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Astellas Pharma Director, Americas RTR Controller in Northbrook, Illinois

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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 & Scope:

The Director AMERICAS Record to Report Controller is accountable for managing all RTR operations in 6 countries (approx. $5 Billion Revenue), including supporting ongoing operations, maintaining controls and compliance, meeting improvement objectives, and absorbing new work from business units into Global Business Services (GBS).

Over the next year, this role will predominantly focus on the implementation of the RTR Target Operating Model and the stabilization of operation of the BPO in the GBS Operating Model

Over the next 23 years this role will focus on maintaining stability of the RTR organization, improving business process and performance of performance metrics and SLAs. This role will also continue to migrate transactional processes from (newly acquired) business units into the GBS Operating Model

Essential Job Responsibilities:

Direct and supervise the monthly, quarterly annual global financial closing process to provide timely accurate internal and external financial reporting.

Accountable for legal entity and IP holder financials.

Responsible for coordinating with external reporting team for consolidation, eliminations and multi -- entity statutory accounting.

Accountable for supervising the AMERICAS financial controllers and close process.

Ensure adequate controls and supporting documentation are in place for all accounting transactions

Ensure timely and accurate preparation and approval of balance sheet reconciliations

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

Work directly with BPO to maintain vendor performance and provide key input into vendor performance for governance team.

Lead by:

  • Shaping and evolving ways of working to optimize the value delivered within a global team.

  • Managing performance through agreed-upon metrics; developing, operating and improving KPI's.

  • Stimulating behaviors and alignment across the organization, supporting the delivery of the strategy.

  • Motivating and building a strong and effective team between in-house staff and BPO team to drive targeted performance.

Develop and Inspire by:

  • Identifying and developing top talent to significantly enhance Astellas' overall capability and succession pipeline. This includes recruiting managing and developing staff within the local delivery team

  • Providing coaching and support

Operate seamlessly in global operations and cultures, resolve difficulties with respect for diverse populations and ensure a culture of Ethics and Compliance; lead by example and incorporate cross-cultural perspectives when addressing challenging situations

Manage relationship with all relevant business customers and key partners

Drive Process Excellence by creating opportunities to improve, drive standardization and further embed control into processes within scope as well as encouraging innovative continuous improvement to standard processes

Organizational Context:

This role reports into the Head of GBS Tower and will have relationship with

  • Finance Towers Leadership outside GBS

  • Record to Report Service Delivery Head

  • Affiliate Leadership and Commercial Finance Team

  • Financial Controls and Governance (FC&G)

  • GBS Process Owners

  • GBS transformation team

  • Systems teams

  • External Audit Firm(s)

  • External service provider management teams

  • Professional service providers, external contractors and vendors, BPOs

Qualifications: Required

  • A 4-year University degree in Accounting, Finance or related field

  • Advanced degree in Accounting; Professional accounting certification or equivalent (CPA, CIMA)

  • Experienced, credible leader, demonstrable ability to manage and inspire a team

  • Familiar with Financial Systems, specifically SAP S/4HANA

  • Experience operating a shared service RTR activities with in-house and outsourced staff

  • Proven ability to drive teams and process orientation in a large complex organization preferably with experience with operations using onshore & offshore staff

  • Strong focus on operational excellence, lean process management, change management familiarity and leadership

  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills

  • Track record of consensus building through influencing in a decentralized governance model

  • Self-motivation, analytical, problem solving skills and initiative to achieve desired outcomes

  • Manage time, balance multiple tasks and constantly work with changing priorities

  • Ability to work in a dynamic, rapidly changing environment

  • Manage multiple projects and demands on time

  • Ability to operate effectively within a global environment, using remote communication, and appreciating different cultural backgrounds

Qualifications: Preferred

  • Able to travel internationally on occasion


  • Medical, Dental and Vision insurance

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

  • 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