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Financial Controller EMEA

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.
Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Competitive Salary
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Jun 28, 2024

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At Thermo Fisher Scientific, our Finance teams are important to our business and functional teams to make educated, sound decisions that drive our Mission and make us a stable and trusted industry leader. From Financial Planning & Analysis, Tax, Treasury, Financial Reporting, Audit, Investor Relations, Strategy & Corporate Development to Accounting, our Finance functions have a diverse and global presence, providing significant opportunities to develop outstanding career experiences and perspectives. Ranked #95 on the 2021 Fortune 500 list and with revenues of more than $35 billion, you'll discover endless opportunities to grow a rewarding career as part of the world leader serving science.

How you will make an impact:

BioServices and Specialty Logistics EMEA is a storage and distribution of drug product and material business within Pharmaceutical Service Group, which offers ultra-frozen storage and distribution of clinical trial and commercial drug material serving cell and gene therapy and commercial market.

The Financial Controller will own the financial accounting and statutory reporting function within BSL EMEA for UK, Germany and Netherlands. This role will implement and monitor internal controls and compliance with internal and external guidelines and standards to support accurate and timely financial accounting of BSL EMEA sites.

This role will work closely with Divisional Controllership, align with Corporate Accounting policies and fully engage with the FP&A team.

Delivery of the objectives will be achieved through deployment and introduction of working practices and innovative, value adding finance processes & tools. These activities will be carried out in accordance with current USGAAP, statutory, company financial standards as well as our 4i Values.

Success will be proven through improved processes, compliance with financial regulations and controls, accurate and timely period end financial closes, providing meaningful analysis towards achieving growth & profitability targets and improving our services for our customers, our company and ultimately the patients we serve.

What you will do:
  • Ensure that the BSL EMEA entities' accounting is performed as stated in company procedures, financial close schedules and in accordance with US GAAP, SOX and statutory laws.
  • Analytical review of the monthly financial results of UK, Germany and Netherlands site with regards to quality and compliance of those results and processes.
  • Technical accounting research of complex issues to ensure proper accounting treatment and compliance with US GAAP, company policies and statutory regulations.
  • Review and improve the quality of accounting activities and processes such as reconciliations and journal entries, ensure accounting activities are well supported, documented and audit ready.
  • Actively support the Finance and Accounting team during month-ends on complex accounting treatments as defined in the close schedules and check lists to ensure accuracy, timeliness, consistency and completeness of the financial results.
  • Assist with the implementation of new operation and financial software within BSL EMEA.
  • Lead direct and indirect tax compliance and relationship with corporate tax teams as well as local authorities.
  • Manage site compliance with treasury and tax related relationships with corporate teams and external partners.
  • Support all internal and external audit.
  • Prepare UK and Netherlands statutory accounts and assist with Germany statutory accounts.
  • Identify and drive improvement initiatives to ensure enough support for changing business dynamics; full accountability to understand needs, development of implementation plans and the corresponding execution.
  • Provide advice and guidance to business on finance related matters, ensuring consistency and compliance with Finance policies and standards.
  • Exhibits personal responsibility/accountability and open communications.

How you will get here:

Minimum Requirements/Qualifications:
  • Candidate will show strength in the following areas: technical accounting knowledge, internal control, indirect tax knowledge, and financial reporting.
  • Embrace the Thermo Fisher Scientific 4-I values of Integrity, Intensity, Innovation, and Involvement.
  • Strong business and industry knowledge, able to make logical assumptions, draw conclusions from laws and regulations and optimally link processes and results.
  • Identify process and control gaps and champion improvement initiatives.
  • Strong written communication skills, along with clear and concise verbal skills, are required. The ideal candidate will have the ability to acquire operational consensus with easy-to-understand analysis and presentations and communicate across all levels.
  • Build interpersonal relationships with peers and operating partners
  • Lead multiple assignments, exercise excellent judgment, and prioritize projects.
  • Exhibit a dedication to continuous learning, show career progression and development, and seek opportunities to stretch capabilities.
  • Excellent skills with MS Excel, Power BI and MS PowerPoint are required; Further IT skills such as Data Warehouse, Oracle, COGNOS, and Visual Basic.

Education/ Experience:
  • Bachelor Degree in Accounting/Qualified Accountant with significant post qualification experience. CIMA/ACCA/ACA
  • Advanced Qualification Preferred (MBA, or MS)
  • Has a strong background as a Statutory Controller

EEO/Reasonable Accommodation:
  • "Thermo Fisher Scientific is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided a reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request an accommodation

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