R&D Deal and Controls Specialist

AstraZeneca Pharma

  • Luton, United Kingdom

  • offer expired 3 months ago
  • contract of employment
  • full-time
  • specialist (Mid / Regular)
  • hybrid work

Your responsibilities

  • Operation and maintenance of existing SOX and FCF deal control environment

  • Review and development of R&D and the Oncology and BioPharmaceutical central commercial units’ deal management database D-SOT

  • Work closely with Group Finance Deal Management team as they develop a new, group wide, control framework, modifying existing R&D Controller Group deal controls to align with the new group controls, and considering SOX vs FCF scoping levels

  • Further roll out of a standard control framework for entities managed by the R&D Controller Group, working alongside the R&D entity Controller, working closely with other AZ finance functions that support those entities

  • Control details input into OneGRC, and monitoring of compliance reports from OneGRC for all R&D Controls

  • Close liaison with the Group Financial Controls team (FC&CG)

  • Working with internal and external auditors, considering and incorporating their feedback into the controls landscape

  • Explore opportunities to enhance the R&D control environment reporting capabilities to meet future business needs and to drive further improvements

Our requirements

  • Experience of finance is required. Self-motivation and a commitment to team work are key. Personal development will be a key part of the role and you will be supported to develop yourself and your skills whilst in the role.

  • Qualified finance professional

  • Experience of working with SOX and FCF controls

  • Experienced working in both a complex global organisation and entity reporting

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

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

  • Good understanding of accounting principles

  • Excellent PC skills including SAP, Excel and Access skills

  • A track record of continuous process improvement and delivering efficient ways of working across a complex global organization


  • Knowledge of AZ, R&D and in-depth knowledge of industry processes and regulations


  • sharing the costs of sports activities

  • private medical care

  • sharing the costs of foreign language classes

  • sharing the costs of professional training & courses

  • life insurance

  • remote work opportunities

  • flexible working time

  • fruits

  • integration events

  • corporate gym

  • retirement pension plan

  • corporate credit card

  • video games at work

  • coffee / tea

  • drinks

  • parking space for employees

  • leisure zone

  • meal passes

  • sharing the costs of tourist services

  • holiday funds

  • sharing the costs of holidays for kids

  • christmas gifts

  • employee referral program

  • opportunity to obtain permits and licenses

  • charity initiatives

  • extra leave

  • annual bonus

  • glasses reimbursement

  • business travel insurance

  • Work anniversary award


12 months contract/Secondment


Supporting the R&D Finance Controls Lead, as a diligent controls specialist, you will be the actively involved with the CTCM process workstreams recording all control points and checks identified by the CTCM teams as they move into the implementation phase of the project. You will also be a key member of the team tasked with developing the full SOX and additional internal (FCF) control suite for all costs being tracked in CTCM.

You will work within the R&D Finance Controls Lead ensuring new financial controls are adequately designed and implemented across all AZ entities in a standardised way.

You will bring outstanding communication (written and verbal), strong financial control and technical knowledge (including SOX requirements/regulations) along with great influencing skills. You will provide practical hands-on support to enable the design, implementation, stabilisation and optimisation of internal controls. With support, you will be scoping, planning, coordinating and reporting on the design and appropriateness of SOX and FCF controls.

AstraZeneca Pharma

At AstraZeneca we believe in the potential of our people and you’ll develop beyond what you thought possible. We make the most of your skills and passion by actively supporting you to see what you can achieve. 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 curious about what science can do, then you’re our kind of person.

Finance at AstraZeneca has a clear vision to become trusted partners, creating value and leading change. As such, Finance has a pivotal role to play in shaping our long-term financial health, partnering to deliver great results through insight, delivering excellence in financial operations and safeguarding AstraZeneca’s assets and reputation. As part of that vision, the R&D Controller group is involved in many transformation projects including the new Clinical Trial Cost Management (CTCM) system and developing a new deal control environment. To support these initiatives, the R&D Controller group requires a controls specialist to support the deal control environment, as well as supporting the R&D Finance Controls lead on other R&D control activities as additional demands are put on their time supporting CTCM.

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