Group Assistant Controller (Pharmaceutical)

Location Singapore
Discipline: Accounting & Finance
Contact name: Karthik Balakrishnan

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Job ref: 1906
Group Assistant Controller (Pharmaceutical)
Our client is a global leading multinational company in the pharmaceutical industry.
Position Purpose
The purpose of the Group Assistant Controller is to assist the Group Controller in providing technical accounting advice and guidance, including implementing new changes, requirements and improvements. In addition to providing advice of potential regulatory implications, will help lead all technical accounting preparation for global teams and prepare accounting policies.
Will work closely with the GC in the development, streamlining and maintenance of the risk, compliance and governance and internal control frameworks, as well as the supporting process policies and procedures and the internal accounting manual to ensure that the global finance team operates within a robust control environment.  Help to maintain and, where necessary, implement the required systems to support the global teams to achieve the required outcomes of a highly effective finance team.
Together with the GC will maintain and produce the group consolidation and the associated reporting processes. Help to improve the Group’s consolidated financial reporting.
Key Accountabilities & Performance Indicators
1. Technical Accounting
  • Supporting the production of the annual report and accounts and other financial reports
  • Assisting with interpretation and implementation of new regulatory and reporting standards and amendments
  • Providing post-implementation support and training
  • Owning the statutory reporting and group reporting templates to ensure they are up to date
  • Work closely with the business to ensure that changes in accounting policies are implemented properly
  • Improving the organisation’s documentation of policies and procedures to enhance the quality of financial reporting
  • Acting as a point of contact for external auditors on any technical accounting matters
  • Supporting with drafting technical accounting papers

2. Process Maintenance and Improvement and Associated Systems and Technology
  • Assist in developing robust group policies and procedures, including but not limited to:
    • Process maps
    • SOP’s
    • Work Instructions
  • Help to improve efficiencies by identifying opportunities for improvement
  • Assist in driving identified efficiencies through to completion
  • Working to develop training materials and assisting to implement and support this initiative throughout the global business
  •  Work with the global team to develop and maintain the Finance Manual:
    • Assist in creating accounting position papers
    • Assist in creating accounting policy papers
  • Ensure accounting policies are reviewed per the required schedules, updated accordingly and approved
  • Help to maintain all existing finance systems, including but not limited to:
    • Ensuring data integrity
    • Ensuring policies are in place and maintained
    • Ensuring controls are embed and maintained
    • Ensuring updates are consistently applied
    • Ensuring employees are trained and consistent processes are followed
  • Identifying opportunities for and assisting group rollouts for new technologies and systems for finance functionalities including building in the frameworks per the existing platforms above.
  • Assist in maintenance of the global chart of accounts
  • Assist with accounting processes related to business development – develop, implement and maintenance of acquisition checklists, liaison with 3rd party advisors where required, due diligence and modelling, completion accounts, PPA and take on entries
3. Financial Reporting
Assist in the of the production of high-quality financial accounts and reports for the Group and associated companies.
Ensuring the company complies with all regulatory requirements regarding financial reports.
Preparation of the Group’s multi-currency consolidation process for both monthly internal management and statutory purposes.
4. Other
  • Developing and supporting team members
  • Instigating cost saving initiatives
  • Liaison with finance teams as appropriate
  • Ad-hoc tasks and responsibilities associated with function as required.

Key Working Relationships
Internal Group CFO, Corporate Group Controller, Group Technical Accountant, Group Tax and Treasury Manager, global finance teams, IT
External External Auditors, Accounting advisors
Qualifications, Skills and Experience
  • Big 4 trained (Desirable)
  • CA/CPA/CIMA/IPA qualified (Essential)
  • Advanced computer skills including the Microsoft Office suite (Excel and Word) (Essential)
  • SAP skills (Desirable)
  • Analytical and problem solving skills (Essential)
  • Strong technical accounting skills (Essential)
    • Experience in TM1 and Blackline (Desirable)