Alexion Pharmaceuticals Business Controller - UK & Nordics in United Kingdom

Business Controller - UK & Nordics

Reports to: Senior Director, Finance – UK and Nordics

Location: UK Head Office, Stockley Park, Uxbridge

Some opportunities happen only once in a lifetime – like a job where you have the extraordinary opportunity to change lives. At Alexion, such opportunities arise through our unwavering mission to serve patients and families affected by rare diseases. These patients are our guiding star, and we act with integrity, urgency, and discipline because we know their lives are at stake.

Alexion is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on serving patients and families affected by rare diseases through the discovery, development and commercialization of life-changing therapies. As the global leader in complement biology and inhibition for more than 20 years, Alexion has developed and commercializes the first and only approved complement inhibitor to treat patients with paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH), atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS), and anti-acetylcholine receptor (AchR) antibody-positive generalized myasthenia gravis (gMG). Alexion also has two highly innovative enzyme replacement therapies for patients with life-threatening and ultra-rare metabolic disorders, hypophosphatasia (HPP) and lysosomal acid lipase deficiency (LAL-D). In addition, the company is developing two late-stage therapies, a second complement inhibitor and a copper-binding agent for Wilson disease. Alexion focuses its research efforts on novel molecules and targets in the complement cascade and its development efforts on the core therapeutic areas of hematology, nephrology, neurology, and metabolic disorders. Alexion has been named to the Forbes list of the World's Most Innovative Companies seven years in a row and is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts' Innovation District. The company also has offices around the globe and serves patients in more than 50 countries.

Alexion’s aspiration is to be the most rewarding place to work, where people are empowered to make a difference and where diversity of backgrounds and ideas is encouraged. We are looking for talented individuals who share our passion and commitment to change the lives of patients with rare diseases. We hope you will consider joining our team. Further information about Alexion can be found at: www.alexion.com.

Position Summary

The Business Controller is responsible for providing best in class financial planning to Alexion’s businesses in UK and Nordics comprising commercial legal entities in the UK and Sweden with branches in Norway and Denmark, in addition to ensuring dedicated world class business partnering for the business unit leaders to drive profitable, sustainable business growth.

The person needs to be capable of using their financial skillset and business acumen to provide technical and more general business leadership for the entire organization.

The person needs to be able to demonstrate strong communication skills locally and at a regional and corporate level.

The key objectives are:

  • Provision of world class business partnering via:

  • Financial planning to deliver profitable sustainable growth

  • Demonstrated deep understanding of key value drivers in the business

  • The provision of robust financial forecasting models and communication of these models to the key business owners to drive reliable forecasts and highlight actions to deliver improved performance.

  • Provision of prompt financial reporting and KPI’s to help the business meet and exceed its goals.

Principal Responsibilities

  • Establish strategic plans, annual budgets and monthly forecasts in line with regional and Corporate timelines and ensure accuracy within Corporate target levels

  • Provide accurate monthly financial reporting to local and regional management aimed at delivering quarterly and annual targets both for revenues and expenses.

  • Implement corporate forecasting models for revenue projections ensuring local data available to ensure accurate quarterly forecasts

  • Identify and quantify the key risks and opportunities to the business in each forecasting cycle

  • Business partner with the local leadership team to:

  • Ensure local management team have a clear understanding of the financial impact of key decisions

  • Implement a robust process to accurately forecast headcount changes and quantify their impact in forecasts and budgets

  • Provide ad hoc analysis related to pricing and all pricing & reimbursement processes

  • Provide financial analysis and evaluation of ad hoc projects as required by the business

  • Support local team with operational finance coordination and issue resolution including Accounts Payable/Receivable and vendor management.

  • Support the Finance Director on ad hoc projects

Qualifications

  • Proven experience in Finance / Controlling position

  • Experience in one of the Big Advisory Companies is a strong plus

  • A professional accounting qualification - CIMA, ACCA or equivalent

  • Experience in international organizations

  • Experience in Pharmaceutical/Biotechnology industry preferred

  • Good Computer skills (advanced Excel, PowerPoint)

  • Knowledge of an ERP, SAP or similar

  • Fluency in English both written and oral mandatory

Characteristics

  • High energy levels

  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to work with others as well as independently

  • Excellent problem solving and organizational skills

  • A strong sense of ethics and responsibility

  • An ability to define and manage priorities

  • Rigorous and reliable with an ability to be detail oriented yet identify the key issues and conclusions

  • Strong business orientation

Education

  • Holder of a professional accounting qualification

  • MBA or Master’s degree of a business school or equivalent certificate preferred

As a leading employer in our industry, Alexion is proud to offer a highly competitive package of base and incentive compensation as well as a comprehensive benefits program designed to support the health, wellness and financial security of our employees and their families. To learn more about Alexion, please visit www.alexionpharma.com or download our App for iPhones and Blackberries.

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Some opportunities happen only once in a lifetime – like a job where you have the extraordinary opportunity to change lives. At Alexion, such opportunities arise through our unwavering mission to serve patients and families affected by rare diseases. These patients are our guiding star, and we act with integrity, urgency, and discipline because we know their lives are at stake.

Alexion is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on serving patients and families affected by rare diseases through the discovery, development and commercialization of life-changing therapies. As the global leader in complement biology and inhibition for more than 20 years, Alexion has developed and commercializes the first and only approved complement inhibitor to treat patients with paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH), atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS), and anti-acetylcholine receptor (AchR) antibody-positive generalized myasthenia gravis (gMG). Alexion also has two highly innovative enzyme replacement therapies for patients with life-threatening and ultra-rare metabolic disorders, hypophosphatasia (HPP) and lysosomal acid lipase deficiency (LAL-D). In addition, the company is developing two late-stage therapies, a second complement inhibitor and a copper-binding agent for Wilson disease. Alexion focuses its research efforts on novel molecules and targets in the complement cascade and its development efforts on the core therapeutic areas of hematology, nephrology, neurology, and metabolic disorders. Alexion has been named to the Forbes list of the World's Most Innovative Companies seven years in a row and is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts' Innovation District. The company also has offices around the globe and serves patients in more than 50 countries.

Alexion's aspiration is to be the most rewarding place to work, where people are empowered to make a difference and where diversity of backgrounds and ideas is encouraged. We are looking for talented individuals who share our passion and commitment to change the lives of patients with rare diseases. We hope you will consider joining our team. Further information about Alexion can be found at: www.alexion.com.