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Astellas Pharma Assistant Controller, US/Canada in Northbrook, Illinois

Do you want to be part of an inclusive team that works to develop innovative therapies for patients? Every day, we are driven to develop and deliver innovative and effective new medicines to patients and physicians. If you want to be part of this exciting work, you belong at Astellas!

Astellas Pharma Inc. is a pharmaceutical company conducting business in more than 70 countries around the world. We are 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. For more information on Astellas, please visit our website at .

This position is based in Northbrook, Illinois. Remote work from certain states may be permitted in accordance with Astellas' Responsible Flexibility Guidelines. Candidates interested in remote work are encouraged to apply.

Purpose and Scope:

  • The Assistant Controller -- US / Canada is responsible for managing the RTR activities for in scope entities (approx. $5B Revenue across 15+ legal entities) This position ensures that financial records of all entities within the group are prepared in accordance with all statutory, regulatory and group reporting requirements.

  • This position ensures that there is strong control environment over relevant accounting/finance processes and that relevant controls are performed and evidenced.

  • This position manages an internal team and oversees the transactional accounting activity performed by a Business Process Outsourcer (BPO) to achieve the objectives above. This position will collaborate with the Latin America Assistant Controller and the Inventory and Intercompany Lead to deliver financial statements and support financial reporting to the Americas Financial Consolidation and Reporting (FC&R) Group.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate the monthly, quarterly, and annual financial closing process for US and Canada affiliate entities.

  • Responsible for legal entity and IP holder financials

  • Support Commercial Finance, Corporate and Global Functions, IS and other functional groups in financial close responsibilities, accounting matters, and projects as needed

  • Support ERT and Tax on, transfer pricing, financial consolidation, audits, statutory or tax-related matters, and improving control framework

  • Align with RTR Global Process Owner and Regional Process Owner to drive process consistency across in-scope entities.

Financial close process and reporting:

  • Oversee financial close and preparation of accurate financials for in-scope entities, in coordination with internal and BPO operational accounting teams.

  • Ensure process for collecting relevant information and generating journal requests and supporting documentation is in place (e.g., Prepayments, Accruals, Reclassification)

  • Responsible for integrity of financial statements and complying with group reporting requirements

  • Review and sign-off of material, in-scope accounts, reconciliations, and intercompany recharges as appropriate

  • Provide accounting guidance and oversight to business partners on complex transactions

  • Support Global Process Areas within entity scope (e.g., O2C, P2P, SCM) with local / IFRS and operational accounting and process guidance

  • Collaborate with Regional Process Owner, Inventory and Intercompany Lead on Finance Master Data framework to support statutory and managerial reporting requirements.

Financial compliance:

  • Ensure adherence to Astellas accounting policy and procedures

  • Ensure business processes and financial controls are operated effectively

  • Ensure Finance Authorization rules are effectively applied across the entities

  • Ensure adherence to Astellas policies relating to healthcare compliance standards and interactions with Healthcare Professionals (HCPs), Healthcare Organizations (HCOs) and Patient Organizations (POs)

  • Embed Compliance Culture, ensuring Integrity in Action is actively applied in all initiatives and proactively address non-compliance

  • Perform impact assessment and implement any changes in IFRS, and provide relevant accounting treatment guidance, develop position papers collaborating with group / regional reporting team, business and external auditors as applicable

Statutory, Tax and Audit:

  • Supports audits from internal audit, external auditors and local Tax and Statutory authorities as needed

  • Overview of reports and analysis to support tax and statutory filings

  • Coordinate with Americas tax department to ensure compliance to regulations/ standards around tax related matters

  • Ensure maintenance of supporting evidence of control operation for audit purposes and tax audits.

  • Collaborate with Finance Compliance and Governance teams around audit, control, and related processes and policies

Quantitative Dimensions:

Number of subordinates:

2-4 direct, 10-15 BPO

Finance responsibilities:

Responsible for delivery of the statutory trial balance ($5B in Revenue for 15+ legal entities) and preparation of financial accounts across the market

Responsible for accuracy of Balance Sheet balances and associated controls across the market


Supports audits from internal audit, external auditors and local Tax and Statutory authorities as needed

Manages complex accounting treatments and changes across the market

Organizational Context:

Member of GBS organization. The position reports into Americas RTR Controller and collaborates with local Commercial Finance and Functional stakeholders.

Internal Stakeholders

  • Business Partner Finance Functions including Commercial Finance, Corporate and Global Functions Finance, IS, etc.

  • External Reporting, Treasury (ERT) and Financial Consolidation & Reporting Group within ERT

  • Tax

  • Inventory and Intercompany GBS team

  • Internal Audit and Financial Controls & Governance (FC&G) teams

External Stakeholders

External auditors, Tax, and statutory Authorities



  • BS/BA in Finance / Accounting

  • ACA / or ACCA / or CPA and / or equivalent accounting qualification

  • English and local language advanced level in speaking and writing

  • 7-10+ years of experience in Finance

  • Solid working knowledge of accounting (IFRS/Local GAAP) and internal control standards

  • Experience with SAP S/4 Hana or equivalent ERP system

  • Experience in managing internal teams and teams at BPO to deliver results

  • Experience in Pharma or equivalent regulatory-intensive industry

  • Experience in managing across cultures / geographies to develop teams and deliver results

  • Advanced experience with Excel and PowerPoint

  • Experienced communication skills with various mgmt. levels

  • Experienced financial analysis skills

  • Experienced organisational and project management skills

  • Experienced teamwork and partnering behaviors

  • Managerial experience


  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance

  • Generous Paid Time Off options, including Vacation and Sick time, plus national holidays including year-end shut down

  • 401(k) match and annual company contribution

  • Company paid life insurance

  • Annual Corporate Bonus and Quarterly Sales Incentive for eligible positions

  • Long Term Incentive Plan for eligible positions

  • Referral bonus program

Astellas is committed to equality of opportunity in all aspects of employment. EOE including Disability/Protected Veterans.

Category Accounting/Finance

Astellas is committed to equality of opportunity in all aspects of employment. EOE including Disability/Protected Veterans