Financial Controller

Macclesfield, Cheshire, United Kingdom
Competitive salary
16 Apr 2021
05 May 2021
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Experience level
Qualified accountant
Do you have expertise in, and passion for, Financial Controls? Would you like to apply your expertise to impact the Global Operations in a company that follows the science and turns ideas into life changing medicines? Then AstraZeneca might be the one for you!

AstraZeneca is a global, science-led, patient-focused biopharmaceutical company that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialisation of prescription medicines for some of the world's most serious disease. But we're more than one of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies.

This opportunity will be based at our Macclesfield site, Macclesfield is a vibrant and successful campus, with 101 acres dedicated to science, technology and manufacturing excellence. As an advanced manufacturing and development campus, Macclesfield has 4,000 talented people covering the widest range of vital roles and is the biggest pharmaceutical manufacturing site in the UK.

Embrace the varied opportunities, in a globally connected team, to work on intellectually stimulating challenges and gain transferable skills. We're invested in supporting your development with access to great tools, smart people to learn from and the opportunity to experience multiple careers. We provide the platform for the business, partnering with our diverse markets and functions. We offer insights, intelligence, and intellectual competence to drive one global way of working.

AZ manages a substantial part of its supply and distribution through external providers/CMOs; Global External Sourcing (GES) is responsible for handling the network of +200 CMOs and Global Logistics (GLF) is handling global freight and in market distribution globally. Across these units we spend ~$1.5B and because of the financial risks both have multiple SOX units.

As Financial Controller you will act across GES and GLF, ensuring that we have a strong assurance around Accounting Policies, Compliance and Financial risk management. The role will involve collaborating with multiple partners across these business units to determine more effective ways of implementing a robust, efficient and balanced compliance framework. You will be required to effectively drive controls framework improvement and standardization activities and act as a Subject Matter Specialist for responding to ad-hoc business queries in the area of accounting policies and compliance. Other areas of scope include Facilitation of Audits through the year and engage closely with both external auditors and our internal auditing teams.

Key Deliverables:

  • Ensure compliance to AZ Accounting Policies and accounting standards
  • Managing Financial and Compliance Risk Framework
  • Review of Contracts for Embedded Lease, Contingent liabilities and ensure appropriate accounting and oversight
  • Balance Sheet Recs process standardization
  • Online Portal/Tool management - ensuring compliance/completeness within One GRC tool

Act as a Subject Matter Expert
  • Covering GES and GLF
  • Respond to ad-hoc queries from business users
  • Consult/challenge audit control schedules annually
  • Drive control framework improvement activities
  • Project consultant (assessment of compliance impact)
  • Maintain knowledge of current control requirements and regulations.

Audit Facilitation
  • Acting as liaison to PWC auditors throughout the year directing queries
  • Management testing approver
  • Design Efficiency Review Facilitation
  • Control scoping
  • Stakeholder management (FC&CG etc...)
  • Working with business to ensure adherence to audit schedule
  • Management Testing

Essential Skills:
  • Qualified accountant with proven experience from financial controlling
  • Experience of working in SOX and/or other sophisticated business control environment. Should be able to assess areas of risk and introduce and follow through good control
  • Self-motivated - be able to improve controls across different sites and have the motivation to do this within the AZ control framework
  • Communication / Inter personal Skills - able to articulate the controls in place, their effectiveness in a summarised format, how these can be improved and link them to the general needs and risks of the business. Be able to pull people together to improve controls, whilst considering constraints and company requirements. High degree of integrity to ensure that we do what is right.

Desirable Skills:
  • Supply chain or manufacturing finance background
  • Experience of working in a global pharmaceutical business
  • Audit background would be a desirable experience to have
  • SAP experience

Opening date: 14.4.2021

Closing date: 28.4.2021

Competitive salary and benefits appl

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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.

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