Pfizer's Global Financial Solutions (GFS) Shared Services is a well-established operation with beginnings in Memphis, Tenn.
in 1997. The organization expanded to Europe in 2003, Asia in 2007, Latin America in 2013, Eastern Europe in 2014 and AfME in 2016.
GFS Shared Services has a workforce of more than 1,000 Pfizer colleagues.
The GFS San Jose Shared Services Center (SSC) for the Latin America Region (LAR) is a high performing team responsible for the timely delivery of standardized financial processes on behalf of Biopharmaceutical Finance and their business partners for the Emerging Markets.
The organization performs certain Record-to-Report, Invoice-to-Pay, Travel & Entertainment, Order-to-Cash and other related activities from regionally centralized locations in San Jose, Costa Rica.
The GFS SSC - San Jose R2R Inventory Senior Accountant role will be responsible for the accounting for finished goods as well as the intercompany product movement and related mark up for the respective divisions within Inventory Center of Excellence worldwide scope.
The person in this position has to have broad knowledge of key inventory accounting activities such as Master Data maintenance, Purchase Price Variance analysis, GRIR accounting management as well GMX submission and reconciliation responsibilities to oversight and support accountants to complete their duties.
In addition this person will be main contact for internal projects such as implementation of a new plant or contract manufacturing, coordinate budget preparation, lead process improvement projects and performed COGS analysis.
The objective of this role is to enable the San Jose GFS to meet their business objectives by providing quality financial results and accounting support for Commercial Finance, Controllers team and Finance Directors.
This colleague will be accountable for proactively identifying and communicating issues, determining impact, and proposing resolutions.
Additionally, this role will be critical in initiating process improvement recommendations and proactively addressing and resolving complaints from internal and external customers.
Roles & Responsibilities
Organizes own workload, prioritizes, and proactively follows up on outstanding items and in some instances support peers on their journey.
Ensure accounting transactions are in compliance with Pfizer accounting policy, US GAAP and local GAAP accounting.
Maintain elements of domestic and / or international general ledgers including the preparation of journal entries and balance sheet account reconciliations.
Prepare financial and accounting analysis completely and accurately.
Participate and lead weekly / monthly calls with Finance Directors, Commercial Finance and key stakeholders to share results and KPIs.
Maintain complete and accurate standard operating procedures and SOX related internal control documentation.
Prepare basic analysis for external accountants and Corporate Audit.
Takes initiative in identifying processes and initiatives that fits into our Digital Finance strategy.
Has strong analytical and process management skills.
Actively supports our GFS value proposition by keeping processes aligned with our delivery model and global standard, adhering to our internal controls structures and help identifying process improvement opportunities.
Supports and co-leads select in-house processes, continuous improvement initiatives, and stakeholder collaborations.
Demonstrates business acumen and be able to apply market specific knowledge in Business Partner and Customer interactions.
Effectively collaborates with stakeholders and colleagues of diverse backgrounds, including different departments, cultures, business units and countries.
Ensure the timely and proper execution of adequate internal controls, understanding our SOP and proposing updates when the documentations does not align with our day-to-day processes.
Takes ownership on every audit request that involves his / her processes.
Responsible for keeping accurate and up-to-date Work Instructions, Job Aids and Desktop Procedures documentation.
Assist the management team and other colleagues as needed.
Studying Accounting Licenciatura and bachelor’s degree in Business, Accounting, or Finance.
3-5 years of relevant functional accounting or finance experience.
Proficiency in Accounting Skills and US GAAP / IFRS knowledge and Local accounting for different regions (i.e Latin America, Europe among others).
Working knowledge of ERP systems (SAP and JDE).
Ability to resolve complex accounting issues and explain them to internal management and key stake holders.
Proficiency in PC skills (MS Excel, Word, PowerPoint) required.
Good written and verbal English communication skills required, French is a plus.
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to communicate with diverse groups and individuals.
Preferred experience in a fast paced multinational company, in a Shared Services environment is a plus.
Ability to operate independently and remain focused through change or uncertainty
Pfizer is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable equal employment opportunity legislation in each jurisdiction in which it operates.