Axial Operations Finance Deployment Integration Manager
Location: Cheshire East
Job Type: Full time
Axial Operations Finance Deployment Integration Manager
The Axial Programme (Global S/4HANA implementation)
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 programme – Axial.
The Axial Programme will be powered by S/4HANA a new ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system which will be implemented right across the organisation and will provide our business with standardised processes, enhanced financial management, common data and real time reporting, transforming the way we work through our entire supply chain - from bench to patient.
The new system will be used by more than 20,000 employees daily, is foundational to all AZ entities and is central to most core business processes. This is a once in a generation programme for AstraZeneca and will shape our ways of working globally for many years to come.
The Axial programme needs the best talent to work in it. Whether it’s the technical skills, business understanding or change leadership, we want to ensure we have the strongest team deployed throughout. We are aiming 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 benefit of our employees, customers and patients.
We're now looking for an Operations Finance Deployment Integration Manager to join our team! In this role, you will be responsible for ensuring that Operations Finance process design can be implemented in practice, and major change management impacts are understood and managed.
You'll provide input to development of high-level design integration and change impact identification approach. An outstanding teammate with broad process knowledge across multiple E2E Processes in Operations and Finance with the ability to work closely and collaboratively with other workstreams to ensure challenging design gaps or weaknesses are resolved.
What you'll do:
For the end to end Operations Finance enterprise processes:
Responsible to understand integration requirements and change impact from a business implementation perspective arising from the design, to confirm a process be practically implemented, and understand the level of business / change required.
Work closely with the Enterprise Process Owners (and their teams) and Regional / functional / first site business teams to ensure the major change burden of implementation arising from global design are understood and can be managed.
Uses extensive specialist knowledge of process, systems and data to support understanding of integration deployment considerations, outstanding conceptual thinking skills and the ability to influence and work collaboratively across teams to review design coming from relevant EPO areas in order to:
Identify and resolve deployment integration issues, where necessary collaborating with and negotiating across multiple teams and leaders to do so
Identify and ensures resolution of significant deployment issues in the global core design that mean one or more core global process could not be operated during the transition or end state.
Work with Operations Regions and Functions to determine what the change means for them, any challenges that need considering in the design phase. ‘First line of defence’ for requests to have an exception to the standard.
Identifies and understands change with significant implications, focusing on ones where the change impacts need more detailed consideration in order to confirm implications during the design phase.
Looks across design to understand consolidated change impacts and interactions
Find innovative solutions to integration and change management challenges, seeking external insight where appropriate
Develop a plan to manage long lead time change items or deploy early to better manage change impact
Maintains a high degree of understanding and awareness on process, data and systems
Works collaboratively to develop processes to achieve the above. Provides input to the change management strategy.
Identify situations where changes to the AZ business or external factors triggers a change to the previously approved designs or understanding of major change areas, and trigger required re-evaluations.
Identifies major change risks, and ensures mitigations are in place.
Translates technical concepts into business language to enable wider understanding of significant issues
Engages across the programme and beyond to highlight opportunities for simplification and clarity of roles and responsibilities, decision making and escalation routes
Essential for the role:
Master’s degree (or equivalent) in a relevant scientific or business field
Extensive knowledge across multiple process areas
Excellent written and verbal communication skills as well as proven negotiation, collaboration and interpersonal leadership skills
Conceptual, analytical and critical thinking
Ability to influence strategically and persuade tactfully, to obtain desired outcomes while maintaining effective, positive, organisational relationships
Alternative locations may be considered by discussion with the recruiting manager
Applications open: 16/11/2023
Applications close: 30/11/2023
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.
When we put unexpected teams in the same room, we unleash bold thinking with the power to inspire life-changing medicines. In-person working gives us the platform we need to connect, work at pace and challenge perceptions. That’s why we work, on average, a minimum of three days per week from the office. But that doesn’t mean we’re not flexible. We balance the expectation of being in the office while respecting individual flexibility. Join us in our unique and ambitious world.
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