AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP Transition Manager - Finance in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

At AstraZeneca every one of our employees makes a difference to patient lives everyday. In Finance you may not feel you're at the frontline of research but your role in changing patients' lives is critical. Our mission is ambitious and it takes the skills of a collaborative team to really deliver on what science can do and to always put patients first.

We need great people who share our passion for science and have the drive and determination to meet the unmet needs of patients around the world. If you’re swift to action, confident to lead, willing to collaborate, and curious about what science can do, then you’re our kind of person.

AstraZeneca’s Finance function is on a transformation journey with the objective of delivering excellence in financial operations and insight. As this strategy continues to drive the effectiveness and performance of the business, to the benefit of millions of patients worldwide, best in class finance support and leadership becomes ever more important. Throughout 2017 Finance has been moving to a new operating model including the establishment of IFS (Integrated Finance Solutions) with services delivered from 3 regional centres in Malaysia, Costa Rica and Poland.

As this has been a significant transition of roles from all SET areas and all regions, AZ has utilised experienced external experts to date however the Finance Operating Model will continue to evolve and change over the medium and long term. This is anticipated to involve ongoing transitions with the introduction of Global Business Services there will also be a need to manage transitions for new services potentially wider than the Finance function.

The focus to date has been very much on the lift and shift of activities but over the next few years the focus will turn to driving transformation through the Operating Model. AZ therefore need to build an internal capability that can lead and support future transitions as well as execute change. We are looking to recruit 2 transition managers to join the Regional IFS centres in Kuala Lumpur and Warsaw. These roles will report to the Regional IFS Leads in each of the centres but will be assigned to the Finance Transformation team in the short term to build their knowledge, skills and transition and change experience.

Typical Accountabilities

  • Understand and analyse change required and prepare cost v benefit analysis and options for delivery

  • Prepare detailed project plans

  • Prepare and present solutions or options to meet business needs

  • Work with IFS, GFO and the wider business to plan and deliver change

  • Prioritise between initiatives

  • Understand the people impacts of any change and work with HR to execute.

  • Understand the facilities impact of any change and work with Real Estate and IT to resolve

  • Track progress and resolve issues

  • Identify blockers and escalate appropriately

  • Report on progress by preparing status reports, attending governance meetings etc

  • Prepare resource plans and work with external parties to support peaks of activity.

  • Understand performance issues and training needs and work with individuals to resolve

  • Identify, manage and educate stakeholders

  • Scope work requiring external support and work collaborative with external parties when required


  • Project based mindset

  • Ability to work globally and across different SET areas and functions

  • Demonstrate the ability to plan and scope projects especially transitions

  • Keen to learn and develop new skills

  • Willing to travel occasionally as required

  • Work with the business to understand the business drivers for change and prioritise appropriately

  • Ability to anticipate problems, develop solutions / options and implement them

  • Strong communication skills and the ability to hold the line regarding standard models rather than take the path of least resistance.

  • Meet deadlines for all project deliverables with speed and accuracy

  • Ability to arbitrate between different areas of the business

  • Comfortable with change

  • Willing to take ownership for his/her work and challenge the status quo

  • Ability to build and maintain effective interpersonal relationships, internally and externally and communicate effectively

  • Resilient and able to work under pressure

  • Strong powerpoint and excel skills

  • Knowledge of finance and / or previously worked in Finance department of a large organization advantageous


  • University degree

  • Project management experience

  • Worked in a large global organisation

  • Finance / Accounting qualification and working in Finance within large global organization

  • Change management experience

  • Fluent English

  • Strong powerpoint and excel skills

  • Strong communication skills