Procurement Business Process Owner

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Cheshire East, Luton, Wilmington, Delaware

Job Type: Full time


Procurement Business Process Owner

Global S/4HANA Programme

Location: Luton/Macclesfield/Gothenburg/ Södertälje/Wilmington

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.

We now have an opportunity for a Procurement Business Process Owner (BPO) to join the programme.

As BPO, you will own and be accountable for transforming the full set of Procurement processes which combine to ensure the effective sourcing of materials, services and supplies in support of our global manufacturing operations. You will lead a team of SMEs in the definition, design and ongoing improvement of the processes and tools to ensure efficient, effective and transparent ways of working.

You will contribute to setting the strategic direction for the process with the Executive Process Owner (EPO) and drive the process towards that strategic direction. You will ensure you are not just defining the Procurement capabilities to support our business today, but enabling our future needs as part of our acceleration towards Smart Factories.

The scope starts with achieving optimal Sourcing through effective Contract and Buying Channel management within the ERP system while ensuring effective integration with our Enterprise Planning Processes. You will then oversee the design our of External Supplier Management processes in support of contract manufacturing, our Direct Materials Procurement processes in support of our plants as well as the ongoing provision of goods and services to enable our Maintenance, Repair and Operations (MRO) activities. These elements should all combine into a comprehensive set of Procurement processes which maximise the efficiency and consistency of our operations while embracing the opportunities presented by S/4HANA.

You'll lead the process network to drive process maturity and continuous improvements, linking with connected BPOs to ensure alignment across Plan, Source, Make & Deliver business processes.

What you’ll do

  • Recruit and lead a team of SMEs for each of the Procurement sub-processes within the end to end process to ensuring an effective and integrated global design.

  • Design and own the global processes including standards and procedures

  • Provide thought leadership and strategic input into the optimal adoption of S/4 HANA technology

  • Form, engage and lead a global network of Procurement and Operations professionals to assure cross-functional cooperation to integrate processes & promote End to End process thinking

  • Drive standardisation, harmonisation and alignment to the process

  • Define Key Performance Indicators; monitor and improve process performance

  • Manage continuous improvement and change and assure those are aligned with company and business (ESM / Procurement) strategic direction (aligned with EPO)

  • Partner with the Data teams to ensure the S/4 HANA data model and data cleansing activities support the Procurement processes and target key performance indicators

  • Document the process to appropriate level of detail and to relevant compliant requirements & assure relevant documentation and SOPs are trained in place with Users

  • Facilitate sharing of good practice and learning

  • Identify issues and risks, highlighting as required and managing through Business Risk Log

  • Manage links with related processes and relationship with key partners (including key Procurement Leadership Team members)

  • Own business continuity plan for the process if required

Essential for the role:

  • Bachelors degree or equivalent qualification in relevant scientific or business field

  • Solid understanding of business process management, and establishing and governance global standard processes.

  • Good knowledge of how own process area is transacted in SAP

  • Extensive experience of leading transformational business change within a pharmaceutical environment

  • Ability to influence and persuade tactfully, to obtain desired outcomes while maintaining effective, positive, organizational relationships

  • Strong influencing skills in a matrix organization

Please note, other locations may be considered on application

Applications open: 15/05/2023

Applications close: 05/06/2023

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?

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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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