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Operations Master Data Analyst

AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP

Gaithersburg, MD
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Bachelors Degree
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Job Description

                                       Location:Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States
Job reference: R-003205

Posted date: Jan. 25, 2017



   Operations Master Data Analyst- Gaithersburg, MD  

   At AstraZeneca we work together across global boundaries to make an impact and find answers to challenges. We do this with the upmost integrity even in the most difficult situations because we are committed to doing the right thing. We continuously forge partnerships that help pursue world-class medicines in new ways, combining our people’s exceptional skills with those of people from all over the globe. As a Operations Master Data Analyst in Gaithersburg, MD, you’ll play a pivotal role in channeling our scientific capabilities to make a positive impact on changing patients’ lives. Operations at AstraZeneca is a truly world-class business unit. It offers one of the most exciting, fast paced, challenging and rewarding work environments in the world of operations, supply chain and manufacturing.  


   The role of the Operations Master Data Analyst (OMDA) is to create and maintain the master data which allows AstraZeneca to plan, procure, and produce all of its materials. The most critical master data elements within the OMDA’s scope are Material Masters, Bills of Material (BOMs), and Production Versions, which are maintained in SAP MDM (global system), Local SAP and are also integrated with AstraZeneca’s global APO supply planning system. These highly complex elements must be kept 100% accurate and fully aligned with the needs of the business, and thus must be maintained by personnel intimately familiar with the inner workings of SAP and APO as well as the supply planning and production processes of the business. The SAP and APO systems rely completely on the accuracy of master data in order to drive accurate supply plans, enable capacity planning, maintain proper stock levels of direct materials, manage production, and ultimately allow AstraZeneca to sell its products to its customers. The efficient and accurate creation and maintenance of master data will ensure that the materials management, packaging and distribution of formulated product and finished goods can occur.  

   The Operations Master Data Analyst is accountable to provide complete oversight of the highlighted master data for Bio products. Attention to detail and a thorough understanding of systems and processes is absolutely critical. These data are fully GMP regulated, and any errors in master data creation/maintenance can lead to noncompliance. This position is responsible for analyzing Change Requests, understanding their impacts in the context of the SAP, APO, and AZURE systems as well as the associated planning and production processes, and then coordinating the accurate and timely creation or change of related master data.  

   Major Responsibilities  

   Review and Analyze Change Controls (CC’s) and Action Items (AI’s) in the Operations Change Management (OCM) system to determine system impacts and ensure both material and production needs are aligned. Annotate CR’s to provide additional clarification and information as needed. Effectively navigate Trackwise to collect information to support new and changing products. Review and verify data contributions and coordinate data input for all products in local systems Create and maintain master data including Material Masters, BOMs and Recipes for new and revised products in SAP. Facilitate, as needed, data contributor meetings for New Product Introductions (NPI) to proactively identify improvements to the master data entry processes and implement changes to improve efficiency. Lead master data collection from various functional areas via SAP Workflow, and confirm completion of artwork and specifications. Ensure completion of material master data and the release of materials into SAP to our customers as needed. Perform follow-up with appropriate departments on data needed to accomplish activation of BOM and new components including, but not limited to, the following areas: Finance, QA, Engineering and Warehouse. Participate in site launch meetings to evaluate the effects to the master data and suggest solutions to ensure production data issues are identified and resolved. Have a strong understanding of AZURE and its connection to APO and SAP. As the local AZURE Data Steward, maintain local data in-line with local planning systems. Set priorities of various needs and manage workloads to adhere to tight deadlines and achieve project targets to agreed timelines and quality standards. Monitor and prioritize these data requirements on a daily basis. Create and maintain Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for Operations Data Management including, but not limited to, data entry and data deletion to reflect current working practices. Create Engineering Changes in SAP and link to BOM’s to control the implementation of material revisions. Ensure label revision implementation complies with regulatory requirements (i.e. Prior Approval Supplement, CBE-30, etc.) as specified in the CR. Coordinate artwork / specification release with activation of the BOM’s for the sites. Manage master data obsoletion process Develop and maintain training manual for Operations Master Data Analyst, which identifies activities, the related systems, required transactions, departmental contacts, timings, etc. Create and lead master data maintenance process Have a continuous improvement mindset and identify and implement master data process improvements  

   Minimum Requirements  

   BS degree in a related field. 3-5 years experience in Data or Document management. Detailed knowledge of SAP PP-PI, MRP and Advanced Planning Systems and related to pharmaceutical production processes Must be analytical, assertive, detail oriented, highly disciplined, independent, and able to prioritize with minimum supervision. Must be highly organized and approach tasks in a consistent, logical manner Good interpersonal and project management/coordination skills required. Knowledge of GMP and FDA regulations involving data management and validation requirements. Ability to work independently and apart from direct manager.  

   Preferred Background  



   Minimum requirements plus:  

   Knowledge of inventory control and document management systems Knowledge of Track Wise, TDMS, AZURE and OCM Knowledge of APICS or CPIM  

   Next Steps – Apply today!  

   To be considered for this exciting opportunity, please complete the full application on our website at your earliest convenience – it is the only way that our Recruiter and Hiring Manager can know that you feel well qualified for this opportunity. If you know someone who would be a great fit, please share this posting with them.  

   AstraZeneca is an equal opportunity employer. AstraZeneca will consider all qualified applicants for employment without discrimination on grounds of disability, sex or sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity leave status, race or national or ethnic origin, age, religion or belief, gender identity or re-assignment, marital or civil partnership status, protected veteran status (if applicable) or any other characteristic protected by law. AstraZeneca only employs individuals with the right to work in the country/ies where the role is advertised.