AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP Business Analyst for IFS Americas in San José, Costa Rica

Role Purpose

Finance continues to drive AstraZeneca’s Bold Ambition and driving the delivery of the company’s strategic priorities. Providing valuable data, analytics and insights will not only support growth but enable the science to make effective decisions and identify market opportunities. Our mission is ambitious and it takes the skills of a collaborative team to follow the science and always put patients first.

AZ aims to be a Great Place to Work and enhance organizational values. We believe in doing the right thing, play to win and to be entrepreneurial.

The creation of the Integrated Finance Solutions (IFS) centers in Warsaw (Poland), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) and San Jose (Costa Rica) will transform the AZ Middle Office to a central function, supporting the business regions through simplification, standardization across the globe, and a structure that is scalable to support the bold ambition of becoming a $50bn company by 2025.

We have exciting opportunities to join the team for FP&A, Controlling and Operations as a Business Analysts to be based in the IFS Center in San Jose within the Americas Commercial Team, which will establish best practices and be responsible for providing support to embedded finance (CFOs and country business partners).

The Operations & Enabling Team will establish best practice across the Operations site network, Central Operations, and all Enabling Units (IT, Global Finance, HR, Legal, and Compliance) as well as the Global Product and Portfolio Strategy (GPPS) Group. Your primary focus will be on serving the finance business partners as well as providing support to IFS colleagues.

Americas Commercial Team will establish best practice for AZ Americas Commercial clusters, and be responsible for providing support to Cluster CFOs and finance business partners in country.


Experience in finance and accounting is required. Self-motivation and a commitment to team

work is 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.


A recognized finance or accounting qualification.

3+ years accounting/controlling/FP&A experience where applicable.

Use of general office and financial systems for budgeting, forecasting and reporting.

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

Ability to work well in and across diverse global teams.

English Language proficiency, both verbal and written, with the confidence to express clear opinions

and ability to explain financial issues to non-financial management.

Accounting fundamentals – understands the basic principles of accounting (eg accruals; cost

centers; budgeting).

Excellent PC skills including SAP, BW & Excel skills.

Schedule Flexibility.

Flexibility to travel and work in another AZ facilities outside the country when necessary.


Qualified finance professional, or working towards a recognised financial qualification.

Proficiency in the use of SAP.

For Commercial unit’s experience of working in Sales/commercial industry.

For Operations – experience of working in Manufacturing industry.

The IFS function will interface with the Back Office Shared Services function, Business CFOs/Finance

Business Partners and 3rd Party specialist functions.

Competences and Others

Strong analytical capabilities.

Highest standards of accuracy and precision for reporting and analysis.

Attention to detail.

Highly organized.


Ability to challenge information constructively.

Capacity to work under pressure.

Customer focus and results oriented.

Ability to think creatively.

Team work and ability to collaborate with cross-functional teams.

Schedule flexibility.