Astellas Pharma is an affiliate of Tokyo-based Astellas Pharma Inc., a top 20 global pharmaceutical research company. Astellas is committed to turning innovative science into medical solutions that bring value and hope to patients and their families. Keeping our focus on addressing unmet medical needs and conducting our business with ethics and integrity enables us to improve the health of people throughout the world.Purpose & Scope: This position ensures that Affiliate/Legal entity financial records are prepared in accordance with all statutory, regulatory and group reporting requirements. It ensures that there is a strong control environment over the relevant accounting/finance processes and that relevant controls are effective and evidenced. As the most senior Accounting Operations team member in the affiliate: Lead accounting, reporting and controlling activities, manage affiliate accounting operations resources to deliver accounts; coordinating the activities to ensure timely and accurate financial statements for the affiliate Responsible for all statutory, tax, treasury and accounting related matters in the affiliate they lead. Quantitative Dimensions: Number of subordinates: 0-3; Manage statutory P&L and oversee preparation of financial accounts; Manage Balance Sheet and provide assurance and substantiation of balances and controlsFinance responsibilities: Responsibility for providing financial reporting to Group consolidation and GBS Central teams. Support audits, manage relationship with Tax and Statutory authorities.Other: Manage complex accounting treatments and changes Essential Job Responsibilities: Lead accounting, reporting and controlling activities, co-ordinating the activities to ensure timely and accurate financial statements. Support Commercial Finance Lead in projects and ad hoc requests. Supports ERTT on tax related matters, transfer pricing, financial consolidation, audits, improving control framework. Financial reporting: - Oversee and be accountable for financial statements and group reporting requirements - Accountability for reporting to Group Reporting and Consolidation team and Central GBS function including analytical reviews and Balance Sheet Assurance Financial compliance: - Ensure business processes controls are operated effectively - Ensure Finance Authorisation rules are effectively applied within the Affiliate - Ensure adherence to Astellas policies relating to healthcare compliance standards and interactions with Healthcare Professionals (HCPs), Healthcare Organisations (HCOs) and Patient Organisations (POs) - Ensure adherence to Astellas policies relating to Finance Controls and Compliance standardsStatutory, Tax and Audit: - Primary contact point for external auditors in review of quarterly closings, documentation for accounting procedures and accruals - Prepare reports and analysis to support tax and statutory filings - Coordinate with EMEA tax department to ensure compliance to regulations/ standards around tax related matters - Manage transfer pricing / intercompany recharges / Supply price adjustment processes within the Affiliate - Maintain supporting evidence of control operation for audit purposes Close process and review of judgemental items: - Drive financial close and preparation of accurate financials working closely with Global Business Services (internal /BPO) - Ensure process for collecting relevant information and generating journal requests and supporting documentation is in place (e.g. Prepayments, Accruals, Reclassification); and ensure this is correctly posted by Finance SSC/ BPO - Review and sign-off of various accounts, reconciliations, intercompany recharges and work which is performed by Global Business Service - Support business partners on complex transaction accounting (rebates, provisions) - Responsible for computing or reviewing various provisions (Inventory, doubtful debts etc.) - Review and approve journal entries and calculations entered by the Assistant Finance Controller/ Accountants Other: - Other such duties as may be reasonably required by the business - Ensure a culture of Ethics and Compliance; lead by example and incorporate cross-cultural perspectives when addressing challenging situation Organizational Context: Member of GBS organization. The position reports into Accounting Operations Market Lead, and works closely with the Commercial Lead of that market Internal Stakeholders: Affiliate Commercial Finance Lead, ERTT, Commercial Operations team depending on the process (e.g. Accounts Payable, Order to Cash). Internal audit and JSOX control teams. Group Reporting and Consolidation team External Stakeholders: External auditors, Tax and statutory Authorities Specific Physical or Environmental Requirements: Based in the affiliate location they support Occasional international travel required Occasional working from home with agreement from line manager and affiliate partner Qualifications: Required Minimum Qualification • BA/BS in Accounting or Finance • ACA / or ACCA / or CPA and / or equivalent accounting qualification • English and local language advanced level in speaking and writing Minimum Experience • Experience in Pharma industry • Experience with Excel and PowerPoint • Solid working knowledge of accounting and internal control standards • Solid experience with ERP systems Job Specific Skills • Experienced communication skills with various management levels • Solid financial analysis skills • Experienced organisational and project management skills • Experienced teamwork and partnering behavioursWe are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.