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Data Associate - 12 months secondment/FTC

Location Macclesfield, England, United Kingdom Job ID R-127989 Date posted 13/01/2022

Data Associate

​Competitive salary & benefits

Build a long-term career by unlocking opportunities for lifelong learning

Build unrivalled capabilities in a place that promotes learning agility and offers development opportunities. We never stand still so you’ll have the chance to constantly grow your abilities, skills and knowledge. Here we are a fusion of challenging and interesting work, in an energising and inspiring environment.

Make a meaningful impact on people’s lives with life-changing medicines

Join the team where everyone feels a personal connection to the people that we impact. From our science labs to manufacturing at scale, we are committed to delivering at the highest quality. It’s inspiring and rewarding work, influencing every part of the product lifecycle to deliver life-changing medicines. To ultimately make people’s lives better – from patients and their families to all of us in society!

Global External Sourcing (GES) supports the Operations strategy by establishing and managing suppliers across the world that meet our global standards. Through external suppliers, the team manages approximately one third of AstraZeneca’s value of production. GES plays a key role in ensuring the external supply chains are robust and deliver value to AstraZeneca through driving continuous improvement. The team also supports New Product Introduction through external supply, plays a pivotal role in integrating companies and products that AstraZeneca acquires and bringing innovation through supply chain programmes e.g. Market Access.

The role of the Data Associate (DA) will enable GES to deliver our Master Data Management vision which supports the successful delivery of the Ops 2025 strategy. The DA will manage Master Data across different enterprise systems including SAP MDM, SAP ERPs and Azure covering value chain processes (Plan, Source, Make, Deliver and Manage Finance) to ensure timely and quality supply of products to patients. The DA is accountable for providing complete oversight of the highlighted Master data and the processes governing it in compliance with GMP requirements to ensure that there are no interruptions to product manufacture and supply.

What you'll do:

  • Manage and maintain (create, change and delete) master data across different SAP/Non-SAP systems for different processes across Product data lifecycle.

  • Develop processes and define standards for Data Management activities for the rest of GES and GSQ teams

  • Initiate, sustain and successfully accomplish process improvement activities within the defined scope of work.

  • Training GES / GSQ users on processes and standards to raise capability in the organization around Data Management

  • Participate, as needed in data contributor meetings for New Product Introductions (NPI) to proactively identify improvements to the master data entry processes and implement changes to improve efficiency.

  • Lead master data collection from various functional areas via SAP Workflow. Ensure completion of material master data and the release of materials into SAP to our customers as needed.

  • Have a continuous improvement mindset and implement master data process improvements

  • Oversight of approval of user access changes for their processes, including the agreed list of Approvers via LPCs / Super Users

  • Support Master data project change management activities such as UAT / URT and user training

  • Drive standardisation, cross-process alignment of decisions and develop the processes

  • Represents GES in relevant Global data fora to ensure GES complies with global standards

Essential skills and experience:

  • Degree or equivalent

  • Knowledge of SAP ERP systems

  • Business Acumen especially experience in BPM, LEAN and Quality Assurance Processes

  • Analytical, detail oriented, highly organized

  • Ability to work with complexity and manage ambiguity


  • Experience in pharmaceutical and logistics environment

  • Safety Health and Environmental and GxP management knowledge

  • Project Management, Change Management.

  • Knowledge of GMP and FDA regulations involving data management and validation requirements.

At AstraZeneca we’re dedicated to being a Great Place to Work. Where you are empowered to push the boundaries of science and unleash your entrepreneurial spirit. There’s no better place to make a difference to medicine, patients and society. An inclusive culture that champions diversity and collaboration. Always committed to lifelong learning, growth and development.

We welcome your application by midnight 28th January

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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