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Business Analyst - Late Sciences

Location Macclesfield, England, United Kingdom Job ID R-066656 Date posted 11/25/2019

We are AZ

At AZ we push the boundaries of science to deliver life-changing medicines. If you want to be part of a creative organization, with the ambition and capability to make a significant difference to patients’ lives then you should come and talk to us!

What you’ll be doing:

You'll work in Science and Enabling Units IT, in our Late Sciences team. It’s an exciting time to join us, as we set out on our journey to provide the “Best IT for the BioPharma Industry”. Our goal is to position IT as a strategic-enabler and we do this by focusing on close business partnership, defining and executing business-aligned strategies, and finding and developing the best IT talent in the industry. You will be leading/contributing to business analysis on transformative strategic projects that help build next-generation R&D solutions/capabilities as well as delivering high impact business cases for emerging needs. You will collaborate directly with the AZ Business stakeholders who are making those life-changing medicines, our business relationship managers and the technology teams crafting and delivering our ground-breaking technology.

We have two roles based in Gaithersburg, MD (East Coast US) that will support our R&D capability across our three hub sites Cambridge (UK), Gothenburg (Sweden) and Gaithersburg (US).

Key Role Accountabilities:

The incumbent should deliver tangible and measurable value to the Late Sciences business domain areas, include but not limited to; Global Regulatory Affairs, Patient Safety, Clinical Operations, Pipeline Strategy Management, by taking a leading role in SEUIT Delivery of Scientific IT solutions by Programs/Projects and/or Services.

The Late Sciences - Business Analyst is expected to perform at some experienced level the following:

  • Business Needs Identification - Operates at a functional level in assessing and defining business need and areas for improvement. Proactively seeks out opportunities to enhance and improve in line with strategic goals.  Actively monitors and identifies capability gaps and proposes potential solutions through research internally and externally.
  • Business Analysis Planning - Selects the appropriate analysis approach to a piece of work depending on its complexity, level of risk, known assumptions, constraints and dependencies.  Proficient in scoping and recommending appropriate approaches.  Capable of planning and managing their own and other team member’s activities to meet deliverables and deadlines.  Accountable for performance and quality of analytical work delivered, both their own and the work of others.
  • Stakeholder Analysis & Change - Effectively identifies stakeholders from all areas of the business, and actively builds and maintains relationships according to individual stakeholder needs and levels of influence.  Contributes to communication plans and change management for project and stakeholders.
  • Requirements Analysis and Design Definition - Responsible and accountable for requirements management plans including elicitation, approvals, processes, RAID and scope impacts.  Highly responsive to changing business priorities with ability to plan ahead, accounting for potential changes and corrective actions.  Advanced requirements elicitation and management skill-set; including traceability, testing and validation.  Leads the work with the business to identify functional and technical requirements, translating the requirements into design specifications reflecting Functional Design, User Interface Design and Business Process Design.   Closely partnering with the Architecture team, ensuring the technical solution will deliver the agreed business benefits. 
  • Business Case Definition - Shapes and defines the business case, producing detailed business justification for investment including ROI and benefits realization.
  • Solution Evaluation - Highly proficient in analyzing and assessing solution proposals and able to articulate supporting reasoning. i.e. assessing business readiness, maximizing value vs. spend.  

Work collaboratively with:

  • Business Relationship Managers to develop and maintain the business relationship, support business process change and act as point of contact for application development
  • Various levels of Business Stakeholders to ensure that solutions fulfill their future strategic needs and challenges
  • Business customers to identify business requirements and effectively communicate impact, cost and benefits of new and changed demands
  • Process owners to identify and devise solutions that optimize business process performance, capability and competitiveness 
  • IT Architecture, Delivery and Support to ensure clear understanding of requirements and effective testing so that the solutions delivered to the business are efficient and effective, meeting the customer experience expectations. 

Work collaboratively with or take some responsibility for:

  • Test Lead to define the testing approach and the components of testing to ensure traceability of requirements and effectiveness of overall solution.
  • Change Management/Communication Lead to ensure the Change Management and Communications plans and delivery support the Stakeholder Analysis.

Essential Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • Established knowledge of or some experience of the Global Regulatory Affairs  domain and/or the R&D domain
  • Proven experience of successfully deploying a variety of business analysis tools/techniques to enable business change
  • Proven experience of working with complex integrated systems, using creative and strategic thinking to deliver exceptional results 
  • Strong engagement, communication and stakeholder management skills, including excellent presentation and influencing skills
  • Experience of working in a regulated environment (GxP)
  • Experience of virtual collaboration to lead, shape and develop innovative solutions 
  • Experience of mentoring, coaching or developing others
  • Experience of working with and managing third party suppliers/vendors
  • Relevant degree

Desirable Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in relevant discipline
  • Formal certification in business analysis practice
  • Practical usage of Agile Methodology
  • Experience of working in a global organization with complex/geographical context 
  • Biopharmaceutical  and Cross industry business awareness/business domain knowledge
  • Exposure to User Centered Design and Design thinking (User Experience, Prototyping, User Interface Design and Business Process Design)

Come join our transforming business analysis team within the Late Sciences domain within R&D IT.



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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