Manufacturing Finance Data & Systems SME

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Cheshire East, Luton

Job Type: Full time


Job Title: Manufacturing Finance Data & Systems SME

Location: Macclesfield, Luton UK, Warsaw Poland, Costa Rica

Competitive salary and benefits apply

At AstraZeneca, we put patients first and strive to meet their unmet needs worldwide. Working here means being entrepreneurial, thinking big and working together to make the impossible a reality. If you are swift to action, confident to lead, willing to collaborate, and curious about what science can do, then you’re our kind of person.

Make a positive impact, in a team where it means more

In Operations we have a big ambition – to deliver more medicines to patients, quicker and more affordably. Backed by the investment, leadership and a clear plan to get there, we bring personal dedication and out of the box thinking.

As part of the Manufacturing Finance Hub, you will play a critical role in supporting this bold ambition. As a key component of the Operations Finance network, the core focus of the Hub will be drive value for the organisation through creation of E2E process subject matter expertise, best in class process design and deployment, a continuous improvement mindset and strong change management capabilities.

We are looking for people to join the Hub who can;

  • Champion evolution in our dynamic and agile environment: support the business on a journey of evolution and growth, driven by new, exciting technology and digital innovations. It’s challenging and sometimes demanding, and that’s why we love it.

  • Delve into intellectually stimulating work: Have the opportunity to be involved in a great variety of technically challenging, interesting and complex work. It keeps us engaged everyday and makes our contributions feel valuable.

  • Be trusted partners who do the right thing: A core function of the business, we are valued partners who are trusted to do the right thing. We believe it’s not just about getting the best solution, it’s also about doing it the right way – ethics, compliance and transparency are front and centre of everything we do.

  • Embrace accountability to focus on impactful work: Feel listened to and empowered, more than a cog in a wheel. Part of an agile and strategic team, we embrace the accountability we are given to focus on delivering what really matters to the business. It’s about playing to win by speaking up, rolling our sleeves up and seeing things through.

  • Unleash entrepreneurial spirit to move the needle: Lead the way as we embrace and embody AstraZeneca’s entrepreneurial spirit. It gives us permission to think differently, take balanced risks and spot opportunities. Help us accelerate towards our big purpose and impact patients The work we do here is meaningful.

  • Fuel a growth mindset through diversity: We are driven by learning. There’s no room for egos here: we’re an open-minded team, willing to share and willing to listen. We thrive on working seamlessly and inclusively across our different functions. It’s the diversity of perspectives and opportunities that fuels our passion for lifelong learning.

As a Manufacturing Finance Data & Systems SME you will be part of the team that supports business functions in their use of financial systems and ensure delivery of optimal levels of service. In addition you will be a key component in the partnership between Operations Systems and the IS organisation to ensure that the strategic, tactical and operational goals of the business are delivered, where relevant through third party suppliers, managing risk appropriately. You will play an important role in the stakeholder management across SET areas and provide expert advice, guidance and support on current and future use of systems to Operations Finance leaders.

Typical Accountabilities

  • Act as the subject matter expert for operations finance management reporting systems

  • Own, drive and manage system changes from identification to deployment including the coordination of key stakeholder groups and acting as the key link between the business and IT

  • Develop and maintain stakeholder relationships to ensure end-end service delivery

  • Provide expert advice, guidance and support on current and future use of systems to Finance leaders

  • Contribute to Impact Assessment on Operations (Process and System) related to Finance and non Finance change projects

  • Represent Manufacturing Hub in AZ process improvement projects, ranging from small internal process changes through to global transformation projects

  • Champion a continuous improvement culture through simplification of business processes and systems

  • Maintain external focus on best practice and new technologies

  • Ensure compliance with group systems, Sox processes and IS security.

  • Input where necessary to the Manufacturing Accounting Governance Board

Education, Qualifications, Skills and Experience


  • Degree level qualification.

  • Track record of delivering high levels of customer service and change initiatives to internal and external customers

  • Experience of working with global manufacturing processes, projects and systems to tight deadlines and service levels across different technology bases, specifically with good knowledge of Finance architecture (Founded on SAP)

  • Experience working with a range of different customer groups across SET areas at senior levels

  • Strategic thinker and planner - able to think ahead and anticipate problems, issues and solutions.

  • Works effectively with others and contributes to an environment that promotes effective teamwork and strong collaboration.

  • Advanced facilitation skills.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Oral and written fluency in Business English

  • Ability to use a range of influencing techniques


  • Significant work experience in relevant functional area

  • Specific Expert knowledge in specialist process area (Inventory or Product Costing or Cost Accounting)

Why AstraZeneca?

At AstraZeneca when we see an opportunity for change, we seize it and make it happen, because any opportunity no matter how small, can be the start of something big. Delivering life-changing medicines is about being entrepreneurial - finding those moments and recognising their potential. Join us on our journey of building a new kind of organisation to reset expectations of what a bio-pharmaceutical company can be. This means we’re opening new ways to work, pioneering cutting edge methods and bringing unexpected teams together. Interested? Come and join our journey.

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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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