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POST DATE 8/26/2016
END DATE 12/9/2016

Shire Pharmaceutical Exton, PA

Exton, PA
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Mid-Career (2 - 15 years)
Bachelors Degree


Job Description
Reporting to the Exton GBS Site Lead, this is a key team leadership role having full responsibility and ownership for the accurate and timely preparation and submission of the financial results for Shire North American entities serviced by the Exton GBS operating on SAP and JDE.

This role leads the Fixed Asset team, Inventory team, Intercompany team and three General Ledger Operations accounting teams, requiring a high level of technical accounting ability and an in depth understanding of Shire s financial control environment, SOX compliance, and US GAAP.

The job holder is responsible for ensuring that:

Fixed Assets (FA), Inventory, Intercompany, and general ledger accounting for entities serviced by the Exton GBS are carried out in a controlled and efficient manner
Staff are managed and developed to maintain high levels of morale, motivation and productivity and a customer service mindset is at the fore.
Delivery of projects is of a high quality, managed to timelines, with the desired results achieved.
Key performance indicators for the teams are developed and monitored, with actions identified and delivered to achieve process efficiency and overall compliance.
Continuous improvement is driven across the processes and the teams are able to constantly challenge and improve key processes.
Functionality of the IT systems is maximized, to meet the demands of the business and to assist with maximizing efficiency.

As leader of a large team of qualified accounting experts and degreed professionals, it is essential that the role promotes developmental opportunities and career progression within the department to maintain high levels of motivation.

50% Provide leadership to all work stream leads within the GL function responsible for a wide range of operational / transactional accounting, technical accounting and controllership responsibilities, treasury accounting and provision of banking services.

This will include providing strategic direction and regularly prioritizing / project managing the more ad hoc elements of the work, objective setting, development and training, coaching staff and providing ongoing direction and feedback. It is important that the team is highly motivated to deliver a high standard of customer service.

Key responsibilities of these teams include:

GL Operations: Month end close, reporting to Group Finance, Inter-company and In House Cash, accounting for fixed assets and large capital projects, prepayments, equity accounting and step plan execution.

GL Compliance: Accrual substantiation, Government Reporting and Payroll accounting.

GL Controllership: Controllership for a group of legal entities.

Treasury: Treasury controlling, accounting for complex transactions.
25% Overseeing the monthly accounting close and ensuring that all information provided to Group Finance is accurate, timely and in compliance with US GAAP reporting requirements.

Conducting a rigorous review of the financial results and ensuring all SOX controls are operating effectively.

25% Owning the relationship with Shire s external auditors for the entity group and ensuring all audits are managed efficiently and completed timely to meet reporting deadlines, both for Shire Group requirements and local statutory audits.

Driving a strong controls ethic and regularly reviewing processes to ensure control standards are maintained.

- BS/BA in Accounting
- CPA with a minimum of 10 years experience
- Thorough understanding of US GAAP
- Proven experience in leading a technical accounting / controllership team within a shared services environment, gained in a multi-national organization (30+ employees)
- Practical experience of ERP systems
- In depth understanding of controls and SOX compliance

- SAP experience
- JDE experience
- Hyperion experience
- Knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry

Shire is the leading global biotechnology company focused on serving people with rare diseases and other highly specialized conditions. We have best-in-class products available in more than 100 countries across core therapeutic areas including Hematology, Immunology, Neuroscience, Lysosomal Storage Disorders, Gastrointestinal / Internal Medicine / Endocrine and Hereditary Angioedema; a growing franchise in Oncology; and an emerging, innovative pipeline in Ophthalmics.

Our employees come to work every day with a shared mission: to develop and deliver breakthrough therapies for the hundreds of millions of people in the world affected by rare diseases and other high-need conditions, and who lack effective therapies to live their lives to the fullest.

Shire is an equal opportunity employer. Shire evaluates qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, protected veteran status, disability/handicap status or any other legally protected characteristic.

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Reasonable Accommodations
Shire is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, or in order to perform the essential functions of a position, please call 484-595-8400 and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.

Global Business Services (GBS) is the growing strategic shared services arm of Shire, the leading biotechnology company focused on serving patients with rare diseases and specialized conditions. GBS is a collective set of global capabilities, people, and systems that enables strong collaboration with our commercial businesses and corporate functions in order to drive world-class service delivery to our customers and partners.

We are looking for innovative and entrepreneurial colleagues to join GBS, help shape GBS future, and explore the many global and diverse career opportunities at Shire.