Business Strategy & Decision Support; supporting key business & investment decisions with solid skills in scoping customer requirements, analysing issues, developing options and enabling appropriate decision making based on strategic business need
Business Performance; driving financial performance and business activity, to deliver and communicate performance and business planning submissions/reporting, and to advise senior management on key drivers.
Continuous Improvement, Coaching & Governance; supporting continuous improvement in Finance processes and capabilities and to lead financial risk management and financial governance in area of accountability.
Business Strategy & Decision Support
- Working proactively with the business to understand future financial information needs and producing efficient solutions to meet these needs ( Business Case Development, Benefits tracking, KPIs etc)
- Assessing the relevant input required to support others during difficult business decisions
- Negotiating and communicating effectively across teams and business units and with external parties to achieve a positive outcome, encouraging others to demonstrate flexibility when considering options and assessing business impact
- Being actively involved in review and development of short & long-term strategy in area of accountability and maintaining an up-to-date understanding of all developments which may affect the organisations operations and policies and proactively advising customers of all relevant matters to achieve business requirements and objectives
- Having joint accountability with the business for the accuracy of forecasts and, using a good understanding of the business model and financial drivers, to challenge and influence the key cost drivers.
- Developing reliable operational and financial forecasts ensuring resources are allocated to maximise value creation for AZ
- Leading the financial planning cycle in area of accountability; setting stretching but attainable performance targets and incentives, aligned to strategy and operational plans,
- Highlighting sensitivities & risks and delivering timely, accurate and granular reporting and commentary of [global] performance, linking business drivers to actual spend and forecast;
- Working with the Business to identify and drive through opportunities for efficiencies
- Exploring needs with internal customers and suppliers and utilising this information to improve business results showing significant commercial and business acumen
- Post deal management on agreements in area of accountability, able to analyse and interpret financial statements, understand complex company valuations and contribute to deal-related commercial analysis.
- Preparing all presentations for key finance review meetings with EVPs in R&D Discovery, Development and Finance Function VP.
- Working closely with Project/Capacity Managers to model and plan for volatile cost and resource demands]
Continuous Improvement, Coaching & Governance
- Identifying opportunities to improve working practices and processes in Finance and supporting their implementation amongst the Finance Business Partnering network
- Communicating governance and compliance standards and statutory regulations to non-specialists in a way that is understandable and relevant and relays the risk of commercial decisions effectively
- Leading insightful and proactive risk management processes to ensure the organisations regulations, rules and processes are adhered to, highlighting areas of concern and promoting continuous improvement in the robustness of the processes, sharing best practice across the business
- Coaching business analysts in their provision of support to finance planning and business cases
- Delivery of the operating unit and functional scorecard
- Deliver of the operating units performance and planning submissions and reporting requirements.
- Feedback from finance networks and business customers
- Quality of business cases and decision support materials
- Timely, accurate and insightful performance reporting
- Conformance with key process deliverables and timelines