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Senior Manager, Forecasting - Oncology

Location Mississauga, Ontario, Canada Job ID R-191923 Date posted 11/02/2024

At AstraZeneca, we pride ourselves on crafting a collaborative culture that champions knowledge-sharing, ambitious thinking and innovation – ultimately providing employees with the opportunity to work across teams, functions and even the globe.

Recognizing the importance of individualized flexibility, our ways of working allow employees to balance personal and work commitments while ensuring we continue to create a strong culture of collaboration and teamwork by engaging face-to-face in our offices 3 days a week. Our head office and BlueSky Hub in downtown Toronto are purposely designed with collaboration in mind, providing space where teams can come together to strategize, brainstorm and connect on key projects.

Our dedication to sustainability is also central to our culture and part of what makes AstraZeneca a great place to work. We know the health of people, the planet and our business are interconnected which is why we’re taking ambitious action to tackle some of the biggest challenges of our time, from climate change to access to healthcare and disease prevention.

The Oncology Finance and Forecasting team at AstraZeneca Canada, supports the Oncology Business Unit (OBU) and partners with each of the organization’s brand teams to drive strategic decisions by providing world-class finance business partnering and forecasting capabilities. It is comprised of Finance Business Partnering, which drives overall P&L management, and the Forecasting Business Partnering to establish industry-leading capabilities and advance standard methodologies to drive business impact.

If you are a strategic thinker, collaborative teammate, and passionate about driving success in oncology forecasting, we invite you to join us on this exciting journey. Apply now to be a part of AstraZeneca's commitment to pushing the boundaries of science and making a positive impact on patient outcomes.

Your responsibilities include:

  • Oncology Forecasting Leadership: An effective player/coach, you will demonstrate key leadership skills as you lead the forecasting team in addition to delivering your assigned franchise area. Work closely with cross-functional partners to deeply analyze the patient funnel, challenge assumptions, and lead the strategic direction for forecasting efforts.
  • Strategic Influence and Leadership: Act as a strategic advisor to senior leadership, triangulating data and insights to provide impactful recommendations. Drive consensus on forecasting assumptions, influencing decision-making at the highest levels.
  • Enhanced Global & Local Collaboration: Elevate our brand narrative by integrating market research insights from global and local partners, aligning patient and revenue goals with broader business strategies.
  • Advanced Case Development: Spearheard alignment and collaboratiion with Commercial, Pricing, and Finance teams to create robust cases aligned with organizational objectives.
  • Performance Management: Oversee performance tracking and estimation processes, providing accurate and timely updates to leadership. Apply actual performance data and emerging trends to refine forecasts and strategies.
  • Proactive Risk and Opportunity Management: Lead in identifying potential risks and opportunities through detailed scenario planning and sensitivity analysis across the oncology portfolio. Foster a culture of proactive decision-making to navigate market complexities.
  • Cross-Functional Partnership: Partner closely with Marketing, Finance, and other functions to ensure alignment on forecast assumptions and critical analytical assessments. Success hinges on superior communication, consultative, and influencing skills, underpinned by a robust foundation in forecasting expertise and quantitative technical skills.
  • Talent Development: Help to mentor and train a pipeline of forecasting and performance talent, ensuring the team possesses strong skills in interpreting primary market research and secondary data analyses.

Your qualifications:

  • Educational Background: Advanced Science Degree (PhD, MSc, MBiotech or similar), Health Economics, MBA, or related field.
  • Experience: At least 5 years of experience in forecasting, preferably within the pharmaceutical industry, with a demonstrated track record of strategic impact and team leadership.
  • Strategic and Analytical Skills: Exceptional ability to analyze complex data, identify strategic insights, and communicate recommendations to senior leadership.
  • Leadership: Proven leadership skills with experience in managing impactful teams. Strong capability in mentoring, developing talent, and fostering an inclusive and collaborative team environment.
  • Communication Skills: Outstanding communication skills, with the ability to simplify sophisticated information for a variety of audiences.
  • Critical Thinking and Planning: Advanced critical thinking and planning skills, with a keen ability to challenge the status quo and drive innovative solutions.
  • Adaptability and Prioritization: Demonstrated ability to adapt quickly and prioritize effectively in a fast-paced environment, aligning team efforts with business objectives.

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AstraZeneca is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion and providing a workplace that is free from discrimination. AstraZeneca is committed to accommodating persons with disabilities. Such accommodation is available on request in respect of all aspects of the recruitment, assessment and selection process and may be requested by emailing

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 authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements.

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