Head of Financial Planning Analysis (Japanese Pharmaceutical MNC)

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

Contact email: karthikb@caliber8.sg
Job ref: 2121

Head of Financial Planning Analysis (Japanese Pharmaceutical MNC)


Our client is a leading pharmaceutical brand globally headquartered in Japan and their rest of Asia headquarters is in Singapore.



• Manage Asia regional FP&A team and take FP&A roles for Singapore and the Alliance cluster (including export business countries except Australia)

• Manage the process of annual budget planning cycle for Asia on a regional basis

• Own the quarterly forecast update process for Asia

• Provide Country Finance teams with guidance and support

• Share with the regional management team insights from financial analyses for their decision making


Job Description

Asia Regional FP&A

• Measure and track business performance in the Asia region on a monthly basis

• Provide monthly regional management P&L reports to the Asia management team

• Manage key processes of a) annual Budget planning with guidance, key milestones, and target setting, and b) quarterly Forecast updates in collaboration with the Corporate Planning across the Asia region

• Support Head of Finance-Asia to drive initiatives and projects, by partnering with business and functional teams, such as new business models, M&A, and system implementations

• Business partnering and decision-making support for driving expected performances and achieving strategic objectives and financial goals

• Take leadership to optimize cross-functional processes and collaborate to maximize impact on businesses, customers, and teams

• Drive transformation and simplification of business processes with development of mindset to success

• Drive strong collaboration with country finance teams – provide coaching on FP&A related deliverables, business cases analysis, scenario planning and simulations

• Partner with CFU/HF/CF to ensure financial KPIs and reporting requirements

• Perform a standard costing process for Asia RDC operations – manage control principles and procedures in collaboration with SCM team

• Manage Finance master data in existing ERP and for the future SAP project.

• Establish strong functioning FP&A team for Asia Region - lead, coach and develop FP&A analysts Country FP&A for Singapore/Alliance Cluster

• Perform quarterly forecast, annual budgeting, and monthly performance reviews with reconciliation analysis between actuals and forecasts

• Provide valuable input for decision-making support such as new product launch

• Work with functions to prepare budget / forecasts and consolidate them into country P&L

• Collaborate with Market Access function on pricing strategy and price setting, provide financial analysis to safeguard gross margin and ensure sustainable profitability



• Degree in Finance, Accounting or related professional qualifications (e.g. ACCA, CA, CPA)

• 5-10 years' work experience in taking a leadership role of FP&A with business partnership, pro-active, action and solution oriented

• Need experience in working in diversified environments

• Respectful of People-Centric culture

• Experience in the Pharmaceutical Industry is preferred

• Experience in working with a Japan-based headquarter is preferred

• Experience in multi-functional team projects is preferred

• Regional exposure is required across the Asia region

• Good business acumen • Good working knowledge on SAP Analytical Cloud, SAP S4HANA (FI-CO module), BPC, Microsoft Power BI, Excel, PowerPoint etc

• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills Additional Information Grow your career at