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  • Posted: May 22, 2020
    Deadline: May 26, 2020
  • Aspen has a proud heritage dating back more than 160 years and is committed to sustaining life and promoting healthcare through increasing access to its high quality affordable medicines and products. Aspen has a market capitalisation of approximately US$10 billion, is the largest pharmaceutical company listed on the JSE Limited (share code: APN) and ranks a...
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    Business Analyst


    The Business Analyst is responsible for delivering analytics and reporting solutions with Insights to support the commercial strategic decision-making process across the Aspen Pharma Commercial division.
    Business partner with the commercial and non-commercial functions, in a pro-active manner, so as to recommend courses of action to assist the business in understanding in market landscapes, market performance, behaviours, and dynamics. Improve and develop internal competencies around commercial analytics.Manage internal stakeholders at all levels of the Business. Manage external vendors associated with the Job Function.

    The successful candidate will be responsible for the following:

    • Partner with all business areas to understand and deliver strategic performance insights and key analytics solutions, either through on an ad-hoc, monthly or quarterly basis
    • Support business KPI’s by identifying data needs and delivering value cases to drive business value creation
    • Business lead on the acquisition, management and deployment of information for sales and marketing.
    • Build automated, scalable and thoroughly documented reporting solutions.
    • Ensure the work delivered is accurate, of high quality, and delivered on time.
    • Directs and works with technical teams in the translation of business requirements and functional specifications into logical system or model outcomes
    • Supports cross-functional teams such as SFE, sales, marketing and finance, on day-to-day execution of projects
    • Coordinate cross-divisional operations analyses by providing common methodology, definitions and standard analytic approaches
    • Work closely with IT to provide appropriate data and tools for the analytics team to be successful
    • Nurture and promote the adherence to BI governance standards within the organization
    • Duties include communication, outreach and training to various stakeholders throughout the business, as well as management of outside services (e.g., vendors)
    • Serve as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) regarding business analytics and intelligence in terms of methodology and technology
    • Explore and propose new tools, methodology and practices enabling standardisation of procedures and their related reports for the various sales divisions
    • Have a complete and thorough understanding of the scope of the business
    • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing with diverse groups including business associates, technical associates and leadership
    • Excellent interpersonal, team-building and communication skills
    • Can understand all aspects of the business and work in partnership with other departments to achieve the company goals.
    • Influence and lead teams based on SME functional skills and abilities
    • Ability to work cohesively with the Information Technology and Business Intelligence departments
    • Process skills that allow optimal liaison with key internal customers across business units
    • Able to communicate positive and negative information when required
    • Superior critical thinking, analytical and problem-solving skills
    • Able to manage self and environment through ambiguous and conflict situations

    Core deliverables would be:

    • Sales and marketing brand targets
    • Incentive calculations (Quarterly)
    • Data validation on all external and internal data audits / models
    • Liaison with commercial functions on all aspects relating to analysis, reporting, training requirements etc.
    • Monthly market performance reporting
    • Ad-hoc executive and non-executive data analysis and reporting
    • Deep dive analysis to support key strategic project


    • Strategy Planning
    • Curious / Enquiring Mind
    • Information seeking
    • Initiative
    • Logical thinking
    • Accurate and attention to detail
    • Methodical
    • Self-motivated
    • Team Player
    • Imaginative
    • Open-minded and flexible
    • Analytical
    • Applies entrepreneurial and commercial thinking
    • Excellent communicator
    • Tenacity
    • Professional presentation
    • Positive impact
    • Influencing
    • Confidentiality
    • Empathy
    • Customer focused
    • Interpersonal sensitivity
    • Patience and level headed
    • Cultural sensitivity


    • Ability to understand business strategies, tactics and how data driven insights align
    • Strong analytical, strategic, and creative problem-solving skills
    • Ability to formulate hypotheses, search for patterns, and find the story in the data
    • Demonstrates the ability to turn data driven insights into actionable ways to drive business results
    • Demonstrates sound business sense and acumen
    • Understanding of commercial processes and approaches
    • Able to proactively identify business opportunities and communicate it into the commercial functions
    • Apply principles of logical thinking to solve practical problems
    • Ability to manage multiple conflicting priorities
    • Ability to develop and deliver compelling executive-level presentations
    • Quick learner/creative thinker/self-starter
    • Demonstrates a calm head during periods of high pressure and stress
    • Ability to perform optimally under pressure and strict deadlines
    • Process skills that allow optimal liaison with key internal customers across business units
    • Ability to work cohesively with the Information Technology department counterparts.
    • Able to communicate positive and negative information when required.
    • Strong conflict resolution abilities
    • Excellent interpersonal, team-building and communication skills
    • Exceptional stakeholder management that leads others through positive “win-win” influencing
    • Self-motivated, curious, and critical thinker
    • Distinguishes between personal, divisional and Enterprise objectives and responds accordingly
    • Superior written and verbal communication skills and the ability to simplify complex data-driven insights
    • Takes accountability for personal performance and results


    • Tertiary qualification e.g. Business Science, B. Comm., CIMA
    • 3+ years’ experience in data analytics
    • 3+ years of Pharmaceutical experience (sales and marketing)-preferred
    • Expert skills in Qlikview and other interactive BI dashboard tools
    • Microsoft suite (Excel advanced)
    • Powerpoint
    • Navigation of WWW
    • Proven track record and customer service experience
    • Experience of having operated in a complex matrix organisation


    • Have a complete and thorough understanding of the scope of the pharmaceutical market
    • Industry
    • Competitors Corporations
    • Therapeutic areas
    • Brands
    • Market data and data methodologies
    • Systems (BAAN) and data analytics / BI Tools (Qlikview)
    • Analytics and proficiencies in Microsoft
    • Strategy development
    • Commercial operations and processes (Sales, Marketing, Key Accounts) and impact on business
    • Budget process and target setting

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to Aspen Pharma Group on to apply
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