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Astellas Pharma Senior Manager, Information Systems - Business Partner in Northbrook, Illinois

Do you want to be part of an inclusive team that works to develop innovative therapies for patients? Every day, we are driven to develop and deliver innovative and effective new medicines to patients and physicians. If you want to be part of this exciting work, you belong at Astellas!

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This position is based in Northbrook, Illinois, however 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 & Scope:

The Senior Manager Information Systems will work within Astellas to identify, implement and make effective use of technologies in order to enhance the value of the business. Will partner with business leaders and the Information Systems Team to ensure that Global IT systems are aligned with business strategy centrally and in the affiliates and ensure they align with all applicable laws, regulations, internal policies, standards and quality systems.

This role will ensure that IT investment is relevant to business requirements, demonstrably beneficial and appropriately used, and act as an internal IT Account Manager for specified Business Function(s) or Geographies.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with key Partners to identify requirements and support delivery for Business Systems and Business Enhancements which IT can enable:

  • Manage IT Account Management relationships with business functions and internal customers as required in the specific IS-BP role.

  • Ensure that Business Functions understand and support IT initiatives as appropriate and that the IT function is responsive to feedback from internal customers.

  • Turn Business Strategy into clearly directed, beneficial and cost-effective IT projects ready to start implementation:

  • Review and propose on trends and projects to be pursued within the functional area.

  • Ensure appropriate technical and managerial Go/No Go review of project proposals including the availability of cost/benefit/risk analyses ("business cases") and consistency with IT-Governance rules regarding decision-making.

  • Ensure availability of appropriate project plans for implementation addressing organizational, technical, process, change management and training perspectives when introducing new applications.

  • Ensure appropriate selection of solutions and third parties required to support changes identified.

  • Promote existing solutions from the IT estate and support the business to improve the benefits delivered from project investment.

  • Ensure that initiatives generated by business functions are in line with the Global approach and use appropriate tools where these already exist.

  • People - Develop the personal network required to enable successful collaboration internally and externally in support of departmental objectives:

  • Build effective and productive working relations with colleagues in relevant functions within Astellas HQ, Affiliates, plus other IS-BP groups and peers across Astellas Global organization, and with external peers and organizations to share knowledge and stay on top of developments and practices.

  • Undertake personal development activities to ensure that the core tasks and responsibilities of this role continue to be met as the role evolves in line with business change.

Organizational Context:

This role reports into the Senior Director and Internal will engage with employees at all levels within the Astellas Corporate functions, functional Governance, IS delivery and PMO teams, and IS-BP groups and IT colleagues.

Also engage with External Suppliers and Consultants, Professional and Regulatory bodies (sector, medical etc.)

Qualifications: Required

  • Robust experience in an IT Department, including international and multi-national business support

  • Must have a BS degree in IT or a related field

  • Pharma sector experience with strong customer focus; in multi-disciplinary, matrix and cross-cultural settings.

  • Track-record of leading planning process with excellent organizational and collaboration skill

  • Experience of managing Senior non-IT Stakeholders in Account Management relationships, representing the needs of the business function and the IT department.

  • Experience of strategic planning (Roadmaps) and of aligning IT strategies with business goals.

  • Experience of working through different stages of the systems development life cycle, including user requirements gathering and blueprinting.

  • Foundation in Process management, requirements gathering, analysis technique.

  • Ability to act and react with a customer focus first and foremost and to talk the (business) language of the customer.

  • Experience of working with a wide variety of Business systems relevant to the function supported International or Regional/Corporate HQ environment experience preferred but not essential.

  • Multi-tasking -- it is essential that this person can manage the complexity associated with an HQ role in a growing Pharma company

  • Flexibility and mental agility necessary to solve complex problems and develop innovative solutions to business issues

  • Highly numerate and data literate

  • Proven compliance expertise; to understand and align with industry laws and relevant regulations.

  • Coaching and collaboration skills to interact with all levels of personnel to achieve shared goals.

  • Demonstrable examples of ability to develop, coach and enable high functioning teams and proactively promote best practices and knowledge sharing.

  • Demonstrable ability to influence, (appropriately) challenge and engage diverse senior partners.

  • Knowledge of pharmaceutical business and related business processes to the specific BRM role.

  • Strong time management skills with the ability to work with minimal or no supervision.

  • High level of communication skills and knowledge of English (verbal and written).

Qualifications: Preferred

  • Past experience operating in pan-Regional role working with remote/virtual and cross-cultural teams. Experience with US/Japan/Europe an advantage.


  • Medical, Dental and Vision insurance

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

  • 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 Information Technology/Systems

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