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Finance Manager - Controlling

Lieu Luton, Angleterre, Royaume-Uni Job ID R-078080 Date de publication 04/02/2020

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Luton is home to our UK Marketing Company (UKMC), responsible for the marketing of our medicines in the UK. Here you’ll also find colleagues from AstraZeneca’s corporate functions and our European and International regions’ sales and marketing teams. As a member of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI), all of our sales, marketing and communications activities are subject to the ABPI Code of Practice.. If you’re inspired by the possibilities of science to make a difference and ready to discover what you can do – join us.

We are looking to appoint a new Finance Manager, Controlling to join our finance team and support the the Head of Financial Control in managing all partnerships (internal and external) across the control and compliance areas. This is a great opportunity to use your technical skills and develop commercial experience within a leading global pharmaceutical organisation

As Finance Manager, Controlling, you will identify and resolve process inefficiencies, whilst ensuring the effective roll out of finance transformation projects for key control area in line with business needs. You will also lead on Financial Controls / SOX framework – enhancing and reporting our controls on an ongoing basis and be responsibility for periodic month end cost close and balance sheet management in partnership with Global Financial Shared Services (GFS). Another key activity will be in disclosure reporting and external reporting e.g VPAS.

Typical Accountabilities:

  • FCF/ SOX Framework
    • SME for OneGRC within the UKMC
    • Primary point of contact from all Financial controls within the UKMC
    • Thorough review, audit and challenge of controls and outcomes
    • Regular assessment and ongoing improvement of the controls – aligned with regional guidance
    • Responsibility for control reporting and liaising with region
  • Ownership of all Financial policies and SOPs
    • Proactive generation and maintenance of comprehensive Finance SOPs – including Finance BCP
    • Drive awareness of processes across the organisation – thorough a variety of communication channels/methods
    • Support to the wider Finance team on documenting full processes and maintaining up to date records
    • Development/ management of key KPIs e.g DSO and ensuring visibility and understanding with key personnel
  • Governance
    • Periodic governance checks and reporting of analytics.
    • Key contact for governance minder tool.
    • Ensure adherence to DoA and provide audit testing where necessary.
  • Balance Sheet and periodic processing
    • Responsibility for the UKMC balance sheet
    • Ensuring quality control and reconciliation across the balance sheet on a periodic basis in in line with global requirements.
    • Follow up and manage issues to resolution in partnership with GFS
    • Ensure open item management and a clean ledger at all times.
    • Ownership of journal management in line with global policy
    • Lead in month end cost management and reporting.
  • Disclosure Reporting
    • A lead role in the annual disclosure reporting to the ABPI
      • Become an in-house expert in the requirements of the process and continuously improve the processes.
      • Key contact for the GPT team
      • Management of query resolution working with the GPT team and other business members
  • Responsibility for the quarterly and annual reporting process in to the Department of Health (DoH) for VPAS (Voluntary Pricing and Access Scheme)
    • Delivery of timely and accurate submissions to the DoH
    • Completion of audits (where required) for annual submissions
    • Responsibility for process design and effectiveness
  • Finance lead on business projects as required – especially those impacting on financial accounting areas and simplification initiatives.
  • Lead in all external Audits
    • Half Year/ Annual Financial Audits
    • SOX audits throughout annual period

Essential Qualifications & Experience:

  • Qualified Accountant (ACA, CIMA, ACCA)
  • Proven experience within accounting and controllership in a large international organisation
  • SOX knowledge and experience
  • Commercial experience / In-house role
  • Strong communication skills both written and verbally

Desirable Skills & Experience:

  • Pharmaceutical experience
  • Understanding / Experience of the disclosure reporting requirements
  • SAP experience


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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