Associate Business Analyst

AstraZeneca Durham, NC
Associate Business Analyst – Inhalation Production Development (IPD) US Sites – Durham, NC

At AstraZeneca, science is at the core of everything we do. But more than that, science is who we are. Our research sites are collaborative, innovative and dynamic environments that allow our scientists to keep pushing the boundaries. We work alongside scientists at leading institutions to better understand disease, identify potential new drugs and accelerate drug development. We're also pioneers in creating a more open research environment.

The role holder will be an Associate Business Analyst for Inhalation Product Development (IPD) sites in USA. Sites in scope are Pharmaceutical Technology and Development sites in North Carolina and California.

They will develop a deep end-to-end understanding of the business process and technologies supporting IPD in US to:

* Ensure required business objectives from IPD in US are met.

* Support standardization IT technologies and infrastructure through application of global standards to the specified region.

* Identify where investment to support process improvement is possible/required. Develop and shape project proposals to secure investment.

* Identify and trial innovative solutions to create opportunities for business process.

* Support project delivery, change and deployment activities at sites in line with global standards to maximize business value from investments.

* Act as a System Owner for key systems as required

The Associate Business Analyst has repeated practice performing business analysis and design either alone delivering small to medium size business change activities; or as a member or lead a BA team in a large or global business change. The Business Analyst operates with a high level of interactive communication, demonstrating high levels of inclusion and cultural sensitivity.

The role will partner with the Regional teams and Capability Lead, taking responsibility to deliver high quality business cases, business process designs and ensure that proposed solutions meet established AstraZeneca quality and compliance standards and business solution needs.

The Business Analyst will share best practices in relevant communities of practice, contributing to internal IT processes and standards for business analysis and design.

The Business Analyst is expected to perform at advanced level in the following:

* Business Needs Identification - Operates at a functional level in assessing and defining business need and areas for improvement. Proactively seeks out opportunities to enhance and improve in line with strategic goals. Actively monitors and identifies capability gaps and proposes potential solutions through research internally and externally.

* Business Analysis Planning - Selects the appropriate analysis approach to a piece of work depending on its complexity, level of risk, known assumptions, constraints and dependencies. Proficient in scoping and recommending appropriate approaches. Capable of planning and managing their own and other team member's activities to meet deliverables and deadlines. Accountable for performance and quality of analytical work delivered, both their own and the work of others.

* Stakeholder Analysis & Change - Effectively identifies stakeholders from all areas of the business, and actively builds and maintains relationships according to individual stakeholder needs and levels of influence. Contributes to communication plans and change management for project and stakeholders.

* Requirements Analysis and Design Definition - Responsible and accountable for requirements management plans including elicitation, approvals, processes, RAID and scope impacts. Highly responsive to changing business priorities with ability to plan ahead, accounting for potential changes and corrective actions. Advanced requirements elicitation and management skill-set; including traceability, testing and validation. Leads the work with the business to identify functional and technical requirements, translating the requirements into design specifications reflecting Functional Design, User Interface Design and Business Process Design. Closely partnering with the Architecture team, ensuring the technical solution will deliver the agreed business benefits.

* Business Case Definition - Shapes and defines the business case, producing detailed business justification for investment including ROI and benefits realization.

* Solution Evaluation - Highly proficient in analyzing and assessing solution proposals and able to articulate supporting reasoning. i.e. assessing business readiness, maximizing value vs. spend.

Work collaboratively with

* Business Relationship Managers and Business Analysts to develop and maintain the business relationship, support business process change and act as point of contact for application development

* Business customers to identify business requirements and effectively communicate impact, cost and benefits of new and changed demands

* Process owners to identify and devise solutions that optimize business process performance, capability and competitiveness

* IT Architecture, Delivery and Support to ensure clear understanding of requirements and effective testing so that the solutions delivered to the business are efficient and effective, meeting the customer experience expectations.

Work collaboratively with or take responsibility for:

* Test Lead to define the testing approach and the components of testing to ensure traceability of requirements and effectiveness of overall solution.

* Change Management/Communication Lead to ensure the Change Management and Communications plans and delivery support the Stakeholder Analysis.

Experience required

* Experience using business analysis tools/techniques to design and deliver business change

* Strong engagement, communication and stakeholder management skills, including excellent presentation and influencing skills

* Experience of working in a regulated environment

* Experience of working with third party suppliers/vendors

Desired requirements:

* Degree in relevant discipline or formal certification in business analysis practice

* Practical usage of Agile Methodology

* Experience of working in a global organisation

* Pharmaceutical business awareness/business domain knowledge

Apply now to learn more about this exciting opportunity with a world renowned pharmaceutical brand!

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