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Global Logistics and Supply Chain Finance Business Partner

Location Macclesfield, England, United Kingdom Job ID R-077373 Date posted 05/15/2020

At AstraZeneca, every one of our employees makes a difference to patient lives every day. You may not feel you're at the front-line of research but your role in changing patients' lives is critical. Our mission is ambitious and it takes the skills of a collaborative team to really deliver on what science can do and to always put patients first.

The Global Logistics & Supply Chain Finance Business Partner team provides Business Partnering support to the Global External Sourcing (GES) and Global Supply Chain and Strategy (GSCS) and Global Logistics (GLF) teams within AZ Operations. The team supports key supply chain decision making and performance management such as Cost of Goods, Inventory, Business Development, Strategy assessments and Major CMO contracting.

Your key business counterparts will be the members of the GLF Leadership team with whom you work closely to ensure support and finance challenge into the Global Logistics organisation. Your responsibilities cover budget management (~$300m annual spend), financial decision making and support and financial compliance (SOX). You deliver these responsibilities drawing on support from regional finance support who support the regional logistics teams and the deployed Global Finance Services team (Poland/Costa Rica/Kuala Lumpur based) that provide FP&A support to the organisation. You also support the wider organisation with budget management support.

AstraZeneca Operations run a network of ~30 manufacturing sites and in addition sources material from ~200 CMOs. Key financial performance indicators include maintaining gross margin of ~80% and optimizing inventory ($3B) whilst enabling a supply chain that enables AZ growth and launch of new product. GLF has the responsibility primary distribution (transportation between manufacturing sites and from manufacturing site to market) as well as secondary distribution (in market distribution centre/warehousing as well as distribution to customer) and has a annual spend of $300m. The organisation size is 150 FTEs and is headquartered in the UK but organised with regional teams (Asia, EMEA, Americas) and has presence across multiple global geographies. GLF is part of the Global Supply Chain & Strategy organisation which is responsible for planning and supply chain optimisation across the full AZ supply chain. The organisation has in total 400 FTEs with a global foot print.

The business partnering activity is wide and varied, but primarily focuses on ensuring success for the GLF and GSCS functions in financial management (budget attainment, decision making and control/risk management).

You will be working with a variety of customers in a global, fast-moving environment and including a number of global and regional leadership teams, you are a key member of the Global Logistics management team and you regularly participate and contribute to the wider Global Supply Chain leadership team and key forums. You will also interact heavily across the global finance organisation. You will provide insightful and commercial input to business decisions, challenge key forecasting assumptions and deliver financial analysis of key risks and sensitivities. You will enjoy engaging with third parties in the negotiation of contracts and in shaping supply and collaboration agreements will be key. In addition, you will also be expected to provide support and guidance to other members of the finance team, as well as building links with the broader Operations and AZ finance organisations.

Typical Accountabilities

The role broadly includes the following key components:

  • Business Strategy & Decision Support: To support key business & investment decisions in GLF & GSCS through ensuring dynamic resource allocation, targeted at value-creating opportunities, advising and guiding senior business leaders, using an excellent knowledge of customer requirements, balanced with an understanding of internal culture and climate.
  • Business Performance: To drive financial performance in particular budget management of $350m and associated business activity, to deliver and communicate performance and business planning reports, and to advise senior management on key drivers. You in particular ensure that there is a close link between financial performance and forecasting and business drivers such as volume development and mode switches.
  • Continuous Improvement, Governance and Coaching: To take a lead in driving continuous improvement in Finance processes and capabilities and to lead financial risk management and financial governance in area of accountability. GES has a broad set of financial controls (SOX and FCF) and also are dependent on a robust risk assessment of its global operations.


  • Delivery of Global Supply Chain & Strategy, Global External Sourcing and Operations Finance functional scorecards
  • Focus and 360 survey results
  • Feedback from finance networks and business customers
  • Quality of business cases and decisions support materials
  • Budget attainment
  • Timely, accurate and insightful performance reporting
  • Conformance with key process deliverables and timelines

Your essential qualifications, skills and experiences:

  • Successful business partnering and impactful influencing with VP/executive level partners
  • Exceptional communication and presentation skills, including oral & written.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Strong drive, ability to connect to the changing needs of the business and forward thinking in creation of solution development
  • Knowledge of global and corporate business context
  • Current experience as member of global leadership team and tried ability to influence the direction of business area
  • Successful track record of handling global +$100m budget
  • Certified/Qualified Finance Professional or equivalent working experience

Your desirable qualifications, skills and experiences:

  • Supply chain & logistics/distribution experience/expertise
  • Financial controls & SOX experience
  • Experience of Supply Chain and manufacturing finance/accounting
  • Supplier management and contracting and/our experience of working in or closely with CMO organisations
  • Experience of working in a global pharmaceutical organisation

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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