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Job Advert Title
SAP Analytics Products and Platform Management, Associate Director
United Kingdom, United States
Function/Business Area
Data & Analytics
SAP Solution Delivery & Architecture
Employment Class


Associate Director, SAP Analytics Products and Platform Management

About Astellas:

At Astellas we can offer an inspiring place to work and a chance to make your mark in doing good for others.
Our expertise, science and technology make us a pharma company. Our open and progressive culture is what makes us Astellas. It’s a culture of doing good for others and contributing to a sustainable society.
Delivering meaningful differences for patients is our driving force. We all have a significant opportunity to make that difference, working locally in the areas we know best, whilst drawing inspiration from the different insights and expertise we have access to globally and from our innovative, external partners.
Our global vision for Patient Centricity is to support the development of innovative health solutions through a deep understanding of the patient experience. At Astellas, Patient Centricity isn’t a buzzword - it’s a guiding principle for action. We believe all staff have a role to play in creating a patient-centric culture and integrating an awareness of the patient into our everyday working practices, regardless of our role, team or division.
Our ethos is underpinned by the Astellas Way, comprising five core values: patient focus; ownership; results; openness and integrity.
We are proud to offer an inclusive and respectful working environment that fosters collaboration and ownership.
Our aspiration is to bring the best brains together, to provide them with world-leading tools and resources and a unique structure that fosters real agility and entrepreneurial spirit.

About This Job:

Product managers conceive, define, test, deliver, monitor, refine and withdraw digital products within Astellas IS organization to maximize business results. They conduct customer research, and work with key stakeholders across business and technology to develop and convey product vision. They also work with product teams to deliver and sustain the end-to-end customer experience

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Develop a deep understanding of Astellas business goals and Apple platform processes to develop Analytics product priorities and improvement recommendations.
  • Develop strong relationships and regularly communicate with product stakeholders and customers to shape the SAP analytics product strategy and prioritize needs.
  • Lead SAP Analytics product strategy, planning, and life cycle management efforts.
  • Monitor business, market, and technology trends to inform product strategy and proactively propose new SAP analytics solutions.
  • Establish SAP Analytics product roadmaps and release plans that satisfy requirements and achieve the Astellas business outcomes.
  • Contribute to translating business requirements into actionable SAP Analytics product and technical requirements.
  • Continuously monitor and evaluate SAP Analytics product performance and proactively champion product improvements.
  • Determine internal and contract/external resources and skills required for the SAP analytics product team to deliver on the product roadmap.
  • Guide the SAP Analytics product engineering team to scope, plan and deliver work, applying established delivery methodologies (e.g., agile methods) and best practices (e.g., reusability).
  • Proactively identify and resolve blockers to achieve business objectives for the SAP Analytics product, including technical and resourcing challenges.
  • Ensure alignment and adherence to corporate, financial and IT standards (e.g., architecture, compliance, security).
  • Increase adoption and consumption of SAP Analytics product capabilities.
  • Manage investment decision making and finances for the SAP Analytics product, taking a return-on-investment approach to increasing the value while minimizing product costs.
  • Serve as product manager for following technology solutions: SAP S4 HANA Embedded Analytics, SAP Analytics Cloud, SAP B4 HANA
  • Perform customer research and competitive analysis of analytics products for Apple platform to define the capabilities and quality of the platform solutions
  • Create and own the analytics and innovation product delivery plan and drive completion of all deliverables. Develop and maintain guidelines, principles, policies, standards, reference models and best practices for all matters related to analytics and innovation products on the Apple platform
  • Work with cross functional teams to analyze user requirements, procedures, and blockers to analytics and/or improve existing process and systems by developing application architecture, rationalization, and enablement.
  • Establish working relationships and routinely interface with project sponsors, business stakeholders, and technology partners
  • Comfortable presenting to senior management analytics project status, risks, and client roadmap
  • Excellent analytical and oral and written communication skills
  • Should be flexible, self-driven, detail oriented
  • Enable the realization of the strategic direction by implementing standard, leading practice global template based solutions and following established governance on design principles, solution development and deployment.
  • Partnering with the global business work stream leads, serve as the custodian of the analytics and innovation initiatives
  • Responsible and accountable for 100% adherence to Astellas SDLC, CSV, Change management, JSOX controls (ITGC and application controls).
  • Collaborate and align with SAP platform Architect and provide input to the Design Authority board for the platform.

Essential Knowledge & Experience:

  • Multiple years of SAP experience with a proven record of accomplishment as a team lead of large and complex SAP business-system transformation programs.
  • Several years of experience in team leadership role(s) directing, leading, or managing the analytics project team
  • Several years of experience in the Life Sciences Industry
  • Several years of hands on experience in one of the following areas: SAP S4 HANA Embedded Analytics, SAP Analytics Cloud, SAP B4 HANA
  • Detailed understanding for following SAP process areas: Record to Report, Purchase to Pay, Order to Cash, Plan to Produce, Hire to Retire
  • Major large, complex high-end analytics implementation experience in multi-country implementations required
  • Must have had experience with implementing analytics in one or more of the following SAP solutions: SAP S4 HANA, SAP BPC on HANA, Governance Risk and Control systems – SAP GRC, Greenlight AVM, SAP NF-e, e-invoicing, Cloud based “SaaS” solutions for Procure to Pay, Ariba P2P, Concur, User experience and Mobility – SAP FIORI, SAP Systems landscape (Hybrid model), Administration systems – SAP Solution Manager, Enable Now, HP ALM & Worksoft, TDMS, Application integration technologies – SAP PO, CPI, External gateway systems
  • Fluent in written and verbal business English
  • A Bachelor's degree is required


  • An advanced degree or certification(s) preferred

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.