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S/4HANA Senior Project Manager


At AstraZeneca, we pride ourselves on crafting a collaborative culture that champions knowledge-sharing, ambitious thinking and innovation – ultimately providing employees with the opportunity to work across teams, functions and even the globe.

Recognizing the importance of individualized flexibility, our ways of working allow employees to balance personal and work commitments while ensuring we continue to create a strong culture of collaboration and teamwork by engaging face-to-face in our offices 3 days a week. Our offices are purposely designed with collaboration in mind, providing space where teams can come together to strategize, brainstorm and connect on key projects.

AstraZeneca believes in a culture of lifelong learning. To support your professional growth, we offer wide-ranging opportunities for learning and development.


We are one purpose-led global organisation. The enablers and innovators, ensuring that we can fulfil... our mission to push the boundaries of science and discover and develop life-changing medicines. We take pride in working close to the cause, opening the locks to save lives, ultimately making a massive difference to the outside world.

AstraZeneca (AZ) is in a period of strong growth and our employees have a united purpose to make a difference to patients around the world who need both our medicines and the ongoing developments from our science. In this journey AZ must continue to work across borders and with partners and new colleagues in a fast and seamless way. The ambition, size and complexity of the organisation, coupled with the opportunities afforded by new technology, has led the Board to approve a large-scale transformation programme – Axial.

The Axial Programme will be powered by S/4HANA a new ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system which will be implemented right across the organisation and will provide our business with standardised processes, enhanced financial management, common data and real time reporting, transforming the way we work through our entire supply chain - from bench to patient.

The new system will be used by more than 20,000 employees daily, is foundational to all AZ entities and is central to most core business processes. This is a once in a generation programme for AstraZeneca and will shape our ways of working globally for many years to come.

The Axial programme needs the best talent to work in it. Whether it’s the technical skills, business understanding or change leadership, we want to ensure we have the strongest team deployed throughout. We are aiming to deliver a world class change programme that leaves all employees with a fuller understanding of their role in the end-to-end nature of our global company. This programme will provide AZ with a competitive edge, to the benefit of our employees, customers and patients.


The S/4HANA Senior Project Manager will work in collaboration with an assigned Axial LT member or Enterprise process owner. Your role will be to coordinate, manage and be accountable for timely delivery of various Axial projects and initiatives on behalf of the Axial Extended Leadership Team. You will operationalise the ELT strategies and deliverables through the implementation of project delivery methodology including risk, planning, reporting and financial management.

Leading a global team of S/4HANA experts (including third party partners), you will need to ensure all aspects of the full project delivery lifecycle are delivered in a timely manner, with relevant interdependencies / interlocks accounted for and risks/issues managed and controlled. You will represent your projects and seek sign off to proceed at regular project control boards to demonstrate progress to plan, work product completion, landmarks achieved within budget tolerance.

As a Senior PM you will be experienced in agile delivery and some experience /awareness with SAP

Activate methodology. You will report operationally to your assigned Axial ELT member but will be “homed” in a pool of experienced Axial Project Managers where experience, ways of working and skills can be shared, and your career ambitions handled to allow you to gain exposure, experience and education is other areas of the Axial Programme.

You will report into the Head of the PMO to ensure good working practices and governance and maybe required to report up into senior programme leaders to account for your project’s delivery.

You should demonstrate enhanced communication skills, with a strong sense of delivery, outcome and results driven with excellent attention to detail.

This is a fast paced demanding environment that requires the Functional Lead to have a collaborative approach and know how develop and work with successful teams.

• Manage cross-Functional, complex projects that often carry high risk and experience some ambiguity in mobilising; you will utilise your project management experience to work with the business to establish strong and aligned project baselines. You will typically manage projects that are directly connected to and visible to Senior Leaders, delivering >$5-10m to the organisation in terms of benefits.
• Responsible for Project Managers within your wider team and identify, recruit/internally onboard and task manage resources to deliver your specific projects. You will often need to task manage project teams within a multiple workstream organisation and sometimes more than one project where capacity allows. This could mean task managing a project of >20 resource and personal line management of >4 Project Managers within your team each with their own project accountability.
• You will take a coaching mentality to Project Managers within the team and work to bring the team to an agreed standard of quality; sharing knowledge and holding each other to account.
• Be customer-centric and hold accountability for iterating the service within your team; encouraging teamwork and collaboration.
• You will define, implement, and drive project governance across a complex stakeholder landscape
• You will capture and understand scope and requirements and understand the importance of gaining business sign off before moving to design, particularly amongst key partners which sometimes don’t have clear ownership for all aspects of project scope.
• You will ensure change management is considered from the outset of the project and working closely with design as they create the solution.
• You will work with the Workstream Leads to create and implement complex and consolidated project and programme plans where appropriate and revise them as appropriate to meet changing needs and requirements to ensure landmarks are met effectively and efficiently
• Identify actions needed to progress plans and assign individual responsibilities; driving accountability for completion
• Maintain relationships with workstream leads and key business partners to ensure that business requirements are effectively captured and the impact of the project are understood by the business.
• Adhere to the Enterprise PMO project management delivery methodology

• Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting/Finance (or equivalent experience)
• Significant experience in programme/project management for large, complex projects
• Experience in SAP project delivery with S/4HANA insight
• Experience in finance Project delivery
• Experience of managing projects in a global organization.
• Demonstration of strong, communication and relationship building skills with experience in collaborating and sharing knowledge between teams
• Experience considering risks, evaluating alternatives, and encouraging input from others to effectively make decisions and plan mitigation tactics
• Comfortable and skilled in operating in a complex operational matrix organization across diverse, global teams
• Ability to clearly articulate sophisticated concepts to ensure understanding and alignment
• Ability to interpret unstructured information into business requirements
• Ability to perform effectively when faced with unclear solutions or opposing viewpoints
• Ability to effectively lead a team involving multiple business areas and diverse team member experience levels
• Experience in relationship management, across both relationship development, maintenance, and ability to understand internal political influence
• Demonstrated track record in delivering high-risk projects
• Excellent business engagement and business sense with sensitivity to internal and external political/economic environment
• Experience of controlling a project budget
• Significant experience and skills presenting in front of C-suite/executive level clients through written and verbal channels

At AstraZeneca, we’re dedicated to being a Great Place to Work. Where you are empowered to push the boundaries of science and unleash your entrepreneurial spirit. There’s no better place to make a difference to medicine, patients and society. An inclusive culture that champions diversity and collaboration, and always committed to lifelong learning, growth and development. We’re on an exciting journey to pioneer the future of healthcare.

When we put unexpected teams in the same room, we unleash bold thinking with the power to inspire life-changing medicines. In-person working gives us the platform we need to connect, work at pace and challenge perceptions. That’s why we work, on average, a minimum of three days per week from the office. But that doesn't mean we’re not flexible. We balance the expectation of being in the office while respecting individual flexibility. Join us in our unique and ambitious world.

Are you ready to make a difference? Apply today!

AstraZeneca embraces diversity and equality of opportunity. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team representing all backgrounds, with as wide a range of perspectives as possible, and harnessing industry-leading skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We welcome and consider applications to join our team from all qualified candidates, regardless of their characteristics. We comply with all applicable laws and regulations on non-discrimination in employment (and recruitment), as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements
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