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Leaders in Finance Tomorrow

About Leaders in Finance Tomorrow

The Leaders in Finance Tomorrow (LIFT) is an AstraZeneca US internship program that provides the best and the brightest students with a unique opportunity to gain meaningful finance and accounting experiences in the pharmaceutical industry.

Programme details

About the programme

In addition to their finance assignments, the LIFT participants are involved in cross-functional training sessions and networking activities. All participants are exposed to top AstraZeneca and Finance Leadership through our mentoring program, and optional lunch and learn events. Upon completion, our LIFT participants leave the program with invaluable business knowledge that provides them with a head start on their career in pharmaceutical finance.

Major Responsibilities

Responsibilities for AstraZeneca Financial Internship participants are linked to assigned functional area. Some examples of functional areas and associated responsibilities may include:

  • Pharmaceutical Finance and accounting: responsibilities include but are not limited to: budgeting, month end journal entries (expense accruals and reclassification entries), forecasting, reporting activities, systems, deal analysis, auditing, and ad-hoc projects
  • Pharmaceutical Business Development: responsible for financial modeling of potential licensing and/or acquisition targets to help senior executive team determine appropriate valuations
  • Pharmaceutical Marketing Team: provide financial support to commercial teams in order to drive high value investment decisions. Forecasting, monthly close and business commentary are also required to help senior leadership understand business performance
  • Financial Auditing: drive corporate performance through analysis of current business processes and present recommendations to improve efficiency and strengthen corporate compliance.
  • Managed Markets: support portfolio access strategy through financial analysis of proposed contracts with payors to determine appropriate financial terms.
  • Central Planning & Reporting: work across the US business to collect and analyze data in order to support CFO and CEO in decision making.

In addition to your primary finance internship assignment, the Finance Senior Leadership team may request you to analyze and present a financial recommendation on a particular business concern that impacts AstraZeneca and the pharmaceutical industry.

Over several weeks at AstraZeneca, you may work on a team with the other LIFT participants to analyze, evaluate and present a viable recommendation back to the Finance Senior Leadership team on the topic of interest.

Minimum Requirements

  • Finance and accounting responsibilities may include but are not limited to: budgeting, month end journal entries (expense accruals and reclassification entries), forecasting, reporting activities, systems, deal analysis, auditing, and ad-hoc projects
  • Grade Point Average of 3.0 or higher
  • Proficiency with Excel and PowerPoint required
  • Finance or Accounting concentration
  • Presently enrolled in an undergraduate or finance-related Masters program
  • Completed second year at the undergraduate level

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