupled with the opportunities afforded by new technology, has led the Board to approve a large scale transformation of the IT landscape by the replacement of current ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) systems with one global solution.

Our current technology is used by more than 20,000 employees daily, is foundational to all AZ entities and is central to most core business processes. This programme provides the opportunity for real transformation and to shape the way of working globally for many years to come. This programme requires the best. Whether it be the technical skills, business understanding or change leadership, we want to ensure we have the strongest team deployed throughout.

The programme seeks to deliver a world class change programme that leaves all employees with a fuller understanding of their role in the end-to-end nature of our global company. This programme will provide AZ with a competitive edge, to the benefits of its employees and patients.

As Director SAP S/4HANA Master Data Governance & Policy you will be responsible for providing global leadership and expertise on configuration and utilization of SAP MDG solutions as a key governing tool/process for SAP Master Data for developing and implementing a range of Data Governance strategies with respect to SAP reference and master data. Providing strategic leadership in data governance strategy & operations, data standards management, data quality management, data policy, compliance & risk management, data cleansing and migration for conversation from legacy SAP systems to S/4HANA.

You will provide leadership to manage a diverse range of activities through others with responsibility for owning/building and implementing the Enterprise Data governance strategy.

What you’ll do

Data Governance Strategy and Operations

  • Responsible for the development of Global Data SAP S/4HANA Governance strategy, goals and roadmap for the Enterprise scope in S/4HANA and related systems

  • Strategic leadership of design and implementation of Global Data Governance Framework which supports the overall strategy.

  • Secure effective and transparent capture, prioritization and execution of stakeholder needs, including the various enterprise data offices in AstraZeneca.

  • Strategic leadership and overall ownership of SAP S/4HANA Data Governance forums, and coordination across other inline Data Office forums.

  • Oversight of, and active leadership based on, reporting on performance of data governance processes, standards, quality and compliance.

Data Policy, Compliance and risk management

  • Assure SAP S/4HANA Data governance remains aligned with AZ global Data policies.

  • Responsible for devising strategies in order to raise data policy compliance levels within the business.

Data Standards and Quality management

  • Set the strategy and lead the global implementation of the Data Governance framework, metrics and forums for S/4HANA.

  • Assist in cross-functional development of Data Standards, including Master data, Reference data and Metadata.

  • Set the strategy and execute on Data Cleanse and Migration activities in support of migration from legacy SAP systems in partnership with process owners, systems and IT owners.

  • Develop the S/4HANA system Data Quality strategy for the organisation (primarily Operations and Finance functions), and secure its execution across functions, to raise data quality (interacting with in-line/BAU data offices across the organization).

  • Identify relevant stakeholders, establish cross-functional priorities to direct Data Quality metrics and oversee continuous remediation across functional borders in S/4HANA.

  • Direct the development of Data Quality guidelines and rules, and influence cross-functional adoption.

  • Lead the creation of effective global procedures to ensure that each data asset is governed throughout its lifetime incorporating requirements such as accountability, stewardship, integrity, auditability and standardisation.

  • Influence key senior stakeholders, to maintain alignment to data quality and governance strategy.

Leadership, Improvement and Change

  • Definition and execution of mission, vision, strategy, goals, roadmap and metrics for the function.

  • Strategic leadership of change and improvement of data literacy, culture and compliance, including cross-functional, senior leader engagements and projects.

  • Representation of AZ externally, and the promotion of AZ position and value proposition in this space.

Essential for the role

  • Significant and proven experience and deep subject matter expertise within a relevant industry.

  • In-depth and demonstrated knowledge of standards, data management and IT management regulations, policies and principles, applicable to the Pharma industry.

  • Significant experience of Business/IT partnering for the implementation of Data Governance-related solutions.

  • Proficient knowledge and experience with regulated and/or legal environment and requirements (e.g., GxP, data privacy and security).

  • Demonstrated ability to lead in a diverse, global team, within and across functions.

  • Demonstrate strong communication skills with the ability to influence others to achieve objectives

  • Ability to lead and manage negotiations across a complex group, to a target outcome.

  • Proven change management, assertiveness and negotiation skills.

Applications open Monday 22nd May 2023

Applications close Sunday 4th June 2023

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 imaging yourself joining our team? Good, because we can’t wait to hear from you.

  • Are you ready to bring new ideas and fresh thinking to the table? Brilliant! We have one seat available and hope its yours

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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 authorisation and employment eligibility verification requirements. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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