Finance Business Partner
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The role, reporting to the CFO, is responsible for providing business support and analysis including recommendations and insight for the relevant area. The role has also the responsibility for analysing, reporting and following up on responsibility area’s results and development. Responsibility to support the business in order to maximise the financial contribution and the achievement of business objectives. The role will provide quality financial and commercial input to individual investment decisions, challenge key forecasting assumptions and deliver expert financial analysis of business performance, forecasts, key risks and sensitivities. Viewed by internal customers as a business expert with expertise in Finance.
The role broadly includes the following key components:
Business Strategy & Decision Support; supporting key business & investment decisions with solid skills in identifying customer requirements, analyzing issues, developing options and enabling appropriate decision making based on strategic business need
Business Performance; driving financial performance and business activity, to deliver and communicate performance and business planning submissions/reporting, and to advise senior management on key drivers.
Continuous Improvement, Coaching & Governance; supporting continuous improvement in Finance processes and capabilities and to lead financial risk management and financial governance in area of accountability.
Business Strategy & Decision Support
Working proactively with the business to understand key business drivers and future external environment evolution identifying opportunities and risks
Assessing the relevant input required to support others during difficult business decisions
Having joint accountability with the business for the accuracy of forecasts and, using a good understanding of the business model and financial drivers, to challenge and influence the key cost drivers ensuring resources are allocated to maximize value creation for AZ
Leading the financial planning cycle in area of accountability; setting stretching but attainable performance targets and incentives, aligned to strategy and operational plans,
Highlighting sensitivities & risks and delivering timely, accurate and granular reporting and commentary of local performance, linking business drivers to actual spend and forecast;
Working with the Business to identify and drive through opportunities for efficiencies
Exploring needs with internal customers and partners and utilizing this information to improve business results showing significant commercial and business acumen
Preparing presentations for key finance review meetings with Company President of AZ Israel, Senior Leadership Team and CFO.
Working closely with Business Teams to model and plan for cost and resource demands
Continuous Improvement, Coaching & Governance
Identifying opportunities to improve working practices and processes in Finance and supporting their implementation amongst the organization as well as sharing with Finance Business Partnering network
Communicating governance and compliance standards and statutory regulations to non-specialists in a way that is understandable and relevant and relays the risk of commercial decisions effectively
Leading insightful and proactive risk management processes to ensure the organisation’s regulations, rules and processes are adhered to, highlighting areas of concern and promoting continuous improvement in the robustness of the processes, sharing best practice across the business
Coaching business analysts in their provision of support to finance planning and business cases
Delivery of the operating unit and functional scorecard
Delivery of the operating unit’s performance and planning submissions and reporting requirements.
Feedback from finance networks and business customers
Quality of business cases and decision support materials
Timely, accurate and insightful performance reporting
Conformance with key process deliverables and timelines
Education, Qualifications, Skills and Experience
Qualified finance professional (or equivalent)
Experience of Finance Business Partnering
Advanced analytical and problem-solving skills with a Return-on-Investment mindset
Exceptional communication and presentation skills, including oral & written.
Ability to build networks and work effectively in matrix organisation.
Excellent Interpersonal skills.
Experience of using financial systems to support business decision making (budgeting, forecasting & modelling)
Fluency in English
Experience of working in a global pharmaceutical organization / understanding of the drug development life cycle and/or commercial aspects
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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.
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.