Manufacturing Accounting SAP FICO Manager - 18 Month Fixed Term Opportunity
AstraZeneca is a global, innovation-driven biopharmaceutical business that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialization of prescription medicines for some of the world's most serious diseases. But we're more than one of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies. At AstraZeneca, we're proud to have a unique workplace culture that inspires innovation and collaboration.
SAP FICO Manager required 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 level of details to enable better decision making.
The SAP FICO Manager, will lead the SAP FICO group within the Design workstream of the project, supporting the business process leads in the SAP design for AZ's new functional global processes and policies in standard product costing, cost accounting, inventory accounting and performance measurement. The aim of which is to transform existing non-standard regional processes into efficient and effective global standard processes.
The role will be responsible for supporting the SAP design of:
Standard Product Costing:
Cost Component Structure
Materials Cost allocations
Long-term planning and MRP
Primary distribution costs
Cost centre accounting
Production order accounting
New product introduction accounting
Third party supplier
Primary distribution costs
Actual product costing
Inventory provisions and write offs
Stock in transit
Cost Centre Reporting
Variance Reporting and Analysis
Product Performance Reporting
Site/Region/Global Performance Reports
Your key skills and experiences!
To be successful candidates will need to have experience in manufacturing accounting processes in the Pharma industry, and ideally, designing best practise processes, process re-engineering skills (e.g. Lean Six Sigma), as well as solid working knowledge of SAP, S/4HANA (particularly CO-PC), SAP BI and strong influencing capabilities
►Detailed knowledge of how SAP & S/4HANA enabled end-to-end business process across Finance and Product Cost Controlling (CO-PC)
►Prior experience and knowledge of SAP product costing technical and functional capabilities as well as business processes and industry best practises
►Prior experience of designing manufacturing related SAP product costing set-up with focus on overheads and absorption costing methods and techniques
►A background in designing and delivering end-to-end business processes in SAP for manufacturing environment preferably in pharmaceutical industry
►Prior knowledge of upcoming changes in SAP FICO/CO-PC with SAP S/4HANA, as well as expertise in the latest SAP financial technologies
►Good hands on experience of SAP ECC System including providing functional expertise, hands-on delivery, customization, guidance, presentation, and instruction on SAP products
►Good understanding of basic Financial concepts (required for SAP Implementation projects).
►Good understanding of how different modules within SAP interact e.g. PP, MM change impacts on FI, CO processes
►An understanding of the functional, application and technical architectural elements of an SAP programme.
►Should be able to support Functional lead in client workshops to drive design decisions, solutioning and system demonstration
►Should have people management experience, and be able to motivate and direct others
►Not afraid of hands on activities moving comfortably from solution overviews to understanding transactional detail where required
►Prepare configuration & other design documents (User Requirement Specification, Functional specification, Solution design document)
►Experience of multiple SAP full implementation project lifecycles, preferably from scoping and planning through to post go live support
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 SAP ERP implementations
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
Ability to use a range of influencing techniques
CIMA/CA professional qualification
Broad process experience (development, management and application of)
Significant work experience in relevant functional area
Expert knowledge in specialist process area
Competitive rates of pay apply
Opening date: 1st July 2021
Closing date: 22nd July 2022
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.