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Financial Planning & Analytics Solution Delivery & Architecture, Associate Director
United States, Verenigd Koninkrijk
Function/Business Area
Finance, Tax & Audition
SAP Solution Delivery & Architecture
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Associate Director Financial Planning & Analytics Solution Delivery & Architecture

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:

This role will provide global functional & technical solution integration leadership for the end to end processes within financial planning and analysis(FP&A) for the value realization of Astellas strategic SAP business operating platform (APPLE+) and regional manufacturing SAP systems.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Participates in strategic planning and budgeting activities for FP&A process areas for IS – SAP group
  • Create and own the FP&A solution plan and drive completion of all deliverables. Develop and maintain guidelines, principles, policies, standards, reference models and best practices for all matters related to FP&A process areas related process and solution architecture
  • Accelerate digital SAP solutions implementation for FP&A in Apple platform to support digital transformation initiatives
  • Functional integration of overall Apple platform and all other SAP solutions for FP&A
  • Responsible for successful global template technical solution implementation meeting full value realization across the business functions of FP&A and inter-related processes
  • 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
  • Coordinates with cross-functional work-stream leads, System Integrator(s), external suppliers, and Astellas functional business leaders to drive solution design, deployment and overall governance of the global template
  • Participates in strategic planning and budgeting activities for Apple Platform and regional SAP solutions and platforms on an on-going basis
  • Develop and maintain a 5-year roadmap for the FP&A process areas for IS – SAP group, ensuring it reflects the current and future business needs, aligned with industry, SAP best practices and solution roadmap
  • Create and own the SAP FP&A solution plan globally and drive completion of all deliverables. Develop and maintain guidelines, principles, policies, standards, reference models and best practices for all matters related to SAP/ERP & program related processes and solution integration
  • Enforce governance of the standards and bring visibility to customizations and deviations. Drive harmonized industry-best practice process across all business functions and geographies allowing minor configurations (as necessary for legal, regulatory requirement) with no customizations
  • Partnering with the global business work stream leads, serve as the custodian of the FP&A solution template
  • Lead the development of technical design / solution. Lead and facilitate design sessions amongst business, IS stakeholders/leaders & SME(s), driving integration and eliminating gaps
  • Following established global template solution governance process; clearly articulate what is global template and what qualifies as localization. Manage Demand globally, establish a release schedule that is managed via template versions and coordinate the rollout of the template version releases globally
  • Establish and maintain a repository of processes and solution documentation/assets that encompasses the global template clearly articulating in-scope solutions of the global template
  • Maintain assets that are current and visually depict the global template solution in forms of entity relationship structures, intercompany relationships including both physical and financial flow of goods and services and all process flows
  • Maintain a solution guide that articulates supported languages (system, data, and output), currencies and various other rules that make up the overall Solution. Maintain the guide, as the business requirements and solution continues to evolve
  • Manage and own Solution documentation of the Apple Platform and other SAP systems in Solution Manager and other approved enterprise repository. Ensure the documentation always reflect the current business and system processes, solution
  • Responsible and accountable for 100% adherence to Astellas SDLC, CSV, Change management, JSOX controls (ITGC and application controls)
  • Collaborate and align with Apple and SAP Architect and provide input to the Design Authority board for the program
  • Collaborate within the different workstreams and project team members to resolve conflicts, issues, and deviations and drive them to resolution
  • Lead, manage and motivate a team of experienced functional and technical analysts
  • Lead the continuous development of the innovation culture; work with people in such a manner as to build high enthusiasm and group commitment to the development of a robust solution that meets and or exceeds program goals and objectives

Essential Knowledge & Experience:

  • Several years of SAP FP&A experience with a proven record of accomplishment as a team lead of large and complex SAP business-system transformation programs.
  • Several years of experience with implementing & leading SAP FP&A teams
  • Several years of experience in team leadership role(s) directing, leading, or managing the FP&A project team
  • Several years of experience in the Life Sciences Industry
  • Detailed understanding for following FP&A areas: End of End FP&A processes, Strategic plan formulation, Budgeting and planning, Execution, Analysis and refinement, Planning areas, Long Range and Strategic planning and analysis, Aggregated financial planning and analysis, Revenue and COGS planning and analysis, Detailed expense planning and analysis, Cash flow management planning and analysis, CAPEX planning and analysis, Headcount, Salary and Benefits planning and analysis
  • Major large, complex high-end SAP FP&A implementations; experience in multi-country implementations required
  • Broad and deep SAP FP&A application and technical knowledge including latest innovations required
  • Must have had hands-on experience with designing, configuring and implementing SAP FP&A solutions covering business processes in finance and controlling.
  • Must have had experience with implementing one or more of the SAP solutions listed below and should have hands-on prior SAP FP&A experience using SAP Analytics Cloud, SAP BPC on HANA, SAP B4 HANA
  • Solution awareness and overall understanding of one or more of the following solutions is required: 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.