SAP S/4HANA Data Design Lead – Order & Distribution to Cash

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Cheshire East, Luton, Wilmington, Delaware

Job Type: Full time


Role Title – SAP S/4HANA Data Design Lead – Order & Distribution to Cash

Global S4Hana Programme

Location – Luton UK, Wilmington US, Gothenburg SE or Warsaw PO.

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.

Role description

The S/4HANA Data Design Lead – Order & Distribution to Cash is responsible for coordinating on all business data requirements within the S/4 HANA design process, along with defining and documenting the S/4 Enterprise Data Standards and ensuring that existing SAP ECC data is fit for purpose at the point of migration to S/4 HANA.

The role is aligned to the Enterprise Process Owner (EPO) Order & Distribution to Cash (O&DTC) and is responsible for owning the relationship between the S/4 Data and Analytics organisation and the EPO, and proactively engaging with the wider business (including data offices and governance forums) to ensure that the S/4 data design meets business requirements, aligns to SAP standard where possible and that S/4 data can be used with confidence achieving a Quality Core.

The role will drive out the data designs for all relevant data objects and customisations in the O&DTC space, which is responsible for the successful delivery of various materials required within AstraZeneca production (primary distribution) and distribution of finished pack product from packing sites directly to customers and distribution centres (secondary distribution) as well as the accurate and timely processing and fulfilment of customer orders, billing, cash collection/application, receivables reconciliation and managing counterparty credit risk.

All primary and secondary distribution aspects and is responsible for owning the relationship between the S/4 Data and Analytics organisation and the EPO, and proactively engaging with the wider business (including data offices and governance forums) to ensure that the S/4 data design meets business requirements, aligns to SAP standard where possible and that S/4 data can be used with confidence achieving a Quality Core.

Typical Accountabilities

  • Lead the definition, documentation and implementation of S/4 Enterprise Data standards related to the Material Master, including master data, reference data and metadata – setting the business context and ensuring approval in accordance with defined data governance. To include the development of conceptual models, business glossary and ontologies.
  • Apply data, process and object expertise to support S/4 process design, acting as an integral part of the O&DTC EPO design team, considering both business process and analytics requirements.
  • Own relationship with current business data capability to ensure that S/4 design and the wider enterprise data design remain aligned (including supporting interim state).
  • Lead and direct the prioritisation of data delivery as related to O&DTC, defining and managing reporting on progress to relevant stakeholders.
  • Define the change journey from current to future state data design including completion of change impact assessments and outline of critical use case examples.
  • Contribute to the development of the S/4 Data Governance Strategy and Roadmap, in collaboration with the business data offices, the S/4 Data & Analytics leadership team and wider project delivery engine where relevant.
  • Assist in the development of the S/4 Data Quality Strategy and secure its execution through the steering and agreeing the data quality approach for data within O&DTC EPO area enabling simplified migration, interim state, and the ongoing management of data to ensure that it remains fit for purpose post deployment.
  • Contribute to the development of the S/4 Cleanse and Migrate strategy and execution approaches and plans.
  • Steer and agree the cleanse and enrichment approach for data within O&DTC in accordance with the overall data cleanse strategy.
  • Provide support to project data migration processes, including the co-ordination of pre and post load business sign off.
  • Ensure that data within O&DTC complies with the S/4 HANA Data Governance Framework and AZ Global Data Standards.
  • Assist the S/4 Data Governance team in the creation of effective global procedures to ensure that each data asset is governed throughout its lifecycle.

Essential for the role

  • Qualified Accountant with significant experience and subject matter expertise in Order & Distribution to Cash (O&DTC) processes and related data concepts including but not limited to order management, credit management, invoicing & billing, pricing/rebate/discount, customer management, account receivables process, payment process & collections, contract management
  • Transportation Management SAP module and data set experience
  • Demonstrable knowledge of how business data requirements support process execution and analytics, with the ability to explain complex data concepts to business users.
  • Experience of designing and implementing Data Standards in relevant O&DTC space for a global enterprise with significant geographical and functional footprint.
  • Demonstrable SAP working knowledge across transactions and reporting in an SAP environment, including an understanding of how data integrates within an SAP architecture.
  • Experience of Business/IT partnering for the implementation of Data Governance-related solutions.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead in a diverse, global team, within and across functions. Experience with global working and across cultures.
  • 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 track record of delivery and ability to effectively prioritise to ensure goals and outcomes are achieved
  • Demonstrated project leadership skills.

Desirable for the role

  • S/4 HANA implementation programme experience.
  • Experience in life sciences and healthcare.
  • Experience in Data Governance
  • Experience in measuring, managing and improving Data Quality.
  • In depth knowledge of relevant key business processes.

Applications open Friday the 8th of September 2023

Applications close Sunday the 8th of October 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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