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Astellas Pharma Associate Director, Information Reporting & Architecture in Northbrook, Illinois

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This position is based in Northbrook, Illinois. Remote work from certain states may be permitted in accordance with Astellas' Responsible Flexibility Guidelines. Candidates interested in remote work are encouraged to apply.

Purpose and Scope:

Business Information Reporting and Analytics (BIRA) is a leader in aligning functions across M&D organizations in areas which impact quality management; process management; non-drug initiative management, including IT components, to support business strategy; business information reporting and analytics; resource management; and learning and development. As the Associate Director, Information Reporting & Architecture, this role will be accountable for leading development and execution of reporting, metrics, data visualization and analytics of operational data through collaborative partnerships with cross-functional stakeholders across M&D.

This position will be responsible for leading the delivery of reliable, actionable data to internal customers and transform operational data, from either internal or external sources, into outcomes to answer the right question at the right time with the right data. The position will be responsible to deliver standard reporting on projects and product portfolio to project teams, functions, governance and external consortiums, as appropriate. The position will work within defined enterprise and organizational data governance models to ensure data are consistently utilized in an appropriate manner for reporting and decision-making purposes. The position will also be responsible for overseeing change requests and establishing testing plans, as applicable, for data model and interface enhancements.

The position will work through collaborative partnerships with Business Information Reporting and Analytics operational strategists, as applicable, and functional stakeholders to advise on maintenance and updates of the reports, metrics, analyses, and data models.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

Accountable for:

  • Leading cross-functional collaborations on the maintenance, upgrades, integrations, and releases and decommissioning of key performance indicators across the organization, delivering regular reports according to the schedule.

  • Managing the day-to-day reporting needs, guiding decisions made and leading discussions.

  • Understanding overall business requirements and providing systems, tools, and data to meet them. When enhancements are needed to meet business needs this role translates these into project specifications (in partnership with IT), wins approval for projects, and drives delivery of projects in partnership with IT.

  • Ensuring data meets defined data governance standards either through the enterprise governance models or organizational governance models, ensuring data translations occur accurately.

  • Leads a cross-functional workstream to support business needs or resolution of complex problems with a high degree of independence.

  • Managing and triaging requests for new reports/visualizations and change requests, as assigned, and execute any testing plans needed for system/tool improvement and/or implementation.

  • Collaborating and negotiating with stakeholders, including project teams, functions and governance, to ensure the implementation and use of a streamlined "suite" of reports for decision-making.

  • Leveraging drug development knowledge and cross-functional partnerships to anticipate changes needed to reports, metrics, analyses, and data models.

  • Overseeing quality review process to ensure changes made in the reports and data models are reflective of and consistent with agreed upon approach and within defined information management governance standards.

  • Developing and maintaining effective collaborations with key stakeholders and functions, as well as of relevant external stakeholders, including system vendors.

  • Managing as a peer leader within the organization and actively participate to ensure success of the strategic objectives.

Quantitative Dimensions:

  • Responsible for evaluating opportunities to improve project and portfolio analytics and reporting to facilitate decision-making for the stakeholders supported by the analytics and reporting tools. The role would support evaluation of operational data including approximately 200 projects, 600 clinical studies, fiscal year expenses of > $ 1 billion oku Yen and approximately 1800 headcount in a given 5-year window.

  • Responsible for executing and maintaining excellence in reporting and analytics with the right data at the right time to answer the right question.

  • Responsible for budget and timelines associated with assigned reporting initiatives.

  • May provide oversight and management of vendors or contractors working on a project, as applicable.

Organizational Context:

  • The position reports to the Head of Information Reporting & Architecture.

  • The position may oversee internal and outsourced support staff.

  • The position will work closely with other functions within Business Information Reporting and Analytics supports any gaps or improvements needed in the data model or reporting procedures for the system(s) assigned.

  • The position works cross-functionally with other Astellas groups to develop and implement excellence in project & product portfolio analytics and reporting.



  • BA/BS required.

  • Minimum 10 years in the pharmaceutical industry and/or management consulting group focused on R&D or clinical operations, with minimum 4 years in the drug development setting.

  • Experience in use of enterprise-wide data warehousing options/opportunities and reporting tools/systems, as a business user not technical/IT user, to facilitate and support the analytical and reporting capabilities for operational data.

  • Strong knowledge of tools used by pharmaceutical industry to support collection of business operations data, such as CTMS, SAP, Planisware, etc.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of the global drug development process and business processes and procedures in clinical drug development, including portfolio planning, clinical trial management, cost, staffing, resource management and/or time tracking areas.

  • Demonstrated ability to work with stakeholders to define and understand requirements.

  • Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills in English, with an ability to interact at all levels of personnel.

  • Experience with establishing standards in support of clinical and business operations systems,

  • especially as they impact and influence multiple departments and levels of management.

  • Strong and effective strategic thinker and problem solver with high degree of emotional intelligence, with the ability to both recognize and anticipate problems.

  • Ability to both recognize and anticipate problems. Possess the ability to translate solutions into viable action plans at a global level that are effectively disseminated and implemented through cooperation of stakeholders.

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively build business relationships and influence without authority as part of a matrix organization.

  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize multiple projects efficiently.

  • May require up to 10% international travel


  • Experience with business cases, platform strategies, validation, and delivery processes that optimize value generation from data and technology to support M&D business priorities.

  • Minimum 1 years of people/project management experience, preferable in a highly matrixed, multicultural global setting.

  • Understanding of financial and resourcing planning systems and/or processes.

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with functional leaders and negotiate solutions in a matrix environment.


  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance

  • Generous Paid Time Off options, including Vacation and Sick time, plus national holidays including year-end shut down

  • 401(k) match and annual company contribution

  • Company paid life insurance

  • Annual Corporate Bonus and Quarterly Sales Incentive for eligible positions

  • Long Term Incentive Plan for eligible positions

  • Referral bonus program


Category M&D Strategy & Operations

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