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SAP S/4HANA IT Enterprise Business Partner – Procure to Pay (P2P)

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Cheshire East, Luton

Job Type: Full time


Role Title - SAP S/4HANA IT Enterprise Business Partner - Material Management and Accounts Payable

Axial Project

Location – Luton, Macclesfield UK, Gartuna SE, Chennai IN,

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.

The Axial programme Enterprise Business Partner will use significant IT expertise, bio-pharma industry trends and in-depth understanding of AZ business priorities to lead the design capability associated with the Enterprise Process Owners (EPO) for Procure to Pay processes within the Axial S/4HANA Programme. This includes both direct and indirect procurement, SAP material master and a rane of payment channels. The role will develop strategic relationships at the highest levels, identifying ways for the S/4 programme to partner achieving and exceeding business objectives.

What you’ll do

This role will lead the identification of innovative technology solutions, driving innovation focused on high impact transformational business outcomes. The role has full responsibility for ensuring business processes leverage the appropriate technology and core S/4 design. It is expected that the role holder will partake in co-development opportunities with SAP and other solution vendors, maintaining an industry leading position and knowledge base. The role sits on the IT Solution Design Leadership Team within Solution Delivery and Design.

Typical Accountabilities

  • Own the strategic IT design relationship with the Enterprise Process Owner and other senior business leaders focused on the Procure to Pay domain, developing a deep understanding of the business strategies, priorities and challenges, ensuring that the end-to-end solution design is aligned to business objectives.
  • Accountability for end-to-end solution design across your domain, working with a range of business and IT leaders covering SAP and non-SAP supported processes in shaping the design to hand off to delivery teams in the programme and across AZ Business Technology Groups (BTGs)
  • Proactively engage with BTGs and leaders of their portfolio of projects and applications to ensure they are appropriately consulted/informed of design decisions and processes within the S/4HANA programme
  • Proactively drive, in partnership with the EPO, strategic technology decisions in your domain in alignment with programme architecture and strategic direction (e.g. Coupa, Concur, SAP MDG, SAP Business Network, payment channel technologies such as virtual cards)
  • Ensure the wider IT S/4HANA design and portfolio across your domain is clearly communicated and understood by senior business and technology leaders
  • Proactively manage the design process(fit to standard) across your process domain, negotiating expectations to ensure alignment with IT strategy, architecture and delivery capacity across programme workstreams
  • Gain business leadership commitment to the fit to standard approach, using specialist knowledge identify relevance of established or new IT solutions within the programme scope
  • Proactively identify opportunities through internal and external networks, for IT to deliver innovative solutions to customer issues/challenges and situations where leading edge technological innovations can be deployed to business advantage
  • Lead and develop the domain design team function, and associated matrix teams delivered from your area, to ensure effective solution design and collaboration across IT to shape process solutions, driving the development of innovative IT solutions to deliver high quality business outcomes in line with EPO objectives
  • Work collaboratively with:

EPO and Technology leadership teams and other senior stakeholders to build their understanding of IT design activities and their impact on strategy, programmes and associated challenges in your domain. Represents IT design on the Procurement, Material Management and Accounts Payable EPO leadership team. BTG Portfolio Managers and business areas to drive effective prioritization and business alignment of investments working alongside changes in your domain driven by the S/4HANA programme. Business performance leaders to ensure investments deliver forecast benefits and business outcomes. SI partner leads to ensure efficient and effective partnership in delivery of solution design IT BP teams to ensure identification of synergies and cross-business innovative opportunities. Architecture leaders in the development of technical strategies and blue-prints as applicable to your domain Solution delivery and service leads to ensure business expectations are fulfilled.

Essential for the role

  • Rich experience of bio-pharma industry, with a focus on your process domain
  • Experience of identification and implementation of innovative technology solutions delivering business capabilities across the end-to-end procurement to pay process
  • Evidence of leading and developing innovative solutions and application of SAP and S/4HANA technologies
  • Experience of defining the business process strategies and influencing the vision of senior leaders
  • Experience of leading high value business cases & mobilising high value investments
  • Experience in managing, developing and leading virtual teams

A proven track record of delivering results

Desirable for the role

  • S/4HANA implementations for complex global organisations from Design to completion of Deployment
  • Educated to degree level standard or equivalent (business technology or related degree)
  • Leader within pharma IT thought leadership networks and organisations
  • Evidence of working across diverse global teams within matrix structures
  • Working knowledge of SAP Activate methodology in complex global environments
  • Experience of SAP Business Network and associated solutions

Applications open – 6th of September 2023

Applications close – 22nd of September 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.

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