AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP Business Analyst- FP&A IFS Americas in San José, Costa Rica

Role Profile

As a Business Analyst-FP&A you will be working in a small team of analysts to operate monthly financial reporting processes as well as reporting for the RBU/ABU planning cycles, and to develop and improve those same processes over time. You will be required to coordinate and analyse data from a variety of sources and provide information to support business decisions.

Your core deliverables will include:

Providing robust, quality month end financial information to business teams; provide challenge to forecasts to ensure these are based on sound planning assumptions & resource decisions are prioritised & optimised across the business area; deliver adequate financial input & analysis to support individuals and teams to make effective business decisions.

Key Responsibilities

  • Execute month-end financial reporting and analysis activities and related deliverables in a timely an accurate manner, including initial commentary and business insight.

  • Support the planning cycle processes (budgeting/forecasting) as required, according to internal guidelines and reported timely and accurately.

  • Analyze complex financial information for trends, issues and opportunities and create action-oriented reporting to assist the Commercial Team understanding business results and trends.

  • Analyze current, past and future trends and scenarios for some or all P&L sections: revenue (sales trends, COGS, PVV & margin/profitability analysis, gross to net) and expenses (cost centers, brand allocation, variance analysis).

  • Actively participate in initiatives for process improvement and stardandisation.

  • Build effective relationships with business partners and deliver excellent customer service.

  • Ad hoc projects may be assigned as needed.

Essential Criteria

  • A recognized qualification in finance, business administration, accounting or economics.

  • 4+ years of relevant experience in Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A).

  • Use of general Microsoft 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.

  • Knowledge of accounting fundamentals (eg. GAAP, accruals, cost centres, revenue recognition)

  • Advanced Microsoft Excel skills (pivot tables, complex formulas, ability to work with large databases)

Desirable criteria

  • Qualified finance professional: Bachelor, Liccentiate (Licenciatura) or Master Degree. Degree level will be taking into consideration for job offer.

  • Experience in the pharmaceutical or retail industry considered a plus.

  • Proficiency in the usage of SAP, Essbase, Smart View and Hyperion Financial Management.

Competences and Others

Strong analytical capabilities

Highest standards of accuracy and precision

Attention to detail

Highly organized


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

Other role requirements

  • Schedule flexibility to work on holidays and/or weekends when necessary.

  • Schedule flexibility to work on the days off given by the wellness Policy when necessary (Política de Bienestar).

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

Internal and External Contacts/Customers

  • The IFS function will interface with the Back Office Shared Services function, Business CFOs/Finance Business Partners and 3rd Party specialist functions.