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Astellas Pharma Associate Manager, US Commercial Finance in Northbrook, Illinois

Developing innovative therapies is one of the most challenging, most essential and personally rewarding fields in science. This is the most exciting time to be a part of Astellas, a company with a uniquely collaborative and patient-focused culture.

There's something special about working at Astellas. It's reflected in our focus on the people we serve, the way we treat each other and the results we achieve together as a company.

Astellas is announcing an Associate Manager, US Commercial Finance opportunity in Northbrook, IL.

Purpose & Scope:

Completes all month-end accounting activities, expense budgets/forecasts, headcount planning, and control implementation for Marketing & Sales departments.

Provides financial support to all levels of US Marketing & Sales organization, as it relates to expense management and financial reporting.

Ensures the accuracy of US Marketing & Sales expenses.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Manages completion of US Marketing & Sales Finance and Accounting activities, including but not limited to:

  • Completes month-end accounting closes

  • Prepares actual versus budget / forecast variance analysis

  • Creates ad hoc reports as needed by Commercial Finance and M&S Management

  • Liaises between business units and Finance for expense related activities

  • Completes formal monthly managerial and statutory variance reports for Finance and M&S Management

  • Supports Procure to Pay process

  • Works with external auditors during review periods

  • Provides financial support to all levels of US Marketing & Sales organization

  • Creates and distributes operating statements.

  • Presents franchise-level financial results to US Marketing & Sales senior leadership and provides guidance with regards to current spending patterns

  • Partners with budget managers to provide reports and data needed to effectively and efficiently manage operating expense budgets

  • Educates budget owners on financial accrual and expense management processes

  • Provides project management budget support to select budget owners

  • Coordinates and completes annual US Marketing & Sales budget, Mid-Term Plan forecasts and quarterly forecasts

  • Updates forecast models based upon budget owner and management input

  • Compiles and presents forecasts to US Marketing & Sales leadership and Commercial Finance leadership

  • Facilitates expense inputs into Astellas financial planning software

  • Completes US Marketing & Sales headcount reconciliation and planning

  • Ensures proper recording and management of multiple expense categories, including but not limited to advertising & promotion, sales force, salary and administrative expenses through partnering w/ Marketing, Accounting, and Finance

  • Develops and directs the implementation of processes that adhere to appropriate corporate policies, IFRS, and J-SOX regulations.

Quantitative Dimensions:

  • Facilitates P&L budget management in US Marketing & Sales department with primary focus on operating expenses and secondary focus on operating income.

  • Interfaces with external vendors in relation to Procure to Pay process support and month-end accounting closes

  • Ensures all financials are compliant to Astellas' corporate policies, IFRS and J-Sox regulations.

Organizational Context:

Commercial Finance Associate Manager reports to the Associate Director, Commercial Finance US Expenses



  • Bachelor's Degree required

  • 5+ years finance or accounting experience required

  • Strong Excel and Microsoft PC software proficiency

  • Excellent skills in the following areas: organization, written and verbal communication, accuracy, and personal initiative


  • MBA preferred

  • Pharmaceutical industry experience preferred

  • ERP system experience (SAP/BPC) or a comparable software


Category Finance

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