AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP Finance Business Partner Director, Europe in Bedford, United Kingdom

At AstraZeneca, we’re not afraid to do things differently. We’re resetting expectations of what a bio-pharmaceutical company can be. This means we’re opening up new ways to work, pioneering cutting edge methods and bringing unexpected teams together.

At AstraZeneca, we challenge the norm, and that means we expect our people to as well. In order to develop life-changing medicines, we approach problems in a different way – agile, nimble, and focused on what our people need to make groundbreaking discoveries.

As the Finance Business Partner Director, Europe, you will be responsible for delivering accurate and timely Reporting and Management of European performance to deliver European Regional targets / objectives. This will involve liaising with Group teams and ensuring European performance is fully understood with mitigation

Actions in place if required.

You will also deliver high quality European RBU’s (Rolling Business Updates) and LRP (Long Range Plan) in line with Group targets

  • Ensuring markets are organised to submit timely and in line with requirements – holding markets to account

  • Delivering / managing the LRP Process

  • Allocating targets (sales / investment / profit) to markets based on robust analysis / bench-marking

  • Ensuring high quality CEO/ CFO reviews allowing confident decision making / review

This role has high visibility and you will be expected to provide clarity to Executive CEO / CFO and investor relations in Quarterly Business Review presentations as well as delivering high quality business partnering / insight to Regional Finance VP, European EVP (Senior Executive Team (SET) member) and Commercial teams to drive European performance. To achieve this, you will need to lead your team in providing high quality analytics and insights for Commercial Team and Area Finance Directors.

To be successful, you will need to develop strong relationships with European CFOs and be comfortable to challenge / influence and provide clarity on performance / issues. This will also include driving the simplification agenda working with the CFO’s and Group / IFS / Finance Transformation

teams where necessary.

Using your leadership skills, you will manage and develop a high quality regional Finance team (multinational / mobile team) – currently 3 members, in supporting directly the 2 Regional Areas (Western & Southern Europe and Central & Eastern Europe).

This is a great role to make a difference and have real impact as a member of the European Finance Leadership Team

Experience required:

  • You will be a Qualified finance professional operating at the senior level

  • Have experience of leading a finance team and working within a global organisation

  • Significant experience of senior finance management and control roles.

  • Experience of working in a global pharmaceutical organisation/ understanding of the drug development life cycle and/or commercial aspects

  • Rigorous and analytical thinking. Experience developing business cases and use of decision support tools and coaching others in their development and use

  • Ability to apply governance, risk and compliance components

  • Excellent commercial knowledge of the business area and local financial environment

  • Impact and Influence/Collaborative Partnering

  • Organisational Awareness – demonstrates knowledge of corporate business context

  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, including oral and written

  • Experience working across boundaries with Centres of Excellence, remote teams and 3rd party vendors.

Opening date - 6th November 2018

Closing date - 26th November 2018

AstraZeneca is an equal opportunity employer. AstraZeneca will consider all qualified applicants for employment without discrimination on grounds of disability, gender or gender orientation, pregnancy or maternity leave status, race or national or ethnic origin, age, religion or belief, gender identity or re-assignment, marital or civil partnership status, protected veteran status (if applicable) or any other characteristic protected by law.