Group Finance Business Insights Director - International Region

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Cambridgeshire

Job Type: Full time


Are you a qualified finance professional with experience of enterprise planning and reporting? Do you have a track record of delivering change? As best in class finance support becomes ever more important, this role offers you the chance to work as part of the Group Planning and Business Performance team based in Cambridge.

About AstraZeneca

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.

Hybrid Working

When we put unexpected teams in the same room, we unleash bold thinking with the power to inspire life-changing medicines. In-person working give 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.

Finance Function

AstraZeneca’s Finance function is continuing its transformation journey with the objective of delivering excellence in financial operations and insight. As this strategy continues to drive the effectiveness and performance of the business, to the benefit of millions of patients worldwide, best in class finance support and leadership becomes ever more important.

What you’ll do

As the Group Finance Business Insights Director you will play a key a key role in Group reporting and planning processes, driving central understanding and insight on our International Region business to inform decision making and target setting on this critical area of the business. This role offers the chance to add real business value through enhanced commercial insight, and the opportunity to build strong and wide-ranging networks within Group and Commercial Finance functions.

We are looking for a candidate with relevant expertise and experience, but more importantly a problem solver, simplifier, integrator, connector and communicator. A change agent who challenges, is curious, works with an agile, positive mindset, and has the ability to think differently and make it happen.


The role reports to the Head of Group Insights Finance Director and will primarily be responsible for:

  • Providing insight, expertise and analysis to help drive and shape the commercial performance of AstraZeneca

  • Proactively identifying, collating and analysing a range of financial and non-financial data to develop a deep understanding of the drivers of performance and key emerging trends impacting our International Region business (includes China and International Markets)

  • Being the expert for the International Region within the Group Finance team, acting as the link between the commercial unit and the Group function across all planning and reporting cycles

  • Ensuring that key planning assumptions and drivers of performance are understood, bringing constructive challenge to forecasts, planning assumptions and resource allocation based on credible insights, intelligence & analysis

  • Preparing stretched but attainable targets that align to the Enterprise’s strategic and financial objectives

  • Playing a lead role in the coordination and communication to markets of group planning processes, requirements and standard templates

  • Managing a range of other ad-hoc requests in support of the CEO and SET/Board reporting

  • Identifying and acting on continuous improvement and digitization opportunities in Group reporting and planning processes, performance and reporting

Education, Qualifications, Skills and Experience

Essential for the role:

  • Experienced and analytical Finance professional with the ability to deliver succinct, high impact briefing material suitable for SET / Board level audiences

  • Finance/Business qualification e.g. Qualified ACA/ACCA/CIMA/MBA

  • Excellent academic record

  • Curious, proactive and delivery focused, comfortable working in a dynamic, challenging environment

  • Energetic, resilient and tenacious

  • Excellent influencing and communication skills with the confidence to engage senior stakeholders and ability to drive bigger picture thinking

  • Good networking and relationship building skills

Desirable for the role:

  • Experience of Commercial Finance and/or Group FP&A, preferably within a large pharmaceutical business

  • Strong systems skills; advanced Microsoft Excel & PowerPoint, knowledge of Hyperion Planning would also be advantageous

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?

Are you already imagining yourself joining our team? Good, because we can’t wait to hear from you!

Competitive salary and benefits package on offer.

The successful candidate will have access to a flexible employee benefits fund, including holiday purchase and flexible time off, pension contributions, Share Save plans, A performance recognition scheme and a competitive, generous remuneration package.

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Date Posted


Closing Date

03-Mar-2024Our mission is to build an inclusive and equitable environment. We want people to feel they belong at AstraZeneca and Alexion, starting with our recruitment process. We welcome and consider applications from all qualified candidates, regardless of characteristics. We offer reasonable adjustments/accommodations to help all candidates to perform at their best. If you have a need for any adjustments/accommodations, please complete the section in the application form.