Senior IT Business Partner (M&A)

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Cheshire East

Job Type: Full time


At AstraZeneca, we turn ideas into life-changing medicines. We're passionate about unlocking science to address unmet needs of patients around the world. This is an opportunity to be part of a team where your work has a huge societal impact. The M&A IT Senior Business Partner will work closely with various teams, bringing industry knowledge, business understanding, and strong digital/technology skills to bear in support of our deals and to help improve our IT capability. This role requires a hybrid set of technical, business domain, and leadership skills. You are expected to perform as a leader-doer with the ability to inspire and motivate an agile and diverse team of professionals in a complex matrix organization.


You will build strong strategic relationships with complex customer groups and senior partners, develop a deep understanding of the short-term and long-term business direction. You will assess and prioritize Business Development requirements in line with IT strategy, and influencing IT strategy where appropriate. You will lead business impact assessments, identifying risks and issues that may affect current and future business units and roles, and create business readiness plan. You will proactively seek opportunities for IT to deliver innovative technology solutions, including emerging tech and AI to provide competitive advantage for Business Development Teams and within M&A IT.

Essential Skills/Experience:

  • Demonstrable experience of leading M&A deals comprising company integration projects, divestments, acquisitions, collaborations
  • In-depth experience in one of the following R&D, HR or Finance systems and accompanying business processes.
  • Demonstrable experience years’ experience in defining business processes, identifying and delivering solutions to drive efficiency and savings
  • Expertise in driving business value through the implementation of emerging technologies, including RPA, AI gen AI capabilities
  • Strong verbal and written communication / facilitation skills with the ability to work collaboratively with others to achieve objectives
  • Experience in budget management, more than $5M
  • Project Management and Portfolio Manager - proven skills and experience delivering, leading and controlling large projects /programmes and portfolios
  • Strong influencing, networking and team working skills
  • Ability to work with cross functional teams to develop business cases for integration projects
  • Ability to work well in and across diverse global teams, and work in a Matrix organisation
  • Proficiency in planning, change management and problem solving to resolve issues of a highly complex and strategic nature
  • Proven ability to interpret and communicate technical and scientific information
  • Comfortable working across multiple domains and with ambiguity, has good judgement and can “get stuff done” without an overreliance on process
  • A self-starter with high levels of drive, energy, resilience

Desirable Skills/Experience:

  • Involvement in pharma IT and/or R&D/Commercial/Operations networks and organisations
  • Experience of working with onshore and offshore suppliers
  • Demonstrated understanding of quality and compliance
  • Programme/Project Management certifications preferred
  • Experience of coaching and developing others, including early talent
  • Agile development methodologies

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.

Why AstraZeneca?
Join a team with the backing and investment to win. You'll be working with pioneering technology. This marriage between our purposeful work and the use of high-tech platforms is what sets us apart. Lead the way in digital healthcare. From exploring data and AI, to working in the cloud on new technologies. Join a team at the forefront. Help shape and define the technologies of the future, with the backing you need from across the business.

Our work has a direct impact on patients, transforming our ability to develop life-changing medicines. We empower the business to perform at its peak and lead a new way of working, combining ground breaking science with leading digital technology platforms and data. All with a passion to impact lives through data, analytics, AI, machine learning and more.

Join us at a crucial stage of our journey in becoming a digital and data-led enterprise. Make the impossible possible by building partnerships and ecosystems, creating new ways of working and driving scale and speed to deliver exponential growth. Focused and committed, and backed with the investment to succeed, we're driving cross-company change to disrupt the entire industry.

Ready to make a difference? Apply today!

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Closing Date

23-May-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.