AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP IFS Business Analyst in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

A new operating model is being established for AZ Finance, which includes the establishment of a new organisation, Integrated Finance Solutions. IFS will provide services for FP&A, Record to Report, Tax and Treasury to customers in Commercial (Asia Pacific), Science, Operations & Enabling Functions, Tax, Treasury and Group Finance.

IFS services will be delivered from 3 regional service centres in EMEA, Asia Pacific and the Americas, with a small central management team in the UK. Altogether, IFS Global Service will have a combined team of approx. 250 roles.

The recruitment into the centres will be in stages and these are the second wave of opportunities with more following in 2017. We have exciting opportunities in this wave of recruitment for Business Analysts in the FP&A team to be based in the IFS Centre in Kuala Lumpur.

Your primary focus will be working with country Finance Business Partners, Business Units colleagues on site, as well as providing support to IFS colleagues.

You will be working in a team of 10-15 analysts to perform monthly fixed cost reporting & analysis, as well as forecasting on a quarterly and annual basis, and to develop and improve those same processes over time

Experience of planning and analysis is required for these roles

Key Responsibilities

Reporting, Planning & Forecasting

  • Responsible for month end close for your area of expertise

  • Providing robust, quality month end financial information to business teams

  • Interpret financial data, and use knowledge and understanding of customer’s business, to deliver quality variance analysis and insightful commentary for management reporting on a timely and accurate basis

  • Proactive interaction with Business to provide inputs, challenge and outputs during forecasting updates

  • Work with Finance Business Partners to determine and highlight risks and opportunities throughout the forecasting process and produce insightful analysis for inclusion in core planning presentations

Other role requirements

  • Assist in better business decisions by provision of financial expertise and insightful analysis to all ad hoc queries in line with SLA, and provide support to on-going projects

  • Ensure corporate governance standards are met, taking accountability for effective operation of relevant financial reporting controls

  • Identify opportunities for standardisation and simplification across the process area on a continual basis

Essential criteria

  • The role holder will be a qualified finance professional or equivalent, with 2-4+ years accounting / controlling / FP&A experience

  • Knowledge of planning and analysis

  • English Language proficiency, both verbal and written, with the confidence to express clear opinions and ability to explain financial issues to non-financial management

  • Experience of change management and building engagement

  • Sound understanding of the finance processes in the scope of IFS Global Services

  • Ability to work well in and across diverse global teams

Desirable criteria

  • Experience of working in a customer orientated organisation

  • Knowledge of Pharma Industry

  • Cross-boundary experience, including building relationships remotely and cross-culturally

  • Experience of working in a matrix organisation

Internal and External Contacts/Customers

  • Country Finance Business Partners

  • Country Business Units team

  • Finance Leads and Controllership Analyst in IFS

  • Group Finance