Sr. Manager, Global Transparency Operations

AstraZeneca - Gaithersburg, MD (30+ days ago)4.1


The Sr. Manager, Global Transparency Operations is part of the Global Payment Transparency team that is responsible for fulfilling AstraZeneca’s external payment disclosure obligations across Europe, the United States (US), as well as international countries with new emerging transparency requirements such as Japan and Australia. The Global Payment Transparency team is part of the overall Global Assurance and Reporting Services within the Global Business Shared Services organization, aligned to Finance.

Working in a complex, matrixed high activity environment, the Senior Manager will be responsible for managing technical aspects of projects, associated risks, and partnering with the GPT Team Lead in the development and execution of the organizations Global Payment Transparency strategy.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Acquire an in-depth understanding of reporting requirements across various country’s disclosure obligations to be able to support and address basic inquiries from internal and external customers
Compilations of various payment transparency disclosure reports across AstraZeneca with focus on European (i.e. EFPIA) payment transparency in required localized formats within predefined timelines to ensure accurate and timely reporting
Execution of data reconciliation efforts and quality checks in partnership with local market contacts to monitor completeness and accuracy of reports throughout the year
Partnership with the GPT Team Leads in the development and execution of the overall organization’s Global Payment Transparency strategy
Serve as subject matter expert in the understanding, use and integration of the global payment transparency system
Serve as point of contact to activity owners, business process partners, internal and external suppliers relative to payment and transparency reporting processes and procedures
Partner with internal and external stakeholders to implement a consistent approach to the data collection and compilation of payment transparency data across US, Europe and International markets
Assist in the development and implementation of relevant data metrics and analytics to monitor compliance in use of coding, application functionality, and overall data quality as well as provide insights to the business regarding data trends
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of the organizations overall risk management and QA/QC program, including the entity and process level controls and monitoring protocol process, script development, sample selection, procurement of source system data, testing, documentation of findings, and remediation efforts
Respond and support queries from management and key stakeholders as needed
Participate in continuous improvement projects and other system enhancements aimed at improving processes across the team and overall data quality
Support internal and external audits of payment transparency data, e.g., IRO and Internal Audit, as necessary
Support driving and embedding a culture of ethics, integrity and compliance
Participate in policy meetings and training on an as needed basis

Project Management Component:
Provide support including but not limited to internal and external communication and training programs, project planning, development and tracking, intranet sites
Manage collation and analysis of business information, consolidation and maintenance of up to date procedural documentation
May be asked to support or lead initiatives around MDM management and cleansing, disputes and resolutions, pre-disclosure, vendor training, and audit remediation
Support monitoring of progress of initiatives and work streams through scorecards and metrics
Liaise appropriately and proactively coordinate with key stakeholders to deliver assigned responsibilities

Minimum Specific Requirements:
Bachelor's degree (ideally Accounting, Finance)
Demonstrated knowledge of SAP, and purchase to pay systems / processes, Procurement
Experience in finance, auditing, quality assurance/control, SOX and/or risk management
Understanding of payment transparency principles
Strong project management skills with the ability to handle competing projects simultaneously
Strong ethical, collaborative and influencing skills
Excellent computer skills, including data and reporting software programs

Preferred Background:
Additional certifications (e.g., CPA)
Experience in or with the biopharmaceutical industry or a consulting firm working with pharmaceutical clients
Experience with providing data quality control/assurance
Understanding of Research and Development (R&D) and/or Commercial operations
Working knowledge of / experience with payment transparency requirements in Europe (EFPIA), the US (Open Payments or formerly Sunshine Act)
Global / cross-cultural experience