Lead Business Analyst at AstraZeneca, Luton, 6 Months, £Contract Rate

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  • Luton, England, United Kingdom
  • Jul 04, 2024
6 Months or more Finance Information Technology

Contract Description

6 months contract


Do you have expertise in, and passion for, information technology? Would you like to apply your expertise to impact the IT strategy in a company that follows the science and turns ideas into life changing medicines? If so, AstraZeneca might be the one for you!


About the role

We are looking for experienced business analysts who can lead delivery of a transformative roadmap of analytics and AI requirements. We welcome applications for full-time and part-time working.


About our team

AstraZeneca is in a period of strong growth and our employees have a united purpose to make a difference to patients around the world who need both our medicines and the ongoing developments from our science. The ambition, size and complexity of the organisation, coupled with the opportunities afforded by new technology, has led the Board to approve a large-scale transformation programme – Axial.


Axial will be powered by S/4HANA, a new Enterprise Resource Planning system which will be implemented across the organisation. We will be transforming the way we work through our entire supply chain, from bench to patient.


The new system will be used by more than 20,000 employees daily and will be central to most core business processes. This is a once in a generation programme for AstraZeneca and will shape our ways of working globally. The Axial Insights & Analysis team is leading the roadmap and delivery of analytics and AI delivery from an end-user perspective.


Typical Accountabilities:

  • Collaborate with multiple business teams and senior leaders within Finance groups, to lead the collection of requirements, existing challenges and business opportunities; working with our delivery partners to make sure the Axial program is writing requirements and specifications at scale and pace, to a high quality. You will need to get hands-on too, writing requirements yourself.
  • Lead the integration of analytics and AI into business processes, where possible automating decision making.
  • Be engaged in data management work such as: design of an analytics catalogue, promoting data literacy, participating in analytics governance forums and being the champion for citizen data services.
  • Develop & embed standards and guidelines for the business intelligence lifecycle.
  • Be responsible for navigation of interim states and solving the problems they generate.
  • Prepare material, tools, sample data, and processes for Fit-2-Standard workshops.
  • Contribute to the analytics and AI operating model.
  • Identify learning and development needs.


Essential Qualifications / Experience:

  • Strong business analysis experience and knowledge of analytics.
  • Experience and exposure to one or more business processes in Finance:
  • Order & Distribution to Cash,
  • Record to Report,
  • Tax & Treasury, - Advantageous
  • Experience in one or more full S/4 HANA implementation cycle/s in Analytics using embedded analytics, SAP Analytics Cloud and understanding of SAP B/W4 HANA or SAP Datasphere
  • Influencing design and user experience.
  • Experience in working with large and sophisticated data sets in commonly used BI tools like SAP Analytics Cloud, Qlik & PowerBI.
  • Strong drive to learn new concepts in business processes, tools and applications.
  • A strong ability to convey complex information through analytics, catering from Top-Floor to Shop-Floor.
  • Technical or configurations skills are not required for this position


Desirable Qualifications / Experience:

  • Experience in Business Process Management Tools like BIC or Nimbus or Signavio
  • Regulatory experience, e.g. GxP and SOx.
  • Exposure to more than one of the SAP modules such as: MM, PP, IM, EWM, QM, TM, Financial Planning, Finance and / or Controlling etc from business side.
  • Familiarity with data science, AI/ML concepts and use cases in Finance.
  • Bio-Tech, Pharmaceutical or Life Sciences experience.
  • UX experience.
  • Certifications in SAP, Project Management, Business Intelligence, Data Management, Lean Framework or Finance.
  • Experience in large scale, complex & multi-year projects.


Why AstraZeneca?

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, and always committed to lifelong learning, growth and development. We’re on an exciting journey to pioneer the future of healthcare.


“When we put unexpected teams in the same room, we unleash bold thinking with the power to inspire life-changing medicines. In-person working give us the platform we need to connect, work at pace and challenge perceptions. That’s why we work, on average, a minimum of three days per week from the office. But that doesn’t mean we’re not flexible. We balance the expectation of being in the office while respecting individual flexibility. Join us in our unique and ambitious world.”


So, what’s next?

Are you already imaging yourself joining our team? Good, because we can’t wait to hear from you.