Associate Director, Controller, Europe
Maidenhead Berkshire
1d ago

Working closely with the EU Finance Director, the Associate Director, EU Controller is responsible for managing the day-to-day accounting operations, preparing financial statements, supporting financial audits, and ensuring compliance with internal controls, financial standards, and regulations.

Additionally, the Associate Director, EU Controller will partner with the UK Country Manager, to deliver financial results and growth in compliance with company policies, procedures and local regulations.

They will set up the required financial framework and processes. This individual will support the local UK sales team, partnering with the Country Manager, and sitting on the UK Management Team.

This broad role will encompass activities from the strategic to the day to day accounting of the enterprise.

Essential Duties and responsibilities

  • Manage accounting operations to ensure compliance with Local GAAP and US GAAP and corporate Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) requirements, including :
  • Accounts payable, payroll, inter-company and general ledger functions;
  • EU subsidiary funding requirements and other financial information.
  • Develop operational procedures and policies and enhance process efficiencies through automation and elimination of process redundancies.
  • Provide managerial support to direct reports with overall responsibility of leading, training, and mentoring for effective performance of organizational, departmental and personal objectives
  • Direct the monthly close process, including review of journal entries, balance sheet account reconciliations and analytical review procedures, including analysis of trended profit and loss statements.
  • Lead EU SOX compliance.
  • Partner closely with operational teams for monthly close accounting.
  • Lead statutory accounts preparation, including balance sheet, statement of operations, and statement of cash flow.
  • Interact with external accounting and Audit firms and manage the team’s priorities to ensure timely completion annual audits, tax computation (including R&D tax credit), for all EU entities
  • Manage accounting financial systems for EU entities including Concur, Coupa, and online banking.
  • Ensure accuracy EU and UK sales and marketing entities
  • Work with US colleagues in the setting up of new entities within Great Plains and with RSM to ensure a consistent monthly management pack across outsourced EU entities.
  • Provide technical accounting advice to the EU Finance Director including preparation of accounting memos for the treatment of key items.
  • Validate monthly Payroll for all EU entities as first line review with help from the financial accountant.
  • Ensure all intercompany accounts are fully reconciled
  • Initial review of exceptional expense claims and escalate for EU Finance Director review
  • Serve as key contact for outsourced accounting and payroll services vendor in the UK and EU
  • Set up EU entities in line with the launch plan.
  • Be a key member of the project team to determine the full order to cash flow process including liaising with the third party logistics provider and documenting all journals required.
  • Work with key stakeholders, such as HR, RSM and US finance to ensure items including expense policies, payroll set up, accounts preparation etc are all ready to go prior to employees starting.
  • Ensure EU entities adhere to group accounting policies and close timelines
  • Other duties as required
  • Core Competencies, Knowledge and Skill Requirements

  • PC literacy required; MSOffice skills (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • NetSuite not essential but advantageous
  • Great Plains not essential but advantageous

  • ACA or ACCA professional accounting qualification
  • Big 4’ trained and qualified would be advantageous
  • At least 8-10 years of experience in accounting, ideally in US listed companies
  • Pharmaceutical or Biotech industry experience preferred
  • Experience of building EU infrastructure and processes preferred
  • 3 5 years of experience managing, developing, and mentoring staff
  • Expertise in IFRS, US GAAP and internal controls over financial reporting required
  • Demonstrated success in utilizing analytical, planning, project and time management skills.
  • Demonstrated success building relationships across all levels within an organization, especially in the mentoring of direct team members.
  • Independent and proactive self-starter who operates with a strong sense of ownership for projects and results, excellent business judgment.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Comfortable collaborating effectively within a dynamic, fast-paced, rapid-growth environment.
  • Proficient in driving change and identifying ways to improve the business
  • Delivery focused - ability to manage multiple deadlines and priorities
  • Strong experience with all finance functional areas, including reporting, controlling, accounting and tax

  • Regularly required to operate standard office equipment (personal computer, photocopy machine, etc.)
  • Ability to work on a computer for extended periods of time.
  • Regularly required to sit for long periods of time, and occasionally stand and walk.
  • Regularly required to use hands to operate computer and other office equipment.
  • Close vision required for computer usage.
  • Occasionally required to stoop, kneel, climb and lift up to 20 pounds.
  • 15% travel may be required to EU, Occasionally US
  • Role is based in the Maidenhead, EU Head Office
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