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Baar, Canton of Zug, Switzerland
Job reference: R-042616
Posted date: Mar. 22, 2019

AstraZeneca is a global, innovation-driven biopharmaceutical business that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialization of prescription medicines, primarily for the treatment of Cardiovascular, Renal and Metabolic Diseases, Oncology, Respiratory, Inflammation and Autoimmunity, Infection and Neuroscience diseases. AstraZeneca operates in over 100 countries and its innovative medicines are used by millions of patients worldwide. For more information please visit:

This is your opportunity!

We are recruiting a (Senior)Finance Business Partner

In this role you are supporting the Swiss Affiliate to deliver the financial and business objectives. You will work with the Affiliate’s Senior Management Team and with the brand teams to achieve the strategic and operational goals through the strategy and performance cycle.  You will need to proactively engage your internal customers, providing advice, guidance and support, enabling and influencing decision making to deliver and maximize the business objectives.

You will be recognized by your internal customers as a business expert with a specialization in Finance who actively shapes specific business initiatives. You will be part of a global network of Finance Business Partners and Business Analysts, sharing best practice and delivering valued support to the Business with global consistency and efficiency.

Your main tasks:

  • Lead the financial and business planning/forecasting cycles and reviews
  • Have joint accountability with the business for the accuracy of forecasts, with an excellent understanding of the business model and financial drivers and ensure the appropriate investment / resourcing.
  • Ensure clarity of the Risks & Opportunities embedded in the business plan.
  • Develop and own the forecasts in the own area of responsibility.
  • Coordinate the preparation or directly prepare the planning submissions, as well as the planning presentations
  • Prepare the presentations for key finance and business review meetings
  • Drive P&L management, ensure accurate monthly, quarterly and annual P&L reporting, cost control and resource allocation.
  • Track business performance, prepare variance analysis to deliver insightful management information
  • Provide high quality financial and commercial input / insight into investment decisions, challenge key forecasting assumptions based on analysis & benchmarking, identify risks & opportunities
  • Communicate effectively across teams, functions and with group finance to achieve a positive outcome.
  • Indirect management of GFS (Global Finance Services) colleagues in the Service Center in Warsaw
  • Identify and act on continuous improvement in processes, governance and business performance
  • Develop the financial understanding of the non-finance colleagues.

Your profile:

  • Qualified finance professional.
  • Experience in Finance Business Partnering/ Controlling
  • Experience in working in a global pharmaceutical organization. Desirable understanding of the drug development life cycle, commercial as well as market access aspects.
  • Exceptional communication and presentation skills (oral & written)
  • Excellent Interpersonal skills
  • Analytical Thinking: Very good analytical thinking and numerical understanding
  • Problem solving & solution orientation: Safe handling of complex tasks; Critical and quick thinking; Decision-making ability and goal-orientation
  • Influencing Skills: Ability to influence multifunctional decisions, senior management as well as colleagues with no direct reporting line
  • Communication: Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to work independently and as a team player
  • Entrepreneurship: risk-sharing, success-oriented action, high flexibility, willingness to develop
  • Languages: stylistically confident German as well as fluent in English.

We offer:

  • A lively, interesting and international environment.
  • An exciting challenge in a successful pharmaceutical company with highly innovative product portfolio.
  • An attractive package rounds-off this interesting offer.


AstraZeneca is an equal opportunity employer. AstraZeneca will consider all qualified applicants for employment without discrimination on grounds of disability, sex or sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity leave status, race or national or ethnic origin, age, religion or belief, gender identity or re-assignment, marital or civil partnership status, protected veteran status (if applicable) or any other characteristic protected by law. AstraZeneca only employs individuals with the right to work in the country/ies where the role is advertised.

(Senior) Finance Business Partner

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