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APAC BioPharma and GBS Financial Services Controller

**Role Summary**

The Corporate Controllers organization provides all financial information for Pfizer Inc. to management, shareholders, and regulators. In addition to the consolidation and analysis of the monthly financial submissions from businesses around the globe, the Controllers organization is responsible for developing and maintaining accounting policies and guidance, ensuring adequate financial controls are in place and operating effectively and efficiently, and addressing the ever- changing business and regulatory requirements. To better meet these needs divisional controllerships, reporting to the Controller organization and supporting the GBS Financial Services organization leadership and Commercial regional finance, are embedded within each business unit. The Divisional Controllers mission is to provide proactive advice focused on accountability, simplicity and quality in maintaining the integrity of Pfizer's financial reporting.

The APAC Biopharma and GBS Financial Services Controller will be responsible for working with senior stakeholders across Global Business Services and Finance and Business Operations (specifically GBS Financial Services APAC and Commercial Finance) and related business partners to focus on controllership integrity, including all accounting and reporting aspects given the increasing requirements and focus in this area. This role will be accountable for ensuring the integrity and accuracy of financial reporting results in compliance with Corporate Policies, Pfizer Accounting Policies, US and Local GAAP and state and statutory requirements for shared service functions at the GBS Financial Services Dalian location and the Biopharmaceuticals business unit.

This position will be a key resource to the Senior Director Biopharma Group and GBS Financial Services, GBS Financial Services Dalian, China Leadership, and Regional Commercial Finance in handling controllership, financial reporting and accounting issues as well as playing a role to support the many business initiatives we undertake. Among other responsibilities it will be responsible for regional and functional divisional controller activities for GBS Financial Services and Commercial Finance. As such, this role will contribute to overall strategy and manage complex issues with financial reporting and accounting implications and will ensure that the accounting procedures are robust, as well as drive consistent and effective accounting and control procedures. Moreover, this role provides strong linkage between controllers, GBS Financial Services, and Commercial finance to enable best practices and a more efficient controllership function.

You will partner with Divisional Controller's supporting certain process areas managed by the GBS Financial Services site leader. Additionally, you will be a global partner with the Divisional Controllers colleagues who support other GBS Financial Services sites to drive consistency in processes and share best practices as well as identifying areas for improvement in processes and controls and strengthen the focus on accounting guidance and interpretation of Pfizer polices.

You will report to the Senior Director, Biopharma Group and GBS Financial Services Controller (based in NYC); however, your role will be based in Dalian, China.

+ Executes on the vision, goals and guiding principles for the divisional controller's function and has responsibility for ensuring strong controllership is maintained in Europe.

+ Works collaboratively with the Controllership Team, GBS Financial Services Leadership and Regional Commercial and other stakeholders as necessary with respect to the status of the activities, key risks, issues, trends and action plans, in additional to proactive alternative potential accounting and management reporting solutions and direction as the business to responds to changes in our operating environment and as new accounting principles must be applied.

+ Provides strategic guidance, collaborates with Divisional Controller colleagues and where appropriate, other colleagues performing controllership activities.

+ Promotes a strong and practical accounting, risk awareness, compliance and control culture.

+ Navigates and leads a heavily matrixed global team to ensure optimal business outcomes, talent acquisition and management, continuous improvement and successful delivery of activities.

+ Responsible for coordinating the technical accounting and accuracy of financial reporting with the Senior Director, Biopharma and GBS Financial Services Controller to bring the best of Controllers to activities and markets business operations in Europe.

+ Proactively provides timely guidance and expertise on accounting issues, guaranteeing compliance with US GAAP, Pfizer Accounting Policies, Corporate Policies, and local statutory requirements.

+ Provide advice to senior management in recommending ways to streamline and standardize and harmonize operations.

GBS Financial Services APAC and Commercial Specifics:

+ Serves as a first-line resource for GBS Financial Services Dalian and Commercial Finance for interpretation of US GAAP, Pfizer Accounting Policies and Procedures and other accounting-related questions and acts as a resource to the Controllers LT in this capacity.

+ Prepares or supports GBS Financial Services Dalian and Commercial Finance in the review of memoranda on various accounting and control issues to support internal processes as well as for external audit use.

+ Partners & participates with GBS Financial Services & Commercial Finance in oversight of P&L and balance sheet analysis including metrics, trends and variances to multiple benchmarks (e.g. plan, latest estimates (LE), prior periods (months, quarter's years) in compliance with U.S. GAAP, Pfizer Accounting Policies and Procedures.

+ Assists in the preparation of any SAB 99 analysis required and understands and monitors remediation plans for identified errors during the close working in concert with other Controller divisions. Ensures appropriate documentation of accounting decisions made by the center.

+ Supports in the assessment of asset impairment triggers.

+ Provides guidance on revenue recognition topics including but not limited to new contract reviews, gross-to-net accounting, and other

+ Maintains Key Accounting Review items in conjunctions with GBS Financial Services and finance Risk & Opportunities and lead/supports in escalation, timely conclusions, and communication (to Senior Director, DC, GBS Financial Services and Regional Commercial finance leads).

+ Provides guidance on initiatives such as restructuring, acquisitions, significant areas of accruals from an accounting perspective and ensures that external proforma/adjusted earnings and management reporting meets US GAAP/SEC requirements

+ Participates as representative/liaison on various committees and project teams including process improvements, accounting specific changes (e.g. new pronouncements) transactional (divestitures, acquisitions, others), BT initiatives, among others.

+ Develops a strong relationship between GBS Financial Services and Commercial finance and our external auditors (KPMG LLP) and serves as a point of contact on accounting issues for KPMG

+ Performs special analysis of major issues as required and recommend solutions to complex Controllership issues and technical accounting issues and works collaboratively with other areas of controllership including the Technical Accounting Group to resolve issues.

+ Supports the Corporate Functions Controller on topics impacted the region when necessary

+ Provide leadership and guidance on GBS Financial Services and Commercial projects coordinating with GBS Financial Services Leadership, Regional Commercial finance, Senior Director Divisional Controllers and NYHQ Technical Accounting.

Controls / Compliance:

+ Partners with Corporate Audit, GRCC and Finance leaders to drive closure of open audit issues, and working proactively to prevent future issues/manage risk, and providing senior leaders with status updates as appropriate

+ Provides oversight to remedy deficiencies found in GBS Financial Services Dalian, Regional Commercial Finance and controllership areas.

+ Ensures that the responsibilities in GBS Financial Services Dalian and APAC Region are clearly defined and actions are completed on a timely basis

+ Supports review and audit activities among Corporate Audit, Controllers and KPMG (external auditors) to ensure an efficient and appropriate outcome in GBS Financial Services Dalian and APAC Commercial finance

+ Ensures Corporate Audit, Controllers and KPMG (external auditors) provide services in a coordinated effort and provide efficiencies in compliance efforts that increase risk mitigation


+ Responsible for identifying and implementing control and process improvements, simplification measures and automation opportunities in financial processes in conjunction with other groups (e.g., Controllers, GBS Financial Services, BT, Commercial Finance) to drive process consistency and efficiency.

+ Interprets and implements Pfizer Accounting Policies and Procedures and U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles with direction from the Corporate Controller. Drives consistent and effective policies and procedures.

+ Provides guidance on accounting policies and procedures in accordance with corporate policy to help ensure they record appropriate operations and the correct level of approval for transactions.


+ Proactively supports identifying the application/impacts of new accounting standards applicable to the GBS Financial Services Dalian site as well as Commercial finance and develops appropriate implementation strategy in support of Controllers - Technical Accounting Group, Core Operations, Divisional Controllers.

+ Works closely with Internal Audit, Controllers and Finance to assess and manage financial risk and when necessary, engages to ensure satisfactory remediation. To this end, the expectation is that he/she will lead divisional controllers in being proactive in assessing control issues and making changes before there are issues.

+ Ensures well controlled environment as business changes and transforms, sharing of best practices across Global Business Services and Finance


+ Oversee the goal setting, sharing of best practices, workload balancing, teambuilding, professional development, and general operating parameters of Divisional Controllers and coordination thereof with FB&O, Global Business Services, CLT, among others

+ Create a highly energized environment of exceptional performance, shared accountability and personnel excellence, with a commitment to coaching and developing others into leadership roles

+ Demonstrate effective leadership, negotiating, interpersonal and strategic planning skills to interact, influence and facilitate change with senior management, GBS Financial Services locations, division management and business partners

+ Leads various projects, manages change, and drives improvements in processes and controls

+ Ensures training on general accounting principles and changes in company policies is provided as needed, specifically into GBS Financial Services and Commercial finance.


Education/Licenses/Certifications/Relevant Experience:

+ Education - Bachelor's degree or equivalent

+ Licenses - Certified Public Account or Chartered Accountancy equivalent required

+ 8+ years of diversified experience with a solid foundation in Accounting and Controls.

+ Strong business acumen required and commercial/operational experience is preferred.

+ Demonstrated track record of delivering results in a complex matrixed organization.

+ Proven ability to work across functions and positively influence outcomes when there is not direct reporting line.

+ Strong analytic skills: Demonstrate ability to clearly link financial results to operational performance drivers

+ Experience championing and successfully leading projects/process improvement within operations/finance function involving process improvement; able to quickly grasp new ideas.

+ Experience working across multiple levels (including executive level), functions and regions; able to clearly communicate complex financial information in an easy to understand manner; able to deliver message effectively verbally and in writing.

Technical Skills:

+ Demonstrated proficiency in US GAAP, local GAAP, Statutory Reporting, FASB and IFRS; good working knowledge of Pfizer Accounting Policies and Procedures

+ Demonstrated success in managing corporate controls and driving business results

+ Microsoft Office suite, with advanced knowledge of Excel, is required. Experience using Hyperion, SAP, Oracle or other financial reporting systems is beneficial.

+ Strong oral and written communication skills enabling effective communication with all levels of management

+ Ability to make decisions and to act decisively

+ Project management

+ Innovative thinking

+ Influential presence

Pfizer is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable equal employment opportunity legislation in each jurisdiction in which it operates.

Finance & Accounting


Posted: 2020-11-09 Expires: 2020-12-09

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