Head of Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), EMEA

Salary & Benefits
Employment Type
Full Time, Permanent
EMEA Finance
Report to Position
Chief Financial Officer (CFO), EMEA
EMEA Knowledge Centre, Hatfield, Hertfordshire
Business Area
Application Deadline
30 June 2017

Full Job Description

Main purpose of the job:

  • Delivering a best in class FP&A function, incorporating strategic planning, business partnering, annual budget, forecasting and results consolidation.

  • Ensuring that day to day FP&A activities are delivered in a timely and accurate manner.

  • Delivering a robust financial plan both annual and medium/long term.

  • Own the systems development project for EMEA management reporting.

  • Business case analysis and ad hoc strategic projects

  • Driving standardisation and positive working relationships within EMEA finance.



Main duties/responsibilities:

  • Acting as a business partner to the CFO and the EMEA executive team in a challenging high paced environment.

  • Responsible for ensuring EMEA planning/forecasting and actual reporting is coordinated in a timely and business effective way across EMEA business functions, ensuring coordination with the EMEA Business Groups.

  • Communication of budget/forecast targets throughout EMEA regions.

  • Reviewing budget, forecast and actual result consolidation with a detailed level of consolidation knowledge including the evaluation of unrealised profit and intercompany elimination.

  • Ensuring a quality financial support service is provided to the EMEA business groups.

  • Manage and lead the priorities of the EMEA FP&A team, ensuring timely and accurate delivery of the tasks of the FP&A team, providing hands on support when required.

  • To actively participate in recruitment and retention activities, including talent management.

  • Full responsibility for medium and long term planning process and models for EMEA.

  • Ensure quality KPI reporting and delivery of accurate headcount actual/forecast reporting for EMEA.

  • Ensure robust SG&A control/reporting and forecasting for EMEA.

  • Coordination with ECL (Group finance) for EMEA financial systems development.

  • Business lead for SAP reporting stream.

  • Management of EMEA ERP/BI controller ensuring SAP management reporting structure/master data is appropriate to EMEA business needs.

  • Ensuring robust control of the EMEA management reporting systems and ensuring that systems are operational at all times.

  • Drive the EMEA management reporting projects, managing all systems changes and implementation across EMEA regions.

  • Challenging and reviewing the financial data provided by the EMEA regions.

  • Ensure accurate and appropriate financial performance (IMS) reporting for EMEA.

  • Responsibility for financial calculations of EMEA corporate bonus scheme for all EMEA regions working with EMEA Comp & Benefits Manager to ensure accuracy of individual bonus calculations.

  • Ownership and maintenance of company NPV models.

  • Ownership and calculation of financial reporting for EMEA strategic regions.

  • Work with EMEA Treasurer on working capital reporting.

  • Work with EMEA Financial Director on transfer pricing models

  • Understanding of Epidemiology models and market share for EMEA brands to drive robust EMEA sales budgeting and forecasting.

  • Any other ad hoc tasks as required.


Qualifications and Experience Required:

  • An experienced accountant with a recognised accountancy qualification such as ACCA, CIMA or ACA or equivalent.

  • High level of expertise and experience in Microsoft applications particularly excel and financial systems.

  • Proven leadership and experience of managing a FP&A team in a complex pressurised environment.

  • Technical consolidation experience with understanding of intercompany eliminations and unrealised profit.

  • Experience of systems implementation.

  • Strong knowledge of financial analysis, interpretation and evaluation.

  • Experience of supporting commercial operations.

  • Able to handle high volumes of data to analyse and report with a high level of accuracy.

  • Understanding of multi-currency consolidations.

  • Good overview understanding of SAP structures and financial process.

  • Strong presentation and communication skills.

  • Able to communicate complex financial data in a clear and concise manner.

  • Evidenced experience of adding value and proactively driving improvements in a matrix organisation.

  • Understanding of pharmaceutical industry desirable particularly relating to IMS reporting.


Skills and Aptitude Required:

  • Ability to manage and motivate teams.

  • Proactive approach to solving problems.

  • Resilient and able to continually deliver in a demanding environment and manage multiple priorities and delivery requirements within a short timescale.

  • Capable of fostering strong working relationships within a large finance team and with cross functional team members.

  • Strong communication skills both to financial and non-financial stakeholders.

  • Able to work under pressure with focus and precision within challenging deadlines.

  • Determined approach to driving solutions.