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Warsaw, Mazovia, Poland
Job reference: R-049410
Posted date: May. 16, 2019

AstraZeneca is a global, innovation-driven biopharmaceutical business that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialization of prescription medicines for some of the world's most serious diseases. But we're more than one of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies. At AstraZeneca, we're proud to have a unique workplace culture that inspires innovation and collaboration. Here, employees are empowered to express diverse perspectives - and are made to feel valued, energized and rewarded for their ideas and creativity.

Global Financial Operations (GFS) was formed in Q1 2016 through the merger of Global Finance Services and Cash Generation.  GFS is at the heart of the Finance function - accountable to the AstraZeneca (AZ) Group for the design and delivery of high quality, simple to operate transactional finance processes that enable our customers to focus on AZ’s strategic priorities.  

Our processes cover record to report, purchase to pay and order to cash and we drive AZ’s cash focus through disciplined management of supplier and customer payment terms and practices. GFS provides P2P/T&E process helpdesk services to internal AZ and external end users, including training support to internal AZ users. Plans are in place to extend the scope and internal customer coverage during 2017.

GFS operates globally through a combination of in-house captive and offshored business process outsourcing (BPO). The BPO element has been provided in partnership with our service provider partner Genpact since 2008. 

AZ Finance is part way through an ambitious, broad ranging, multi-year transformation programme, called Finance Transformation (FT).  FT plans for transactional process and technology improvements will underpin a next wave of GFS transformation and a step change in service effectiveness and efficiency. A new Finance Operating Model will be in place by end 2018 and GFS will evolve to this new model changing both where we operate from and how we work.

As the successful role holder you will work alongside the GPOs, Global Process Delivery Director and wider GFO delivery teams to become a process expert & policy owner for Purchase to Pay (P2P), Data Management & Travel & Expenses (T&E). You will identify the key risks within the process and will design, embed and monitor simple and effective controls to mitigate those risks globally, driving simplification and standardisation across regions.

Typical Accountabilities

Compliance, Control & Policy Manager will play a pivotal role in supporting the successful delivery of BAU service and process improvement.  Key responsibilities include:

  • Accountability for identifying risk & designing / embedding SOX and FCF controls across the global GFS S2P & T&E processes
  • Driving simplification and harmonisation of Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) assurance and Financial Control Framework (FCF) controls globally within the P2P & T&E processes
  • Leading the P2P and T&E ‘handshake’ process, ensuring clarity of control ownership between GFS and other AZ business units
  • Driving effective self assessment processes and assurance reporting to Financial Controls & Compliance Group
  • Driving full usage of all applicable global compliance tools and systems
  • Ensuring alignment of process compliance priorities and activities across GFS retained and outsourced teams
  • Ensuring ongoing application and development of global Best Practice in order to continuously improve processes
  • Identifying and working with control operators across regions (retained, outsourced, captive centre teams) to provide guidance, coaching and training on process compliance & best practice
  • Monitoring compliance issues & audit results - driving remediation across the process teams as necessary
  • Owning the design, maintenance and monitoring of GFS policy within the process
  • Ensuring process compliance is embedded in all change projects

Education, Qualifications, Skills and Experience


  • Energetic and self motivated qualified finance professional
  • Extensive process experience (development, management and application of)
  • Track record of driving simplification & continuous improvement across key business processes
  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects/tasks effectively
  • Experience of driving issue resolution across complex system & process landscapes
  • Experience of working within a global organization, preferably with Pharmaceutical industry exposure
  • Experience of working across a range of business functions and personnel levels, and a track record of being able to influence key stakeholders remotely and build strong working relationships
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills


  • Experience of managing audits at senior levels of responsibility
  • Understanding of Sarbanes Oxley S404 internal control requirements, with accomplishments in establishing assurance models across business groups and processes.
  • P2P / T&E process expertise

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.

Compliance, Control & Policy Manager (P2P, Master Data)

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