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Astellas Pharma Associate Director, R&D Finance 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 Associate Director-R&D Finance is responsible for managing the Record to Report (RTR) activities, but activities may expand, or contract based on business needs.

  • This position ensures that financial records of all entities within the R&D Group are prepared in accordance with all statutory, regulatory and group reporting requirements. R&D Group includes Astellas Gene Therapies (AGT) and AGT includes Audentes Therapeutics.

  • 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 role has important partnerships with R&D Finance leadership, R&D Finance business partners, and other global team members within the R&D Finance team.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Manage the monthly, quarterly, and annual global financial closing process and accounting services to provide timely and accurate internal management reporting for R&D Finance.

  • Support R&D Finance and other functional groups with monthly accruals and other financial close responsibilities, accounting matters, and projects as needed.

  • Manage relationship and all administrative activities related to BPO supporting R&D Finance including approval of monthly invoices, onboarding and getting access to all Astellas systems.

  • Provide all stakeholders with accurate, timely financial information to support decision making, business driver awareness, financial reporting, and enabling compliance with policies, regulations, and laws.

  • Collaborates with local and regional accounting, BPO teams, R&D Finance and GBS team members to produce timely and accurate financial information.

  • Support R&D Finance BPO with vendor/invoice/payment issues through collaboration with GBS.

  • Subject matter expert in the transactional accounting for R&D worldwide. Advise financial business partners on these accounting items and highlight any issues.

  • Oversee maintenance of master data within Anaplan and ensure mapping of regional source system financial data is established appropriately through partnerships with R&D Finance colleagues.

  • Develop ad hoc reports and financial models as required.

  • Maintains compliance with GAAP/IFRS, J-SOX, and other regulatory requirements.

  • Manage internal and external audit requests and ownership of actions arising from audits.

  • Identifies and supports opportunities for process improvements within own activities and stakeholders' operations whilst maintaining high levels of service provision to R&D Finance.

  • Other such duties as may be reasonably required by the business.

Quantitative Dimensions:

Number of subordinates:



BPO 6-10

Finance responsibilities:

Responsible for accuracy of balance sheet balances and expense accruals and associated controls


Number of Global, Regional and Sub-Regional executive partners: 35

Number of affiliates: 50 Organizational Context:

Member of GBS organization. The position reports into Americas RTR Controller and collaborates with R&D Finance partners and functional stakeholders.

Internal Stakeholders

  • The primary partners of this role are R&D Business Partner Finance functions.

  • Significant collaboration with GBS, Financial systems team, Internal Audit, Financial Controls & Governance, Tax, and Corporate FP&A.

  • This position provides services to all R&D business units.

External Stakeholders

  • Management of BPO service provider(s)

  • Professional service providers, external contractors, and vendors

  • External auditors



  • BS/BA in Accounting/ Finance

  • English and local language advanced level in speaking and writing

  • 9+ years of financial analysis and / or accounting experience, preferably in a multi-national, multi-currency environment

  • 4+ years' experience managing and coaching staff

  • Experience managing complex matrix organisational structures

  • Experience working with enterprise grade accounting, reporting and ERP systems (Anaplan, SAP, Hyperion, Oracle, etc.)

  • Effective interpersonal skills and the ability to operate among diverse cultures

  • Strong analytical skills and formation of data into useful information for finance and business customers

  • Working knowledge of internal controls and J-Sox, IFRS.

  • Strong teamwork and partner behaviours

  • Well-developed written and oral communication skills in English

  • Adept with MS Office applications


  • CPA, CA, CMA, CIMA, CGMA or equivalent

  • MBA

  • Experience supporting biopharma in a finance or planning role

  • Experience with Anaplan and SAP

  • Experienced communication skills with various mgmt. levels

  • Experience with cost accounting


  • 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 R&D Finance

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