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MAP Design Operations Analyst - 12 Month Fixed Term Opportunity

Location Luton, England, United Kingdom Mount Vernon, Indiana, United States Job ID R-113127 Date posted 16/09/2021

Finance at AstraZeneca has a clear vision to become trusted partners, creating value and leading change. As such, Finance has a pivotal role to play in shaping our long-term financial health, partnering to deliver great results through insight, delivering excellence in financial operations and safeguarding AstraZeneca’s assets and reputation.

In Finance Transformation, we support this ambition by being trusted partners for change excellence and building long-term capabilities to make us future-fit. This is where you could come in. Working in Finance Transformation is fast-paced, dynamic and challenging. We are looking for people who want to seize the opportunity to take an exciting step in their personal development journey and play a fundamental part of delivering a world-class finance organisation. 

We are looking for an Operations Analyst for a global manufacturing accounting project, where the key objective is to improve and standardise the end-to-end manufacturing accounting processes, delivering more granular cost performance reporting and insights to enable better decision making. Operations provide critical inputs into all of the finance processes we are touching, and we need deep Operations expertise to enable us to ensure that we take into consideration Operations PLAN and MAKE processes, both existing and targeted future states within our solution. (Although these processes are out of the scope of MAP, they do provide key inputs to our project).

The project is replacing existing non-standard, manual, regionally defined processes with efficient and effective global processes, underpinned by consistent systems configurations and tooling. The scope of the project covers the largest sites in AstraZeneca’s manufacturing network across APAC, EMEA and NAM.

This role will require understanding of Supply Chain Planning (e.g. volume planning and forecasting, SAP APO, changeover matrices), SC Master Data (including Material Master, BOMs, Recipes, Standard Value Keys, Phantom BOMs etc) as well as an understanding of MAKE processes, including Process Order execution, goods issue and goods receipting processes, electronic batch records and functional (user) knowledge of Manufacturing Execution Systems in use at AstraZeneca. In addition, experience in Standard Product Costing at the manufacturing site level such as building and providing inputs into the LTP / MTP process for the annual budgeting cycle.

The role will be responsible for providing key analysis and Operations perspective inputs supporting the design of:

  • Standard Product Costing which includes the following areas

    • Master data (such as production volumes, BOMs, Recipes, Resource definitions)

    • Cost allocations

    • Standard cost calculations

  • Cost accounting which includes the following areas

    • Cost centre accounting​

    • Process order accounting​

    • New product introduction accounting​

    • Cost allocations​

    • Third party supplier​

    • Sub-contracting (GES/BES/Toll)​

    • Primary distribution costs​

  • Inventory accounting which includes the following areas;

    • Actual product costing

    • Variance deferral

    • Inventory provisions and write offs

    • Intercompany revaluation

    • Intercompany profit

    • Stock in transit

  • Performance Measurement

    • Helping drive insights to improve operations and the cost of manufacturing across the AZ network

    • Supporting and influencing Ops leadership in driving business adoption

Your new role!

  • Support in the development and implementation of standardised leading practice based processes delivering efficiency and effectiveness for finance whilst accommodating the needs of Operations

  • Support sites and GFS in adapting standard global processes & policies to ensure regional compliance

  • Defend and drive the adoption of global processes, approving deviations or localisation only where there is valid and approved justification reasons for:

  • Tax

  • Legal

  • Statutory

  • Contribute and validate in the development of integrated and standardised system configurations

  • Support the development of global standardised reports and forms

  • Support the development of process and systems roles according to segregation of duties

  • Contribute into related master data definitions, usage and policies

  • Partake in UAT and validation of test results

  • Assist where possible, in the resolution of testing defects

  • Support the production of communications and training materials

  • Be the change champion and assisting in the governance of change management

Your essential qualifications, skills and experiences:

  • Degree or equivalent professional qualification

  • Experience of cost accounting, inventory accounting and performance measurement with best practise standards in pharma industry

  • Experience of global technology implementations (ERP and BI tools )

  • Proven solid working knowledge of SAP and BI

  • Proven ability to support multiple projects/tasks effectively

  • Experience of change management and change management processes

  • Demonstrated success working in a team environment

  • Demonstrated success building cross-functional global networks and stakeholder management

  • Strong numerical and analytical skills

  • Experience of implementing business change across different national and business boundaries

  • Up to date knowledge of developments within the wider Finance function and understanding of how changes may affect the function (or be leveraged to drive continuous improvement). 

  • Ideal candidates will have specific pharma industry and process experience

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Oral and written fluency in Business English

  • Manufacturing Site Experience in Finance or Supply Chain

  • EBR (Electronic Batch Record) such as Pas-X Experience


  • CIMA/CA professional qualification OR Supply Chain related professional qualification

  • Broad process experience (development, management and application of)

  • Significant work experience in supply chain finance

  • Expert knowledge in specialist process area

  • EBR (Electronic Batch Record) such as Pas-X Experience

We would consider also consider a EMEA secondary location for this position.

AstraZeneca embraces diversity and equality of opportunity. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team representing all backgrounds, with as wide a range of perspectives as possible, and harnessing industry-leading skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We welcome and consider applications to join our team from all qualified candidates, regardless of their characteristics. We comply with all applicable laws and regulations on non-discrimination in employment (and recruitment), as well as work authorisation and employment eligibility verification requirements.

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